PowerLinks 09.11.13

September 11, 2013 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 09.11.13

Assault on Christian Town in Syria Adds to Fears Over Rebels Anne Barnard and Hwaida Saad, New York Times For Syrian rebels fighting in recent days around the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, any gains made in battle could be wiped out in the war of perceptions. Continue Reading...

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PowerLinks 09.10.13

At Houston lecture, Scalia explores Christian virtues and economic systems Cindy George, Houston Chronicle “While I would not argue that capitalism as an economic system is inherently more Christian than socialism … it does seem to me that capitalism is more dependent on Christianity than socialism is.” Australia has ditched an incompetent Anglican for a Roman Catholic of promise Archbishop Cranmer, Cranmer Not even casting his vote in St Paul’s Anglican Church, Brisbane, could save the dishonoured and dishonourable Kevin Rudd from the wrath of the people – the ultimate judgment in the democratic fray. Continue Reading...

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