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Religion after communism Eastern Europe’s patriotic faith
The Economist

Across ex-communist Europe, religion is robust and patriotic, but sometimes skin-deep.

Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism
Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux

Blasphemy laws are used to persecute critics of Islam in many Muslim countries, whether moderate Muslims, Christians or Jews, and to attack so-called “non-believers,” thus forming an impenetrable barrier to any form of acceptance of other religious beliefs and contributing to the growth of Islamic extremism. Ending these laws could set the stage for free expression of religious opinions in the Muslim world and help modernize Islamic societies.

Gratitude for Invisible Systems
Debbie Chachra, The Atlantic

One way to improve democracy is for more people to appreciate its complex technological underpinnings.

A vulnerable approach to ending human trafficking
Raleigh Sadler, ERLC

According to the Global Slavery Index, there are as many as 45.8 million people around the world held in what amounts to modern day slavery. Cases have been reported in every country, as well as every state in the U.S.

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).