Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 25, 2015

What Pope Francis Told Obama About Religious Liberty
Leah Jessen, The Daily Signal

In his speech, the pope made clear that religious liberty is an important freedom in the United States.

Los Angeles to declare ‘state of emergency’ on homelessness
Catherine Garcia, The Week

The city of Los Angeles plans to declare a “state of emergency” on homelessness and will dedicate $100 million to use toward housing and other services for the homeless.

Religious Liberty, the Founders, and Us
Rob Schwarzwalder, Christian Headlines

Religious liberty is more than the right to sanctify in one’s mind the beliefs he holds dear. It involves the right to live in accordance with these beliefs, not only in the privacy of his home or the confines of his house of worship.

The Myth That Links Poor Families to Fast Food
Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

A new CDC study further debunks the misconception that low-income Americans are the biggest consumers of quick-chain fare.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 24, 2015

Is Capitalism Unchristian?
Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition

Capitalism is not required by Christianity. But Christian principles do undergird capitalism.

God and Mrs. Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul
Eliza Filby, Heritage Foundation

A woman demonized by the left and sanctified by the right, there has always been a religious undercurrent to discussions of Margaret Thatcher.

The Pope’s Visit Is An Opportunity For Conservatives To Discuss Poverty
Israel Ortega, Opportunity Lives

Much of the pope’s message about caring for “the least of these” is consistent with what Jesus was preaching two millennia ago. Underpinning the call to care for the poor is the understanding that life has an intrinsic value and that we are all created in God’s image. That was a revolutionary statement in Jesus’ time, as it is today.

Pope Francis’ blind spot on capitalism
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Pope Francis and China’s President Xi Jinping will each be in Washington this week to meet with President Barack Obama. Too bad they’re not meeting with each other, too. It would be an interesting chat, especially if they discussed the merits of modern capitalism.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Poll: More Americans, majority of Christian Millennials believe religious freedom is worse than 10 years ago
Alliance Defending Freedom

ADF-commissioned Barna study shows many believe religious freedom has gotten worse in past decade

In clash with pope’s climate call, U.S. Church leases drilling rights
Richard Valdmanis, Reuters

On Francis’ first visit to the United States this week, the business dealings suggest that some leaders of the U.S. Catholic Church are practicing a different approach to the environment than the pontiff is preaching.

The many ways to measure economic inequality
Drew DeSilver, Pew Research

As Federal Reserve economist Arthur Kennickell wrote in a 2009 paper, “‘Inequality’ may seem a simple term, but operationally it may mean many different things, depending on the point of view.”

Entrepreneurship: An Opportunity for Personal, Individual Flourishing
Tim Hoerr, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Just what is it about entrepreneurial environments that make them such fertile soil for personal flourishing? There are at least three reasons.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

27 Facts About Pope Francis
Kate Scanlon, The Daily Signal

Pope Francis is about to make his first visit to the United States. According to his schedule, Francis will arrive in the United States on Sept. 22, and he will visit Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia.

Homeschooling in the City
Matthew Hennessey, City Journal

Frustrated with the public schools, middle-class urbanites embrace an educational movement.

We Can’t Solve Poverty Without Addressing Families
Maura Corrigan, The Federalist

New poverty statistics can’t show that fighting poverty is more difficult and more expensive because of America’s fragmenting and chaotic families.

Perhaps the most powerful defense of market capitalism you will ever read
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

“The Great Enrichment of the past two centuries has dwarfed any of the previous and temporary enrichments. Explaining it is the central scientific task of economics and economic history, and it matters for any other sort of social science or recent history.”

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 21, 2015

If we really care about the poor, shouldn’t we want better official data on poverty?
Nicholas Eberstadt, AEI Ideas

One might think that a truly compassionate society would demand detailed, accurate and useful data to guide anti-poverty efforts and improve social outcomes. It is a shame — some might say a scandal — that we as a nation have manifestly failed to do so. Indeed, we have largely neglected the task of generating policy-relevant data about the condition of our poor and vulnerable for the past 40 years.

What Makes a Society Thrive?
James Stoner and Harold James, Public Discourse

A collection of essays helps the public understand the elements that make up a society where people can flourish, the reasons for our society’s current problems, and some avenues for potential reform.

Nightmare Of Sex Trafficking
Melissa Boughton and Dave Munday, The Post and Courier

Victims in s.c. Pay a high price in an industry fueled by greed, lust.

Freedom in the New Testament
Art Lindsley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

It is not that political freedom or freedom from slavery was unimportant, but that there was an even deeper bondage that had to be overcome first of all. With the Greeks, the problem was with the mind, but in the New Testament, the problem was the bondage of the will.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 18, 2015

How Do America’s Poor Really Live? Examining the Census Poverty Report
Robert Rector, The Daily Signal

Today, the Census Bureau will release its annual poverty report. It will almost certainly report that over 40 million Americans “live in poverty.” But what does it mean to be poor in America?

Inequality Hasn’t Made Americans Support Redistribution
The American Interest

Why, after forty years of rising economic inequality, does the American political consensus remain so market-oriented, at least relative to other industrialized countries?

5 questions every presidential candidate should answer on poverty
Robert Doar and Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Any serious discussion among 2016 presidential candidates must address the issues facing low-income Americans. Despite the paucity and poor quality of our available data, there are certain facts about domestic need which any president should understand, and certain leadership questions that each candidate should be able to answer.

Religious Persecution Abroad and Us
Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner

A few days ago, I was on a panel at the In Defense of Christians National Leadership Convention on Capitol Hill discussing “Building Bridges between Eastern and Western Christianity.” The first question was about obstacles barring such bridges, leaving persecuted Christians somewhat out in the cold, even as their very existence in the birthplace of Christianity is in jeopardy.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 17, 2015

What Is a Christian’s Responsibility to Government?
R.C. Sproul, Ligonier Ministries

The New Testament gives us some broad principles on how we are supposed to respond to government. For example, Romans 13 elaborates on the origin and institution of government as something that God ordains.

Tax exemptions protect religious freedom. We should keep them.
Richard W. Garnett, Washington Post

Instead of asking whether churches and religious organizations deserve to be tax-exempt, we should ask why governments should be able to tax them at all. Taxation, after all, involves interference by the state, and in a free society such interference needs to be justified.

The Historical Argument Against the Minimum Wage
Ben R. Crenshaw

This week I shall advance the historical case against the minimum wage by showing the discriminatory origins of this popular public policy.

Here’s How Religion Shaped Margaret Thatcher’s Politics
Eliza Filby, The Daily Signal

Few people are aware that Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister 1979-1990 and one of the foremost politicians of the twentieth century, was a lay Methodist preacher before she entered politics.