Category Archives: Helping the Poor

Why We Need Social Norms

David Brooks“The health of society,” writes New York Times columnist David Brooks, “is primarily determined by the habits and virtues of its citizens.” These, he says, are reinforced by social norms that have been “destroyed by a plague of nonjudgmentalism.” Society will not become stronger, he says, “unless we are more morally articulate, unless we have clearer definitions of how we should be behaving at all levels.”

“The Cost of Relativism,” by David Brooks. The New York Times, March 10, 2015.

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DeBlasio Flips on Church Use of Schools

New York City Mayoral Candidates Attend Political ForumNew York Mayor Bill DeBlasio once opposed Michael Bloomberg’s effort to bar churches from using public schools for worship. Now, in office, he has changed his stance.

Then: “Mayor deBlasio stands with religious groups that worship in public schools,” by Corinne Lestch. Daily News,  April 8, 2014.

Now: “DeBlasio asks high court to uphold ban on churches in schools,” by Emily Belz. World, January 15, 2015.

Ginsburg, Eugenics, and Punk Rock

deadKennedys3National Review columnist Kevin Williamson sees a parallel between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s (actual) support for aborting the children of poor parents and the lyrics of ’70s punk band The Dead Kennedy’s (satirical) song “Kill the Poor.”

“We Only Whisper It:” Justice Ginsburg Sings Another Verse of “Kill the Poor,” by Kevin D. Williamson. National Review Online, September 24, 2014.

Room To Grow

RoomToGrowPeter Wehner, Yuval Levin, and several other essayists propose a new direction for American conservatives in a collection entitled “Room to Grow,” published but the Young Guns Network. It has been received with both praise and criticism.

“The New Right,” by David Brooks. The New York Times, June 9, 2014.

“Growing Conservatism.” Editorial, National Review Online, May 23, 2014.

“What Dave Brat Taught Conservatives,” by Kim Strassel. The Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2014.

“Room to Grow,” Peter Wehner, et. al. Young Guns Network.

Debating Income Inequality

RichAndPoorFour articles and two videos on income inequality, from various perspectives.

“The Last Communist City,” by Michael J. Totten. City Journal, Spring 2014.

“Liberty, Equality Efficiency,” by Paul Krugman. The New York Times, March 9, 2014.

“10 Problems with Obama’s Income Inequality Speech,” by Jennifer Rubin. Washington Post “Right Turn” blog, December 5, 2013.

“Four Big Conservative Lies About Inequality,” by Robert Reich. BillMoyers.com,  May 7, 2014.

Video: “Facts and Fallacies with Thomas Sowell,” Chapter 4. Hoover Institution.

Video: “Margaret Thatcher on Socialism,” House of Commons, November 22, 1990.

‘Obamacare’ and Abortion

doerflingerRichard Doerflinger of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops explains in clear terms how the Affordable Care Act makes funds available for elective abortion and violates the consciences of Catholics and other people who hold traditional values.

“A Careful Reading,” by Richard M. Doerflinger. America, April 7, 2014.

Are Economic Issues Harder Than Social Issues For the Evangelicals and Catholics to Unite Behind?

Vatican Pope Equatorial GuineaRobert P. Jones writes, “At first glance, the link between evangelicals and Catholics seems like a political match made in heaven…. But the pope’s call for economic justice complicates the relationship, because it calls both Catholics and evangelicals to cooperation beyond a narrow band of cultural politics. It remains to be seen whether this evangelical flock will hear in Pope Francis’ broader message the voice of a shepherd they can follow.”

“Pope Francis’s Challenge to the Evangelical-Catholic Coalition,” by Robert P. Jones. The Atlantic, April 17, 2014.

Poverty and Family Structure

UrbanPoorSome follow-up items to our January 30 discussion on poverty.

“Fighting Family Breakdown Will Take More Than Contraception,” by Anna Southerland. Family Studies (blog), January 27, 2014.

“Invisible Child,” by Andrea Elliott. The New York Times, December 9, 2013.

Appalachia: America’s “White Ghetto”

AppalachiaPovertyMany of the most familiar stereotypes about American poverty—like urban settings and single mothers—don’t apply to Appalachia. Kevin Williamson writes  a serious and thought provoking essay for National Review, after a visit to Owsley County, Kentucky.

“The White Ghetto,” by Kevin D. Williamson. National Review, January 9, 2014.

(House Reading Group, January 30, 2014)

Christian Views on Immigration Reform

ImmigrationChristiansChristians who are allies on most issues are divided on the harder questions in the immigration debate.  Several essays on the topic were shared before and after our November 12th discussion.

“No, Evangelicals Are Not United on Immigration Reform,” by Timothy Dalrymple. Patheos, August 9, 2013.

“Immigration and the Welcoming Church,” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. The Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2013.

“Understanding Evangelicals and Immigration Reform,” by Michael Gerson. The Washington Post, November 7, 2013.

“Evangelical Support for Immigration Reform is Biblical, Not Political,” by Matthew Soerens. Patheos, March 13, 2013.

Southern Baptist Convention resolution: “On Immigration and the Gospel,” June, 2011.

“For Evangelicals, Reasons to Be Cautious on Immigration Reform,” by Mark Tooley. Patheos, March 11, 2013.