Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Rights Fallout: “Economic Rights” and the Undevelopment of Poor Countries
Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative

The good intentions of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights took place in stages. Drafted in large measure as a response to the horrors of World War II and in the face of the continuing horrors of communism, the 1948 Declaration sought to “transcend” political, religious, and ethnic differences in the name of an abstract notion of human dignity.

Supreme Court Leaves Intact New York’s Ban on Religious Services in Schools
Sharon Otterman and Adam Liptak , New York Times

The Supreme Court declined on Monday to review a case involving New York City’s ban on religious groups holding worship services in public school buildings, leaving in place a decision by a lower court that found the longstanding policy constitutional.

Specializing Is Best
Jason Sorens, Ethics & Economics Education of New England

All wealth comes from production and exchange: making and trading goods and services. The two are closely related: the more you trade, the more you’re able to produce. How does that work? Through the magic of specialization.

Arkansas Senate approves religious protection bill
Andrew Demillo, Associated Press

Supporters of the bill say it merely mirrors a similar federal protection in place for more than 20 years, but opponents say it amounts to state-sanctioned discrimination on religious grounds.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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What Opposition to Religious Freedom Really Means
Russell Moore, Moore to the Point

The public debate over Indiana’s new religious freedom law is (almost) enough to drive this Baptist to drink. The conversation has been the most uninformed and ignorant I’ve seen in years.

D.C. City Council Violates Catholic Schools’ Right To Free Exercise Of Religion
Michael Root, First Things

One might think that the District of Columbia, our nation’s capital, would be particularly vigilant in defending the freedoms fundamental to American life. Unfortunately, the District’s City Council has now seen fit to intervene into the life of religious institutions and insist that such institutions handle some topics in ways amenable to the Council’s opinions.

John Wesley and Religious Liberty
Mark Tooley, First Things

Recently a letter by John Wesley revealing his views about law enforcement and religious freedom was tweeted by its owner, the Wesley Hobart Museum of the Uniting Church in Tasmania, Australia.

5 myths about free enterprise
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

Free enterprise is under attack. Opponents of the free enterprise system often rely on half-truths and flat-out falsehoods to make their case for bigger government. Here is a handy fact sheet to dispel some of these harmful myths and help defend a system that promotes prosperity, innovation and happiness.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 30, 2015
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State Lotteries and the Government’s Betrayal of the Poor
Ray Nothshine , Alabama Policy Institute

In the American tradition, the government is supposed to promote the common good and protect the rights of all citizens, especially the vulnerable. The success of lotteries, of course, depends upon the participation of the poor and vulnerable.

Norman Borlaug. He saved a billion lives
Don Surber

After graduation, he worked for DuPont developing crops instead of military service in World War II. His life’s work had begun. He was 30 years old. He would receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for saving a billion lives.

Justice Reform: Georgia’s Bipartisan Cinderella Story
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

Fiscally sound policies can be compassionate and humane. Just look at Georgia, where prison populations are down after initial justice reform.

When Thomas Jefferson Read the Qur’an
David Forte , Library of Law and Liberty

In this work with the eye-startling title, Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, Spellberg investigates all manner of references among the founding generation to Islam.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 27, 2015
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How IKEA Has Transformed Russian Homes
the mendeleyev journal

IKEA (ИКЕА in Russian Cyrillic) was the Russian story that almost never happened. Still, the Swedish retail giant has transformed Russian kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms in ways that the profit-wary communists of a few decades ago could have never imagined.

Are Entrepreneurship and Risk-Taking at Odds with Biblical Stewardship?
Greg Ayers, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

If you’re a Christian entrepreneur and you believe your work contributes to the cause of flourishing that God desires for his creation, you might find yourself asking about the biblical perspective on risk.

Why Christians Should Support Economic Freedom
The Stream

Jay Richards argues that Christians who care about human well-being should defend free markets.

The ACLU’s Betrayal of Civil Liberties
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

The ACLU is trying to deprive other organizations of freedoms that it would insist upon for itself. Their work is not a defense of equality—it is an effort to impose a certain view of morality on the country by law.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 26, 2015
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A Catholic School Removes Teacher for Defending Faith
Anne Hendershott , Crisis Magazine

In the past few weeks, there has been an escalation of the attacks against the Church in places like the Archdiocese of San Francisco where Sam Singer, the head of a high priced Public Relations firm, was hired to wage war on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone because of the archbishop’s strong defense of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Evaluating the Moynihan Report on the Negro Family 50 Years Later
Greg Weiner, Library of Law and Liberty

A half-century after its publication, the Moynihan Report—The Negro Family: The Case for National Action—endures. It does so for many reasons, its prescience and courage chief among them. But the Report is more than a faithful contemporaneous portrait, and deeper than an accurate projection.

How Religious Institutions Can Bridge Class Gaps to Support Families
David Lapp and W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies

If religious groups wish to help strengthen families, they’ll have to reach out to people who aren’t in the pews.

The power of being able to do a good job at tedious, detail-oriented work
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

There is a growing body of research on the importance of determination, of grit, of stick-to-itiveness in kids becoming successful adults.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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What We Can Learn From Patrick Henry’s ‘Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death’ Speech
Carson Holloway, The Daily Signal

Two hundred forty years ago today, Patrick Henry made his immortal cry, “Give me liberty or give me death!”

Government funding and the Free Speech Clause
Eugene Volokh, Washington Post

Are private universities bound by the Free Speech Clause if they get government funding, in the form of various research grants, student loans and the like?

Law Helps Those Who Escape Sex Trafficking Shed Its Stigma, Too
Edna Ishayik , New York Times

The law, passed in 2010, allows convictions related to sexual trafficking to be removed from a person’s record. New York had the first such law in the country and today 18 other states have adopted similar statutes.

The Death Of Catholic Universities In America
Dominic Lynch, The Federalist

Catholic universities in America have lost sight of their institutional identities. Only direct intervention from the Vatican can reverse their decline.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
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Greektown meters to bring change for homeless
Kim North Shine, The Detroit News

Whatever change is deposited into the meters will go to a charity that helps the homeless, including the regular Greektown panhandlers. The cause has special connection for Agee, the artist who was once homeless in Detroit.

How Asia, U.S. Can Help End Human Trafficking
Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal

Of the nearly 21 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, an estimated two-thirds are from Asia. Many factors contribute to the severity of the problem in Asia, but one stands out among the rest: the lack of rule of law.

An ancient technology is helping India’s “water man” save thousands of parched villages
Devjyot Ghoshal, Quartz

On March 20, Singh was awarded the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize, sometimes described as the Nobel prize for water.

The dam of self-restraint bursts for Pakistan’s Christians
Pamela Constable, Washington Post

This working-class neighborhood for generations. But the comity vanished in a matter of hours after a rumor spread that someone at a Christian wedding had torn up a copy of the Koran.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, March 23, 2015
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The Odd Couple Fighting Against Predatory Payday Lending
Sean McElwee, The Atlantic

In South Dakota, a conservative pastor and an openly gay former Obama campaign staffer have teamed up to battle an exploitative industry.

Great Political Ideas are Sustained by Great Religious Ideas
Dale Ahlquist, Crisis Magazine

One persistent fanaticism that prevents unity is the idea that you cannot mix politics and religion. But as a matter of fact, you cannot help mixing them.

What sustainability and religious freedom have in common
Sen. James Lankford, Washington Examiner

Protecting corporate conscience acknowledges that behind a company name, individuals with their own identities, perspectives, freedoms and convictions are making decisions that affect real people — owners, employees, customers and the community.

Fast-Food Ban in L.A. Fails to Curb Obesity
Natalie Shoemaker, Big Think

The RAND Corporation, a non-profit research group, has seen first-hand that eliminating one aspect of the problem does not stop an issue from growing.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, March 20, 2015
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Federal Court Precedent: A Defense of Judge Roy Moore and the Alabama Supreme Court
John C. Eastman, Public Discourse

The US Supreme Court has set a precedent upholding the right of states to define marriage as the union of husband and wife. All federal and state judges—including those in Alabama—are bound by that precedent.

Of Human Dignity
Charles J. Chaput, First Things

The declaration on religious liberty at 50.

Is Capitalism Destroying the Family?
DarwinCatholic

Apparently one of the ideas going around on the left is that if conservatives really cared about marriage, children getting to live in an intact family with both parents and other related issues, they would turn around and support progressive economics.

Isis tries to destroy all traces of Christianity in Mosul by defacing church and replacing crosses with Islamic State flags
Heather Saul, The Independent

Isis militants have attacked a Christian church and cemetery in Iraq, vandalising crosses and defacing religious artefacts in yet another assault on the country’s rich cultural history.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Misguided UCLA debate over bias of believers
Adèle Keim, San Francisco Chronicle

“Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community, how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” That sentence, uttered last month by a UCLA undergraduate evaluating a Jewish student-government candidate, has ignited a firestorm.

Why Net Neutrality Regulations Should Concern You
Ed Feulner, The Daily Signal

There’s a reason the words “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help” are a punchline. Government involvement rarely helps. In many instances, in fact, it exacerbates the situation.

Lord of the Permanent Things
Jonathan Witt and Jay W. Richards, Intercollegiate Review

Scholars have spent decades debating the literary and theological significance of his novels. There’s been less careful treatment of Tolkien’s political and economic thought, even though, as Tolkien commentator Joseph Pearce has put it, the longer novel’s “political significance” is “second only to the religious in its importance.”

First they came for the women. Then they came for the Christians. Then they came for the nuns.
Dr. (Sr.) Ananda Amritmahal, Quartz

Shock. Horror. Outrage. Another church burnt, another place of worship desecrated. Another group of Christians attacked.