Are we headed toward Gerald Ford 2.0? Also, why are criminals getting off with a slap on the wrist while right-leaning folks are being prosecuted to the hilt? Joining us today is Pat Nolan, Founder of the Nolan Center for Justice at the American Conservative Union Foundation. He goes into the history of how Gerald Ford became president and how similar events may unfold soon in this administration. He then shares some of his experiences dealing with the FBI and prosecutors. There are underhanded tactics used by social justice warriors in state attorneys offices and law enforcement to take down their political opponents.
A Biden executive order on gender identity is putting Christian colleges in a predicament. Joining us today for a Sunday extra podcast is Ryan Bangert (adflegal.org), Vice President for Legal Strategy at Alliance Defending Freedom. The executive order would force colleges to admit a male who identifies as a female into a female dorm – something most Christian colleges would not allow. Mr. Bangert discusses the details of the order, his client's (College of the Ozarks) case, and how regardless of the outcome, the process is the punishment.
After several weeks of intense reading and studying, John asked author, researcher, and Spanish language radio host César Vidal (cesarvidal.com) to be on the program. He joins us this week to discuss the new kind of socialism we're seeing in the West. It has technocracy, public-private partnerships, and a particularly insidious campaign to demonize nationalism and infiltrate the Christian church by undermining its roots. It's all part of their attempt to destroy America and the West.
We then move to Texas and its new state abortion ban. Abortions are down as a result and opponents are frustrated. But could that frustration boomerang back on conservatives? Next up this week is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine. He looks at the pros and cons of the Texas bill and the precedents it could set. This bill, which seems great for pro-lifers, could be detrimental to other conservative issues and groups in the future.
Finally this week, little is being said about Iran after the Afghanistan debacle, but a new report suggests that Iran could be weeks away from possessing nuclear weapons. Ken Timmerman (iran.org), President and CEO of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, rounds out the show this week. Iran's nuclear program is advancing, but their government is in disarray. Unfortunately for us, the Biden administration and our military seem just as chaotic.
Recently, a Canadian tax court judge, who is Jewish, was barred from presiding over cases involving Muslims. Of course, he was labeled an Islamophobe, ignoring most of the facts surrounding the case. Back with us today is Christine Douglass-Williams (frontpagemag.com), writer at FrontPage Magazine and Jihad Watch. She gives a synopsis of the situation and connects what is happening with the judge to a larger narrative within the Canadian government. And surrounding it all is a media and political machine where talking points and so-called facts are actually flipped upside down. A blizzard of lies is being marketed as the truth.
Texas Senate Bill 8, the state abortion ban, has taken effect and abortions are down in the state. Opponents are frustrated, but could that frustration boomerang back on conservatives? Back with us today is Jacob Sullum (reason.com), Senior Editor at Reason Magazine. Could this bill, which is on its surface great for pro-lifers, be detrimental to other conservative issues in the future? Jacob and John discuss the precedents that could be set, the pros and cons of the bill, and whether it's actually equal representation regardless of what side you're on. It's a reasoned, fair conversation about Texas's abortion ban and its legal consequences.
Does the executive and/or judicial branch have the right to just ignore the Constitution? The answer of course is no, but sometimes that doesn't seem to stop them. Retired engineer John Green is back with us today to discuss the latest rulings and declarations surrounding the eviction moratorium. The Supreme Court admitted it wasn't constitutional to extend the moratorium but allowed it to be extended anyway. The Biden administration picked up the ball and extended it even more – admitting also that it was probably unconstitutional. There are many consequences and precedents that will result from this. How fast are the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves?
When times of trouble come upon you and you're facing spiritual red lines, you should already have plans in place on how to deal with it. This week, we speak to two gentlemen who are facing these red lines. First up is Artur Pawlowski (streetchurch.ca), the pastor in Calgary, Alberta who defied the authorities during a Passover service this year, telling them to leave, and calling them Nazis. Later, he and his brother were arrested. He describes his current situation including his arrest and goes on to compare it to the tactics of the communist authorities he witnessed growing up in Poland.
Next we visit with a man who has been battling religious persecution for nearly a decade. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado, is joined by one his lawyers, Jake Warner (adflegal.org) of Alliance Defending Freedom. They recount the various legal cases Jack has endured and where they are now. Jack also describes his spiritual journey, including his decision to make plans early on as to how to handle the very situation in which he finds himself. These men created spiritual muscle memory in order to endure the hard times.
Finally this week, we welcome someone from across the Pond to analyze America's exceptionalism and the pros and cons that come with it. Joining us from France is Howard Burton (ideas-on-film.com), Founder and Creator of Ideas on Film. He compares and contrasts the perceptions of America from people abroad with those who live here. Few Americans think about their own country's exceptionalism and some even think we're far from outstanding. It's important to know your strengths and weaknesses and do so in truth.
Most people have heard of the nearly decade-long battle waged against Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado. He is back in court again and he's joining us today to give us an update. With him is a member of his legal team, Jake Warner (adflegal.org) of Alliance Defending Freedom. Mr. Warner describes the history of the court cases and why they were brought. Jack recounts his spiritual journey as well as making the decision to be prepared for the battle long before it came.
The House recently voted in favor of the Equality Act, which has now transitioned to the Senate, but does it actually project equality? Joining us today is Dr. Anne Hendershott (franciscan.edu), Professor of Sociology at Franciscan University, who looks at the flaws of the poorly named Equality Act. She examines the impact on faith-based universities and institutions, medical doctors, and female athletes. Rights that have newly been found, that are not in the Constitution, are now superseding the rights and freedoms that are enshrined there. It’s quickly eroding the freedoms that make this a great country. We must contact our legislators and let them know our position on this bill.
In this week's boralogue, John diverts off-script and shares his personal history. He covers his childhood, his heritage, and his experiences among many cultures throughout his life. Here in America, we are a diverse society and that is a good thing. We have to work together, remember who we are, and focus on that rather than on the division in which we find ourselves today.
American history in academic textbooks has shifted from fact-based events to ideology-driven narratives. Mary Grabar (www.dissidentprof.com), Fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, discusses how Howard Zinn spearheaded the project to change history textbooks. His primer shows how America is a horrible, awful country whose only solution is to adopt socialism. That is being taught to our children right now.
Canada has slid a little further down the progressive lawfare cliff than the United States. John Sikkema (www.arpacanada.ca), Legal Counsel for the Association for Reformed Political Action in Ottawa describes how, thanks to politically correct ideology, legal terms like harassment and 'hate crimes' are being redefined in Canada. Formerly law-abiding citizens who happen to disagree with the preferred narrative are now becoming criminals.
After the U.S. embassy attack in Baghdad a few weeks ago, questions have arisen as to what exactly is going on in Iraq. Ofra Bengio (www.dayan.org), Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center joins us from Tel Aviv to discuss the geopolitics of Iraq, including the status with Kurdistan, the struggle to establish a unified government, and interference from Iran.
John's quote of the week:
"FBI Director Christopher Ray wrote in a letter last week that he deeply regrets the Bureau's many errors in the process of obtaining warrants on former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. Isn't that cute? He apologized. Try that in court sometime if you're convicted. 'Yes, your honor, I murdered that man. But I apologize.' 'OK, you're free to go.' It doesn't work that way."
On this week's extra segment, we crank up the Way-back machine, going back 18 years to March 2002 with Dr. Dennis Cuddy and Charlotte Iserbyt, discussing the problems with No Child Left Behind, including most ironically how most children were in fact left behind.