Category: General

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 19, 2012
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Judge Sides With Company on Contraceptive Coverage
Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday temporarily prevented the Obama administration from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law.

No Mere Marriage of Convenience: The Unity of Economic and Social Conservatism
Robert P. George, First Things

Economic and social conservatives need each other—and not merely to win elections. The marriage of economic and social conservatism, while not always a love match, is no mere marriage of convenience.

Atheist group sues over religious electioneering
Associated Press

A federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin-based group representing atheists and agnostics argues that the Internal Revenue Service is violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing tax-exempt churches and religious organizations to get involved in political campaigns.

The Federal Welfare Explosion
John Hinderaker, Powerline

Welfare is now the largest item in the federal budget, and under Barack Obama’s budget.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, November 16, 2012
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The Lessons of the Hebrew Bible
Jonathan Sacks, Foreign Affairs

The Israelites of the Hebrew Bible never quite figured out how best to arrange human political affairs.

Will Supreme Court answer monks’ prayers?
George Will, Washington Post

Shortly before 123 million voters picked a president, 38 Louisiana monks moved the judiciary toward a decision that could change American governance more than most presidents do.

The Cry of the Martyrs Webcast
Family Research Council

Yesterday, FRC, along with Voice of Martyrs, had a webcast on the threats to religious liberty around the world. “The Cry of the Martyrs: The Threat to Religious Liberty Around the World” featured many experts speaking on religious persecution and how to fight the attacks against religion.

Are You Ready? A Biblical View of Ayn Rand’s Life and Work
David Kotter, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

The Bible has significant areas of overlap with Rand’s Objectivist philosophy. Nevertheless, Rand’s mixture of capitalism, atheism, and misguided anthropology should give Christians pause before jumping completely on board.

Rev. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute and Jeff Sandefer, entrepreneur, teacher and educational innovator, have co-authored the new book, “The Field Guide to the Hero’s Journey: inspirational classics and practical advice from a serial entrepreneur and an entrepreneurial priest”. The book is set to be released in early December.

Rev. Sirico and Mr. Sandefer sat down to discuss their collaboration.

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Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Waning evangelical influence
Anthony Bradley, World

With these cultural dynamics, Republicans, in order to take back the White House, are going to have to start appealing to their new actual base: deistic fiscal moderates.

Papal nuncio: Catholic division undermines religious freedom
Catholic News Service

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the U.S. that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.

Failing School Ranks Every Teacher and Principal ‘Highly Effective’
Tom Gantert, Michigan Capital Confidential

State has Hazel Park schools as failing, but its teachers all get highest marks

3 Tips from Proverbs About Finances
Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Life can change in an instant. That “secure” job you had today could be gone to tomorrow. The home you worked diligently to own could be gone in the blink of an eye through a natural disaster.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Catholic bishops fail to agree on statement on the economy

A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the bishops’ public profile.

When the Gospel Invades Your Office
Matt Smethurst interviews Tim Keller, The Gospel Coalition

God put work into the Garden of Eden, so work must be an enormous good, something that fits and fulfills part of our design.

Obama, Religious Liberty, And The Constitution
James Poulos, Forbes

The upshot of America’s pro-religious culture and founding law is simple: a practical resistance to drawing bright lines between entities that ‘are’, in some metaphysical way, secular, and those that ‘are’ religious.

Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say
Michelle Bauman, Catholic news Agency

In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious liberty from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which cannot be lived with as it stands.

“Forever stamps” are a form of non-denominated postage first introduced in 2006. The U.S. Postal Service recently issued a “Four Flags” version which “continues [the U.S. Postal Service’s] tradition of honoring the Stars and Stripes.” But there seems something peculiar—even a bit ominous—about the new stamps.

Is the USPS trying to send us a message that freedom and liberty in America won’t last forever? Well, probably not. Turns out that when images of postage stamps are printed, a line is drawn through the denomination. So the weird juxtaposition is not a political warning but just another example of the problems that can arise from inflexible bureaucratic rule-following.

(Via: TYWKIWDBI)

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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In this entertaining video Walter Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, explains why the free market is morally superior to other economic systems. My favorite part comes near the beginning when Williams explains that money is a form of “certificate of performance” that serves as proof of having served our neighbors.