Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What’s Next for Kim Davis?
Marina Koren, The Atlantic

The Kentucky county clerk who was jailed over her refusal to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples has been freed.

IRS chief Koskinen and the tax status of faith-based colleges
Brian W. Walsh, The Hill

IRS commissioner John Koskinen deserves a measure of praise from all who hope to see America’s great heritage of robust, peaceful religious pluralism preserved for future generations.

The Relationship Between Poverty and Unwed Births
Kay S. Hymowitz, The Daily Signal

Not everyone has been convinced, but the disadvantage that attends growing up with a single mother is no longer controversial or hidden. Experts have also begun to understand that unwed childbearing is deeply entwined with poverty.

Hundreds of Refugees in Germany Convert to Christianity
The American Interest

A must-read article in Christianity Today profiles a church in Berlin that has seen astonishing growth from Muslim refugees who have converted to Christianity.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican
Anthony Faiola, Washington Post

A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him.

The real villains of the homeless crisis
Robert Doar, New York Post

The rise of homelessness has been a hot topic of late, and deservedly so. Unfortunately, some are trying to rewrite the history regarding how and why the population in homeless shelters has risen. So here’s the real story.

Syrian Priest, 270 Christian and Muslim Hostages Kidnapped by Islamic Militants Reportedly Alive
Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post

A Syrian priest, along with 270 Christian and Muslim hostages kidnapped by Islamic militants earlier this summer in an offensive on the city of Homs, are reportedly alive and hoping that they’ll be released after negotiations.

The Free Market Wisdom of Milton Friedman
Arthur Kemp, The Imaginative Conservative

One net result of Friedman’s extraordinary collection of qualities has been a somewhat greater success in turning people about ideologically, shifting them away from a march toward socialism and other forms of totalitarianism to a recognition of the virtues of freedom and the free market than have many of us who share his liberal (classical sense) views and prejudices.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, September 7, 2015

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Jailed: Christian Thought Leaders Respond
Various, BreakPoint

On September 3, Judge David L. Bunning jailed Kim Davis, Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk who refused to issue same-sex “marriage” licenses. Davis, an elected official who can only be removed from office by the State legislature, claims issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples per the recent Supreme Court ruling would violate her religious liberty.

How Democrats became secular and Republicans became religious. (It’s not what you think.)
John Sides, Washington Post

Back in 2012, partisan battles over religion continued. The Republican Party platform accused the Democratic Party of waging a “war on religion.” News media paid attention to the absence of the word “God” from the initial 2012 Democratic Party platform. How did we get here?

When does your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job?
Eugene Volokh, Washington Post

Can your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job? This is one of the questions in the Kentucky County Clerk marriage certificate case. But it also arises in lots of other cases.

Conscience & Property Rights: Obama vs. Little Sisters of the Poor
Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative

The legal arguments involved are rooted in conflicting laws, constitutional provisions and forms of reasoning. Confusion and arbitrary “principles” are sadly common to most cases concerning religious rights in this era, ruled as it is by the false doctrine of a “wall of separation between church and state” (a doctrine found nowhere in our constitution) and occasional attempts by Congress to rein in the legal profession’s headlong drive to banish religion from the public square.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, September 4, 2015

Prepare yourselves: The Great Migration will be with us for decades
Fraser Nelson, The Telegraph

It is not war, but money, that drives people abroad. That is not going to change any time soon

Who are ‘cultural Catholics’?
David Masci, Pew Research Center

The share of Americans whose primary religious affiliation is Catholic has fallen somewhat in recent years, and now stands at about one-in-five. But according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Catholics and others, an additional one-in-ten American adults (9%) consider themselves Catholic or partially Catholic in other ways, even though they do not self-identify as Catholic on the basis of religion.

The Two Strategic Approaches to Fighting Poverty
Richard Reeves, RealClearMarkets

There are two strategic approaches to tackling poverty. Strategy 1: raise the incomes of those with low incomes. Strategy 2: reduce the knock-on effects of having a low income on housing, schooling, safety, health or health care.

On the Bargaining Power of Workers
Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution

Buyers don’t compete against sellers, buyers compete against other buyers (and sellers compete against other sellers). Firms buy labor and they are competing primarily not against workers but against other firms. Firms versus Firms! Now that is a real battle!

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Puerto Rico’s religious leaders call for federal debt intervention
Joshua Mcelwee, Vatican Insider

A coalition of religious leaders, including five Catholic bishops, called Monday for the U.S. Federal Reserve to step in and restructure Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt.

The Truth About Wages in Right-to-Work States
Natalie Johnson, The Daily Signal

Private sector wages are not reduced in right-to-work states as union advocates have argued, according to a new report released Tuesday by The Heritage Foundation.

How America Lost Track of Ben Franklin’s Definition of Success
John Paul Rollert, The Atlantic

According to Franklin, what mattered in business was humility, restraint, and discipline. But today’s Type-A MBAs would find him qualified for little more than a career in middle management.

Hunter-Gatherer Economics and Sustainability
Arnold Kling, askblog

To many environmentalists, sustainability means leaving the world the way you found it. I think that this may reflect the instincts of a hunter-gatherer.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Why are Black and Hispanic Evangelicals More Favorable Toward the Prosperity Gospel?
Joe Carter, TGC

A new survey finds that black and Hispanic evangelicals are more likely than white evangelicals to say they have a favorable view of “prosperity gospel” preachers, believe wealth is a sign of God’s favor, and believe that prayer can improve their wealth.

The dharma of dollars: What Buddhism says about money and meaning

Buddhism, which holds that wealth is temporary and no path to happiness, might not sound like the best source for money wisdom. Not so, says Ethan Nichtern, the prominent Buddhist teacher, who has written a new book, “The Road Home,” on self-awareness and spiritual seeking.

The Link Between Political and Economic Freedom
Julius Kairey, The Daily Signal

More than 50 years ago, Milton Friedman’s seminal work “Capitalism and Freedom” reminded Americans of the founding principles that made us greatest nation on Earth (economic and political freedom, individualism, and the rule of law).

Let’s hear our next president’s views on poverty
Angela Rachidi, AEI Ideas

More than five years into the economic recovery, the rate of families in poverty is still worse than before President Obama took office. Our next president should articulate an approach that will do better.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Katrina 10 Years Later: Disaster Recovery and the Political Economy of Everyday Life
Peter Boetkke, Mercatus Center

It is important to explain this history because it was in this intellectual context that the events around Hurricane Katrina have to be understood in order to appreciate our rationale behind undertaking the Gulf Coast Recovery Project in 2005 and continuing it to this day.

The Moral Argument Against the Minimum Wage
Ben R. Crenshaw

The minimum wage is immoral. To understand why, we must first explore its social and economic dimensions.

What Malcolm Gladwell Gets Wrong About Poverty
Robert Doar, The Federalist

In discussing the Hurricane Katrina victims who left New Orleans, Malcolm Gladwell ignores a major factor contributing to modern U.S. poverty.

The Economic Cost of Truancy
Emily Deruy, The Atlantic

It doesn’t matter how good a school is if students don’t show up to class.