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Why Are Companies Taking Sides Against Religious Liberty?
William Ligon, Wall Street Journal

The American Founders believed religious liberty to be so essential that they enshrined it in the First Amendment. Today, however, it is treated as only another flashpoint in the culture wars.

Europe as a ‘Soft Utopia’
Todd Huizinga, The European Conservative

The EU is nothing if not ambitious. It is, in essence, a utopia—albeit a soft, squishy, do-gooders’ utopia.

The cure for poverty is right next door
Patrick Oetting, The News-Sentinel

The way to reduce this trend and break systemic cycles of poverty is to reduce the role of the state and return to the principle that still works as well as it did in 1831 — subsidiarity, that is, let those closest to the issue, such as churches and private charities, determine the needs in their community before we allow state involvement.

Judge strikes down Wisconsin right-to-work law
Ted Miller, WBAY.com

A Dane County judge sided with unions and struck down Wisconsin’s right-to-work law. The unions, including the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers and International Association of Machinists, argued the law amounts to an unconstitutional seizure of their property because it allows workers who don’t pay union dues to still receive union benefits.

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).

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