Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Fighting parasitic bureaucracies and crony capitalism
Michael Barone, Washington Examiner

“Pare down the parasitic fringe” of government. “Favor a gospel of work” instead of aristocratic entitlement. “Rationalize finance” and “reverse the Parkinson’s law of bureaucracy.”

Religious Leader Looks to West For Help for Iraqi Christians
Natalie Johnson, The Daily Signal

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch is appealing to the international community for action against ISIS’ expulsion of Christians in Mosul, deeming the situation as “21st century genocide.”

Middle Eastern Christians Face Calamity
Richard L. Russell, Crisis Magazine

The Middle East is embroiled in chaos and what little remains of the ancient Christian communities there are being destroyed with the latest tragic turn of events in Iraq.

Court Rejects Atheists’ Attempt To Remove Ground Zero Cross from Museum
The Becket Fund

Recognizing the important role that religion plays in society, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order on Monday rejecting the effort by American Atheists, Inc. to force the National 9/11 Museum to remove the Ground Zero Cross from its display or to include a plaque honoring atheists alongside the Cross.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 28, 2014
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When They Set Fire to Our Monasteries
Philip Jenkins, Aleteia

Day by day, we hear new horrors about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Now, believers living under ISIS control in northern Iraq must choose between conversion to Islam, payment of protection money, or death. Ancient churches and shrines are already in flames.

The Blessings of Liberty and the Index of Culture and Opportunity
David Azerrad and Ryan T. Anderson, Public Discourse

Opportunity is not merely the absence of artificially imposed impediments. It is also the capacity to pursue happiness, individually and in community. Adapted from the 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity.

N is for Narzareth
Russell Moore, Moore to the Point

Christians around the world are changing their social media avatars to the arabic letter “n.” In so doing, these Christians are reminding others around them to pray, and to stand in solidarity with believers in Iraq who are being driven from their homes, and from their country, by Islamic militants.

Higher Calling, Lower Wages: The Vanishing of the Middle-Class Clergy
David R. Wheeler, The Atlantic

As full-time pastors become a thing of the past, more and more seminary grads are taking on secular jobs to supplement their incomes.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 25, 2014
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When They Set Fire to Our Monasteries
Philip Jenkins, Aleteia

Day by day, we hear new horrors about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Now, believers living under ISIS control in northern Iraq must choose between conversion to Islam, payment of protection money, or death. Ancient churches and shrines are already in flames.

Sudan Christian Woman Spared Death Sentence Meets Pope in Rome
Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times

Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman whose death sentence in Sudan for refusing to renounce her faith set off an international protest, arrived in Rome on Thursday morning to a hero’s welcome and a private audience with Pope Francis.

The FAQs: Persecution of Christians in Iraq
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Last Friday, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gave Christians in Mosul an ultimatum: convert to Islam, leave the area, or die.

Need Some Summer Reading? Check Out These Five New Faith, Work & Econ Reads
Greg Ayers, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

A lot of rich, thoughtful books on faith, work, and economics have been published this year. Here’s five you’ll want to add to your summer reading list.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 24, 2014
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Raise Your Voice for Religious Liberty
Jennifer A. Marshall, The Gospel Coalition

The backlash against simply participating in civil discourse about an important topic of public concern is alarming.

Making Kids Count
Mark Gordon, Aleteia

How does your state measure up in addressing children’s economic well being, healthcare and education?

The Perils Of Kleptocracy
John Hayward, The Federalist

Using government force to take what you want from others leads to conflict.

Professor Wins Lawsuit Protecting His Religious Freedom
The Keating Center

After seven years, Mike Adams won his lawsuit against University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Professor Mike Adams, a criminology professor, sued UNCW in 2007 after he was discriminated against because of his conservative, Christian views.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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A Line Crossed in the Middle East
Mark Movsesian, First Things

What the end of Christianity in Mosul means for Christians everywhere.

Hobby Lobby and Employment Discrimination
USCCB, Crisis Magazine

To dismiss concerns about religious freedom in a misguided attempt to address unjust discrimination in the workplace is not to advance justice and tolerance. Instead, it stands as an affront to basic human rights and the importance of religion in society.

The Nation’s $100 Billion Regulations Tab
Sam Batkins, The Federalist

President Obama’s pen-and-phone regulations are costing ordinary Americans hundreds of dollars every year, largely through extra costs to businesses.

Less US economic growth means fewer American babies — and then even less economic growth
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Interesting piece by WaPo reporter Todd Frankel on US fertility rates and the bad economy. Here is the hed: “They want a baby. The economy won’t play along: America’s birth rates are still near a historic low. One couple’s lesson in the new economics of having a child.”

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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On Poverty
James V. Schall, Aleteia

Erroneous ideas on how to help the poor are a major cause of the problem.

ISIS to Christians in Mosul: convert, pay or die
CNN

Just days after the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said they killed hundreds of Syrians, dozens of Iraqi Christian families are now fleeing the ISIS-controlled city of Mosul, hoping to avoid a similar fate.

Uncle Sam Eavesdropping Outside the Confessional
Aaron Taylor, First Things

The state of Louisiana may be about to go where even rabidly anti-Catholic England in the seventeenth century dared not.

Greatest Poverty Eliminator Is a Job, Panel Says
Marguerite Bowling, The Daily Signal

With June bringing the best jobs report since the recession began, one economist says the time is now to eliminate abject poverty in America and abroad.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, July 21, 2014
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How Entrepreneurs Practice Their Faith Through Companies
Chris Horst, OnFaith

When religious practice and corporate policy converge.

What’s Happening To Gordon College Is Just The Beginning
Joy Pullmann, The Federalist

There is far more government bullying ahead for every private school, charity, parachurch organization, and even churches.

The Next Religious Liberty Case
David Skeel, Wall Street Journal

After Hobby Lobby, a Christian college asked for a different kind of exemption. Then came the backlash.

Europe Moves to Outlaw Organ Trafficking Worldwide
Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times

An official European representative body has promulgated a new convention outlawing the trafficking in human organs, calling on all countries to become signatories to it and criminalize the practice and punish offenders.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, July 18, 2014
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Christian Cake Baker Appeals Government ‘Re-Education’ Order
Bethany Monk, CitizenLink

A Christian cake artist in Colorado filed an appeal Wednesday challenging a government order that says he and his staff must take “re-education” classes. The classes would “educate” employees about a state law that effectively demands that businesses celebrate same-sex ceremonies.

Re-Islamization in Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Next?
Victor Gaetan, National Catholic Register

Turkish press reported the lead organizer said, “It is our duty to convert it back to its original state [sic] to show Islam’s prevalence in this region and carry out the nation’s will.”

Is The War On Drugs Racist?
Jason Riley, The Federalist

The black inmate population reflects black criminality, not a racist criminal justice system.

Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It’s More Complicated
John D. Inazu, Christianity Today

The legal context for what’s happening at Gordon College, and how Christians can respond despite intense cultural backlash.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, July 17, 2014
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Boko Haram Shows No Mercy in Nigeria, Wrecking Churches, Homes, Lives
Robyn Dixon, L.A. Times

When Boko Haram invaded her village last year, the Islamists extremists burned the churches, destroyed Bibles and photographs and forced Hamatu Juwanda to renounce Christianity.

The Progressive Appeal to an Imaginary Calendar
Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition

There’s no reason to assume that the position we hold to is right because it’s Tuesday and not Monday. And yet, that’s the kind of ”appeal to the calendar” we often witness in popular progressive circles.

Religion in a Heart-Shaped Box
Owen Strachan, First Things

This personal right—one of Democratic president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “four freedoms” and the lodestar of New England’s first settlers fleeing religious persecution—is fast becoming the most contested cultural issue of our day.

Making A Profit: An Unexpected Way to Help Others
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Profit is simply a measurement. It is feedback sent to producers in response to a service or product. From it, we can gauge whether or not to continue production of that service or item.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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Seal of Confession Under Attack in Louisiana Court Case
Brian Fraga, Aleteia

Will a priest be forced to testify about what a girl told him in private conversation?

Cardinal O’Malley, Archbishop Lori To Senate: Oppose Bill That Attacks Religious Freedom
USCCB

In a letter sent July 14 to all U.S. Senators, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore stated their “strong opposition to the misnamed ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’ (S. 2578).”

Moralistic Therapeutic Politics
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

In terms of cultural conservatism, I’ve been a cultural conservative for most of my adult life, but having children really solidified my views on the importance of family and a strong cultural framework within which to raise them.

Fostering Sustainable Economic Development for the Poor
Greg Ayers, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

While much progress has been made toward poverty alleviation, many well-intentioned efforts have led Christians to actions that are not only ineffective, but leave the most vulnerable in a worse situation than before. Is there a better answer?