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War on Contraception? No, an Attack on Religion

Until 2012, no federal law or regulation required employers to cover contraception or abortifacients in their company health plans. But last month a New York Times Times editorial claimed that “the assertion by private businesses and their owners of an unprecedented right to impose the owners’ religious views on workers who do not share them.” What changed over the course of a year that now makes it a “war on contraceptives” to oppose adding such coverage? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 12.03.13

Understanding the Plight of the Poor: Why Strong Families are Essential to Liberty Joy Pullmann, Values & Capitalism “How well do you think Americans in the main understand and empathize with low-income Americans?” Fighting Poverty With Actual Evidence Stephen J. Continue Reading...

Obamacare: Fights Religious Beliefs, But Hurts Women

Helen Alvare, law professor at George Mason University and co-founder of Women Speak For Themselves, writes in USA Today that Obamacare hurts women. Alvare says that the White House, while posing as the protector of “women and families,” in fact degrades women: The White House stance assumes that women care far more about free access to contraceptives, or their sex lives, than about religious freedom, or allowing businesses to have a conscience. Continue Reading...

SEC Deals Blow to ICCR Agenda

As noted here and here, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility Executive Director Laura Berry was one representative of several groups asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt new corporate political disclosure rules in October. Continue Reading...

Free Societies Need Free Markets, Not Forced Conscription

How can we fix all that has gone wrong in our nation’s capital? Mandate military service for all Americans, men and women alike, when they turn 18. At least that’s the provocative solution Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank proposed this weekend: There is no better explanation for what has gone wrong in Washington in recent years than the tabulation done every two years of how many members of Congress served in the military. Continue Reading...

‘The Simple Principles of Solidarity and Subsidiarity’

Pope Francis’ exhortation Evangelii Gaudium has been garnering much attention, especially for some of the economic views he put forth in the document. With the reminder that an apostolic exhortation does not have the weight of infallibility, the exhortation has been a terrific way to discuss Catholic teaching on different matters. Continue Reading...