Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 27, 2015
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How IKEA Has Transformed Russian Homes
the mendeleyev journal

IKEA (ИКЕА in Russian Cyrillic) was the Russian story that almost never happened. Still, the Swedish retail giant has transformed Russian kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms in ways that the profit-wary communists of a few decades ago could have never imagined.

Are Entrepreneurship and Risk-Taking at Odds with Biblical Stewardship?
Greg Ayers, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

If you’re a Christian entrepreneur and you believe your work contributes to the cause of flourishing that God desires for his creation, you might find yourself asking about the biblical perspective on risk.

Why Christians Should Support Economic Freedom
The Stream

Jay Richards argues that Christians who care about human well-being should defend free markets.

The ACLU’s Betrayal of Civil Liberties
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

The ACLU is trying to deprive other organizations of freedoms that it would insist upon for itself. Their work is not a defense of equality—it is an effort to impose a certain view of morality on the country by law.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 26, 2015
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A Catholic School Removes Teacher for Defending Faith
Anne Hendershott , Crisis Magazine

In the past few weeks, there has been an escalation of the attacks against the Church in places like the Archdiocese of San Francisco where Sam Singer, the head of a high priced Public Relations firm, was hired to wage war on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone because of the archbishop’s strong defense of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Evaluating the Moynihan Report on the Negro Family 50 Years Later
Greg Weiner, Library of Law and Liberty

A half-century after its publication, the Moynihan Report—The Negro Family: The Case for National Action—endures. It does so for many reasons, its prescience and courage chief among them. But the Report is more than a faithful contemporaneous portrait, and deeper than an accurate projection.

How Religious Institutions Can Bridge Class Gaps to Support Families
David Lapp and W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies

If religious groups wish to help strengthen families, they’ll have to reach out to people who aren’t in the pews.

The power of being able to do a good job at tedious, detail-oriented work
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

There is a growing body of research on the importance of determination, of grit, of stick-to-itiveness in kids becoming successful adults.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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What We Can Learn From Patrick Henry’s ‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death’ Speech
Carson Holloway, The Daily Signal

Two hundred forty years ago today, Patrick Henry made his immortal cry, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Government funding and the Free Speech Clause
Eugene Volokh, Washington Post

Are private universities bound by the Free Speech Clause if they get government funding, in the form of various research grants, student loans and the like?

Law Helps Those Who Escape Sex Trafficking Shed Its Stigma, Too
Edna Ishayik , New York Times

The law, passed in 2010, allows convictions related to sexual trafficking to be removed from a person’s record. New York had the first such law in the country and today 18 other states have adopted similar statutes.

The Death Of Catholic Universities In America
Dominic Lynch, The Federalist

Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Greektown meters to bring change for homeless
Kim North Shine, The Detroit News

Whatever change is deposited into the meters will go to a charity that helps the homeless, including the regular Greektown panhandlers. The cause has special connection for Agee, the artist who was once homeless in Detroit.

How Asia, U.S. Can Help End Human Trafficking
Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal

Of the nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, an estimated two-thirds are from Asia. Many factors contribute to the severity of the problem in Asia, but one stands out among the rest: the lack of rule of law.

An ancient technology is helping India’s “water man” save thousands of parched villages
Devjyot Ghoshal, Quartz

On March 20, Singh was awarded the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize, sometimes described as the Nobel prize for water.

The dam of self-restraint bursts for Pakistan’s Christians
Pamela Constable, Washington Post

This working-class neighborhood for generations. But the comity vanished in a matter of hours after a rumor spread that someone at a Christian wedding had torn up a copy of the Koran.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 23, 2015
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The Odd Couple Fighting Against Predatory Payday Lending
Sean McElwee, The Atlantic

In South Dakota, a conservative pastor and an openly gay former Obama campaign staffer have teamed up to battle an exploitative industry.

Great Political Ideas are Sustained by Great Religious Ideas
Dale Ahlquist, Crisis Magazine

One persistent fanaticism that prevents unity is the idea that you cannot mix politics and religion. But as a matter of fact, you cannot help mixing them.

What sustainability and religious freedom have in common
Sen. James Lankford, Washington Examiner

Protecting corporate conscience acknowledges that behind a company name, individuals with their own identities, perspectives, freedoms and convictions are making decisions that affect real people — owners, employees, customers and the community.

Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Curb Obesity
Natalie Shoemaker, Big Think

The RAND Corporation, a non-profit research group, has seen first-hand that eliminating one aspect of the problem does not stop an issue from growing.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 20, 2015
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Federal Court Precedent: A Defense of Judge Roy Moore and the Alabama Supreme Court
John C. Eastman, Public Discourse

The US Supreme Court has set a precedent upholding the right of states to define marriage as the union of husband and wife. All federal and state judges—including those in Alabama—are bound by that precedent.

Of Human Dignity
Charles J. Chaput, First Things

The declaration on religious liberty at 50.

Is Capitalism Destroying the Family?
DarwinCatholic

Apparently one of the ideas going around on the left is that if conservatives really cared about marriage, children getting to live in an intact family with both parents and other related issues, they would turn around and support progressive economics.

Isis tries to destroy all traces of Christianity in Mosul by defacing church and replacing crosses with Islamic State flags
Heather Saul, The Independent

Isis militants have attacked a Christian church and cemetery in Iraq, vandalising crosses and defacing religious artefacts in yet another assault on the country’s rich cultural history.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Misguided UCLA debate over bias of believers
Adèle Keim, San Francisco Chronicle

“Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” That sentence, uttered last month by a UCLA undergraduate evaluating a Jewish student-government candidate, has ignited a firestorm.

Why Net Neutrality Regulations Should Concern You
Ed Feulner, The Daily Signal

There’s a reason the words “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are a punchline. Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation.

Lord of the Permanent Things
Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards, Intercollegiate Review

Scholars have spent decades debating the literary and theological significance of his novels. There’s been less careful treatment of Tolkien’s political and economic thought, even though, as Tolkien commentator Joseph Pearce has put it, the longer novel’s “political significance” is “second only to the religious in its importance.”

First they came for the women. Then they came for the Christians. Then they came for the nuns.
Dr. (Sr.) Ananda Amritmahal, Quartz

Shock. Horror. Outrage. Another church burnt, another place of worship desecrated. Another group of Christians attacked.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Christians and College Debt
Samuel James, Patheos

This story poses an important moral dilemma for Christian collegians, many of whom find themselves in exactly the kind of financial straits described above.

Study: Americans are mostly OK with the government’s online snooping
Mike Murphy, Quartz

For the most part, Americans seem to have greeted the revelations about government snooping from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with a shrug.

Does the Minimum Wage Hurt the People It’s Trying to Help?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Ultimately, minimum wage laws disrupt the natural market process. They choose winners and losers, and the losers face increasingly restricted choices and higher prices.

NYC’s plan for prayer break in pre-K classes raises concerns
Associated Press

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious plan to expand public pre-kindergarten for all 4 year-olds depends in part on the participation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim schools, under a proposal that would permit religious instruction and prayers during midday breaks.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Why Don’t American Protestants Care That Middle Eastern Christians Are Dying?
Kazimierz Bem, OnFaith

Liberal Protestants are remaining silent, essentially condoning the actions of ISIS.

Read the words of an Orthodox bishop kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago
The Catholic World Report

On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha’ Allah Kabboud, was killed.

Pope Francis Predicts His Papacy Will Be Brief
Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times

On the second anniversary of the start of his papacy, Pope Francis announced that the Roman Catholic Church would mark an extraordinary Holy Year in December, though he might not be celebrating many more anniversaries in the future.

Right to Work Is About More Than Politics
Reihan Salam, The Corner

Just as a growing number of states embrace right-to-work laws, as John Fund recently observed, Democrats are placing a heavier emphasis on defending the interests of organized labor, according to Lydia DePillis and Jim Tankersley of the Washington Post.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 16, 2015
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Conservatives Band Together on Criminal Reforms
The American Interest

It’s been a good week for conservative criminal justice reform, which increasingly appears to be a unifying issue for the base and the party’s national leadership.

Could Pope Francis Teach Here?
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

Could Jannuzzi hand out a copy of this 1986 pastoral letter by then-Cardinal Ratzinger, writing in the name of and with the approval of Pope John Paul II, giving direction on the pastoral care of homosexual Catholics? If not, why not? It reflects official Catholic teaching.

Unions Thwarting Attempted Rescue of California Hospital Serving the Poor
Steven Greenhut , Reason

Costly contract provisions from the state attorney general are making it more difficult for a hospital to be sold, and saved.

The Economic Scars of Domestic Abuse
Bourree Lam, The Atlantic

The financial damage done to those in violent relationships can last for years—another reason it’s difficult for victims to just walk away.