Division in america

There are many reasons we are so divided in this country. One reason stems from the lack of honest teaching of today's children. Leading off the program this week is Wesley Smith (discovery.org), Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism. He looks at why we have such a hard time talking to people with opposing ideologies. It involves two sides coming at an issue with two different mindsets and two different groups of word definitions. But fundamentally each side has a different moral frame of reference that renders debate virtually impossible. Only when we recognize that the paradigm has changed will be able to try and bridge the divide.

Switching now to geopolitics, there is a lot going on in the world today that the media simply doesn't cover. Joining us this week is Ukraine-based defense expert Reuben Johnson. He discusses the geopolitics surrounding the Cuba protests, Iran's attempts to kidnap American citizens, Ukraine-Russia relations, and the latest on what China is up to. He also laments the downfall of journalism, specifically at the Washington Post.

Finally this week, John and Producer Steve sit down to tackle two interesting topics. First, the White House has now admitted to colluding with social media companies to flag what they deem to be misinformation about vaccines. And second, they explore the possible outcomes of the state election audits, including the questionable chances of President Trump retaking the White House should the audits prove he won and the media's near screeching coverage of what they call the "fraudits." If the election was legit, why are they so upset?

There are two ideological sides in our divided country. But these two sides are coming at any issue from two very different foundations. Back with us today is Wesley Smith (discovery.org), Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism. He examines the differences in debating today, including how each side has a different lexicon - different meanings for the same words – and a different mindset. Fundamentally, there is a different moral frame of reference which makes trying to discuss or debate any issue virtually impossible. There are those on either side who are still operating under the old paradigm, refusing to accept that the debate arena will never be what it once was.

Happy Memorial Day everyone! In this special holiday podcast, John gives you a behind the scenes perspective on Steel on Steel and why it is we do what we do. He explains why he puts his heart and soul into the show, highlighting the shifts in economics, politics, and religion throughout history that have influenced his thinking. If you're going to take the time to listen, we're going to take the time to put out something worth listening to. On this Memorial Day (and always), we honor those men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. And we honor the One who sacrificed His life so that we may have eternal freedom.

Critical race theory is saturating our education system in America. What is it and how does it affect students? Back with us today is Clare Lopez (ccnationalsecurity.org), Member of the Citizens Commission on National Security. She looks at what critical race theory is, what it realistically tells students, and how it is actually creating division and racism rather than attempting to stop it. Why would anyone perpetuate this type of narrative? Because there is a deeper, more nefarious plan afoot, to seize power and fundamentally transform society.

Producer Steve sneaks in after Clare and John are finished to briefly look at how critical race theory is not compatible with the Christian church.

God is the Scientific Answer

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You've heard of the separation of church and state, but there's another separation that predates that: the separation of church and science. Do you have to be an atheist if you're a scientist? Back with us this week is Dr. Stephen Meyer (returnofthegodhypothesis.com), Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. He looks at the intelligent design of the universe and contrasts that with theories from the other side. He even dives into the multiverse controversy. He shows that church and science actually fit together and that God's hand is steering the wheel.

We pivot from intelligent design to the topic of racism for the rest of the show. It sounds like the U.S. is one big institutional and systemically racist country with even our founding documents oozing discrimination. That's what we're hearing, but is it actually true? Eric Kaufmann (manhattan-institute.org), Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, is with us to discuss his detailed studies into perceived racism from different swaths of society and how no one, regardless of geography or skin color, is benefiting from media and political narratives. When words and sensitive topics like this become weaponized, discussion is shut down and the problem only worsens.

If race is supposedly dividing our country, how should Christians tackle the issue? Rounding out the show this week is Pastor Marcus Gill (marcusgillinternational.org), Founder and President of Marcus Gill International. He draws on his experience in the black community to shows how politicians don't really understand or want to help minorities. He goes on to urge Christians to love everyone, even those who hate you or simply don't agree with you. Despite what the mainstream narrative seems to be, the strength of our country is in both unity and diversity.

Race is supposedly dividing the country, but one pastor believes that the real division is a result of a lack of love and compassion. Pastor Marcus Gill (marcusgillinternational.org), Founder and President of Marcus Gill International, joins us today to discuss the race relations narrative put out by the media and politicians. He believes that minorities should back politicians that allow them to provide for themselves and their families. To combat the division, Christians need to love everyone – even those who hate you or simply don't agree with you. The strength of our country is in both unity and diversity. We can see color in other people but still love them and still treat them as Jesus would.

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.

Sino-Persecution

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:02

John Loeffler

February 27, 2021

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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?