Happy Independence Day everyone! We have a special abbreviated podcast today where we chat with Lea Patterson (firstliberty.org), Counsel with First Liberty Institute. She looks at one of the many recent landmark cases decided by the Supreme Court; namely the religious liberty case in Maine. She describes the history in Maine that led up to First Liberty bringing the case and, now that they are victorious, she examines ways that the state would try to get around the ruling.
If at first you don't succeed – at thwarting the Constitution – try end running it instead. Several examples on the show this week of globalists end running the law in order to continue fundamentally transforming this country. First up we welcome Stefano Gennarini (c-fam.org), Vice President for Legal Studies at the Center for Family and Human Rights. He looks at how the United Nations is considering making abortion a fundamental human right, poised to declare it an established customary right under international law. This could undo the overturn of Roe v Wade that is expected soon from the Supreme Court.
We had a successful economy in the U.S., largely due to a thriving energy industry. Somehow that was all quickly undone. Next up this week is Daniel Turner (powerthefuture.com), Founder and CEO of Power the Future. He discusses how the current administration is trying to gaslight the public with truly unbelievable mixed messages on energy. He reminds us how fossil fuels keep the world running and how renewables aren't yet ready for prime time. Ultimately, the misleading narratives and their related policies weakened a very prosperous economy.
A capitalist economy runs on competition and fair business practices – or at least it's supposed to. Big Tech companies are getting around that by unfairly undercutting the little guy. Here to chat about that is Christopher Bedford (rightforge.com), Chief Communications Officer at RightForge. There's a new act in Congress that aims to curtail these unethical practices, much like antitrust acts used to do. Big Tech, though, is fighting tooth and nail to defeat it.
Finally this week, we welcome Justin Butterfield (firstliberty.org), Deputy General Counsel at First Liberty Institute. He looks at the case of an Oakland University student who was evicted from campus housing. What did she do wrong? She shared online how to apply for a religious exemption to the covid vaccine. Once again, we see an example of elitists end running the Constitution and violating, in this case, religious freedom.
Two separate court cases are highlighting the backward thinking of those in power toward everyday citizens. We talk to two attorneys from the same firm today. First up is Stephanie Taub (firstliberty.org), Senior Counsel at First Liberty Institute. She discusses the case of two Alaska Airlines flight attendants who were fired after the company asked employees' opinions on the Equality Act; they gave their opinions and the company didn't like them.
Next we speak with Justin Butterfield (firstliberty.org), Deputy General Counsel at First Liberty Institute. He looks at the case of an Oakland University student who was evicted from campus housing for sharing online her research into how to apply for religious exemption to the covid vaccine.
These are two cases that emphasize either how those in power misunderstand what the Constitution says about religious freedom, or more likely the disdain they have for it.
Ezra Levant, head of Canadian conservative news outlet Rebel News, has reported that the Trudeau administration may soon require journalists in Canada to obtain a license if they want to keep doing business. Back with us to report on this is freelance writer and software engineer Michael Tennant (thenewamerican.com). It's not yet illegal to report on stories without a license in Canada, but you don't receive subsidies and/or preferential treatment unless you have one. And with the government issuing these licenses, it's pretty clear which journalists will end up receiving them. Producer Steve finishes things out today playing some clips from Ezra Levant himself describing his experience.
After much speculation and days of nervous liberals weeping and gnashing their teeth, Twitter executives accepted Elon Musk's offer to purchase the online platform. Back with us today is retired entrepreneur Bob Adelmann (thenewamerican.com) to look at Elon Musk, the man, and the runup to his mega-purchase. He discusses the board's decisions once an initial offer was on the table and what happened from there, including the poison pill maneuver and the always hyperbolic reactions from the left. Will Musk stick to his assurances that Twitter will be a free speech platform? Only time will tell.
The Free Expression Institute just handed out awards meant to honor – well, free expression – but the awards ended up going to people in social media and Big Tech who have been instrumental in censoring conservatives. Joining us today from Massachusetts is G. Tod Slone (theamericandissident.org), Founder of the American Dissident. He looks at the numerous violations of free speech occurring in society today and how, even though we have the First Amendment, many people feel the need to self-censor in order to steer clear of hassle. And if we don't self-censor, then the tech overlords will do it for us.
The long rolling agenda to establish a New World Order has affected virtually every aspect of our lives, including education. In order to understand how we got to where we are, we need to recognize the history of this long rolling agenda. Back with us is long-time friend of the show, Dennis Cuddy, a historian and former Senior Associate at the Department of Education (newswithviews.com). He shows how educrats removed moral absolutes and Judeo-Christian values from schools and replaced them with leftist ideals and globalism.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." We are all familiar with the words. But what did the founders mean by unalienable rights? Robert Curry (claremont.org), Board Member at the Claremont Institute, joins us to discuss the difference between alienable and unalienable rights and how the latter is under attack today. Common sense has been lost and in its place has emerged a post-truth ideology.
Finally this week, we attempt to look at free speech and journalism from a balanced, middle of the ground perspective with Matt Welch (reason.com), libertarian and Editor at Large at Reason Magazine. He looks at the difference between the cultural value and the legal value of free speech in society. He also goes over the history of journalism and how the media, an institution protected under the first amendment, has now come out against free speech.
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?
We have three parts to today's show. John opens up with a brief analysis of an upcoming PBS documentary that purposefully misrepresents former President Trump's words when it came to Israel and the West Bank. They deceptively edited press conference footage to make it seem like Trump said things he really didn't say. Will they correct it before it is scheduled to air this weekend or will they broadcast it anyway?
We then transition to two separate interviews focusing on the collision of established First Amendment rights and those that have been newly created. First up is Kate Anderson (adflegal.org), Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, who gives us an update on the seemingly never-ending legal battles of Colorado cake baker Jack Phillips.
We wrap up the show with Lathan Watts (firstliberty.org), Director of Public Affairs at First Liberty Institute. He looks at the issue of government officials treating churches differently and unfairly when it comes to the pandemic and the lockdowns. The Constitution doesn't take a break just because there's an emergency.
The beautiful thing about our Constitution is that the freedoms afforded in it pertain to every person equally. But there's talk of forming a secular constitution. Joining us today is Jorge Gomez (firstliberty.org), Content Strategist and Writer for First Liberty Institute. He looks at the clause that isn't there – separation of church and state, as well as the freedom that is there – namely religious freedom in the First Amendment. Our Constitution stands for everyone, but under a secular constitution, the state is the ultimate power. Religious groups would then not receive fair and equal treatment, depending on who is in power. It's important to remember: if the state can grant the rights, the state can take the rights away.