Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 9, 2014
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The Empire of Progressive Poverty
Daniel Greenfield, The Sultan Knish blog

Every resource crisis gives the Empire another reason to consolidate control of resources in the name of the public good, and then eliminate access to those resources in the name of the planetary good.

Virgil: Forgotten American Founder
Bradley J. Birzer, The Imaginative Conservative

The American Founders were Men of the West. For all intents and purposes, they might as well have been the remnants of Numenor, each capable of wielding Anduril.

The Minimum Wage Struggle: Bootleggers and Baptists
Adam Smith and Bruce Yandle, The Federalist

In recent weeks, minimum wage workers protesting their low-wage status have marched in the streets in more than 100 U.S. cities. For example, workers in Charleston SC blocked a main thoroughfare, insisting they be paid $15/hr and receive union membership.

Conscience and Community: Understanding the Freedom of Religion
Richard Garnett, Religious Freedom Project

“Religion,” said Justice William Douglas in his Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972) opinion, is “an individual experience.” The opinion was a partial dissent, and this statement is partially correct. But, it does not tell the entire story.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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Left, Right, Prudence, Principle, And Catholic Social Doctrine
J. Budziszewski, First Things

A long-running battle between the so-called Catholic left and the so-called Catholic right concerns which political issues the Church should speak about and which ones she shouldn’t.

Why I Want To Live Long And Burden My Children
Cheryl Magness, The Federalist

Ezekiel Emanuel wants to die at 75 because he equates worth with productivity. But burdens help us sacrifice our selfishness for love.

Why you should care about a Muslim inmate’s beard
Emily Hardman, CNN

I’m not a Muslim. I’ve never been imprisoned. And I don’t want to grow a beard. But I’m defending the rights of someone who is and does.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
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How the Russian Orthodox Church answers Putin’s prayers in Ukraine
Gabriela Baczynska and Tom Heneghan, Reuters

Under Putin, the ROC gets support from the state and powerful oligarchs allied to the Kremlin, while Moscow benefits from its public blessing. A recent poll showed 75 percent of Russians approve of the ROC and more than half value its close ties with the state.

Why The Nationwide Pension Crisis Is An Opportunity To Reinvigorate Society
Lewis M. Andrews, The Federalist

Citizens and local leaders should use the looming pension crisis in many states and cities to release local governments from centralized control.

Is School Choice Feasible in Rural States?
Lindsey Burke, The Daily Signal

Although states across the country have embraced school choice, rural states have done so more slowly, in part, say some, out of a belief that choice won’t work effectively in those communities.

We refused to tell people in this Bihar village that they need help. It worked wonders
Zubin Sharma, Quartz

In the longer-term, the method we choose affects the community’s self-identity and understanding of their own capacities.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, October 6, 2014
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Education Needs More Freedom, Not More Money
Emily Domenech, The Federalist

Oh, what I could do with the money my local school system spends while complaining they just don’t get enough to offer many extras.

Child Poverty Rate Five Times Lower in Married-Parent Homes
Rachel Sheffield, The Daily Signal

Child poverty rates have decreased slightly, according to the latest Census data. Child poverty dropped from 21.8 percent to 19.9 percent between 2012 and 2013.

Sandy Hook Commission Calls For Government Crackdown On Homeschools
Eric Owens, The Daily Caller

Under a new law proposed this week by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, every homeschooling parent with a child who has been labeled with a behavioral or emotional problem would be forced to submit to a host of strict, burdensome regulations.

Megabanks have prison financial services market locked up
Daniel Wagner, Center for Public Integrity

Government gives no-bid contracts to Bank of America, JP Morgan.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, October 3, 2014
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Israeli-Arab Priest to UN: “Israel Only Place Where Christians in Middle East Are Safe”
Anav Silverman , Breaking Israel News

In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council today on September 23, Father Gabriel Naddaf, an Israeli Arab Greek Orthodox priest from Nazareth, called attention to the plight of Christian minorities suffering under Muslim extremists in the Arab world.

Another court strikes down Obamacare subsidies in 36 states
Adrianna McIntyre , Vox

The Eastern District Court of Oklahoma ruled to strike down Obamacare’s subsides on federal exchanges, consistent with a ruling in a related lawsuit earlier in the summer.

Can a Nation’s Soil Explain Its Economic Fortunes?
Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

If your ancestors could grow crops easily—and thus get proof that patience pays off—you’re more likely to value distant payoffs, argue two economists in a new paper.

Who brought the Arabs to this nadir?
Hisham Melhem, Al Arabiya News

Today, the world of millions of Arabs is collapsing; whole societies are consumed by the flames of sectarianism, political fragmentation and economic disenfranchisement.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, October 2, 2014
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Fusionism, Hobby Lobby, and the Constitution
Brandon James Smith, Public Discourse

Responses to the Hobby Lobby case demonstrate the importance of conservatives and libertarians working toward common goals.

John Carroll: America’s Bishop
George J. Galloway, Catholic Exchange

When President James Madison asked for and received, by a narrow margin, a declaration of war against Great Britain in 1812, there was one man in the new republic who knew exactly what to do: John “Jackie” Carroll, Archbishop of Baltimore, an aging shepherd of a small and widely diverse flock, in a fledgling democracy about to enter into war against the greatest sea power on earth, got on his knees and dedicated America to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Recessions drive down fertility rates for more than a decade
Sarah Kliff, Vox

When the economy goes south, Americans tend to have fewer babies. Researchers have know this for awhile and, intuitively, it makes sense: tough economic times can put the costs of raising a child out of reach. The pattern has repeated itself again and again, with birth rates dropping as unemployment rises.

Christine Caine, Liberty University to Launch ‘Lean In’-Type Program for Christian Women
Kate Shellnutt, Christianity Today

Propel calls on the church to equip and validate working women.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Climate Change Costs By 2100: Doing Nothing Has the Same Price Tag as Doing Something
Ronald Bailey, Reason

Adapting to climate change would cost roughly the same as trying to slow it.

5 Reasons Your Church Should Care about Hunger
Jill Waggoner, Pastors Today

For many Christians, the concept of hunger ministry brings to mind a governmental agency or a local food pantry. Yet the hunger need around the world is diverse and the ministries required to meet these needs will be also.

What Does Liberty Really Mean for Christians?
Jim Tonkowich, Juicy Ecumenism

Both people on the right and people on the left “alike seem confused about what liberty and progress really mean and require,” writes Ethics and Public Policy scholar, Yuval Levin in the October First Things.

How Serious Is the Supreme Court About Religious Freedom?
Dawinder S. Sidhu, The Atlantic

A new case will test whether the justices’ defense of conscience in Hobby Lobby applies to minority religions like Muslims, or just to Christians.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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There are dirty political games behind the Iraq conflict, says Chaldean Patriarch Sako
Gianni Valente, Vatican Insider

“There’s no future for us if the Lord does not help us.” There’s suffering and concern in Louis Raphaël I Sako’s words. The concern of a pastor who sees that his flock is in danger and the suffering of a child of the Chaldean Church who sees Christianity’s age-long history quickly heading towards oblivion. A history that has irrigated the lands between Mesopotamia’s two rivers for millennia. And it is not just the Islamic State’s bloodthirsty jihadists he is concerned about.

Spontaneous Charity Is Good; Thoughtful Charity Is Even Better
Jayme Metzgar, The Federalist

What’s better than the Ice Bucket Challenge? These six steps for thoughtful charity giving.

This map shows where slavery and forced labor are happening around the world
James Pethokoukis , AEI Ideas

An estimated ~21-30m people are in slavery around the world, including forced labour, bonded labour, human trafficking and child slavery.

Business and Conscience
Greg Forster, First Things

The president has discovered that businesses are people, and have a conscience.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 29, 2014
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6 Key Supreme Court Cases This Term
Elizabeth Slattery, The Daily Signal

If you use Facebook, pay taxes, enjoy fishing or drive a car, the 2014-2015 term of the Supreme Court, which begins Oct. 6, will be worth watching.

How the Common Core Went Wrong
Frederick M. Hess, National Affairs

The trouble with the Common Core is not that it was the handiwork of anti-American ideologues or anti-teacher dogmatists, but that it was the work of well-meaning, self-impressed technocrats who fudged difficult questions, used federal coercion to compel rapid national adoption, and assumed that things would work out.

What’s Lost in Not Recognizing Campus Religious Groups
Karen Swallow Prior, The Atlantic

California State University’s recent decision to strip InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapters of their school affiliation undermines its ability to teach pluralism.

International Religious Freedom Policy and American National Security
Thomas F. Farr, Public Discourse

The Obama administration has failed to advance the cause of international religious liberty, and that failure has endangered American national security. But there are concrete steps Congress can take to improve implementation of the International Religious Freedom Act. Adapted from testimony delivered before the National Security Sub-Committee of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, September 18, 2014.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Patriarch Kirill denies being vehicle of Kremlin policy
Interfax

“In some countries, – and the current situation in Ukraine exacerbates this issue, – the person of the patriarch of Moscow and all Russia is linked to the Russian Federation alone and his principles are equated with the policy of the Russian government,” Krill said at a meeting in Moscow with participants in the Faith and World festival of Orthodox media.

When Catholic schools close, poor communities suffer (and crime goes up)
Michael McShane, AEI Ideas

For decades, research on Catholic schools has almost exclusively examined their academic effects. It has been conducted by social science luminaries like James Coleman and Tony Bryk and scales have almost universally tipped in the favor of Catholic schools, particularly when they are compared to traditional public schools in the neighborhood they often inhabit.

Religion, marriage increase life expectancy, study finds
Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News ServiceStudy

Study after study has confirmed that those who are involved in religion and those who are married are healthier, physically and mentally happier and live longer than those who are not.

Inmate sues prison for not allowing him to worship Satan
Associated Press

A state prison inmate says New Mexico correction officials aren’t allowing him to practice his religion and properly worship Satan behind bars.