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California’s state religion
Joel Kotkin, Orange County Register

In a state ruled by a former Jesuit, perhaps we should not be shocked to find ourselves in the grip of an incipient state religion. Of course, this religion is not actually Christianity, or even anything close to the dogma of Catholicism, but something that increasingly resembles the former Soviet Union, or present-day Iran and Saudi Arabia, than the supposed world center of free, untrammeled expression.

Almost the entire nation of Venezuela is too broke to eat
Ana Campoy, Quartz

Venezuelans are starving, and they are tired of waiting in line. In a revolt against president Nicolás Maduro’s flailing government, they are increasingly turning to rioting and looting to feed themselves.

The Other Campus Free-Speech Problem No One’s Talking About
Mary Eberstadt, The Federalist

Christian activists are not trying to shutter secular schools; but some progressive activists are trying to put Christian schools out of business.

ISIS suicide bomber targets Syrian Christian patriarch
Inés San Martín, Crux

An ISIS-affiliated suicide bomber tried to kill an Orthodox Syrian Christian patriarch on Sunday, during a special ceremony commemorating the 101 anniversary of the Ottoman genocide against Armenians and Assyrians.

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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).