PowerLinks 02.11.17

Christian charged with blasphemy, 106 Muslims acquitted Morning Star A 70-year-old Christian in Pakistan was jailed on blasphemy charges on the same day 106 Muslims accused in a 2013 attack on a Christian colony were acquitted. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.10.17

Confessions of a Catholic convert to capitalism Arthur C. Brooks, America “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov 16:9). God puts the truth before us in unexpected places, I have learned. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.09.17

What is the Free Speech Fairness Act? Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service The Free Speech Fairness Act is being touted as a “fix” to the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that prohibits nonprofits from engaging in politics. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.08.17

Pastors Without Politics Leslie Loftis, Arc How the Johnson Amendment quiets the pulpit. Religious Freedom Advocates Urge Trump to Sign Executive Order Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal Conservatives and religious groups are calling on President Donald Trump to stand firm on a draft executive order asserting the federal government recognize religious freedom as not only the right to worship but the right to express one’s religion. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.07.17

Iraq prelate backs preference for minority refugees fleeing genocide Crux Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil tells Crux that as long as special preferences under Trump’s new refugee order are for all victims of ISIS and not just Christians alone, it will help, and that Christians “celebrated when Trump won” in hopes it would mark an end to U.S. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.06.17

Judge Gorsuch’s Record On Religious Liberty and Church-State Issues Howard Friedman, Religion Clause Here are religion cases in which Judge Gorsuch either wrote an opinion or served on the panel of the 10th Circuit which decided the case. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.03.17

Wealth Isn’t Just Measured in Money — It’s Measured in Choices Jonathan Newman, Mises Wire Somebody with little more than a small rented apartment with central air and heat, running water, and electricity to power a small TV and various appliances is wealthier than even the kings of old. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.02.17

Should Government Control What Low-Income People Eat? Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, RealClearMarkets The New York Times recently published a story on the use of SNAP benefits to purchase sugar-sweetened beverages, leading to renewed calls for banning the purchase of soda with SNAP. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.01.17

Limited Government as Insurance Bryan Caplan, EconLog In American political culture, conservatives have traditionally praised “limited government,” though libertarians are the main people who take it seriously. But it seems like almost everyone, regardless of ideology, should be interested in getting insurance against bad future uses of government power. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.31.17

Solidarity and Subsidiarity Peter Augustine Lawler, Starting Points Each American knows he or she is a citizen, but also more than a citizen. Solidarity with all human beings—through a universal conception of rights and of citizenship in the City of God—means that our world isn’t irredeemably divided into bands of friends out to rob their enemies blind. Continue Reading...