Faith

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    Political rhetoric and the need to forgive

    Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist takes both President Trump and former First Lady Michelle Obama to task for recent pronouncements that they could “never forgive” a political opponent for a particular offense. To say someone is irredeemable is to offer no hope. It is to say he is…
    Mitch Kokai, November 13, 2018
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    Should schools provide support services to students?

    Denise Superville’s Education Week article, In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone, examines the role of schools in providing social services to students.  She writes, The idea is that focusing on student’s individual needs in four areas—academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being—and matching…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2018
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    “The difference between those working for a cause and those making a cause work for them.”

    That’s the topic of a recent Quillette piece in which Clay Routledge takes a critical look at the social justice movement. Here are some excerpts [with my favorite passages emphasized in bold]: Other writers have argued that the secular left has turned social-justice ideology into their religion.
    Jon Guze, September 15, 2018
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    Is giving always good?

    We have a love-hate relationship with philanthropy, which starts with questions of fairness and has been magnified for the past hundred years by the income tax. One manifestation is the continuing debate over donor-advised funds from community foundations and Donors Trust to the National Christian Foundation and…
    Joseph Coletti, August 24, 2018
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    Recovering trust to reduce taxes

    If we ask government to do less, it will naturally shrink. I keep returning to this basic idea of Richard Cornuelle, who dedicated the bulk of his life to spurring private, non-market-based competition with government. The John Locke Foundation’s mission is to “transform government through competition…[and establish] a better balance…
    Joseph Coletti, August 21, 2018
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    V.S. Naipaul and “Our Universal Civilization”

    Until a week ago, I had never considered reading V.S. Naipaul, the 2001 Nobel laureate for literature. City Journal editor Brian Anderson gave a brief appreciation of Naipaul’s writing in explaining why The Masque of Africa was on his summer reading list. The discussion pointed to Naipaul’s…
    Joseph Coletti, August 14, 2018
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    Trump, Clinton,and evangelicals

    Many have wondered why evangelical Christians supported Donald Trump in such large numbers in the 2016 presidential election. Chris White of the Daily Caller offers some ideas. The Washington Post asked locals at a southern Baptist church in Alabama why they voted for President Donald Trump despite that…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2018
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    Kavanaugh likely to face a religious test

    John Daniel Davidson of the Federalist predicts that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will face the type of test that’s specifically forbidden in the U.S. Constitution. In his remarks Monday night upon accepting President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh said this: “My judicial philosophy…
    Mitch Kokai, July 11, 2018