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Poverty | In hard times it’s still possible to focus on human flourishing
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/08/13, 01:00 am

In the news business it’s no revelation that we focus on the bad news more than the good. If it bleeds, it leads. Forget that I ate the best mango of my life in war-torn Sudan, or that I had one of my best meals—masgouf, or grilled fish—hot off the embers outdoors in occupied Iraq. Famine, persecution, and war were all around, and that’s what I was there to report. Even now, I’m looking closely into flourishing arts communities in Afghanistan—but you’re unlikely to read about those in headlines anytime soon.

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Seattle shoo?

by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/21/13, 01:31 pm

In 25 years of writing off and on about poverty-fighting, I've noticed that Christians and Jews who read the Bible see homeless individuals as made in God’s image, but secular conservatives and secular liberals (with some exceptions) would prefer that they disappear. The difference is that secular conservatives forthrightly say so, sometimes in ugly ways, and secular liberals use more circuitous language to get to the same point.

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Food stamp consumption continues to rise

by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 1/10/13, 09:15 am

Recent numbers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) show the number of food stamp recipients continuing its upward climb.

Most concerning is the next generation’s dependency on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 19.9 million children, 26.9 percent of all Americans under 18, received aid from SNAP in 2011. They made up 45 percent of SNAP participants. 

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