Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Pope To Christians Captured By ISIS: You Have Not Been Forgotten
Diane Montagna, Aleteia

At Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis sends message to Syrian and Iraqi Christians.

A Thin Line of Defense Against Honor Killings
Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times

Women’s shelters are one of the most provocative legacies of the Western presence in Afghanistan.

What Is Meaningful Work?
Courtney Reissig, The Gospel Coalition

While we would agree that all work matters, we tend to more highly praise others for doing great things on their own outside the home. I’ve even seen it in my own life when, in some circles, I define myself first as a writer in order to prove that I do something meaningful with my life during the day.

Seattle to charge public-transit riders based on income
BBC

Seattle’s transport system has introduced a ticketing system that charges riders based on their income.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 2, 2015
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What Happens in Vegas Is Filmed in Vegas
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

So I left Vegas with a question: Is the friendly police state the price of the freedom to drink and gamble with abandon?Whatever your position on vice industries, they are heavily associated with crime, even where they are legal.

Lawmakers Want Investigation Of San Francisco Catholic High Schools Over Teacher Morality Clauses
CBS

Two Bay Area lawmakers are seeking an investigation of working conditions at high schools administrated by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, over the archbishop’s proposed morality clauses for teachers.

Islamic State seizure of Syria Christians: What we know
BBC

Dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) in the north-eastern Syrian province of Hassakeh, activists and community leaders say.

Chinese Crackdown Spells Danger for Christians
The American Interest

Xi watchers take note: the NYT reports on the increasingly strict controls the Chinese government is placing on “independent, civil society groups”.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, February 27, 2015
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More Assyrian Christians Captured as ISIS Attacks Villages in Syria
Anne Barnard, New York Times

Continuing its assaults on a string of Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, the Islamic State militant group has seized scores more residents over the past two days, bringing the number of captives to as many as several hundred, Assyrian organizations inside and outside Syria said on Thursday.

The Personnel Is Political: The Left’s Distorted Outlook on the Minimum Wage
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

A priceless little gem of leftist thinking appeared yesterday at Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC blog, in which Steve Benen declares a triumph for the campaign to increase the federal minimum wage—in the form of private employers voluntarily raising their wages in response to market forces. Say what?

School Choice Metamorphoses From Vouchers to Savings Accounts
Rachel Alexander, The Stream

Teachers unions’ monolithic grip on education will inevitably disappear, Clint Bolick predicts, as technology makes them obsolete.

Christian Education Should Teach Students the Dignity of Work and the Doctrine of Vocation
David Leonard , Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

After ten years of teaching in higher education and interacting with students from a wide range of backgrounds, I’ve come to realize that most young people lack the resources for thinking clearly about their vocations. Unfortunately, this is also true at Christian universities and colleges.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, February 26, 2015
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Army of Assyrian Christians aims to fight Islamic State
Therese Apel, Crux

Assyrian Christians in the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, with the help of a group of Americans, are building a fighting machine to stand toe-to-toe with the Islamic State group to preserve their homeland, their history and their heritage.

Seven Reasons Conservatives Are Leading Criminal Justice Reform
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

One percent of the U.S. population is behind bars. We can do better than our current criminal justice system. And the Right is leading the way.

Minimum Wage for New York City’s Tipped Workers Will Increase to $7.50
Patrick McGeehan , New York Times

Continuing to push for higher wages for the state’s lowest-paid workers, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Tuesday that all of the waiters, waitresses and others who work for tips in New York City will soon get a raise of their minimum wage to $7.50 an hour.

Godly Radicalism
Greg Forster, First Things

At Anamnesis, Glenn Moots reviews and responds to an important new work in this debate, Godly Republicanism by Michael Winship. Drawing on Winship, Moots argues that historians have overlooked the religious roots of an important strain of Anglo-American republicanism because it arose in a place and manner that we wouldn’t expect.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
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Islamic State ‘abducts dozens of Christians in Syria’
BBC

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 90 men, women and children were seized in a series of dawn raids near the town of Tal Tamr.

Getting a gun legally in Europe may be hard, but terrorists have little trouble
Griff Witte and Karla Adam, Washington Post

Europe, a continent long known for the rarity of gun violence, is confronting twin challenges that give the issue sudden urgency: a growing population of radicalized young men determined to strike targets close to home, and a black market awash in high-powered weapons.

How unemployment warps your personality over time
Danielle Paquette, Washington Post

Long periods of unemployment drain our bank accounts and weaken the economy. New research suggests extended joblessness could also dampen our personalities. And that can make it harder to find more work.

Supreme Court to hear religious freedom case
Ariane de Vogue, CNN

Samantha Elauf was apprehensive to interview for a sales job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch in 2008 because the 17 year old wore a headscarf in accordance with her Muslim faith. But a friend of hers, who worked at the store, said he didn’t think it would be a problem as long as the headscarf wasn’t black because the store doesn’t sell black clothes.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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The Puritans Were Like ISIS?
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

This week Yale Divinity School’s Miroslav Volf, in an interview with Religion News Service’s Jonathan Merritt, seems to compare America’s founders with ISIS.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby left embarrassed by Canterbury Cathedral living wage blunder
Chris Pragnell, Kent Online

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted “embarrassment” over revelations that Canterbury Cathedral is offering jobs paying barely over the minimum wage. The Most Reverend Justin Welby waded into political debate last week by demanding a living wage for all workers of at least £7.85 per hour.

More Money Does Not Equal Better Public Schools
A. Barton Hinkle, Reason

The correlation between school spending and student achievement is far weaker than commonly thought.

Economic Freedom Is Not Enough for Human Flourishing
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Economic freedom is only one component of human flourishing. We should think about it as a prerequisite, a necessary foundation to society that makes human flourishing possible. We need to ask ourselves, once we have economic freedom, what do we do with it?

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, February 23, 2015
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Families Armed With Books Repel The Effects Of Poverty
Allison Kieselowsky, The Federalist

Families that read together build strong bonds and ward off poverty. Here’s what you can do to encourage love for books in your community.

The Business of Spiritual Man
Hunter Baker, Touchstone

The role of Christianity in Peter Drucker’s early work.

A florist loses religious freedom, and much more
Denny Burk, CNN

Stutzman is the Washington florist who has been sued for living out her Christian beliefs. In 2013, a long-time friend and customer came to her flower shop and asked her to provide flowers for his gay wedding. Stutzman had known this man and had done business with him for about nine years. Nevertheless, she told him that she could not participate in his wedding “because of my relationship with Jesus.”

Nit-Picking “Saint” Adam Smith
Stephen Masty, The Imaginative Conservative

How often can writers pretend to discover some well-known thing for “the first time ever?” With poor Adam Smith it has happened again, but commercial promotion inadvertently raises an important matter that only begins with the great First Economist’s religion or lack thereof.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, February 20, 2015
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Italian Cardinal Promises “War on Capitalism”
John Zmirak, The Stream

Dogmatic, leftist distortions of Catholic Social Teaching ignore reason and history.

‘Relationship with Jesus’ doesn’t justify florist’s refusal to serve gay couple, judge rules
Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post

A Washington state florist who refused to provide flower arrangements for a gay wedding “because of [her] relationship with Jesus” violated the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws, a judge ruled Wednesday.

(Still) more on “Catholicism v. Libertarianism”
Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice

I think that, for too many Catholics, “libertarian” is becoming little more than an epithet that one attaches to particular policy proposals or stances one does not support, whether or not those proposals or stances actually depend on or reflect “libertarian” premises.

Evangelicals For Biblical Immigration and Cultural Flourishing
Kelly Monroe Kullberg , Christian Post

Almost all evangelicals support lawful, reasonable immigration. What they oppose is lawlessness and a disregard for the rights of citizens.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Would Today’s Proverbs 31 Woman Do Multi-Level Marketing?
Hannah Anderson, Christianity Today

How companies appeal to family values and female empowerment.

13 Charts Measuring Economic Freedom Around the Globe
Thaleigha Rampersad, The Daily Signal

The Daily Signal pulled together 13 charts from this year’s Index of Economic Freedom to reveal some of the most interesting facts and figures.

Nutella Founder Dies, Said Secret of Success Was Our Lady of Lourdes
Zelda Caldwell, Aleteia

Devout Catholic took employees to visit site of Marian apparitions.

God, America, and Rights: How Chris Cuomo Gets Rights Wrong
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo recently argued that rights are a simply matter of “collective agreement and compromise.” His remarks are evidence of a desire on the part of America’s intellectual and cultural elite to divorce America from its traditional political identity and from the notion that politics has any connection to God.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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Pope Francis: The blood of murdered Copts a “witness that cries out”
Vatican Radio

Pope Francis on Monday denounced the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIL militants in Libya. The Islamist terrorist organization released a video of the killings on Sunday.

Frank Wolf Calls for Safe Haven for Mideast Christians
Timothy C. Morgan and Ruth Moon, Christianity Today

Former congressman offers six-point plan. But killing continues as ISIL-linked terrorists behead 21 Christians in Libya.

What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood, The Atlantic

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.

These Letters Offer a Window into George Washington’s Views on Religious Liberty
Daniel Dreisbach , Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

We live in a time when religious liberty is more threatened than at any time in living memory. While courts and commentators turn frequently to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison for insights on religious liberty and the constitutional role of religion in public life, largely ignored is the counsel of our first president, George Washington.