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Workplace Discrimination and a Free Society

Lately, it seems as though everyone thinks he is being discriminated against in the workplace.

According to a national survey of employed American adults who were asked about their experiences with religious discrimination at work, “What American Workers Really Think about Religion: Tanenbaum’s 2013 Survey of American Workers and Religion,”

  • More than half of employed Americans agree that there is a lot of discrimination against Muslims in the United States;
  • One in three American workers has actually experienced or personally seen incidents of religious bias when he goes to work;
  • Six in ten white evangelical Protestants agree that discrimination against Christians has become as big a problem as discrimination against other religious minorities; and
  • 60% of atheists believe that people look down on their beliefs, as do nearly one-third of non-Christian religious workers (31%) and white evangelical Protestants (32%).

The survey was conducted by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and the Public Religion Research Institute.

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The Taste of War

taste_of_warReview of Lizzie Collingham, The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food (The Penguin Press, 2012), xxii + 634 pgs..

I was intrigued by this statement inside the book’s dust jacket: “Focusing on both the winners and losers in the battle for food, The Taste of War brings to light the striking fact that war-related hunger and famine were not only caused by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, but were also the result of Allied mismanagement and neglect, particularly in India, Africa, and China.”

Hunger and famine as a result of Allied polices? World War II is always presented as an epic struggle of good (Allies) vs. evil (Axis). After all, it is known as the good war. How, then, could the Allies let something like that happen? It turns out that during World War II over 20 million people died from starvation or malnutrition and its associated diseases. This rivals the number of military deaths. I guess the good war wasn’t so good after all.

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Top 10 Libertarian (and Christian) Books for 2013

bonhoeffer_biography_metaxasEvery year, I try to highlight some of the best recent and classic books about Christianity, libertarianism, and the books addressing both at the same time. Last year I was not able to put together a list, so I have included a few books from 2012 as a result. Any of these would make for a great gift for a friend or good reading material in the upcoming year for you. And of course, you can find much more in LCC’s other book lists, or in our little bookstore. So without further adieu and in no particular order…

1. Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy – This essential new biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by the same man who authored Amazing Grace (also a hit movie), pays special attention to Bonhoeffer’s political involvement during the rise of Nazi Germany. LCC will be reviewing this book in early 2014.

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