Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
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Reauthorizing the federal home visiting program was the right thing to do
Katharine B. Stevens, AEI Ideas

Home visiting helps young, low-income mothers during pregnancy and through the critical first years of their babies’ lives—building mothers’ competence in caring for their children and themselves, and enabling parents to better fulfill their role as their children’s “first teachers.”

Hundreds Drown, Dozens of Christians Beheaded as Libya Festers
The American Interest

Hundreds of migrants—as many as 700—drowned off the coast of Libya this weekend, in one of the greatest disasters of what has already become an out-of-control refugee crisis.

Praise and Skepticism as One Executive Sets Minimum Wage to $70,000 a Year
Patricia Cohen, New York Times

When Dan Price announced last week that he would cut his own pay and profits to make it possible to raise the minimum wage at Gravity Payments, his credit card processing company in Seattle, to a hefty $70,000 a year, he had little idea of the whirlwind it would stir.

9 Things You Should Know About Genocide
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Because several genocides began in April or have a major anniversary in the month, many organizations and institutions around the world have set aside April to be a month of genocide awareness and action against genocide. Here are nine things you should know about genocide in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
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Indiana Is Now The Most Hostile State To Religious Freedom
Dennis Saffran, The Federalist

Indiana’s ‘fix’ to its religious-freedom law increases burdens on conscience rights its original religious-freedom law was designed to protect.

Gender pay gap narrows when fringe benefits are included
Andrew G. Biggs, AEI Ideas

If you look at men and women while controlling for these differences, and then include the fringe benefits their different jobs pay, you find that benefits lower the pay gap, not increase it.

What Africa Needs More Than Food Aid Or Democracy
Interview with Ken Mbnugua, The Gospel Coalition

There are millions of Africans attending churches where the only message they hear is the prosperity gospel.

Another Infuriating Crackdown on Sharing Food With the Homeless
Baylen Linnekin, Reason.com

San Antonio targets a good Samaritan, because rules are rules.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 20, 2015
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Culture War Questions: Can Christians Be Notaries?
Ben Domenech, The Federalist

The two 24-year magistrates were forced out by a fairly clear cut policy decision on the part of the AOC: either administer all marriages or none of them.

Keller’s 5 Ways the Gospel Transforms Your Work
Nicholas McDonald, Scribblepreach

I ’ll be honest: I’ve lived most of my life with a pretty low view of work. Being a pastor was fine – but I’m talking about NORMAL jobs, for NORMAL people. I thought, “Why would you be making widgets when you could be transforming souls?”

Ask the Author: Tim Gloege on Guaranteed Pure
Kristin Du Mez, Historical Horizons

Guaranteed Pure explains how evangelicals at the Moody Bible Institute created a modern form of old-time religion using business ideas and techniques. This smoothed the advent of modern consumer capitalism in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and transformed the dynamics of Protestantism in modern America.

Student sues public university for requiring ‘free speech permit’
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

“At Cal Poly, students have to wear a free speech badge in the free speech zone and can only get that authorization on weekdays. This is a cartoonish violation of the First Amendment, almost beyond parody,” explains Greg Lukianoff of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The free speech zone is just 0.01 percent of campus space.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 17, 2015
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Religious hiring measure appears dead in Indiana
Associated Press

A measure that would allow religious-affiliated organizations to hire employees based on religion and require workers to follow certain religious tenets appears unlikely to advance this year.

‘Sustainability’ gone mad on college campuses
George F. Will, Washington Post

Like many religions’ premises, the sustainability movement’s premises are more assumed than demonstrated.

Gwyneth did the food stamp challenge wrong. So does everyone else.
Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

Gwyneth Paltrow has apparently failed at the food stamp challenge. She quit after four days, she reports on her website, GOOP. But then, most everyone who takes the challenge does it wrong.

San Antonio chef ticketed $2,000 for feeding the homeless
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

Though she’s been running the “Chow Train” for years, local police recently slammed Cheever with a ticket carrying a fine of up to $2,000 because she brought prepared meals to the feeding location in a pick-up truck, take-out style.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 16, 2015
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Is There a Shortage of Poor People?
Kevin D. Williamson, The Corner

Call me parochial, but my economic model defines a poor society as a society that has lots of poor people in it.

The Utah Compromise
Stuart Adams, Library of Law and Liberty

Watching the unnecessary dramas that recently unfolded in Indiana and other states, one thing is clear: the landscape of protecting religious liberty has changed. Permanently.

It Takes a Village to Promote Free-Range Parenting
Naomi SchaeferRiley, Family Studies

Want to make free-range parenting possible again? Declare a kids-only afternoon at the park.

The Goal of Classical Education is Truth
Tom Jay, Crisis Magazine

How have our nation’s public schools reached the point where many of them no longer teach grammar? It has happened because schools deviated from the truth about language, which Josef Pieper characterized as a participation in truth.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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The Moral Bucket List
David Brooks, New York Times

It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace.

India’s preference for sons has created a nation of tiny people
Shelly Walia, Quartz

Indian children are among the shortest in the world, and the country’s preference for sons might be to blame.

Police again pick up ‘free-range’ kids, take them straight to child services
Stephanie Talmadge, The Week

Sparking a national conversation about free-range parenting earlier this year, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are again under scrutiny after their children were picked up by police for the second time in four months on Sunday.

The Day Lincoln Was Shot: A Visual FAQ
Justin Taylor , The Gospel Coalition

Today is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln (April 14, 1865). Here is an FAQ on some aspects and background of the tragic murder.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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Pope Calls Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide,’ Provoking Turkish Anger
Jim Yardley and Sebnem Arsu, New York Times

Pope Francis on Sunday described the World War I-era slaughter of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks as the first genocide of the 20th century, igniting a diplomatic confrontation with Turkey, which quickly summoned the Vatican’s ambassador to condemn the pontiff’s remarks.

Pioneers and Police: Archetypes in Constitutional Law Scholarship
Marc DeGirolami, Mirror of Justice

Increasingly I am coming to believe that much scholarship in constitutional law, at least as respects commentary about contemporary controversies, may be characterized as the opposition of pioneers and police.

To Keep Free of Federal Reins, Wyoming Catholic College Rejects Student Aid
Jack Healy, New York Times

An insurrection is brewing here at Wyoming Catholic College, a tiny redoubt of cowboy-style Catholicism where students learn about horseback riding and Thomas Aquinas, and take grueling mountain hikes conducted entirely in Latin.

Will We Surrender on Religious Freedom?
Ed Feulner, The Daily Signal

“They won’t go to Indiana, but they will go to Saudi Arabia.” That’s Carly Fiorina speaking about Apple CEO Tim Cook and his well-publicized opposition to Indiana’s religious freedom law.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, April 13, 2015
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What Should the Pope’s Ecology Encyclical Say?
John M. Grondelski, Crisis Magazine

There has been some discussion of news reports that Pope Francis plans to write an encyclical letter on ecology and the environment. In anticipation of a possible papal letter on those subjects, two recent articles struck my attention.

Religious conservatives are the targets of discrimination, lawyer says
John M. Glionna, LA Times

Here’s why Christian businesses feel like they’re the ones being discriminated against.

How To Save Religious Freedom
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

America is hosting a war between ideological and cultural enemies. Religious freedom is losing, and big government is winning.

How to employ the very hard to employ
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

Social enterprises have a long history in the U.S. They differ from typical government programs in that they are a business, usually operated outside of government, with a concern for the bottom line. They are typically started by people who want to make a difference in society by helping others.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, April 10, 2015
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Why Evangelicals Should Love the Pope
Peter Wehner, New York Times

How best to live out one’s faith in this world has been a complicated issue throughout Christian history, and it remains so today.

When Conservative School Reforms Work
Seth Mandel, Commentary

Conservative education reformers are at several distinct disadvantages: union control of public education, the government’s broad power to protect its market dominance, restrictions on leveling the playing field between public and parochial schools, etc.

Who Will Stand?
Robert P. George, First Things

Are there political or religious leaders who will step forward? Are there intellectual or cultural leaders who will muster the courage to confront the mob?

Why Surrogacy Violates Human Dignity
Arland K. Nichols, Crisis Magazine

Surrogacy became mainstream when in the 4th season of the popular sitcom, Friends, the ever-spacey Phoebe became the surrogate mother of her brother’s children, in the episode titled “The one with the embryos.”

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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The Holocaust, White Privilege, and American Jewry
Seth Mandel, Commentary

If you think “white privilege” can be reduced to the ability to get a taxi, then sure, Brodesser-Akner is probably privileged. Bovy is making what seems like an obvious point: if you’re one of the many Jews who don’t wear identifying garments, you can make white America think you’re one of them.

Organ trafficking emerges in Syria’s Damascus
ARA News

As the war and security situation continue to deteriorate in Syria, children’s abductions and human trafficking have become a common scene in the city of Damascus in the last few months.

No, government isn’t subsidizing Wal-Mart
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Democrats, unions and left-wing activists frequently argue that government (actually taxpayers) subsidizes Wal-Mart and other companies that employ low-wage workers since many of those workers receive government welfare benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid. And the mainstream media pretty much accept this reasoning.

How Well Will American Christians Wear Our Cross?
Leslie Loftis, The Federalist

The coming days will show us that American Christians aren’t as numerous as the guide books tell us. They might not be as strong as some assume, either.