Almost immediately after Rush Limbaugh passed away, people who did not agree with his ideology began disparaging his memory in very contemptible ways. Are we getting comfortable with this type of hatred? Boyd Matheson (deseret.com), Opinion Editor at the Deseret News, joins us today to discuss how we got to this point of vitriolic division. He lists the various ways politicians and the media get us to hate each other and shares ways we can counteract that. The solution may be found in our younger generations.
A hot spot for religious persecution today, especially against Christians, can be found in China. Opening the show this week is Founder and President of China Aid, Bob Fu (chinaaid.org), who is also a Christian refugee from China. He describes how physical and virtual church gatherings have been banned, millions of people are in reeducation camps, and many people have been arrested and thrown in prison for hosting in-house church meetings and prayer groups. But the silver lining is that when persecution grows, so does the zeal for Christ and the number of Christians.
Since news stories have piled up here in the studio, John, Carol, and Steve convene the Steel Round Table to discuss a variety of important issues. They look at the cold wave that hit Texas and the issues surrounding that, a bill in the House that seems to target only President Trump, the push toward a digital currency, and Andrew Cuomo's rapid decline in the eyes of leftists. They also examine the chaos surrounding postmodernist thinking.
Will the ideological divide continue to widen in America or can we truly keep this the United States? Wrapping up the program this week is Dr. Richard Land (ses.edu), President of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He looks at the growing discontent among fly-over folks at being censored. The media is to blame as they throw gasoline on the fire of division with biased reporting and alternative definitions of words. The education system is to blame as well, teaching children that this is a horrible and racist country. Is there anything we can do to turn this highly divisive tide?
Why is it that the division and rancor is so great today but a few decades ago, it wasn't nearly as bad? In the second of our post-election shows, John takes a look at the differences between then and now in terms of commonality of worldviews. We didn't get here overnight; it took years to create the divide.