PowerLinks – 08.29.12
Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks – 08.29.12

Judaism’s Central Sacrifice
David P. Goldman, Tablet

Yoram Hazony’s new book bases Judaism on a naturalistic reading of the Bible, but it’s a stretch.

HHS revises mandate third time; foes say it misses the point
Michelle Bauman, Catholic News Agency

A slight revision of the federal contraception mandate offers some additional protection for certain religious employers but is not sufficient to ease religious freedom concerns, said a lawyer who is working to challenge the mandate in court.

Deadly Fuel Economy Standards
Timothy Terrell, Economics for Everybody

One of the most important ideas in economics is the concept of trade-offs. If something is scarce, that means that acquiring more of it requires giving up something else. To obtain a car that gets better gas mileage, something else has to be sacrificed.

Mississippi Most Conservative State, D.C. Most Liberal
Frank Newport, Gallup

Mississippi remains the most conservative state in the union, and, along with Utah, Wyoming, and Alabama, is one of four states with 50% or more of its population identifying as conservative. At the other end of the ideological spectrum, 40% District of Columbia residents and 30% of Massachusetts residents identify as liberal; all other states have a liberal population of 26% or less.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).