Short Takes are smart, informed essays of 800 to 1000 words by experts on matters affecting the church or civil society. Essays should have a clear point of view and be supported by data or professional experience. They may address topics in the news but should still be relevant a few weeks after they are submitted. All Short Takes must be thoroughly fact-checked by our editors before publication. Authors should follow the magazine’s “Our Take,” “Short Take” and “Last Take” departments to avoid duplication. Please include a short biographical statement at the end of the submitted essay, and please include your name in any files that you attach. Find examples of Short Takes here: http://www.americamagazine.org/section/short-take.