Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Africa wasn’t always about poverty–so why do so many believe that’s the case?
Johan Fourie, Quartz

For too long, Henry Morton Stanley’s reference to Africa as the Dark Continent held sway. Not only was the African interior terra incognito, but so too was its past.

What the West Needs to Know About the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East
Zoe Romanowsky, Aleteia

An interview with author George J. Marlin of Aid to the Church in Need.

What’s Dignity for the Goose Is Dignity for the Gander
Richard Reinsch, Library of Law and Liberty

If state marriage laws are primarily about bestowing dignity on adults, as opposed to the more limited social purpose of connecting fathers and mothers to each other and to their children, then it’s curtains for those defending marriage as an institution grounded in heterosexual complementarity. But we already knew that.

How the Sabbath Keeps Work from Being the Meaning of Our Lives
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Man was created by God for work (Genesis 2:15). For the Christian, life without work is meaningless; but work must never become the meaning of one’s life.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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How Should Christians View World History?
R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries

The grand difference between the ancient view of history and that found in Scripture is the difference between what is called “cyclical” and “linear-progressive.”

Invisible Cliffs and Chesteron’s Fence
Adam Gurri, Sweet Talk

What I like about Chesterton’s fence is that, unlike a lot of formulations of traditionalism, it isn’t a categorical ban on crossing a given line. It’s simply stacking the burden of evidence on those arguing against tradition in a given case.

The Last Gasp of the Cradle Christians?
Chris Seiple, Christianity Today

The American church has a key role in rescuing, restoring, and returning Christians and other religious minorities who have fled ISIS.

Introduction to the Bill of Rights
James Madison, The Imaginative Conservative

I will state my reasons why I think it proper to propose amendments, and state the amendments themselves, so far as I think they ought to be proposed. If I thought I could fulfill the duty which I owe to myself and my constituents, to let the subject pass over in silence, I most certainly should not trespass upon the indulgence of this House.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
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Supreme Court unleashes its inner libertarian
Jeffrey Toobin, CNN

Freedom of speech, religion differences between U.S., Europe illustrated by Supreme Court rulings.

The underground Christian network smuggling refugees out of North Korea
Maureen Callahan, New York Post

When Kim was nearly 4 years old, his father, a respected member of the Workers’ Party of Korea, was so successful that he was able to build a house for his young family. It was 1994.

4 Ways Bad Economics Journalism Happens
Salim Furth, The Federalist

Economics reporters recently insisted a new study discourages reducing government debt. It does no such thing.

America’s Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail
Matt Ford, The Atlantic

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 8, 2015
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Michigan Bill Would Add to Regulations on Homeschooling
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

The legislation follows the deaths of two Detroit children whose mother explained their absence from a traditional school by claiming they were being homeschooled.

Where Should Poor People Live?
Alana Semuels, The Atlantic

Studies say that lower-income people do better when they live in affluent neighborhoods, but rich people don’t want them there. A few states are seeking ways around that resistance.

The ‘Mass Incarceration’ Myth Suffers a Heavy Blow
John P. Walters, The Weekly Standard

“The quality of mercy is not straine’d,” implored Shakespeare’s Portia, meaning it should not be difficult or forced. But President Obama’s Clemency Project, an effort to free “a whole bunch of good citizens who committed one little mistake” and ended up with more than 10 years in prison, is starting to look a little, well, “strain’d,” indeed.

Campus Censorship is The Feds’ Fault
Robby Soave, The Daily Beast

How obscure federal bureaucrats are squashing free expression on college campuses.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, June 5, 2015
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How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti and Built Six Homes
Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Laura Sullivan, NPR

Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures.

Eyeing Supreme Court Gay Marriage Case, Mike Lee Unveils Bill Protecting Religious Schools
Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal

In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s impending decision on the gay marriage case, Sen. Mike Lee is attempting to protect religious non-profits by passing legislation that would prohibit the federal government from “discriminating” against faith-based institutions.

How to improve economic mobility for low-income children
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

The main finding is that the better the neighborhood environment in which a child grows up, the better the child’s income relative to his or her parents. And that these “better mobility” neighborhoods share some common characteristics: better schools, more two-parent families, more social capital (community cohesiveness, social networks), and less segregation (racial and economic).

Can Christians in Business Transform Our Culture?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

A friend of mine recently lamented to me, “If we could just convert 20 percent of the population in the United States to Christianity, we could have a positive influence on things like the business world!” I don’t think the percentage needs to be nearly that high for Christians to transform the business world or our culture at large.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, June 4, 2015
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When Discrimination Means Death
Dominic Bouck, O.P., First Things

It is fascinating that a racial profiling incident that deprived someone of, at most, 9oz of soda can take precedence over the gang-rape of a nun, church burnings, murder, and systematic cover-ups from high ranking Hindus.

Christian teachers in Kenya stage walkout because of terrorism
Fredrick Nzwili, Crux

Recent attacks by Somalia’s al-Shabab Muslim militant group have forced the closure of dozens of schools in Kenya’s north, as Christian teachers refuse to work because of security fears.

Catholicism, Capitalism, and Caritas: The Continuing Legacy of Michael Novak
Nathaniel Peters, Public Discourse

In a time of intense debate about global capitalism and the power of economic elites, Michael Novak’s work is essential reading for those who seek to work for free and virtuous societies. Novak’s life is also a lesson in charity.

The Imaginary Economics of Henry Ford
Kevin D. Williamson, The Corner

The self-financing pay hike represents an especially illiterate and annoying species of magical thinking. The only way to make a society wealthier is to make it wealthier, i.e. to produce more goods and services. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/419128/imaginary-economics-henry-ford-kevin-d-williamson

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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Ordinary Christian Work
Tim Challies, Challies.com

One of the many legacies of the Protestant Reformation, few have had greater and wider-reaching impact than the rediscovery of the biblical understanding of vocation.

Why This Wyoming College Decided To Reject Federal Money
Kevin D. Roberts, The Federalist

With ‘federal compliance officers’ now trolling campuses, colleges have ceded the formation of their students to bureaucrats with dubious agendas. Not us.

Tony Blair’s demanded €460,000 fee for speaking at forum on world hunger
Enikos.gr

Plans for Tony Blair to give a speech at a world hunger conference were dropped when organisers refused to meet his £330,000 (€460,000) fee, it was claimed.

Turkey’s War on Christians
Patrick Callahan, RealClearReligion

The story of the genocide of the Armenians is well known, or ought to be. The attempted extinction of the Orthodox Christian Church is less familiar.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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North Carolina Protects Religious Rights In Same-Sex Marriage Debate
D.C. McAllister, The Federalist

The N.C. House passes a bill allowing magistrates to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection.

How Unleashing Competition Benefits Black And Hispanic Workers
Carrie Sheffield, Opportunity Lives

While society has certainly progressed beyond purposeful discrimination, in practice too often blacks and Hispanics are priced out of competition for government contracts.

Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?
Edward Delman, The Atlantic

An activist has made it so in France. Could he take his campaign global?

Why Do You Work?
Stephen Nichols, Ligonier Ministries

The psalmist wants us to make some connections between our work and issues of larger meaning. As we work, we reflect the work of God, the Creator.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 1, 2015
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The ‘Income Inequality’ Warriors
Richard A. Epstein, The Federalist

The critical political struggle of the 2016 presidential election may well be the redistribution of wealth.

Predatory Lending is Theft
Stephanie Summers, Comment

Why it’s time for Christians to call for an end to payday loans.

The worst kind of legislation on gambling
Bob Terry, ERLC

Any one of these proposals is controversial by itself. That all would be considered at the same time would have been inconceivable until Marsh’s surprising and disappointing announcement.

Presbyterians and “Decently Ordered” Schism
Peter Johnson, Juicy Ecumenism

Schism, like everything else in the Presbyterian Church, appears to be “decently ordered.”

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 29, 2015
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Feds Blackmail Virginia’s Largest School District Into Transgender Policy
Dustin Siggins, The Federalist

A case in Virginia demonstrates how far the Obama administration will go to force its sexual ideology—regardless of self-governance, local control, and childish innocence

Is the U.S. economy immoral?
James Pethokoukis, The Week

After listening to Sanders, many liberals are probably ready to grab the pitchforks and head to the nearest mansion or mega-bank to demand their fair share.

F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor
Rebecca R. Ruiz , New York Times

For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering those same people subsidized access to broadband Internet.

Same-sex “Marriage” and the Persecution of Christians in Canada
Lea Z. Singh, Crisis Magazine

The Canadian Charter of Right and Freedoms declares that Canadians have a fundamental “freedom of conscience and religion” and “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.” But constitutional guarantees are at the mercy of lawyers, and Canadian lawyers have emerged as among the most fiercely intolerant of anyone, including their own colleagues, who fails to support same-sex “marriage.”