First Liberty Institute

Emergency: Truckers as Terrorists

Broadcast Running Time: 01:18:39

John Loeffler

February 19, 2022

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Canada has enacted emergency measures, labeling the truckers as terrorists and their protest as illegal, simply because they disagree with the official government narrative. John opens the program this week asking how temporary will these emergency powers be and when will they be used in the future. He shows that the same people who for years praised the art of protesting and occupying are now insisting that the Freedom Convoy is a threat and must be stopped. It becomes nearly impossible to march in lockstep with a group of people that keeps changing directions and doesn't bother to tell you.

Meanwhile, in this country, the Senate is looking at Senate Bill 673, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. What is it and how will the media benefit? Back with us to discuss is Pat Wood (citizensforfreespeech.org), Executive Director of Citizens for Free Speech and Editor of Technocracy News. Failing mainstream media outlets will use this bill to poach profits from social media companies because their content is being posted online. Their business plans have failed so this is an effort to siphon off others to stay afloat. And it could end up affecting independent news.

Finally this week, we take a look at two cases of constitutional end running. First we welcome JD Tuccille (reason.com) to the program to discuss how San Jose, California is trying to get around the Second Amendment by requiring gun owners to have insurance, using private companies to do what government cannot. Then we are joined by Stephanie Taub (firstliberty.org), Senior Counsel at the First Liberty Institute, who gives an update on how Oregon is still violating Aaron and Melissa Klein's religious freedom.

We have a double feature on today's podcast. First up is JD Tuccille (reason.com), Contributing Editor at Reason Magazine. He looks at a private end run for government to enact gun control laws, where San Jose is requiring insurance with every gun purchase. If the government isn't allowed to act directly to infringe on gun rights, they shouldn't be allowed to act indirectly.

We then transition to a legal case we've monitored for years: cake bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein in Oregon. Joining us is Stephanie Taub (firstliberty.org), Senior Counsel at the First Liberty Institute. She explains that though the court ruled Oregon was hostile in its dealings with the Kleins, it also sent the case back to Oregon in order to reassess any penalties 'fairly.' This ignores the religious rights issues entirely.

Double feature on today's podcast. First up, we've seen the showdown coming for some time – Big Tech versus Free Speech. Will the Constitution's First Amendment protection survive or will Silicon Valley become the center for speech in the U.S.? Freelance writer Michael Tennant (thenewamerican.com) joins us today to tackle this issue. He and John look at Section 230, manipulation of search results, and the government's plan to use Big Tech firms to do what they cannot.

Next up is Lea Patterson (firstliberty.org), Counsel with First Liberty. She discusses the religious freedom case in Maine that was argued before the Supreme Court yesterday. Parents should not be excluded from providing their children with opportunities just because they choose to enroll them in a religious school.

We have two guests for you today.  First up is Joseph Puder (frontpagemag.com), columnist at FrontPage Magazine.  He looks at how the world, as well as the jihadists in the Middle East, view the U.S. after the disastrous Afghanistan pullout.  Our enemies around the world are more emboldened and it could result in attacks on U.S. soil.

We then move to our second guest, Becky Dummermuth (firstliberty.org), counsel at First Liberty Institute.  She relates the story of two flight attendants who were fired for giving their opinions about their employer – opinions the employer asked for!  The company says the opinions were discriminatory; the flight attendants say the company violated their First Amendment and religious freedom rights.

Will the Central Banks Go Digital?

Broadcast Running Time: 01:19:13

John Loeffler

August 14, 2021

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Eliminating cash and transitioning to an all-digital currency may make some people nervous, especially if the digital currency is backed by the government. Leading off the show this week is silver expert David Morgan (themorganreport.com), author of the Morgan Report. He and John look at the possibility that the U.S. government could shift to digital currency, giving them control over all transactions. Bitcoin, the current leader in digital money, will either face off against the establishment or be co-opted by it. David also predicts what could happen with inflation and our massive debt.

We then move in-house with a conversation between John and Producer Steve. They examine the media's lack of journalism in parroting the administration's wavering virus messaging as well as using conflicting scientific papers in the virus and vaccine battle. They also discuss the tendency for the truth to win out in the end, how mandates violate freedom, and even some unprofessional undercover activity on the part of federal law enforcement.

Finally, we welcome to the show Mike Berry (firstliberty.org), General Counsel for First Liberty Institute and member of the U.S. Marine Corps. It is getting harder for members of the armed forces to honor the military oath. It says you are to support and defend the Constitution, but it also says you are to obey the orders of the President and superior officers. With woke leadership demonizing conservative military members for their beliefs, eventually our enemies will defeat us without firing a shot.

The first part of the military oath, to support and defend the Constitution, is fairly straightforward. But the second part – to obey the orders of the President and superior officers – is beginning to interfere with the first part. Joining us today is Mike Berry (firstliberty.org), General Counsel for First Liberty Institute and member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He draws on his experience in the military to show the woke policies being put in place, including snitch lines. Also, if military personnel hold certain beliefs, they are now being labeled as extremist and anti-civil rights – beliefs such pro-life, traditional marriage, etc. If we continue down this line, our military enemies may not have to fire a shot to defeat us.

Packing the Supreme Court has been back in the news as Congress is entertaining the idea of increasing the number of judges from nine to 13. Other countries have tried this before. What became of them? Back with us today is Jorge Gomez, Senior Writer and Content Strategist for First Liberty Institute (firstliberty.org). He takes a look at late 20th century Argentina under President Carlos Menem, who increased that country's Supreme Court from five judges to nine. He explores the tactics used to achieve that increase and the devastating fallout that ensued. It's an object lesson for the U.S., but will anyone learn from it?

Anti-Semitism Merges with Cancel Culture

Broadcast Running Time: 1:17:47

John Loeffler

October 31, 2020

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We have seen anti-Semitic attitudes, groups, and ideologies throughout the world, but what goes into the thinking behind it? Dr. Charles Jacobs (peaceandtolerance.org), President of Americans for Peace and Tolerance, joins us to examine why people oppose Israel so virulently but are OK with other countries' atrocities. He also looks at why Jews in the West vote for anti-Semitic politicians, and why the UN and many Western governments seem to have it out for the state of Israel.

Next, we've heard a lot about court packing in the past few weeks since Amy Cony Barrett's nomination and now acceptance to the Supreme Court bench. Mike Berry (firstliberty.org), General Counsel at First Liberty Institute is here to explain what court packing is, why democrats are so up in arms about this right now, and how activist judges torture legal language. It's constitutional warfare – who will come out on top?

John and Producer Steve then sit down to discuss how some far left policies are beginning to or could soon spiral out of control. They look at the far left's attempt to fundamentally transform the country through court packing and eliminating the Electoral College, one-party rule in some states that have literally led to disaster, and woke corporations' critical race theory sessions.

John finishes up the show this week with a sobering and sometimes graphic update on religious persecution, in the countries of China, Pakistan, Egypt, Russia, Nigeria, and Kenya.

John Loeffler

September 3, 2020

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Just a few years ago, monuments or statues on public property that denoted any quote or symbol of religion were taken down by mandate of the courts. Roger Byron (www.firstliberty.org), Senior Counsel for the First Liberty Institute, explains how a recent case set a precedent stopping the removal of public religious statues or monuments, upholding religious freedom.

John finishes up the podcast today imploring education reform because the stages of a totalitarian takeover of this country are underway and if education remains as it is, our children will grow up embracing and defending that takeover.

Jeremy Dys: Free Exercise Thereof

Broadcast Running Time: 22:48

John Loeffler

August 24, 2020

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"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…" Thus begins the First Amendment. Jeremy Dys (www.firstliberty.org), Special Counsel for First Liberty, joins us to show examples of how government has chosen to ignore the free exercise part of that amendment. There weren't many examples of having to defend our rights until the early 1940s when the number of religious liberty cases increased dramatically.

Jeremy discusses how the government is demanding that the public do things instead of giving them important information and trusting the public to make the right decision. And when it comes to religion, it is being treated more like an infecting virus than COVID-19.