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PowerLinks 02.09.17

What is the Free Speech Fairness Act? Kimberly Winston, Religion News Service The Free Speech Fairness Act is being touted as a “fix” to the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that prohibits nonprofits from engaging in politics. Continue Reading...

Paul Ehrlich brings his bad economics to Vatican

“People Near Train Station” by Redd Angelo (CC0 1.0) In a recent article, Kishore Jayablan of Istituto Acton addresses the controversy surrounding the Vatican’s invitation to Paul Ehrlich, a known population control activist and the author of the 1968 book The Population Bomb.  Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 02.08.17

Pastors Without Politics Leslie Loftis, Arc How the Johnson Amendment quiets the pulpit. Religious Freedom Advocates Urge Trump to Sign Executive Order Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal Conservatives and religious groups are calling on President Donald Trump to stand firm on a draft executive order asserting the federal government recognize religious freedom as not only the right to worship but the right to express one’s religion. Continue Reading...

Samuel Gregg on secularism in France

“François Fillon” by Thomas Bresson (CC BY 4.0) The influence of Christianity in the French political sphere has been gaining ground in recent months and may be of benefit to believers and non-believers alike according to Acton’s Samuel Gregg. Continue Reading...

Can prices predict the future?

Note: This is post #20 in a weekly video series on basic microeconomics. Prices can convey information about events. But can they even predict the future? Can we predict Middle East politics based on the price of oil futures? Continue Reading...