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On religious liberty: a surprisingly hopeful tale
James A. Sonne, San Fransico Chronicle

On the surface, 2015 was a stormy year for religious liberty. The topic made news more regularly and controversially than at any time in recent memory. In hindsight, however, there were also quiet points of consensus that should be hailed — and not only in their own right but also for their promise in resolving conflicts where agreement has so far proven elusive.

Can public employees be forced to pay union dues?
The Economist

On January 11th, when the justices hear arguments in Friedrichs v California Teachers Association, the future of public-sector unions in America will be on the table.

Epiphany Brings Thoughts of Christian Persecution in the East
Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

Iran and Syria are strategic allies now, and Christians there and in Iraq have a history no less complicated than the Magi, some dating their foundation to Saint Thomas the Apostle.

The problem with eliminating the payroll tax
Alan D. Viard, AEI Ideas

Unfortunately, a VAT has many of the same problems as the payroll tax. And using it to pay for Social Security would have repercussions for the program that the candidates haven’t thought through.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).