Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 1, 2015

Electricity for Africa
Matt Ridley, Rational Optimist

There really is a trade-off: denying aid for fossil fuels hurts the poor.

If the Supreme Court Imposes Same Sex Marriage, You Could Lose Your Church
John Zmirak, The Stream

Obama’s Solicitor General admits that the feds will treat orthodox Christians like racists.

The Paradox of Dogma: How the Left Is Crippling Itself
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist

If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost?

How California Cities Are Making Millions Seizing Property and Money from Law-Abiding Citizens
Melissa Quinn, The Daily Signal

In a small number of cities clustered in Los Angeles County, Calif., people are seeing their property and money seized by law enforcement through civil asset forfeiture, and it’s making police departments tens of millions of dollars.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 30, 2015

On Sustainability
James V. Schall, S.J., The Catholic Thing

The phrase “objection sustained” comes from the law court – a judge agrees with a lawyer’s objection to procedure. His “sustaining” guarantees that the trial follows established rules. Today, in an enormous literature, what is to be “sustained” is not legal procedure, but the supposed “rules” that keep this planet viable down the ages.

Religious Liberty Is Not Enough
Jennifer Roback Morse, Crisis Magazine

We cannot cite religious liberty as a free-standing argument at this point. If we do not provide our unchurched or poorly catechized neighbors with an answer that makes sense to them, they will supply their own answer: “You won’t bake the cake because you hate gay people.”

Baltimore And The Broken Windows Fallacy
Rich Cromwell, The Federalist

The opportunity costs of rebuilding Baltimore after its riots will be steep.

Why conservatives need an anti-poverty agenda
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

To some people (and not just liberals!), a conservative anti-poverty agenda sounds like an oxymoron. There are several reasons for this, some valid and some not.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Do Regulations Harm Big Or Small Businesses More?
Opportunity Lives

Every time the federal government issues a new regulation, it costs businesses and consumers time and money to make sure they are in compliance with the rule. But what often goes unnoticed is that small businesses have a much harder time complying with each new regulation, as they cannot spare the money or time like a large corporation can.

Baltimore Riots & the Vocation for Order
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

The Baltimore riots reminded me of a passage I read last eve from Richard Norton Smith’s excellent new Nelson Rockefeller biography about the 1971 Attica prison riot.

The Hyped Dangers Of Free-Range Parenting
Mark Hemingway, The Federalist

Once upon a time, ‘free-range parenting’ was simply known as parenting.

Nigerian army says rescues hundreds of girls from Boko Haram camps
Bate Felix and Ardo Abdallah, Reuters

Nigeria’s army has rescued 200 girls and 93 women during a military operation to wrest back the Sambisa Forest from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group, it said on Tuesday.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Are Liberals Finally Rallying to Save Liberty?
Mike Gonzalez, The Daily Signal

The incipient revolt against the tactics prescribed by Saul Alinsky (if that is what it is) is taking place regarding my colleague Ryan Anderson, The Heritage Foundation’s William E. Simon fellow and lead researcher on marriage.

Dependency, Work Incentives, And The Growing Welfare State
Daniel J. Mitchell, The Federalist

Our current welfare system is bad for both poor people and taxpayers.

Judge proposes Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to lesbian couple
Steven Dubois, Associated Press

An administrative law judge proposed Friday that the owners of a suburban Portland bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago.

Why America’s prison rape endemic is everyone’s problem
Emily L. Hauser, The Week

The facts are appalling. The Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that in 2011 alone, some 200,000 people were sexually victimized in the American prison system.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 27, 2015

550 Slaves Rescued in Indonesia: Time to Get Serious About Fighting Human Trafficking in Asia
Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal

An estimated 550 slaves were rescued from the remote Indonesian island Benjina late last week. The International Organization for Migration believes there are at least 4,000 men that have not yet been rescued and may be victims of human trafficking. Events in Benjina are a reminder that the fight against human trafficking in Asia is far from over

What You Should Know About The Armenian Genocide
Stella Morabito, The Federalist

Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that killed 1.5 million Christians. Remembering is one way we can safeguard against such atrocities.

Why the ‘safe space’ movement is a liberal assault on freedom
Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week

Why worry about the exotic (and sometimes silly) life of a college campus? Well, it matters because future elites — who will set the norms and tone of our institutions of power — are coming of age in this intellectual stew.

Roepke and von Mises: The Difference
Ralph Ancil, The Imaginative Conservative

Since Roepke was an Austrian economist and former student of Mises, it appears to be assumed that, aside from small differences arising from individuality, they are in agreement on all important matters. Nothing could be more incorrect.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 24, 2015

How Christianity invented children
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Week

We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn’t exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children.

To Protect Religious Freedom, Republicans Attempt Historic Move Against D.C.
Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal

A powerful congressional committee last night passed a measure to kill one of two controversial pieces of legislation from taking effect in the District of Columbia, moving closer to acting out a historic power play against a bill that critics believe infringes on religious liberty.

How to Be Productive According to the Bible
Kevin Halloran, Unlocking the Bible

The Bible contains truth that applies to all of life and has a tremendous amount to say about how we live our lives and work our jobs. The Bible’s view of work and productivity is vastly different from our culture’s view.

Obama urged to act as slaughter of Christians escalates
Susan Crabtree, Washington Examiner

Activists and elected officials are urging President Obama to stop slow-walking his response to the slaughter of Christians throughout the Middle East.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty
George F. Will, Washington Post

In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law.

We don’t know how many people around the world are living in poverty
Sarah Shearman, Quartz

We live in a era of big data, but developing countries are suffering from a data drought: governments and the international community know less about the world’s poorest than they think.

We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership
Kyle Wiens, Wired

It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. Not according to their corporate lawyers, anyway.

What Harvard Students Pushing Fossil Fuel Divestment Are Missing
Alex Belica and David Kreutzer, The Daily Signal

It’s usually a lot easier to tell someone else to solve a problem than to do it yourself. A movement has sprung up on many college campuses urging schools to divest their endowment funds of any companies that produce fossil fuels.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reauthorizing the federal home visiting program was the right thing to do
Katharine B. Stevens, AEI Ideas

Home visiting helps young, low-income mothers during pregnancy and through the critical first years of their babies’ lives—building mothers’ competence in caring for their children and themselves, and enabling parents to better fulfill their role as their children’s “first teachers.”

Hundreds Drown, Dozens of Christians Beheaded as Libya Festers
The American Interest

Hundreds of migrants—as many as 700—drowned off the coast of Libya this weekend, in one of the greatest disasters of what has already become an out-of-control refugee crisis.

Praise and Skepticism as One Executive Sets Minimum Wage to $70,000 a Year
Patricia Cohen, New York Times

When Dan Price announced last week that he would cut his own pay and profits to make it possible to raise the minimum wage at Gravity Payments, his credit card processing company in Seattle, to a hefty $70,000 a year, he had little idea of the whirlwind it would stir.

9 Things You Should Know About Genocide
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Because several genocides began in April or have a major anniversary in the month, many organizations and institutions around the world have set aside April to be a month of genocide awareness and action against genocide. Here are nine things you should know about genocide in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Indiana Is Now The Most Hostile State To Religious Freedom
Dennis Saffran, The Federalist

Indiana’s ‘fix’ to its religious-freedom law increases burdens on conscience rights its original religious-freedom law was designed to protect.

Gender pay gap narrows when fringe benefits are included
Andrew G. Biggs, AEI Ideas

If you look at men and women while controlling for these differences, and then include the fringe benefits their different jobs pay, you find that benefits lower the pay gap, not increase it.

What Africa Needs More Than Food Aid Or Democracy
Interview with Ken Mbnugua, The Gospel Coalition

There are millions of Africans attending churches where the only message they hear is the prosperity gospel.

Another Infuriating Crackdown on Sharing Food With the Homeless
Baylen Linnekin,

San Antonio targets a good Samaritan, because rules are rules.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 20, 2015

Culture War Questions: Can Christians Be Notaries?
Ben Domenech, The Federalist

The two 24-year magistrates were forced out by a fairly clear cut policy decision on the part of the AOC: either administer all marriages or none of them.

Keller’s 5 Ways the Gospel Transforms Your Work
Nicholas McDonald, Scribblepreach

I ’ll be honest: I’ve lived most of my life with a pretty low view of work. Being a pastor was fine – but I’m talking about NORMAL jobs, for NORMAL people. I thought, “Why would you be making widgets when you could be transforming souls?”

Ask the Author: Tim Gloege on Guaranteed Pure
Kristin Du Mez, Historical Horizons

Guaranteed Pure explains how evangelicals at the Moody Bible Institute created a modern form of old-time religion using business ideas and techniques. This smoothed the advent of modern consumer capitalism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and transformed the dynamics of Protestantism in modern America.

Student sues public university for requiring ‘free speech permit’
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

“At Cal Poly, students have to wear a free speech badge in the free speech zone and can only get that authorization on weekdays. This is a cartoonish violation of the First Amendment, almost beyond parody,” explains Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The free speech zone is just 0.01 percent of campus space.