constitutional freedoms

Matt Welch: Is Free Speech Being Abridged?

Broadcast Running Time: 25:14

John Loeffler

March 30, 2021

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In the constant battle for free speech between the left and the right in this country, very few people tackle the argument from the middle of the field. Joining us today is, as John calls him, the man in the middle of the row boat trying to stop it from toppling over. That man is Matt Welch (reason.com), Libertarian and Editor at Large at Reason Magazine. He looks at the state of free speech today and the difference between the cultural value and the legal value of free speech in society. He also covers the history of journalism and how media is now coming out against free speech in some areas. Will the war on our constitutional freedoms continue to get uglier?

With a liberal administration returning to power in the United States, what does that mean for the future of the Second Amendment? Joining us today is Michael Hammond (gunowners.org), Legislative Counsel for Gun Owners of America. His organization has been successful in pushing back against red flag laws and other legislation hurtful to the Second Amendment. The key to staying successful, he states, is keeping the filibuster. How successful will this battle be to preserve the right of the people to keep and bear arms?

John finishes up today's podcast analyzing the phenomenon known as "the attack of the comma, buts" and the end-running of the rule of law and the Constitution.

We have protections built into our Constitution's Bill of Rights that limit government's interference in our freedom. In this week's boralogue, John looks at how many of those protections are being violated in this impeachment process, focusing on the fourth and fifth amendments. These protections don't necessarily apply in the impeachment process, but it highlights how the House is currently violating the spirit of the Constitution in order to persecute the President.

Opposing Christianity is secularism and it has become its own religion. America's Rabbi Daniel Lapin (www.rabbidaniellapin.com) is back with us after a long absence to discuss the differences between Judeo-Christian and secular societies and what America needs to do to not only retain its religious roots but also strengthen them moving forward.

Evolution is often considered by those in the scientific and academic arenas as being clear cut fact. Emergency Physician John Dale Dunn (www.heartland.org) joins us to bust that myth, showing that the probability of evolution creating even a single cell is astronomical given the time frame needed to do so and the immense complexity of the cell.

John's quote of the week:
"With unreasonable searches and seizures, if you're going to seize something that might be involved in criminal activity, you have to have a clear idea that there is a criminal activity afoot. With this impeachment, they didn't start out knowing there was criminal activity; they started out wanting to impeach. You have to have probable cause that something is wrong. They did not have that."

In this week's Extras segment, we play an interview from November 2012 with Dr. Jeffrey Russell, who discusses his book on fighting back against myths and lies about Christianity. When the interview is over, John briefly covers extremism and the battle for the future - the battle for freedom.