Faith (page 4)

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    Socially isolated voters

    Donald Trump elicited the same kind of hopeful expectation among his voters in 2016 that Barack Obama did among his voters in 2008 and 2012. In his forthcoming book, Alienated America, Tim Carney takes another look at who those Trump voters were and finds that many of them identified…
    Joseph Coletti, January 30, 2019
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    Keeping the Bible out of public schools … for a different reason than you might expect

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist argues that biblical literacy is too important to entrust to public schools. Critics claim that teaching biblical literacy is a violation of the separation of church and state. “Anything that might send a message to our children that you have to be a…
    Mitch Kokai, January 30, 2019
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    Is marriage about values or value?

    In his influential book, Coming Apart, Charles Murray made a compelling case for the cultural differences between affluent (white) Americans and working class (white) Americans. Among the differences were marriage and divorce rates. Wealthier whites marry and divorce at the same rates as in the past. Poorer whites marry…
    Joseph Coletti, January 28, 2019
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    Shapiro laments a ‘secular inquisition’

    Ben Shapiro explains at National Review Online why it’s time for religious Americans to “wake up.” We’re entering the age of mainstream anti-religious bigotry. In the past, American-brand religious bigotry has been largely internecine in fashion; to quote comic songster Tom Lehrer, “the Protestants hate the Catholics, and…
    Mitch Kokai, January 24, 2019
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    French laments progressives’ attacks on Christians

    David French of National Review Online detects an anti-Christian ideology emerging within progressive politics. One of the hallmarks of populism is that it rarely represents mass mobilization simply for the people. It’s also typically mass mobilization against an opposing force — whether it’s the hated elite or the…
    Mitch Kokai, January 23, 2019
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    Charitable giving unaffected by tax reform

    Despite dire predictions of steep drops in charitable giving because of federal tax reform, the left-of-center Inside Philanthropy found giving flat or higher in an informal survey of United Ways and other nonprofits. Fewer people may take a tax deduction for their contributions to churches and charitable causes, but…
    Joseph Coletti, January 17, 2019
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    Red states, blue states, and the birth dearth

    Bethany Mandel writes in the New York Post about the political implications of the declining American birth rate. Turns out states across the Midwest and Southeast fare better than those in the Northeast and on the West Coast. South Dakota’s rate, the nation’s highest, was a full 57…
    Mitch Kokai, January 14, 2019
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    Scary headline overlooks positive experiences

    Families have found nontraditional ways to meet a basic need with less regulation and lower costs. The headline warns “experts are concerned,” but the families are generally happy with their experience. This time, experts are not wringing their hands about “unaccountable” charter schools,  but about health care sharing ministries. The…
    Joseph Coletti, December 17, 2018