Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 17, 2015
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Can capitalism keep people out of prisons?
Steven Godeke and William Burckart, Quartz

The Rikers Island Prison SIB is one example of fast-emerging interest and activity around these kinds of strategies, which are also known as pay-for-success financings.

After Supreme Court Gay Marriage Ruling, How We Can Protect Freedom for Everyone
Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal

Respecting religious liberty in the marketplace is particularly important. After all, as the first lady, Michelle Obama, put it, religion “isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well.”

Remove work requirements and food stamp enrollment explodes in a SNAP
Matt Vespa, Hot Air

In all, there are 48 million Americans on food stamps, up from 17 million since 2000. Additionally, millions more are being added to their states’ respective food stamp rolls than they are finding full-time work; for every one person who found a job, two people are given SNAP benefits. In terms of cost, we were spending $17 billion on food stamps. It’s now ballooned to an $80 billion program.

Gay Marriage and the Future of Evangelical Colleges
David R. Wheeler, The Atlantic

Now that same-sex couples have the right to wed, will higher-ed institutions that condemn LGBT students still be eligible for federal funding?

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 16, 2015
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The Best Way to End Homelessness
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

The first-ever large-scale study on the topic finds that permanent, stable housing can be more cost-effective than shelters.

The Enduring Significance of Edmund Burke
Russell Kirk, The Imaginative Conservative

Order in society: an arrangement of things not according to an abstract equality, nor yet according to a utilitarian calculus, but founded upon a recognition of Providential design, which makes differences between man and man (and God and man) ineradicable and beneficent. This, I think, is the idea fundamental to Burke’s liberal conservatism, and this is the principle to which all real conservatives after him clung.

Don’t Supersize the Minimum Wage
Diana Furchtgott-Roth, City Journal

Boosting New York’s fast-food hourly wage to $15 will kill jobs and raise prices.

Nuns challenge policy on contraceptive access
Robert Pear, New York Times News Service

Four federal appeals courts have upheld efforts by the Obama administration to guarantee access to free birth control for women, suggesting that the government may have found a way to circumvent religious organizations that refuse to provide coverage for some or all forms of contraception.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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The sale of fetal body parts: gruesome—and shockingly legal
Joe Carter, ERLC

The discussion in the video is graphic, gruesome, and disturbing. What’s even more shocking is that this practice may actually be legal under current federal law.

Taxing churches is a form of religious persecution — and liberals need to stand against it
Damon Linker, The Week

How long will it be until we begin to see a movement — egged on by activists, encouraged by receptive judges — to revoke the tax exemptions currently enjoyed by churches? A few months? A year? I

Greece Disaster Shows Unavoidable Consequences of Socialism
Stephen Moore, The Daily Signal

The Greek citizens have rolled the dice and voted overwhelmingly to reject the “austerity” referendum. This was a way for voters to stick a finger in the eye of their creditors. The left around the world has responded to the vote with thunderous applause—and is selling the results as a vote for “the little guy.”

Society Exists Prior to the State, Obergefell Notwithstanding
George Weigel, EPPC

Reactions by the Catholic bishops of the United States to the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges have been, in the main, robust and carefully thought through.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism
Jim Yardley And Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times

His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”

Pope offers rare ‘mea culpa’ about neglect of middle class
Philip Pullella, Reuters

Pope Francis acknowledged on Monday he had neglected problems of the middle class and said he was willing to have a dialogue with Americans who disagree with his criticism of capitalism.

Lotteries, payday lending, and the swindling of America’s poor
Michael Gerson, Washington Post

In that portion of the presidential field that does not view self-government as a stage for self-promotion, prejudice and blithering ignorance, one of the more encouraging trends is an increasing seriousness about the issue of poverty.

Ontario Court Upholds Law Society’s Refusal To Accredit Christian Law School
Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

In Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada, (ON Super. Ct., July 2, 2015), a 3-judge panel of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice upheld the decision of the Law Society of Upper Canada to deny accreditation to the law school which Trinity Western University (TWU)– an evangelical Christian school– plans to open.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 13, 2015
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Pope calls for new economic order, criticizes capitalism
Philip Pullella and Sarah Marsh, Reuters

Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.

How international relations got religion, and got it wrong
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Washington Post

Disaggregating religion highlights the gaps between the constructs of religious governance — such as religious freedom, religious outreach and interfaith dialogue — authorized by experts, states and other authorities, and the lived experiences of the individuals and communities they aspire to govern.

How science can help address poverty
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

The stickiness of the official poverty measure suggests that new approaches are needed and science may have an answer.

How Bosnian Muslims view Christians 20 years after Srebrenica massacre
Angelina Theodorou, Pew Research

This weekend marks 20 years since the Srebrenica massacre – the killing of 7,000-8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces in a Bosnian town that had been designated a United Nations safe haven.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 10, 2015
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Vatican: ‘Communist crucifix’ sign of dialogue, not ideology
Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

Bolivian President Evo Morales‘ controversial gift of a “Communist crucifix” to Pope Francis threatened to overshadow the pope’s visit to Bolivia on Thursday, with the Vatican and Bolivia both insisting that no offense was intended or taken.

Senate Dems Divided Over Revoking Charitable Tax Status of Religious Schools
John Mccormack, The Weekly Standard

On Wednesday, Richard Durbin, the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, said he was unsure if he would support revoking the charitable tax status of religious schools.

Obama lets Malaysia off the hook on human trafficking to achieve free trade deal
Marc A. Thiessen, AEI Ideas

In the Washington Post last month, I pointed out that the Obama Administration and Congressional Republicans were shamefully preparing to let Malaysia off the hook for its dismal record on human trafficking in order to advance a free trade agreement. Now, Reuters reports, that prediction is coming true.

Employee Theft
David Henderson, EconLog

Harry told me that after that year, Sunoco asked him if they could hire him to write a manual telling how to run a gasoline station successfully. Harry turned them down, pointing out that the manual would be very brief. In fact, it would be four words: “Guard against employee theft.”

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 9, 2015
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15 AGs send religious liberty letter to Congress
Associated Press

As same-sex couples begin to marry in South Dakota, Attorney General Marty Jackley wants to make sure the religious liberties of citizens who object to gay marriages are protected, the state’s top law enforcement official said.

States Weigh Gay Marriage, Rights and Cake
Jack Healy, New York Times

States are wrestling with whether they can or should grant legal protections to business owners, religious groups or others who object to same-sex weddings.

The Schooling in America Survey: What do Americans think of school choice?
Natalie Runkle, AEI Ideas

Most respondents (60%) felt negatively about the current direction of K-12 education, and school choice reforms garnered majority support. Respondents viewed education savings accounts (ESAs) most favorably (62% approval), followed by school vouchers (61%) and tax-credit scholarships (60%). Charter schools experienced a dip in popularity compared to previous years, receiving only 53% approval.

Syria conflict: Belgium rescues 200 Aleppo Christians
BBC

Some 240 people, mainly Christians, have been brought out of Syria’s second city of Aleppo and taken to Belgium, the government in Brussels says.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
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Egypt: Coptic Orthodox Church Helps Feed Poor Muslims
Zenit

In an initiative launched by the Coptic Orthodox, hundreds of poor Muslim families in the Egyptian district of Nasser in the province of Beni Suef are being fed.

The Two Forms of Social Order
Arnold Kling, Library of Economics and Liberty

In any society, who is allowed to form an organization that competes with powerful economic and political interests?

We can end poverty, but at what cost?
Chris Blattman, Washington Post

Paternalism and high price tags could mean that the charities are helping only one person when they could be helping two, three or four.

Socialism as Transableism
Anthony Sacramone, Strange Herring

No matter how many times a “redistribution of wealth” scheme proves to be the long-term impoverishment of everyone; no matter how many times a Rube Goldberg bureaucracy grinds to a halt, tripping up the very people it’s supposed to move forward; no matter how many economies socialism, right-wing or left-, destroys—it always finds a taker.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
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An Eastern Orthodox Perspective On Laudato Si
John Chryssavgis, First Things

Permit me to tell you about a lesser known aspect of the papal encyclical; to offer a glimpse into a less obvious dimension of this document; to provide some insight into a very important relationship: namely, the connection between a pope and a patriarch.

Social Conservatives, Time To Drop The Grumpy Moralism: Joy Is More Powerful, And More Fun
An interview with Greg Forster, Forbes

Your book is “Joy for the World”. It’s interesting, when I read it, if you were here with me, I would show you that I wrote a two-word summary of the book in the inside cover. Two-word summary was “More singing!” with an exclamation point.

Does Freedom Need ‘Bootleggers’?
Dwight R. Lee, Regulation

Freedom “Baptists” may not need help from bootleggers.

Who-d a-thunk it? SF minimum wage increased 14% and local Chipotles just raised prices by 10-14%?
Mark J. Perry, AEI Ideas

“There simply isn’t any magic pot of money that lets employers pay higher wages just because the government says so, without making adjustments elsewhere like cutting workers’ hours, reducing their non-cash fringe benefits, and/or passing the higher wages along to consumers in the form of higher prices.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 6, 2015
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School Vouchers May Head Again To Supreme Court
Joy Pullman, The Federalist

A court decision in Colorado could erase sectarian discrimination from 37 state constitutions. Or end vouchers nationwide.

High Court Will Take on Forced Unionism
Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon

The Supreme Court will rule on laws designed to force public employees into unions in its 2016 session after accepting a suit from a California teacher Tuesday.

Obergefell’s Threat to Religious Liberty
Adam Freedman, City Journal

The Supreme Court decision takes self-government out of Americans’ hands.

The Supreme Court Ruling and Christian Colleges
Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed

Legal experts are divided. But the question of whether same-sex marriage as a national right changes the legal status of Christian colleges is no longer just theoretical.