PowerLinks 05.22.17

Why Trump’s tax plan would mean less money for churches Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post GOP tax proposals could reduce donations to congregations by nearly 5 percent, a new, nonpartisan analysis has found. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.19.17

Religion after communism Eastern Europe’s patriotic faith The Economist Across ex-communist Europe, religion is robust and patriotic, but sometimes skin-deep. Religious freedom and Islamic terrorism Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux Blasphemy laws are used to persecute critics of Islam in many Muslim countries, whether moderate Muslims, Christians or Jews, and to attack so-called “non-believers,” thus forming an impenetrable barrier to any form of acceptance of other religious beliefs and contributing to the growth of Islamic extremism. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.18.17

The role of religious freedom today Ambassador Francis Rooney, Crux The former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2005-2008), Francis Rooney, says due to its stabilizing role in society, religious freedom can be used as a “soft power” weapon to deter extremist ideologies, as evidenced by Holy See diplomacy. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.17.17

Trump Should Adopt an International Religious-Freedom Policy with Teeth Tina Ramirez, National Review American Christians should urge him to adopt policies to help the church where it’s persecuted. Under Socialism, Morality Is Scarcer than Bread Marian L. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.16.17

Globalization’s ill effects have been wildly exaggerated Robert J. Samuelson, Washington Post Globalization has gotten a bad rap. The Trump White House associates it with all manner of economic evil, especially job loss. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.15.17

Kuyper and Pope Leo as Christian Thinkers Adam J. MacLeod, Public Discourse A new book highlights the shared anthropology and social thought of Abraham Kuyper and Pope Leo XIII without glossing over their differences. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.12.17

6 facts about U.S. mothers Pew Research Here are some key findings about American mothers and motherhood from Pew Research Center reports. Wegmans Among Businesses Putting Catholic Social Teaching to Good Use Peter Jesserer Smith, National Catholic Register Supermarket chain is one of a number of companies that are living out Church principles by putting the dignity of the person at the center of their business plans. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.11.17

Bring Back Free Market Environmentalism Lindsay Marchello, RealClearPolicy Many liberals believe the government is crucial for protecting the environment. But is government really the best means for achieving this goal? What Catholic Social Thought Teaches About Conservatism Stephen M. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.10.17

Occupational Licensing Doesn’t Protect Who You Think It Protects Jason Sorens, FEE Do occupational licensing laws protect you from unscrupulous and unqualified practitioners? Or do they just protect the current practitioners against new competition? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 05.09.17

Why Conservatives Should Be Environmentalists Nathan J. Beacom, Public Discourse Environmentalism makes us loyal to one another in a fundamental way, points us to values beyond mere utility, and directs us back to the natural order of which we are a part. Continue Reading...