Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 17, 2015
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Religious hiring measure appears dead in Indiana
Associated Press

A measure that would allow religious-affiliated organizations to hire employees based on religion and require workers to follow certain religious tenets appears unlikely to advance this year.

‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses
George F. Will, Washington Post

Like many religions’ premises, the sustainability movement’s premises are more assumed than demonstrated.

Gwyneth did the food stamp challenge wrong. So does everyone else.
Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

Gwyneth Paltrow has apparently failed at the food stamp challenge. She quit after four days, she reports on her website, GOOP. But then, most everyone who takes the challenge does it wrong.

San Antonio chef ticketed $2,000 for feeding the homeless
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

Though she’s been running the “Chow Train” for years, local police recently slammed Cheever with a ticket carrying a fine of up to $2,000 because she brought prepared meals to the feeding location in a pick-up truck, take-out style.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Is There a Shortage of Poor People?
Kevin D. Williamson, The Corner

Call me parochial, but my economic model defines a poor society as a society that has lots of poor people in it.

The Utah Compromise
Stuart Adams, Library of Law and Liberty

Watching the unnecessary dramas that recently unfolded in Indiana and other states, one thing is clear: the landscape of protecting religious liberty has changed. Permanently.

It Takes a Village to Promote Free-Range Parenting
Naomi SchaeferRiley, Family Studies

Want to make free-range parenting possible again? Declare a kids-only afternoon at the park.

The Goal of Classical Education is Truth
Tom Jay, Crisis Magazine

How have our nation’s public schools reached the point where many of them no longer teach grammar? It has happened because schools deviated from the truth about language, which Josef Pieper characterized as a participation in truth.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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The Moral Bucket List
David Brooks, New York Times

It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace.

India’s preference for sons has created a nation of tiny people
Shelly Walia, Quartz

Indian children are among the shortest in the world, and the country’s preference for sons might be to blame.

Police again pick up ‘free-range’ kids, take them straight to child services
Stephanie Talmadge, The Week

Sparking a national conversation about free-range parenting earlier this year, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are again under scrutiny after their children were picked up by police for the second time in four months on Sunday.

The Day Lincoln Was Shot: A Visual FAQ
Justin Taylor , The Gospel Coalition

Today is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (April 14, 1865). Here is an FAQ on some aspects and background of the tragic murder.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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Pope Calls Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide,’ Provoking Turkish Anger
Jim Yardley and Sebnem Arsu, New York Times

Pope Francis on Sunday described the World War I-era slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks as the first genocide of the 20th century, igniting a diplomatic confrontation with Turkey, which quickly summoned the Vatican’s ambassador to condemn the pontiff’s remarks.

Pioneers and Police: Archetypes in Constitutional Law Scholarship
Marc DeGirolami, Mirror of Justice

Increasingly I am coming to believe that much scholarship in constitutional law, at least as respects commentary about contemporary controversies, may be characterized as the opposition of pioneers and police.

To Keep Free of Federal Reins, Wyoming Catholic College Rejects Student Aid
Jack Healy, New York Times

An insurrection is brewing here at Wyoming Catholic College, a tiny redoubt of cowboy-style Catholicism where students learn about horseback riding and Thomas Aquinas, and take grueling mountain hikes conducted entirely in Latin.

Will We Surrender on Religious Freedom?
Ed Feulner, The Daily Signal

“They won’t go to Indiana, but they will go to Saudi Arabia.” That’s Carly Fiorina speaking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and his well-publicized opposition to Indiana’s religious freedom law.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 13, 2015
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What Should the Pope’s Ecology Encyclical Say?
John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine

There has been some discussion of news reports that Pope Francis plans to write an encyclical letter on ecology and the environment. In anticipation of a possible papal letter on those subjects, two recent articles struck my attention.

Religious conservatives are the targets of discrimination, lawyer says
John M. Glionna, LA Times

Here’s why Christian businesses feel like they’re the ones being discriminated against.

How To Save Religious Freedom
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

America is hosting a war between ideological and cultural enemies. Religious freedom is losing, and big government is winning.

How to employ the very hard to employ
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Social enterprises have a long history in the U.S. They differ from typical government programs in that they are a business, usually operated outside of government, with a concern for the bottom line. They are typically started by people who want to make a difference in society by helping others.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 10, 2015
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Why Evangelicals Should Love the Pope
Peter Wehner, New York Times

How best to live out one’s faith in this world has been a complicated issue throughout Christian history, and it remains so today.

When Conservative School Reforms Work
Seth Mandel, Commentary

Conservative education reformers are at several distinct disadvantages: union control of public education, the government’s broad power to protect its market dominance, restrictions on leveling the playing field between public and parochial schools, etc.

Who Will Stand?
Robert P. George, First Things

Are there political or religious leaders who will step forward? Are there intellectual or cultural leaders who will muster the courage to confront the mob?

Why Surrogacy Violates Human Dignity
Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Surrogacy became mainstream when in the 4th season of the popular sitcom, Friends, the ever-spacey Phoebe became the surrogate mother of her brother’s children, in the episode titled “The one with the embryos.”

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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The Holocaust, White Privilege, and American Jewry
Seth Mandel, Commentary

If you think “white privilege” can be reduced to the ability to get a taxi, then sure, Brodesser-Akner is probably privileged. Bovy is making what seems like an obvious point: if you’re one of the many Jews who don’t wear identifying garments, you can make white America think you’re one of them.

Organ trafficking emerges in Syria’s Damascus
ARA News

As the war and security situation continue to deteriorate in Syria, children’s abductions and human trafficking have become a common scene in the city of Damascus in the last few months.

No, government isn’t subsidizing Wal-Mart
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Democrats, unions and left-wing activists frequently argue that government (actually taxpayers) subsidizes Wal-Mart and other companies that employ low-wage workers since many of those workers receive government welfare benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid. And the mainstream media pretty much accept this reasoning.

How Well Will American Christians Wear Our Cross?
Leslie Loftis, The Federalist

The coming days will show us that American Christians aren’t as numerous as the guide books tell us. They might not be as strong as some assume, either.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
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France, the West and the Islamist Challenge
Amir Taheri, Gatestone Institute

Even in poor countries that become breeding grounds for Islamic terror, the funds needed always come from richer Muslim nations. What we are facing is not a revolt of the poor.

The Supreme Court Must Rule on Mandatory GMO Labelling
Baylen Linnekin, Reason.com

Congress, the states, and courts all vie to decide the future of GMO labeling.

Pope calls for end to persecution of Christians
BBC

The Pope has called for an end to the persecution of Christians in conflict, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, in his Easter message.

Minimum Wage and Magical Thinking
Ronald Bailey, Reason.com

If all other factors remain equal, the higher the price of a good, the fewer people will demand it. That’s the law of demand, a fundamental idea in economics.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
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Religious Liberty and the Intolerance of the Left
Peter Wehner, Commentary

The explosion of criticism against Governor Mike Pence and his state, in the aftermath of Indiana passing a state version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, is quite telling in several respects.

Why Africa is the next China
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

Africa is full of ore and gold and diamonds and oil. But if the ultimate resource is people — and it is — then Africa is poised to be a giant in the 21st century.

Critics of Indiana’s religious freedom law are trying to have their cake and eat it, too
Jonathan Turley, Washington Post

In their rush to support same-sex rights, they’ve been too quick to dismiss legitimate questions about free speech and expression.

Interview With a Christian
Ross Douthat, New York Times

After watching the debate about religious freedom unfold over the past week, I decided to subject myself to an interview by an imaginary — but representative — member of the press.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 6, 2015
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The FAQs: Terrorist Attack In Kenya Targets Christians
Joe Carter, TGC

An attack on a Garissa University College leaves 147 dead and more than 80 injured.

The Religious Freedom Debate Explained in 90 Seconds
Alex Anderson, The Daily Signal

Lawmakers in Indiana and Arkansas have revised language in two controversial religious freedom bills. Originally, both bills were intended to prohibit state and local government from infringing on someone’s religious beliefs without a compelling reason. Here’s what you need to know about the debate in 90 seconds.

Improve the economy, poverty reduction will follow
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

What does this mean from a poverty perspective? It means that we can expect a few more years of elevated poverty rates unless the economy improves and more Americans join the labor force.

Making Religion the Problem
Ross Douthat, New York Times

Right now, if you look around the United States, you’ll see a landscape in which religious practice has declined and traditional religious institutions have weakened relative to where things stood sixty years go.