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Top Ten Religious Liberty and Church-State Developments of 2016
Howard Friedman, Religion Clause

Each year in December, I attempt to pick the most important church-state and religious liberty developments of the past year. This was a busy year, and a number of the important developments amounted to themes that spanned many months.

Iraqi Christians celebrate a bittersweet Christmas amid destruction and liberation
Bonnie Kristian, The Week

Christians in Bartella, Iraq, are celebrating their first Christmas since 2013 following their town’s liberation from Islamic State militants as part of the campaign to retake Mosul.

Unthinkable Today, Obvious Tomorrow: The Moral Case for the Abolition of Cruelty to Animals
Matthew Scully, National Review

On that issue, our evolving standards approach the ancient ones of Judeo-Christian morality.

The Relationship Between Culture and Poverty
William Reddinger, FEE

In a state of learned helplessness, people who are suffering consistently feel like something has been done to them.

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).