Some of you may remember the movie El Cid from 1961 starring Charlton Heston. Can we learn anything from the real story of El Cid? Back with us today is Raymond Ibrahim (raymondibrahim.com), Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He recounts the history of battles between Muslims from North Africa and Christians in Spain, including during the time of El Cid. Learning this helps to understand how Western Civilization developed, how Christianity was treated throughout the years, and why we are where we are today. It is important to get the accurate historical context in order to correctly understand history and have intelligent, fact-based, and rational conversations about it.
It's important when studying history or looking up facts to understand the situation in context, otherwise everything gets clouded with judgment. John flies solo on today's podcast, recalling times where he was confronted with a problem and then drew upon conversations he had or books he read in the past in order to come up with a solution. When you Google facts, a lot of times the results are out of context. You need to understand facts in context in order to understand why people behave the way they do. Knowing human nature and applying it to history gives you a much clearer, fact-based look at our past, rather than the wokus-pokus version we often see. A good lesson for not only us but also our children.
Whether through law, regulation, or end running the system, Marxists are implementing their woke ideology in several arenas. Joining us today is Marc Greendorfer (zachorlegal.org), President and Founder of the Zachor Legal Institute. He discusses how this indoctrination is affecting the education arena, specifically in the University of California system. There is a proposal to mandate completion of ethnic studies classes (read: woke indoctrination) as a condition of admission to UC campuses. This especially affects Christian and Jewish students who would have to pay homage to an ideology they don't believe in just to go to college. What is supposed to be a neutral system is becoming a Marxist stranglehold.
'Go Woke, Go Broke' has been primarily associated with companies, but now it seems like museums are being affected. Joining us today is Heather MacDonald (manhattan-institute.org), Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. She describes how the Art Institute of Chicago, along with other museums in the U.S., are trying to diversify by firing their current docents – due to overwhelming whiteness – and hiring new ones based solely on skin color and ethnicity. But when they say they have a problem with 'whiteness,' what they really mean is that they have a problem with Western Civilization. And when a museum is at odds with that, not only could donations take a hit, but also their whole reason for being is called into question.
Eventually, the power, money, and control crowd will use the true believers and discard them when they're no longer useful. Most of the true believers today run on woke ideology. As our first guest this week, we welcome back Jason Hill (jasondamianhill.com), Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. Regardless of what the true believers tell you they are battling against, the power brokers are using them to destroy Western civilization. Most people don't agree with that ideology, but they also don't stand up to it out of fear of being canceled or worse. But standing up is exactly what needs to be done or there will be a fundamental transformation of our national identity.
People in positions of influence have warned America's leaders for years that we are woefully unprepared to fight against China or Russia militarily or in the cyber warfare arena. Have our leaders listened? Back with us this week is David Pyne (emptaskforce.us), Deputy Director of National Operations for the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He points out that our leaders are not listening but he has solutions for them anyway should someone eventually take heed. He lays out several different actions needed to shore up our defenses and hopes that it won't take a devastating attack against our country for them to be implemented.
We had elections this week and John comments on how parents and their strong feelings against CRT had a big impact on the governor's race in Virginia. But before we close out with that, John asks the question: why do Jews, as a voting bloc, tend to overwhelmingly vote for a party that doesn't support Israel or Jewish causes? We invite in Rabbi Dov Fisher (yioc.org) of Young Israel of Orange County, California to discuss. Part of the answer involves the nature of who is and who is not a Jew. He looks at Reform versus Orthodox Judaism as well as the history of anti-semitism.
Many questions surround woke ideology but perhaps one of the simplest – what is whiteness? – is never really addressed. Joining us today is Jason Hill (jasondamianhill.com), Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago. He not only answers that question, but he goes on to show that its really Western civilization that the woke leftists want to destroy. Most people don't agree with this totalitarianism, but they also don't stand up to it out of fear of being canceled or worse. If we're going to change our national identity away from wokeness and back to Judeo-Christian ideals, then there needs to be a large-scale campaign to stand up.
Critical race theory and the 1619 Project have set up shop in America's schools, but more and more parents are starting to realize that their children are being fed a steady diet of hate and incorrect history. April Few (uspie.org), Communications Director at U.S. Parents Involved in Education (U.S. PIE), describes how her organization has been involved in the fight against critical race theory and offers some solutions for parents who are facing this in their child's school. Critical race theory teaches children to hate our country and to hate each other. And April correctly identifies the ultimate goal behind CRT.
Now that hostilities have theoretically abated in the latest Israel-Gaza war, it's important to look at, and learn from, what really happened there. Back with us today is Bruce Thornton (fresnostate.edu), Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University in Fresno. It's hard to filter out the reality of the situation in the Middle East – or any situation – when politicians and the media push lies meant to further narratives. Examples include how the Palestinians want peace, despite their actions; the climate debate is settled, except the debate has never happened; and universities say they are all about education, but it really seems like they're all about grant money and donations. Narratives may sound nice, but when you're trying to solve real problems in the real world, all they do is get in the way.
Reality eventually becomes real for everyone and when it does, it usually hurts. On today's podcast, John looks at several news stories including how the Jewish community in America is experiencing violence following the recent Israel-Gaza war and they're beginning to wake up to the reality that the Left, the side most of them have been on for awhile, really don't like them. Also, countries in Europe are facing the reality of cultural violence following the massive Islamic migration of a few years ago. Even the Vatican is encountering the truth after releasing statements on abortion. The mainstream media is to a certain extent facing reality, though they constantly weave narratives to cover it up. Reality always becomes real. How you handle it will determine how much pain you'll be in when it happens.
Leftism and Marxist ideologies are seeping into the Christian church in the U.S. How do we recognize it before it does irreparable damage? Joining us from his church in Indiana is Lucas Miles (lucasmiles.org), Pastor of Nfluence Church. He looks at the incompatibility of Christianity and the woke ideology found in sermons and even doctrine in some churches today. A lot of groups espousing this wokeness doctrine disguise it with Christian-sounding words. If pastors are telling you that they don't worship the Jesus from the Bible but instead a more modern, woke Jesus, then hard conversations are needed and quickly.