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Which State Sends Most Taxes To Dc? Hint: It’s Not A State
Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press

As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation’s capital.

Can Subsidiarity Restore American Self-Government?
Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative

Centralizing policies, whether originating from the political left or right, and whether benign or malign in intent, are wrong simply because they are national in origin and scope.

Government harassment, use of force against religious groups increased sharply in Europe in 2015
Katayoun Kishi, Pew Research

Government harassment and use of force against members of religious groups surged around the world in 2015, according to a new Pew Research Center study on global religious restrictions. But nowhere was this trend more pronounced than in Europe, where over half of countries (53%) saw an increase from the previous year.

Alabama Senate gives megachurch the right to form its own police force
Lauren Markoe, Religion News Service

If the Briarwood Presbyterian Church gets its way in the Alabama legislature, it will soon have its own police force to protect it from possible crime. They argue that after Sandy Hook there is a need for more protection of citizens than the regular police force can offer, though they do not provide any particular threats. Whether or not this begins more churches and religious establishments offering their own police forces remains to be seen.

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).