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Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the
Emma Green, The Atlantic

Supporters of Trump’s budget are eager to restore the central role of faith-based organizations in serving the poor—but it’s not clear they can be an adequate substitute for government.

Cardinal says African Church ‘substitutes’ for failed states
John L. Allen Jr., Crux

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo of the Democratic Republic of Congo says that in many African societies, the Catholic Church historically has served as a substitute for the state, especially when those states have failed, explaining why Catholic prelates on the continent play such a directly political role in African affairs.

Being an Ethical Business in a Corrupt Environment
S. Ramakrishna VelamuriWilliam S. HarveyS. Venkataraman, Harvard Business Review

Most business leaders hesitate to take a firm stand against corruption, even in environments where it is widespread. Some may see benefits from indulging in corrupt practices such as faster processing of permits or less interference from governmental officials.

Religious Liberty Isn’t a Government Privilege
David French, National Review

Legal leftists who attack Neil Gorsuch hold an odd view.

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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).