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I think we can sometimes go overboard looking for ill intent in comment from “the other side”, whichever side that may be. Some conservatives did just that, in my opinion, over some comments about the Notre Dame fire.

The Supreme Court will be hearing 3 cases next session that will be part of a continuing effort in this country to reconcile the rights of various groups of sexual identities and preferences (groups that seem to be created daily) with the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

Mentioned links:

Ilhan Omar’s Response To Notre Dame Cathedral Burning Down Draws Criticism

Supreme Court takes 3 religious liberty versus LGBT rights cases

Supreme Court to Hear Cases Involving Firings of Gay, Transgender Employees

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Discrimination at Yale

It’s been 4 years since I first reported on Dan Price and his minimum wage of $70,000 per year for his company Gravity Payments. Has it stood the test of time?

Yale Law School got a little blowback from student groups when they dared let a conservative lawyer speak there. Just a month later, they caved, stopped offering financial support for students who for public service organizations guilty of thought crimes.

Mentioned links:

The $70,000-a-Year Minimum Wage

Episode 104: Gravity Payments CEO Weighs In On the Minimum Wage

Episode 116: Being Pro-choice, and Dan Price’s Gamble Four Months On

Yale Law School Yanks Stipends From Students Who Work For Christian Firms

Argus Hamilton

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Don’t thank the casserole, thank the cook.

Should a male PE teacher be required to supervise a middle-school girl in the locker room? Should he lose his job if he won’t?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is 25 years old. Who’s trying to hollow it out?

And finally, on this Thanksgiving (in the US), who should you be thanking?

Mentioned links:

School Punishes Male Teacher For Refusing To Watch A Naked Girl In The Boys’ Locker Room

As religious freedom law turns 25, vast majority of Democrats oppose what Bill Clinton signed into law

H.R. 3222: Do No Harm Act

History of Thanksgiving

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Justice for Kelvin Cochran

I’ve got 2 “Reconsider This” segments this time out.

First I look back at the religious freedom issue that Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran faced, and how it was resolved recently.

Then another update on the Seattle minimum wage law. Studies that look at its effect have had another year to consider what’s happened. There are some winners and losers. Unfortunately, the losers include the very people for whom the minimum wage laws are supposed to help.

Mentioned links:

Kelvin Cochran bio

VICTORY! Atlanta Pays Ex-Fire Chief $1.2 Million in Religious Liberty Lawsuit

Atlanta fire chief gets $1.2 million settlement: Journalists still avoid all Bible references

Here’s Who Was Helped — And Who Was Hurt — By Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase

Episode 184: Reconsidering Stevie Wonder, San Bernardino, and Seattle [Consider This!]

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The angry, liberal mob

Whether it’s Antifa, those liberals pounding and scratching on the door of the Supreme Court after the Kavanaugh nomination, Occupy Wall Street, or a pick-up game of “Let’s Harass Ted Cruz in the Restaurant”, the angry Left has kicked the mob mentality up a few notches.

The UK Supreme Court acknowledges that, yes, refusing to bake a cake on religious grounds is not a rejection of the customer, but of the message. Here’s hoping the US Supreme Court understands this, too.

Mentioned links:

Hillary Clinton Calls for Incivility Against Republicans

Eric Holder says Michelle Obama was wrong: ‘When they go low, we kick them’

VIDEO: For $100, students can’t name time conservatives shut down liberals on campus

Maxine Waters: Harass Trump Officials at Gas Stations, Restaurants, and Shopping Malls

Rand Paul’s Wife Writes an Open Letter to Cory Booker

Ashers Bakery: Evangelical Couple Wins Major UK Supreme Court ‘Gay Cake’ Discrimination Case

BREAKING: UK SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS CASE FORCING IRISH BAKERS TO BAKE GAY CAKE

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Episode 225: Idealism vs Reality

Jay and Lauren

Idealism. It’s a good thing. We all need some. Whether about ourselves or our world, it’s a necessary part of our society. But is all idealism good, or can it be frustrating, even dangerous, if it’s unrelated to reality.

This is the story of two people who  put their idealism to the test, and how it turned out, both the good and the bad.

Mentioned links:

‘Blog’ trend provides virtual soapbox [article featuring my idealism]

Millennial Couple Bikes Near ISIS Territory Thinking ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

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Sold their souls?

Have Evangelicals “sold their souls” to Trump, or are they motivated by the same things every other voter has been motivated by…ever?

It sounds like Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro is finally waking up to the fact that socialism has destroyed his country. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (if you can find any) and realize that Bernie Sanders was (and is) entirely wrong).

And I’m starting work on a social commentary poem. Yes, me, writing an actual poem. Well, it isn’t intended to rhyme, so perhaps it’s more a free verse. Anyway, I just have the first stanza. Let me know how you like it.

First they came for Alex Jones
But I did not speak up, because I was not a nutty conspiracy theorist.

And the last stanza would be something like, “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” I’m still working on that. If it sounds sort of familiar, I would only suggest that…all really great poetry sounds very familiar. Anyway, I’d like to make this a collaborative effort of the Consider This audience. Comment below with your contributions.

Mentioned links:

‘SHE HATES ME’: WAPO REVEALS WHY EVANGELICALS JUMPED ABOARD THE TRUMP TRAIN

Judgment days: In a small Alabama town, an evangelical congregation reckons with God, President Trump and the meaning of morality

Venezuela’s Maduro Admits Socialist Model Has Failed

Close The Gaps: Disparities That Threaten America

Apple, Facebook and other tech companies delete content from Alex Jones

First they came … [Wikipedia]

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Jack got justice, but for how long?

Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cakeshop won the day in the Supreme Court. The news articles called it “narrow”, but they weren’t talking about the 7-2 vote; they were referring to how narrowly the ruling itself was. The Supremes basically said that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission treated Jack’s religious views in a way incompatible with how government should; with contempt rather than dispassionately. What does this mean for the future of the ruling?

And the White House recently released a list of 60 promises that President Trump has kept in his first 500 days in office. Most of the items are simply reporting statistics that show how good things have been going; there are more objective milestones mentioned than subjective goals. But if you’ve not heard about them, that’s understandable. The media aren’t really into giving credit where credit is due these days. I wonder why.

Oh, and Bill Clinton still thinks he was the victim in the Lewinsky scandal.  Really.

Mentioned links:

Bill Clinton: I wouldn’t have done anything differently in Lewinsky scandal even in #MeToo era

U.S. Supreme Court backs Christian baker who spurned gay couple

Supreme Court sides with Colorado baker who refused to make wedding cake for same-sex couple

In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Justice Kennedy Strikes a Blow for the Dignity of the Faithful

Trump Releases List of 60 Promises Kept; Media Ignores

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The artist with his work

May a dress designer refuse to do business with Melania Trump? May a baker refuse to create a cake with a racist message? May that same baker also refuse to create a cake celebrating a same-sex marriage?

The answers, in the liberal culture of the day, are inconsistent. Apparently, the government forcing you to violate your conscience is appropriate when the Left deems it so. Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop has been taken to court over that last question, and his case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court. Arguments will be heard on December 5th.

In this episode, I give the background of this case, and explain how the framing of this issue by the ACLU and the Left is completely dishonest (and why we should all hope Jack wins).

Mentioned links:

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission [Alliance Defending Freedom]

Why I’m asking the U.S. Supreme Court to protect artistic freedom

The Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court Case Is One Piece of a Much Larger Attack on LGBTQ Lives

Episode 171: How Free Are You to Run Your Business?

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It’s episode 200!

It’s here; episode 200! And what an extravaganza it is.

I have an interview with D. J. McGuire. He’s a co-host of The More Perfect Union podcast, one of my favorites. I wanted to speak with D. J. because he has moved from being a conservative Republican to a conservative Democrat. Contradiction in terms, you say? It didn’t used to be. When I moved to Georgia, Sam Nunn was one such animal. In today’s political climate, however, it’s certainly an endangered specie. I talked with him about his conservative bona fides, why he switched, whether his views have changed, and what would cause him to switch back. It’s a fascinating discussion.

And I have feedback from 5 listeners, including a voice mail. (See, it really does work!) I’ll be answering their questions as part of this episode.

So thanks for joining me for the longest episode ever (over 56 minutes!) of one of the shortest political podcasts out there. I hope it gets you to consider this.

Mentioned links:

The Conservative Zone

Black Lives Matter: 28% of Abortions Done on Black Babies But Blacks Just 12% of Population

Birthright citizenship in the United States [Wikipedia]

Podcasts mentioned:

The More Perfect Union Podcast

The Ben Shapiro Show

Challenging Opinions

GetReligion

Observations

The Ricochet Podcast

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (including “Let My People Think”)

BreakPoint

Radio Free Acton

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