Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 3, 2016

Religious freedom on campus: What students can and can’t do
Candi Cushman, ERLC

How would you respond if one of these scenarios happened to your child, or to a student in your youth group?

Local Entrepreneurs, Not Foreign Do-Gooders, Are the True Hope of Africa
Paul Miniato, FEE

There are a billion people in the world trying to get by on a dollar a day. This grinding poverty persists despite huge amounts spent on private and government foreign aid since World War II.

Our New Report Offers a Free-Market Alternative to the Farm Bill
Daren Bakst, The Daily Signal

Why is there a special taxpayer-funded safety net to help many farmers with risk, when other businesses manage risk without such federal government intervention?

How ‘Little House on the Prairie’ Built Modern Conservatism
Christine Woodside, Politico

Think literature can’t change society? With catchy stories and a lucrative royalty stream, Rose Wilder Lane helped reshape American politics, from her young readers to the Koch brothers.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 30, 2016

House OKs Plan for $170 Million to Fix Flint Water System
Alan Fram, Associated Press

The House easily approved an election-year plan Wednesday to provide $170 million to help Flint, Michigan, rebuild its lead-poisoned water system, as Congress moved toward addressing a public health catastrophe that became an acrimonious partisan dispute.

What Makes a Company “Christian”?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

What we need to be focusing on is not whether we have Christian businesses, but whether we have Christian businessmen who integrate their convictions and principles with their work.

What Americans Think of What Evangelicals Think of Religious Liberty
Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Christianity Today

On two of three contentious issues at the intersection of religious liberty and nondiscrimination concerns, Americans remain evenly divided.

UNICEF says 75,000 children could die in Nigeria hunger crisis

Famine-like conditions in the former stronghold of Boko Haram militants in northeast Nigeria could kill 75,000 children over the next year if they do not receive aid, the United Nations children’s agency said on Thursday.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Religious Freedom: The Basis for Human Rights . . . and the Survival of Christians in the Middle East
Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Public Discourse

It is time for the international community to respond to the plight of Christians in the middle east. Adapted from an address delivered by the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Antioch to the 134th Convention of the Knights of Columbus.

Aristotle Understood the Importance of Property
Richard M. Ebeling, FEE

Aristotle saw property rights as an incentive mechanism. When individuals believe and feel certain that they will be permitted to keep the fruits of their own labor, they will have an inclination to apply themselves in various, productive ways, which would not be the case with common or collective ownership.

Assyrian Christians Live In War-Torn Limbo, Praying Against Genocide
Alexandra Hudson, The Federalist

‘We are not safe in Iraq while Daesh (ISIS) is in control. We have no future, no work, no belongings,’ says an Iraqi genocide survivor.

The Sneaky Way Public Unions Are Getting Tax Dollars for Union Activities
Trey Kovacs, The Daily Signal

This subsidy, known as union release time, has flown under the radar for decades, but now state free-market groups are starting to do something about it.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

How a Dutch Prime Minister Changed My Life
Bruce Ashford, TGC

This one book shaped the way I think and live; I carry its ideas with me every day.

Millions in U.S. Climb Out of Poverty, at Long Last
Patricia Cohen, New York Times

Poverty declined among every group. But African-Americans and Hispanics — who account for more than 45 percent of those below the poverty line of $24,300 for a family of four in most states — experienced the largest improvement.

Unemployment Insurance Should Focus on Getting People Back to Work
Daniel Huizinga, Opportunity Lives

Unemployment insurance is a valuable program for people enduring the stress and uncertainty of temporary joblessness. But if the benefits become too generous, unemployment insurance can incentivize people to stay out of work longer, hurting them — and the overall economy — in the long term.

Over 90% of world breathing bad air: WHO

Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The three A’s of religious liberty
Andrew T. Walker, ERLC

Religious liberty can be a difficult concept to wrap our heads around. Secular individuals view it as a religious idea while religious individuals view it as a political idea.

Applying Catholic Social Teaching is the Duty of Laymen
Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine

What is Catholic Social Teaching, and how should a Catholic apply it to his voting decisions?

Seattle passes new scheduling rules for hourly workers
Associated Press

Retail and food-service workers will have more predictability with their schedules after the Seattle City Council unanimously approved a new law Monday requiring employers to schedule shifts 14 days in advance and pay workers extra for certain last-minute scheduling changes.

The Gospel Provides the Missing Link to Well-Being
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The search for meaning and purpose is not new. It has dogged mankind from the beginning of time. There is a natural, inescapable desire to live in peace and security, love and happiness. These are not merely random values or desires of a certain people or time period, but something that transcends cultures because it is how God made us.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 26, 2016

Why Moscow’s most iconic church used to be a swimming pool
Marius Mortsiefer and Kerstin Pelzer, DW

The Soviets blew up Moscow’s once majestic Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Now, its golden cupolas shine again in Moscow. Along the way, it was a site for prestigious communist projects – like a massive swimming pool.

A Christian Declaration on American Foreign Policy
The Editors, Providence

Thoughtful Christians who take seriously the roles assigned by God to the church and the state, and who value the equal importance of justice and ordered liberty, should not be silent in the face of this shift.

Religious Persecution in the West: How Bad Will it Get?
Lea Singh, The Imaginative Conservative

Our future may not be like Nazi Germany. Or like Communism, or like Jacobin France. Our future oppressive regime will probably have a new face…but an old body. Dictatorships have come and gone throughout history, and each remake of that same old song is also a bit different from all the rest.

How unemployment can affect marriage
Danielle Braff, Chicago Tribune

Juggling work and family life is a struggle for many couples, but it can be a particular problem if one of the partners feels that the other isn’t contributing enough workwise.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 23, 2016

Protectionism Is Theft Wrapped in Flags
Donald J. Boudreaux, FEE

Buyers will not bind themselves in this way in exchange for nothing.

Clinton’s anti-poverty plan
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

One can’t help but think that Clinton missed an opportunity here. She failed to outline a vision for reducing poverty, preferring instead to lay out a few specific policy proposals that are popular with her core supporters, but won’t likely reduce poverty much.

Are these the last days of free trade?
Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post

Guess what? A President Trump could adopt his new trade agenda without any authorization from Congress — and this could trigger a global trade war and a deep U.S. recession. Policies that promise to make us stronger economically could do the opposite.

Report Reveals Public Support for School Reform, Disdain for Common Core
Evan Smith, Opportunity Lives

The report highlights how school reform remains very popular in the United States, with support for charter schools, merit pay for teachers and teacher tenure reform on the rise.