PowerLinks 05.30.17

People of faith wrestle with major crackdown on panhandling Bobby Ross Jr., Reuters Whether or not people should be legally allowed to ask for money in public places is under review by many cities across the country. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.29.17

Teachers Unions Losing Long War Over Parental Choice Steven Greenhut, Reason.com Choice advocates win in school board race in second largest district in country. College Freshmen Are Less Religious Than Ever Allen Downey, Scientific American Data from a nationwide survey shows students who list their affiliation as “none” has skyrocketed. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.26.17

Dolan presses White House on relief for persecuted Christians John Allen, Inés San Martín and Claire Giangravè, Crux Despite expectations that the meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump on Wednesday would be contentious, it proved surprisingly upbeat. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.25.17

Pope and Trump focused on life, religious freedom and conscience, Vatican says Crux Pope Francis and President Donald Trump had a “cordial” talk Wednesday morning, according to a Vatican statement, which said they focused on areas of agreement including a “joint commitment in favor of life, and freedom of worship and conscience.” The dark side of paid parental leave James Pethokoukis, The Week Democrats, progressives, and even some reform-minded conservatives have slammed President Trump’s new budget as a cruel, math-challenged non-starter. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.24.17

Why Bill Gates’ Robot Tax Is A Seductive, Yet Terrible, Idea Sethu A. Iyer, The Federalist Implementing a robot tax would require adopting socialism, with all the perils that historically includes. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.23.17

Texas Governor Signs Bill Protecting Sermons From Subpoena By Government Howard Friedman, Religion Clause The new law protects sermons delivered by religious leaders from being subpoenaed by any governmental unit in litigation or in administrative proceedings. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.22.17

Why Trump’s tax plan would mean less money for churches Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post GOP tax proposals could reduce donations to congregations by nearly 5 percent, a new, nonpartisan analysis has found. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.19.17

Religion after communism Eastern Europe’s patriotic faith The Economist Across ex-communist Europe, religion is robust and patriotic, but sometimes skin-deep. Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux Blasphemy laws are used to persecute critics of Islam in many Muslim countries, whether moderate Muslims, Christians or Jews, and to attack so-called “non-believers,” thus forming an impenetrable barrier to any form of acceptance of other religious beliefs and contributing to the growth of Islamic extremism. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.18.17

The role of religious freedom today Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux The former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2005-2008), Francis Rooney, says due to its stabilizing role in society, religious freedom can be used as a “soft power” weapon to deter extremist ideologies, as evidenced by Holy See diplomacy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.17.17

Trump Should Adopt an International Religious-Freedom Policy with Teeth Tina Ramirez, National Review American Christians should urge him to adopt policies to help the church where it’s persecuted. Under Socialism, Morality Is Scarcer than Bread Marian L. Continue Reading...