PowerLinks 09.23.13

Why Your iPhone Upgrade Is Good for the Poor Daniel Fletcher, Wall Street Journal The enormous capabilities of smartphones are being repurposed and redirected for use in the developing world. Gay Marriage Collides With Religious Liberty Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, Wall Street Journal Owners of small businesses are finding that honoring their faith can get them in trouble. Continue Reading...

The Golden Key of Soul Freedom

In an interview with Christianity Today, social critic Os Guinness explains why religious liberty it necessary for societal flourishing: Americans employ the term “religious freedom,” while Europeans prefer the roughly synonymous term “freedom of religion and belief.” In the book, you suggest something deeper and broader with the term “soul freedom.” What is “soul freedom”? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 09.20.13

A Big Heart Open to God Antonio Spadaro, S.J., America The exclusive interview with Pope Francis What Has Happened to the Incomes of the Middle Class and Poor? Scott Winshi, e21 New income figures released by the Census Bureau today will inspire a wave of commentary about the sluggishness of the recovery and the decline in living standards that started with the recession. Continue Reading...

Annual Meeting ‘Godflies’ at Cross Purposes with Investors

“Shareholders’ boardroom clout increases” touts the website at the Interfaith Council on Corporate Responsibility The linked article takes readers to an August 20 essay by Sara Murphy at The Motley Fool in which the author asserts: “New research out today from the Sustainable Investments Institute, or Si2, shows that investors are filing more environmentally and socially themed shareholder resolutions now than ever before, and those resolutions are getting more support during proxy voting than they ever have.” Not so fast, Ms. Continue Reading...

Michael Novak, George Weigel: Iraq Yesterday, Syria Today

The National Catholic Register asked prominent Catholic intellectuals Michael Novak and George Weigel to address the current U.S. involvement in Syria and its involvement with Iraq 10 years ago. While both supported the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, they have a different take on the current situation with Syria. Continue Reading...