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Olivier Melnick: Christian Antisemitism

Broadcast Running Time: 20:25

John Loeffler

April 12, 2021

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Some topics are easy to debate – persecution, anti-Constitutional measures, even civil asset forfeiture. But other topics can be difficult to discuss because they are difficult to hear. One of those is antisemitism on the part of the Christian community. Does it happen? Here today to dissect this issue is author and commentator Olivier Melnick (newantisemitism.com). Have Christians persecuted Jews in the past because of verses in the Bible? Was it because they had a hand in killing Christ? Was it because they were Jewish or for some other reason? Olivier discusses all of this plus the history of anti-Jewish acts all the way up to today.

The normalization between Israel and several nations in the Arab world continues to take place, regardless of what happens in U.S. politics.  To talk about this and other things today, we are joined from Israel by Professor Efraim Inbar and Dr. Eran Lerman (jiss.org.il), President and Vice President respectively of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. 

Together, both men draw on their extensive Israeli experience to discuss the unusual alignments being formed due to a commonality of opposition in the region.  They go on to praise the Trump administration for its pro-Israel policies and examine whether a hypothetical Biden administration would undo many if not all of the successes of President Trump.  There are many threats facing Israel, not the least of which is Iran, and the alliances being formed in the region will only serve to strengthen Israel's defense no matter the position of the West.

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.

Realpolitik: Middle East Edition

Broadcast Running Time: 1:48:57

John Loeffler

January 25, 2020

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In literature, narratives are often fiction. In both the mainstream media and politics, narratives exhibit the same fictitious nature. In this week's boralogue, John gives several examples of how the media and politicos have failed to tell the truth lately, including with the gun rights rally in Virginia, with anthropogenic global warming, and with Attorney General William Barr. It turns out you can make this stuff up – and it shows us their true intentions.

Iran is a hot topic in the news but one aspect not covered by the media is how women have been treated there. Manda Zand Ervin (www.allianceofiranianwomen.org), Founder and President of the Alliance of Iranian Women, joins us to recount how Iranian women, who were being oppressed by the mullahs, established a secret underground network in order to survive. Much of this information can be found in her new book, The Ladies' Secret Society of Iran.

It's time for a Middle East geopolitical update so we welcome an expert on the subject, Seth Frantzman (www.sethfrantzman.com), Middle East Affairs Analyst at the Jerusalem Post. He examines a deal between Turkey and Russia to partition Libya, an oil pipeline from the region to Eastern Europe, and the interactions between Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.

John and Producer Steve spend a few moments dissecting an opinion piece from the Harvard Law Review that advocates for end-running the Constitution in an attempt to add amendments that would not only give permanent legislative power to liberals but would also ultimately endanger the Republic itself.

John finishes out the show this week with a news story roundup, relating stories from around the world. Included are the impending Brexit, a disastrous new economic plan in Spain, trouble in China regarding the Catholic Church, and several examples of Christian persecution.

John's quote of the week:
"If the people cannot operate on the basis of their conscience and their convicted values and beliefs, what will act as a judge upon the government when the government itself goes corrupt? And governments, believe me, will go corrupt."

On this week's extra segment, it's a quadruple feature as we play four interviews from 2014, 2015, and 2016 with Iraqi Christian Relief Council President Juliana Taimoorazy. She recounts the problems and tragedies involving Christians in Iraq from ISIS's persecution to their troubles with the UN regarding refugee status. With Iraq in the news lately, it's important to remember those who are suffering for their faith there (and around the world).