PowerLinks 10.30.13

October 30, 2013 • by Joe Carter

PowerLinks 10.30.13

Religious-Discrimination Claims on the Rise Melanie Trottman, Wall Street Journal Complaints Include Dress Codes, Working on the Sabbath, Handling Alcohol Humility — America’s Greatest Virtue? Emma Elliott Freire , AFF Doublethink Online American humility is not an oxymoron. Continue Reading...

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Get Your Hands Dirty: ‘Engaging Heavy Reading’

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PowerLinks 10.29.13

Russia’s “protectorate” over Middle Eastern Christians Gianni Valente, Vatican Insider Defending Middle Eastern Christians has become a strategic asset for Putin and is in perfect harmony with the Patriarchate of Moscow’s mission. Continue Reading...

What the Poor Need Most

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