Acton Institute Powerblog

PowerLinks 10.18.17

Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons
Bob Smietana, Baptist Press

In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits–including churches — from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Churches risked losing their tax-exempt status if the preacher endorsed a candidate in a sermon.

Chicago’s Soda Tax Fizzles
Baylen Linnekin, Reason.com

Everybody realized it was about bringing in money, not improving public health.

The trade-ravaged areas that voted for Trump have the most to lose from Trump’s anti-trade agenda
Ana Campoy, Quartz

Despite being harder hit by trade, the areas that went for Trump remain more dependent on trade than those won by Democrats.

If Freedom Is in Our DNA, Why Are We So Afraid of It?
Elise Daniel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

One of the major reasons we’ve lost economic freedom is because humans, by nature, hate uncertainty. We try to plan and control the future to reduce uncertainty.

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).