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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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Ireland stripping religious rights now? (Getty Images)

Ireland stripping religious rights now? (Getty Images)

The Irish approved a referendum to allow same-sex marriage in that country a few weeks ago. Because, you know, gays just want equal rights; they don’t want to take away anyone else’s rights, right? Wrong.

While reading through Twitter while the San Bernardino mass shooting incident was still happening, one “Twitterer” suggested that gun control is the answer because no citizen has ever stopped a mass shooting. Well, while that may be true, I prefer it when citizens stop a mass shooting before it starts, and a good case can be made that it happens a lot more often than the public is aware of.

Mentioned links:

Ireland Revokes Protections For Religious Freedom In Wake Of Gay Marriage Vote

Do citizens (not police officers) with guns ever stop mass shootings?

Over 100 MILLION Guns Sold in US Since Obama Became President

Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware

Episode 26: An Effective, Time-Tested Solution to School Shootings

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Tyshawn Lee. Does his life matter?

Tyshawn Lee. Does his life matter?

President Obama supports an update to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would suddenly turn many churches into something similar to racist hate groups. Is this a good  idea?

And if you haven’t heard of Tyshawn Lee, I think you should. You can’t be blamed if you just watched the usual media sources. The story of this 9-year-old victim of another Chicago shooting made the news, but then just as quickly vanished. Where are the protests? Oh, that’s not me asking, that’s a black columnist, who has  a few other questions.

Mentioned links:

Obama: Traditional Christians = Racists

Obama supports altering Civil Rights Act to ban LGBT discrimination

Black Lives Matter In The Streets Of Chicago, Too…Or Do They?

Young Mom Shot in Home Invasion Fires Back, Protects Baby

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Episode 125: The Paris Terror Attacks

Terrorism hits Paris again. (Reuters)

Terrorism hits Paris again. (Reuters)

In the early morning hours of Saturday, November 14th, ISIS terrorists attacked Paris, France. They did so from 7 different locations at the same time, including a theater where a concert was going on, and the soccer stadium where a game was going on, and French President Francois  Hollande was in attendance. When the shooting and bombing was done, 129 people had died. Paris went on lockdown, issuing the first curfew since the 1944 Nazi bombings, and they closed the borders.

These are my thoughts on this horrific tragedy.

Mentioned links:

Quarter of British Muslims sympathise with Charlie Hebdo terrorists

What Do People in the Middle East Think About the Islamic State? These Poll Results Will Surprise You.

Paris attacks put dagger through heart of liberal Europe

Paris attacks highlight France’s gun control problems

The rising tide of Muslim converts to Christianity

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