Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 19, 2014
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Major League Baseball’s human-trafficking problem
Dara Lind, Vox

Cuba is one of the biggest sources of international baseball talent. But, because of the US embargo, most Cuban players have to use smugglers to get themselves to the United States. What’s more, due to a quirk in Major League Baseball rules around contracts, those Cuban players often first have to travel to a third country, like Mexico — a difficult process.

The Heart of the Gendercide Problem
Elizabeth Gerhardt, Christianity Today

What the church can do to address the issues underlying global violence against women.

The Illusion of Neutrality
Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

The secular state cannot be neutral in matters of religion.

A Tale of Two Churches
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Aleteia

What happens when the State establishes itself as a rival religion through administrative coercion?

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 18, 2014
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The Church of U2
Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker

[E]ven critics and fans who say that they know about U2’s Christianity often underestimate how important it is to the band’s music, and to the U2 phenomenon. The result has been a divide that’s unusual in pop culture. While secular listeners tend to think of U2’s religiosity as preachy window dressing, religious listeners see faith as central to the band’s identity.

Closing the Racial Gap in Education
Jason L. Riley, The American

The usual explanation for the academic achievement gap is that blacks come from a lower socioeconomic background and their schools have fewer resources. But research finds the problem transcends class and its roots lie elsewhere.

A Win-Win For Hungry Africans And Environmentalists
Hank Campbell, The Federalist

Environmentalists resist science that can feed the hungry while reducing carbon emissions.

When Reagan and Ratzinger Teamed Up on Faith and Hope
Paul Kengor, The Imaginative Conservative

We need hope, even when hope seems so hopeless. To that end, 30 years ago, Cardinal Ratzinger and Ronald Reagan teamed up with some words of wisdom worth remembering right now.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Global Warming Was Worth It
David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Is progress a good thing? Generally speaking, it seems like an easy question – unless, that is, you’re in the “sustainability movement.”

Working Towards a Biblical View of Wealth Creation
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The Bible emphasizes repeatedly that where there is not idolatry, wealth creation is not a bad thing. In fact, God desires to bless his children.

The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough
Ike Brannon, The American

The minimum wage is a facile non-solution for the complicated problem of poverty in America.

What the Rich Give to New York
Nicole Gelinas, City Journal

The city’s private wealth pays for its vast public assets—which benefit everyone, especially the poor.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Southern California Becoming Less Family-Friendly
Joel Kotkin

The British Talmudic scholar Abraham Cohen noted that, throughout history, children were thought of as “a precious loan from God to be guarded with loving and fateful care.” Yet, increasingly and, particularly, here in Southern California, we are rejecting this loan, and abandoning our role as parents.

The Most Interesting (Business) Man in the World
Hunter Baker, The Imaginative Conservative

A number of readers of this essay will be familiar with the beer company commercials built around “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” This man, a virile and hirsute senior citizen, has moved through his century with peerless confidence and style. When I think of my own candidate for the most interesting man, I find that Peter Drucker (1909–2005) comes to mind.

Housing Market Not ‘Too Big To Fail,’ But ‘Too Regulated To Succeed’
Erik Telford, The Federalist

The Obama administration is again destabilizing the housing market and seizing investors’ returns on their money.

Finding Purpose in Your Work Means Joining God in His
Timothy Ewest, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

God is setting out to redeem the world, and he chooses the everyday lives of men and woman to carry out his plan – really! God calls us to join him, and this calling historically has happened in three ways.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 15, 2014
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World May Be in Beginnings of World War III, Pope Suggests
Aleteia

Praying for war dead at Italian WWI Memorial, Francis condemns apathy toward ongoing conflict.

Eden Cast Out: Progressives Take Aim At A Traditional Organic Food Company
Fr. Benedict Kiely, Daily Caller

There is nothing quite so intolerant as a vegan, Buddhist, Gaia-loving, health food store owner.

Poverty, Not Climate Change, Bigger Concern for China and India
David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal

Poverty is deadly. For instance, snake bites kill nearly 50,000 people per year in India (also see here) because poverty, especially rural poverty, limits access to appropriate medical care. In addition, the availability of refrigeration, needed to preserve many types of anti-venom, is severely restricted in India.

Religious Employers to Go Ahead With Contraception Lawsuits
Louise Radnofsky, Wall Street Journal

Sign that Obama administration compromise won’t end legal battle.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 12, 2014
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Churches Offer Sanctuary to Immigrants in Danger of Deportation
Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal

Campaign follows Obama decision to delay action that might have staved off removal.

Evidence Grows of Russian Orthodox Clergy’s Aiding Ukraine Rebels
Andrew Higgins, New York Times

The Russian Orthodox Church, like the Kremlin, has strenuously denied any role in stirring up or aiding separatist turmoil in Ukraine. But as Slovyansk and other towns seized by pro-Russian rebels have fallen over the summer to a since-stalled Ukrainian government offensive in the east, evidence has begun to accumulate of close ties between the church, or at least individual Orthodox priests, and the pro-Russian cause.

Intervarsity Christian Ministry In Trouble For Acting Christian
Andrew Walker, First Things

To protect against discrimination, liberals increasingly seek to discriminate. News broke over the weekend that all twenty-three schools within the California State University system have taken steps to “derecognize” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), a para-church Christian ministry organization that’s had a longstanding presence within university life religious settings.

Now for a Really Destructive Innovation: A Europe-wide State
Theodore Dalrymple, Library of Law and Liberty

The best hope for the European Union would be for it to eventually evolve into an enormous Belgium. More likely, it will evolve into an enormous Yugoslavia circa 1990, which will not be quite so good.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 11, 2014
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Naked Consent: Why Personal Speech Codes Won’t Curb a Social Problem Like Sexual Assault
Mark Regnerus, Public Discourse

Speech codes won’t fix what ails a relationship marketplace that aggravates—rather than relieves—the risk of sexual violence. California’s proposed law will simply multiply accusations, legal proceedings, and judicial headaches.

Christ’s teaching on poverty
James Chastek, Just Thomism

The older account of Christ’s elevation of poverty imputes a mystical character to to it, as though the condition itself was a sort of prophesy. The newer account is not mystical but practical and political.

Pope Francis ranked among Washington’s political elite
Michael O’Loughlin, Crux

While he prefers to associate with the poor and marginalized, Pope Francis has shown up on a list of the powerful and elite. Politico Magazine ranked the Argentine-born Catholic leader No. 6 on its “The Politico 50” list, dubbing him “Washington’s Favorite Populist.”

How the Rise in School Choice Helps All of Us
Ed Feulner, The Daily Signal

America is built on the philosophy of bootstrapping, or pulling yourself up through your own talents and abilities. No tool is better suited for doing that than a good education.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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Obama Administration ‘Doubles Down’ on Fight Against Nuns
Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal

The Obama administration has decided to continue its legal battle against Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity that objects to Obamacare’s mandate that employee health plans cover contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs.

Pope’s money man tightens control over the power of the purse
Inés San Martín, Crux

In another milestone along the path to financial reform, Pope Francis’ new “Council for the Economy” met for the third time Thursday, among other things working out details for transfering the Vatican’s power of the purse ever more completely to Australian Cardinal George Pell.

A Humane Economy versus Economism
Ralph Ancil, The Imaginative Conservative

In the past, the emphasis was on the man of leisure who, acting as an independent or relatively self-sufficient individual, was able to spend time contemplating the higher aspects of life out of love for the good.

It’s Hard to be Saints in the City
Steven Malanga, City Journal

A new documentary shows how Benedictine monks make men out of Newark’s boys.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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The Catholic casino conundrum
Mathew N. Schmalz, Crux

Gambling is not prohibited for Catholics, but it’s a hard sell under Francis.

Surrogacy Gives Birth to an Unusual Alliance
Christopher White, Wall Street Journal

Ethical concerns about paying for babies bridge the sacred-secular gap.

The Lie Poverty Tells Us
Grace Biskie, Christianity Today

It’s hard for the poor to see that we are not our poverty… but not for Jesus.

What Are the Historical Practices of Christians in the Workplace?
Timothy West, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

We have forgotten the sacred rhythms of work, going back to and beyond the founding of this nation. Sacred work rhythms which Christians have long embraced and have passed along down through the centuries.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 8, 2014
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Religious divides persist heading into fall campaign
Michael Lipka, Pew Research

Issues at the intersection of religion and politics – including objections to parts of the Affordable Care Act, battles over same-sex marriage laws and a push for new state laws seeking to restrict access to abortions – have been a part of public debate since the 2010 midterm elections.

Rape and Rotherham
Ross Douthat, New York Times

So instead of looking for ideological vindication in these stories, it’s better to draw a general lesson. Show me what a culture values, prizes, puts on a pedestal, and I’ll tell you who is likely to get away with rape.

Pope’s money man tightens control over the power of the purse
Inés San Martín, Crux

In another milestone along the path to financial reform, Pope Francis’ new “Council for the Economy” met for the third time Thursday, among other things working out details for transfering the Vatican’s power of the purse ever more completely to Australian Cardinal George Pell.

Prince Charles Offers Prayerful and Financial Support to Iraqi Christians
Greg Daly, Aleteia

Ecumenical leaders gather at Lambeth Palace to voice concern for the persecuted.