Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 03.04.15

Vatican security chief confirms ISIS is a threat to Pope Francis
Meghan DeMaria, The Week

Domenico Giani, commander of the Vatican’s security forces, told Italy’s Polizia Moderna that ISIS presents a significant threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican. Giana added, though, that there isn’t indication ISIS is planning an attack directed at the pope.

Iran’s Spiritual Challenge to American Christians
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

Nine years ago liberal American religious activists like pacifist Jim Wallis of Sojourners created a “Words, Not War, With Iran” coalition to organize against decisive U.S. action against Iran’s nuclear program.

Bill to slash slavery gains quickly in Senate
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

A new effort to help end human trafficking and slavery worldwide has quickly gained momentum in Congress.

State Legislatures Pit Religious Freedom Against Civil Rights
Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg, Religion & Politics

The debate over last summer’s Hobby Lobby decision has a new source for conflict: state legislatures. The Supreme Court decision, which expanded corporate religious liberty, rested on an interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a federal statute that Congress passed in 1993.

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).