Category: PowerLinks

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.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 13, 2015
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ISIS destroys historical church in Mosul: Iraqi official
Daily Sabah

An Iraqi government official has accused the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) of destroying a historical church in Mosul early on Monday.

Government and Societal Action Critical for Fighting Human Trafficking
Emily Runge, The Daily Signal

“We can change all the laws we want—but until we change the attitudes and respect for human beings, all this work is for nothing,” said Cindy McCain, head of the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, at a recent panel discussion at The Heritage Foundation.

Millennials Want Economic Opportunity, Not Redistribution
Emily Weithman, The Federalist

Millennials are sick of being told to sacrifice our dreams and potential advancement for that of other people whom government picks.

Kenya’s Catholic Church to fight hunger by farming its vast land reserves
Fredrick Nzwili, Religion News Service

Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 12, 2015
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Meet the 19th Century American Who Warned About Big Government, Religious Liberty Assaults
Robert Moffit, The Daily Signal

2015 marks a milestone in American history. One hundred and fifty years ago, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant and ended the Civil War. Shortly thereafter, Orestes Augustus Brownson (1803-1876), a prominent journalist and philosopher, published “The American Republic,” an erudite defense of the Federal Constitution.

The oil boom in North Dakota now has a serious sex trafficking problem
Jason Gaines, Business Insider

North Dakota has seen an increase in demand for prostitution as more and more people flock to the state’s burgeoning oil region. Most of these oil workers arrested for solicitation are unaware that many of these women are victims of sex trafficking.

Discrimination against Christians ‘ignored’ across Europe – MPs
John Bingham, The Telegraph

Nursery worker challenges sacking over views on sexuality as Council of Europe warns of ‘intolerance’ towards Christian beliefs.

How to Fight for Social Justice Right Where You Are
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

You don’t have to fly to Africa to fight for social justice. You can do it right now in your office, on your campus, and at home. Just by bringing someone Nutella? Yep.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Regulating people out of jobs
Sean Higgins, Washington Examiner

Single mother Tameka Stigers figured that she could use her skill at braiding hair to support her family. She soon discovered it wasn’t that easy: Missouri required that she get a cosmetology license before she could do it professionally.

The Rich Roots and Spoiled Fruits of Liberal Toleration
Jeremy Neill, Public Discourse

After decades of efforts to be emancipated from religious influences, the toleration of political liberals is still only an impoverished relative of its classical cousin.

There’s a global war for internet freedom. And the U.S. is losing.
James Poulos, The Week

Uually, grand geopolitical scares are a little overblown. The fact is that America’s powerful economic, cultural, and political advantages have proven to be more than enough to prevent darkness from sweeping over the globe. Until, maybe, now.

Mama Maggie Gobran Serves Children in Egypt’s Slums
Merrit Kennedy , AP

The Coptic Christian, who focuses on education for Egypt’s trash collectors, has drawn comparisons to Mother Theresa.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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The Mobility Crisis
Yuval Levin, Commentary

We Americans have always prided ourselves on the extraordinary degree of mobility this country has long made possible for its citizens—the idea that, with hard work and a little luck, an immigrant or a child of poor parents can start out with nothing and end up successful and rich.

Hope International Fights Poverty With Entrepreneurship
Danny Huizinga, Opportunity Lives

HOPE International isn’t just another nonprofit. Instead of handouts, the organization focuses on encouraging saving and entrepreneurship in countries around the world – helping people build their own success rather than simply trying to give it to them.

Being Charitable for the Right Reasons
Dusty Gates, Crisis Magazine

Despite the recent upward trend in charitable giving, history suggests giving over the next several months will be comparatively low. According to the Blackbaud Index, almost one-fifth of all charitable giving is done during the month of December.

How Sex Trafficking Became a Christian Cause Célèbre
Ruth Graham, Slate

Human trafficking—and sex trafficking in particular—has become something of a Christian cause célèbre. There are prayer weekends, movies, magazine covers, Sunday school curricula, and countless church-based ministries.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 9, 2015
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Should Catholics Oppose the Death Penalty?
John Zmirak, The Stream

Four major Catholic papers have called for an end to capital punishment, but church teaching is more complicated

Rick Warren: “Thank Baptists for Religious Liberty”
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

Baptists have long been champions of religious freedom, recounted mega church pastor Rick Warren and Southern Baptist spokesman Russell Moore, in a panel moderated by Judge Ken Starr, president of Baptist affiliated Baylor University.

Jobs move people out of poverty
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Last week, Keith Hall was selected to be the new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director. A few high profile past CBO analyses – scoring the Affordable Care Act and a minimum wage hike – have drawn more attention to the appointment than usual. But his views on poverty – namely, that jobs help people escape poverty – also deserve a look.

The Right Figures Out How To Tell Stories
Nicole Russell, The Federalist

Finally someone on the Right is telling stories as good as the other guys–with real people, real problems, and conservative solutions.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 6, 2015
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The Role of Natural Law in the Constitution
Robert H. Bork, The Imaginative Conservative

Natural law seems an unlikely topic for extensive television coverage, nor would one expect United States senators to develop high anxiety over the subject. Yet the confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas brought both of those improbable events to pass.

Is “Free-Range Parenting” Bad?
Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative

Have you ever let your kids play in the yard unsupervised, or walk alone to a nearby park? Such activities may in fact be “unsubstantiated child neglect,” according to the Montgomery County Child Protective Services

In U.S., Pope’s Popularity Continues to Grow
Pew Research

Nearly two years after becoming the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis continues to grow more popular among Americans.

Seattle’s smart take on how to help the poor: subsidize their transit
Emily Badger, Washington Post

Earlier this week, transit agencies in and around Seattle launched a new, two-tiered fare system: one rate for most riders in a region full of high-wage tech jobs, and another for those living on less than 200 percent of the poverty line.