WASHINGTON — To address global poverty, aid groups must recognize that a key cause of poverty is a justice system that fails to protect its most vulnerable citizens against violence, Gary Haugen, president, CEO and founder of International Justice Mission, argues in his new book, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.
When talking about global poverty, most are familiar with problems like hunger, disease or poor sanitation, but are less familar with the consequences of a poor criminal justice system that exposes the poor to violence, Haugen told an American Enterprise Institute audience Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
The event, sponsored by AEI's Values & Capitalism Project, included responses from Tom Hart, U.S. executive director of the ONE Campaign, and Nicholas Eberstadt, an AEI scholar who specializes in economic development, poverty, foreign aid and global health. more >>
Rather talk about the size of government, conservatives should be talking about the proper role of government, a group of conservatives argued Wednesday as they presented an agenda aimed at helping the middle class and working poor.
"How big the welfare state should be is the wrong argument," Yuval Levin, Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, claimed. Rather, he said, conservatives should be talking about the proper role of government. Government should provide a "supportive role" to "strengthen the space in which social institutions thrive."
"Government exists to enable society to better address its problems," Levin said. more >>
The Los Angeles Dodgers' wives plan to continue investing their efforts into a series of monthly outreach projects in partnership with The Dream Center, a volunteer-led organization that provides for the needs of 80,000 people each month.
"We are forever grateful for this partnership with the Dodgers. They are just not coming out to hand out a bag of food, they are coming out to invest into the needs of the community," Pastor Matthew Barnett, co-founder of The Dream Center told The Christian Post.
The idea for the partnership started when Ellen Kershaw, wife of Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and a few other wives wanted to broaden their community outreach efforts. more >>
Pope Francis recently called for a "legitimate redistribution" of wealth when meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying governments should work to end the "economy of exclusion" that plagues the poor and the middle class from rising up the economic ladder.
The pope made his comments while meeting with Ban Ki-moon and other United Nations agency heads meeting in Rome this week. He encouraged the United Nations to help the poor around the world by mobilizing a culture of generosity.
"I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors, that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level," Francis said. more >>
A number of Christian charity organizations have produced gift catalogs showing alternative gift-giving ideas as a unique way of celebrating Mother's Day. The alternative gifts, given in the name of a mother, help improve the lives of poverty-stricken children and families struggling to survive in developing countries.
"As we celebrate Mother's Day and thank God for the influence of our mothers and wives, please remember the millions of children and mothers who have never heard of Jesus, [the One] who will provide for them," exhorted Dr. K.P. Yohannan, president of Gospel for Asia, as reported by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Gospel for Asia is encouraging people to honor their mothers by supporting a Bridge of Hope child. The ministry's goal is to equip at least 2,000 children with education, meals, and the love of Christ by Mother's Day. more >>
Chicago is the most recent city to give the controversial "Jesus the Homeless" sculpture a permanent residence. Even though some Christians feel that the image of Jesus as a homeless person is offensive, the artist believes it's a clear representation of the Gospel message.
The life-size bronze sculpture depicts Jesus Christ as a homeless person sleeping on a park bench and was unveiled Monday at its newest location, which is in front of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Earlier this year, a woman in Davidson, N.C., called police fearing for the safety of her upscale community after believing that the statue was a vagrant sleeping outside St. Alban's Episcopal Church. more >>