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Can you refuse to provide services?

This episode isn’t so much about entrepreneurs as it is about how the government or double-standards can take freedoms away from people; freedoms that you might think aren’t in jeopardy.

The first example is about whether a business owner can refuse business based on the owner’s deeply-held beliefs. There are two different sets of ideas on this, but many times their held by the same people.

The second example asks; can you make a product in your kitchen that is non-narcotic, perfectly legal, and that other people want to buy? Maybe, maybe not. The government may have something to say about that. What do you have to say about it?

Mentioned links:

Designer Sophie Theallet Vows Never To Work With Melania Trump

University Students Stumble over Who Has Freedom to Live and Work According to Beliefs

Amish Farmer Sam Girod is in Jail… His Enemies Want Him there for Life

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Episode 163: A Little Christmas Humor

Oh no, it’s the office Christmas party!

Just a bit of humor this time around; how to plan a politically correct office party.

Mentioned links:

Christmas Humor

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You do have options

You do have options

This time out, I spend an entire episode on one (rather long) bit of listener feedback. Ruthie Rink wrote in to say how, as a conservative and a Mormon, she is working out how to vote in this election. I couldn’t cover everything she said, so her full text is below, after the podcast episode transcript.

While I won’t be doing what she’s doing, I can’t fault her on her decision-making. Perhaps you might want to consider this.

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Episode 157: Evangelicals and Trump

trumpwithbibleThis time out, I’m talking to my fellow Christians who believe that a vote for Trump may not be morally right. A prominent Christian magazine has a scathing editorial against him, and I’ll be responding to that. And if you’re not a Christian, you might want to listen anyway, to get a little inside scoop of what those wacky people are thinking. Hey, I’ve always said I would try to give you a perspective you may have not heard before.

Mentioned links:

Evangelical magazine publishes scathing anti-Trump editorial

Speak Truth to Trump

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The end of journalism?

The end of journalism?

Writing in the New York Post, Michael Goodwin takes a rather troubling look at the state of journalism today, in light of the election coverage. He believes the industry is collapsing around us. The separation of news and opinion is breaking down. And I have a few thoughts to add to his.

Whatever happened to Kim Davis, the Rowan County Clerk from the state of Kentucky that asked for a religious accommodation for her beliefs? Turns out, she got what she wanted, and then some. Well, and then a lot.

Mentioned links:

American journalism is collapsing before our eyes

Case Closed – Kim Davis Has Won the Fight for Religious Freedom

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Know Your Enemy

Know Your Enemy

President Obama spent half of his recent national security speech dealing with why he doesn’t call the ideology of  the biggest terror threat “radical Islam”. Republicans have noticed that he has refused to use that term for years, and he finally addressed why. But are his reasons reasonable? And why is calling the threat by this name such a big deal?

I’ll explain why it is such a big deal. And I’ll have to break my self-imposed time limit to do so (but not by much).

Mentioned links:

WATCH: President Obama’s Press Conference on Orlando and the Phrase “Radical Islam”

Remarks by the President After Counter-ISIL Meeting (full transcript of the speech)

President Obama on ISIS Fight: ‘We Don’t Yet Have a Complete Strategy’

Hillary Clinton: I’ll say the words ‘radical Islamism’

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What are the implications?

What are the implications?

The Georgia State Legislature passed something of a Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the latest session of the  General Assembly. Now, in spite of what you may have heard in the news, or in press releases from critics, this bill was quite modest. Nonetheless, the cry of “Discrimination!” went up from the hallowed halls of the state capitol in Atlanta.

Why all the hoopla over the Georgia bill? It certainly is not, as I will demonstrate, a discriminatory piece of legislation, nothing like the LGBT groups said it was. The threatened boycotts don’t demonstrate any sort of closely-held principles of the corporations that said they would leave. The entire opposition to the bill was based on lies and misinformation. What was the point?

Listen in and find out what I think was happening.

Mentioned links:

Nathan Deal vetoes Georgia’s ‘religious liberty’ bill

Strict Scrutiny [TheFreeDictionary.com]

Georgia 2015-2016 Regular Session – HB 757

Disney Demands Georgia Let Go of Religious Freedom

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Choose wisely

Choose wisely

In this episode, I’m thrilled and honored to be interviewing Erick Erickson, conservative blogger, radio talk show host, and author of the book “You Will Be Made to Care: The war on faith, family, and your freedom to believe”. I talk with him about the book and the loss of religious liberty we’re seeing in the US, about who this affects, what the underlying cause is, and where the solution starts.

Questions include:

  • Does this just affect people on the Right? Don’t most people believe in religious liberty?
  • What is the core problem that is causing this erosion of religious liberty? Is it primarily a political issue, or not?
  • Would Jesus bake a cake for a same-sex wedding? Shouldn’t Christians?
  • If the courts can take away our freedom with just 5 votes, how do we reclaim control of our freedom?

Mentioned links:

The Resurgent

The Erick Erickson Show on WSB radio, Atlanta, GA

Buy “You Will Be Made to Care”

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youwill_300x300There’s a woman in Norway who insists she’s a cat trapped in a woman’s body. She purrs, meows, hisses at dogs, and insists that she has better hearing than humans. But though she makes those claims, and has the cat ears and tail she wears, is she silly or serious? But here’s the rub; if Caitlyn Jenner is a woman, why isn’t this woman a cat?

Religious liberty is being eroded in this country, and if that goes, how much of the rest of the Bill of Rights is really secure? Talk show host Erick Erickson makes the case in his new book, “You Will Be Made to Care”. If you pre-order, you will get access to many other books, as well as interviews with people who have felt that erosion of religious liberty personally. In this episode, I excerpt one of those interviews with former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. He had the audacity to publish a book that included his Christian beliefs, and for doing so, he was fired. The full 30-minute interview can be heard if you pre-order the book, which comes out February 22nd.

Mentioned links:

Book website for “You Will Be Made to Care”

Norwegian woman believes she is a cat trapped in a human’s body

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Yes, he said that.

Yes, he said that.

First, I’ll ask you to “Name That Quote”. Can you do it? “There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up building. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”

Second, we’ll try to accurately describe criminal suspects without mentioning their ethnicity, nationality, skin color and height. (Height? Really?)

Third, we’ll put the love of multiculturalism into practice.

Mentioned links:

Ari Mendelson’s book, “Bias Incident: The World’s Most Politically Incorrect Novel”

Professional Atheist Dawkins Says Christianity ‘Bulwark Against Something Worse’

Swedish police banned from describing criminals anymore in case they sound racist

Consider This, episode 66

Cologne Sexual Assault Victim Called a Racist and Harassed After Identifying Her Attackers

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