Religious freedom facing increased threats, US report finds
Bradley Klapper, Associated Press
The Islamic State led a campaign of attacks last year by militant extremist groups on religious freedom in large swaths of the world, the State Department said in a report Wednesday, pointing to increasing threats to religious minorities in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
India might become less corrupt as it becomes wealthier
TN Ninan, Quartz
An interesting hypothesis has been put forward that societies often get more corrupt as they start on the growth curve, but clean up their act once prosperity reaches a level where the majority in a society decide that tackling corruption is important. The countries that have the best scores (least corrupt) in the Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International happen to be the wealthiest ones.
Wealth inequality isn’t a ‘crisis’ — and voters know it
Kyle Smith, New York Post
The American tendency to respect, and expect, success runs counter to the progressive plan to tax it away. Not only does constant chatter about inequality tend to make Americans more supportive of free enterprise, but it also leads to a blanket suspicion about what the regulatory and taxation elves really mean to do.
The Misplaced Fear of Religion in Classrooms
Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic
Many people, whether they are parents or lawmakers, seem surprised that it’s legal to teach about different religions in public schools.