Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, June 19, 2015

Magna Carta: The birth certificate of the rule of law
John Steele Gordon, AEI

The Magna Carta, thought a dead letter two months after it was written, lived on to become nothing less than the birth certificate of the rule of law.

Are You Christian? Forget About Doing Yoga!

The Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church reacted to the UN’s decision to designate June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014. The Holy Synod’s statement says that the practice of yoga has “no place in the lives of Christians” since it is a fundamental aspect of Hinduism and as such is not considered a “form of exercise” but of worship!

The Return of Catholic Anti-modernism
R. R. Reno, First Things

n this encyclical, Francis expresses strikingly anti-scientific, anti-technological, and anti-progressive sentiments. In fact, this is perhaps the most anti-modern encyclical since the Syllabus of Errors, Pius IX’s haughty 1864 dismissal of the conceits of the modern era.

House panel advances rider to block Internet rules
Mario Trujillo, The Hill

The House Appropriations Committee approved a funding bill Wednesday that includes a policy rider to block newly implemented net neutrality rules temporarily.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 18, 2015

U.S. Confidence in Religious Institutions at All-Time Low

Confidence in every major U.S. institution, save for military and small businesses, polled below historic averages according to a new Gallup survey.

How The Left Uses Deceptive Minimum-Wage Data
James Sherk, The Federalist

The real value of the minimum wage has hardly changed for half a century. You wouldn’t know that from looking at charts from the Left.

We Need a Magna Carta for the Regulatory State

Sean Hackbarth, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The regulators must be better regulated. We need a Magna Carta for the Regulatory State.

Navigating the Complex Relationship between Creation, Dominion, and Whole-Life Stewardship
Andrew Spencer, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

There is value in the created order. Humans are part of that created order, but a special part. God gave a special responsibility to humans to be fruitful and to have dominion over the earth as his image bearers (Genesis 1:26-28).

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Freedom, Law and the Limits of Authority: Exploring the Theological Roots of the Magna Carta
Thomas Andrew, ABC Religion and Ethics

Given that institutionalised Christianity has, in one form or another, been a dominant force throughout much of Western history, it is hardly revolutionary to claim that the history of legal and political thought has been distinctly shaped by Christian ideals and beliefs.

Oklahoma AG supports Marine court-martialed for prayer
Associated Press

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is weighing in on the case of a US Marine in North Carolina who was court-martialed after posting Bible verses in her government work space and refusing orders to remove them.

A Spotlight on Government Waste and Corporate Welfare
Amber Athey, The Daily Signal

While it is no surprise to most Americans that government tends to operate less efficiently than the private sector, the amount of money that is lost or mishandled is often much higher than many people imagine

Would you rather make $50,000 in today’s world or $100,000 in 1980’s?
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Adjusted for inflation, would you rather make $50,000 in today’s world or $100,000 in 1980’s? In other words, is an extra $50,000 enough to get you to give up the internet and TV and computer that you have now? The answer isn’t obvious. And if $100,000 isn’t enough, what would be? $200,000? More?

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

800 Years On, Why Magna Carta Still Matters
Brendan O’Neill, Spiked Online

The document that built a ‘brazen wall’ to guard the individual from the state.

Trying to Solve the Global Warming Problem Could Have Effects on the Hunger Problem
Monica Joshi, Big Think

A new study has found for the first time that efforts to keep global temperatures in check might likely lead to more people going hungry due to their effects on food production.

Do Conservative Christians Care About the Poor?
Bryan Ballas, Juicy Ecumenism

You can be as kind and loving to others as humanly possible, but it will do nothing to change the mind of someone who only wants to see the negative in you.

No, Conservatives Don’t Suddenly Hate Free Trade
Bryan Riley, The Daily Signal

The debate over the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill backed by President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has turned into a debate over just about anything except free trade.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 15, 2015

Conserving Religious Liberty For All
Sen. Mike Lee, Hillsdale College

Today I would like to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the vulnerability of one of those ideals in particular: America’s tradition of religious diversity, tolerance, and freedom.

Why Poor People Stay Poor
Steve Chapman,

Hazards hamper the ability of many to lift themselves out.

King v. Burwell Pits Rule Of Law Against Rule By Decree
John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

How the Obama administration has handled Obamacare is at odds with fundamental American concepts like rule of law and separation of powers. The Supreme Court should see that in King v. Burwell.

How the Poor Make Better Financial Decisions Than the Wealthy
Anuj Shah, Slate

People often assume that the poor are less competent than the wealthy. Some even suggest that the poor have flawed values or ways of thinking. But my colleagues and I have recently found that the poor outperform the rich at some financial decisions. Under poverty, people develop a unique expertise.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, June 12, 2015

Minimum Wage Laws: Restrictions On Free Speech?
Adam Allouba, Atlas Network

The lower market wage for artists does not arise from someone’s arbitrary decision — or even someone’s informed decision — because no “decision” was involved. That wage instead results from an ongoing conversation between producers and consumers about how much art is for sale relative to how much art people will buy.

Vatican to share tax info with US in new transparency step
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

The Vatican formally committed Wednesday to share the tax information of U.S. citizens with the United States in the latest move to improve the reputation of its scandal-marred bank and crack down on tax cheats.

Seattle ‘culturemaker’ Nathan Marion: We Need New Abbeys In America To Foster Community, Arts
Jesse James Deconto, Religion Dispatches

Out of Marion’s experience with the Abbey, grew Lonely Buildings, a consulting firm that helps congregations reimagine how to use their facilities to serve their neighbors and neighborhoods. From Seattle and Portland, Houston and Austin, to San Diego and Birmingham, Ala., Marion advises congregations about how their buildings can belong to the broader “parishes” that surround them.

Africa creates TFTA – Cape to Cairo free-trade zone

African leaders have agreed to create the continent’s largest free-trade zone, covering 26 countries in an area from Cape Town to Cairo.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Africa wasn’t always about poverty–so why do so many believe that’s the case?
Johan Fourie, Quartz

For too long, Henry Morton Stanley’s reference to Africa as the Dark Continent held sway. Not only was the African interior terra incognito, but so too was its past.

What the West Needs to Know About the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia

An interview with author George J. Marlin of Aid to the Church in Need.

What’s Dignity for the Goose Is Dignity for the Gander
Richard Reinsch, Library of Law and Liberty

If state marriage laws are primarily about bestowing dignity on adults, as opposed to the more limited social purpose of connecting fathers and mothers to each other and to their children, then it’s curtains for those defending marriage as an institution grounded in heterosexual complementarity. But we already knew that.

How the Sabbath Keeps Work from Being the Meaning of Our Lives
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Man was created by God for work (Genesis 2:15). For the Christian, life without work is meaningless; but work must never become the meaning of one’s life.