Posted on July 25th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 25, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Soeren Kern

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​Islam is advancing rapidly in Europe as well as here in the United States. As a result there's been an increase in crime and religious conflict that's been escalating at alarming proportions. Government organizations as well as the media often cover these incidents up because they claim such individuals merely have a distorted view of Islam. After all, to them, Islam is a religion of peace. This shows that leaders in Europe as well as the U.S. continue to drink at the well of complacency on this topic therefore little is accomplished in terms of slowing much less halting the advance of Islam.


Joining Jim to discuss this disturbing trend was Soeren Kern. Soeren is a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank dedicated to educating the public about the institutions of democracy and the rule of law, human rights, a free and strong economy, a military capable of ensuring peace at home and in the free world, energy independence and insuring the public stay informed of threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech. Soeren is also a senior analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Strategic Studies Group. He specializes in European politics as well as U.S. and European defense and security related issues. He is a regular commentator about European politics and transatlantic relations. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.


About 10 years ago a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands began calling on European Christians to begin calling God, 'Allah' as a way to build bridges with Muslims. As Soeren began doing more research, he discovered that God and Allah are two completely different entities. From there he wrote an article about it. It went viral and he began getting requests to do more research and writing about Islam.


Soeren believes there's two ways to view Islam from a Christian point of view. The whole purpose of Islam is to deny the divinity of Jesus Christ yet from a geopolitical perspective it's dedicated to world conquest and placing the planet under the submission of Allah.


Soeren described how after World War II an entire generation of males was wiped out. This meant there weren't enough males to run the factories. As a result, Germany, the Netherlands and France began importing migrant labor. Germany began importing their labor force from Turkey. The understanding was that eventually these individuals would return to their home nations but they stayed. So over the last 40 to 50 years, Soeren described this situation as being in 'slow motion' but in the last 10 to 15 years the pace has 'snowballed' into a large political and social problem for almost every nation in Europe.


As this program moved along, it took a specific look at Islam in France, Germany and Britain, how these nations are one generation ahead of the U.S. in terms of Islamization and why European secular lawmakers and leaders are letting this happen.


Tomorrow, Jim and Soeren will take a look at how Islam has been affecting the United States.




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Posted on July 22nd, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 22, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Hans von Spakovsky

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With election talk seemingly everywhere there's debate once again over how we vote for the president. Should it be via the electoral system as outlined in our Constitution or should it be changed to a national popular vote?


Jim looked at this issue with Hans von Spakovsky who is a legal senior fellow in the Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He is an authority on a number of issues including that of voter fraud and voter ID, enforcement of federal voting rights laws, administration of elections and voting equipment standards and protecting the integrity of elections. Before joining Heritage in 2008, he served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission, the authority charged with enforcing campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections. He has also formerly worked at the Justice Department.


Article 2 section 1 of the Constitution deals with the election process for president of the U.S. This is accomplished through the electoral college. In this system, each state gets a certain number of electoral college votes. So when you enter the voting booth, you are actually voting for the electoral college delegate who will then vote for the president.


Hans explained that the reason for implementation of the electoral college system is due to the fact that the founders were concerned with making sure that rural, less populated areas of our nation would not be neglected. They assumed that if we had a national popular vote, candidates would only have to go to big cities and urban areas and they could ignore the rest of the nation in order to secure election to office.


Under our electoral college system, each state gets the number of votes equal to the number of senators and congressmen they have. This means that even the smallest states have at least 3 electoral college votes. It's true that candidates won't spend as much time in those states but at least they won't be totally neglected, which they would, under a national popular vote system.


John Koza, creator of the scratch-off lottery ticket, has been instrumental in the push for the national popular vote idea. This idea is a state compact or agreement between the states. 11 have already passed it. Once enough states have passed it that represent 270 electoral college votes, the compact then goes into force and each state that passed it agrees that the electoral college votes in their state will be awarded not based upon the vote in their state but instead upon the national popular vote.




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Posted on July 21st, 2016

​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 21, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Pastor David Brown

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​There is a revival taking place that is anything but biblical. Pokemon is back in the form of what's now called, 'Pokemon Go', the most popular game ever in America. It's dominating the lives of people, particularly in the 25-34 age bracket. So many people have been playing this game that Internet servers are crashing. In fact, it's so popular that there are even signs on highways warning people about distracted driving. From causing curfew violations, to people smashing into other cars, trespassing on private property, to outright banning of the game in well-known locations, this update on the game is taking the world by storm.


While all these points deal with the obvious physical safety concerns over Pokemon-Go, there are spiritual concerns that are even more hazardous.


Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Pastor David Brown. Pastor Brown is with the First Baptist Church of Oak Creek, WI. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology, a Ph.D in History and specializes in the history of the English Bible. He is also the President of Logos Communication Consortium, a research organization that produces a large variety of materials warning Christians of present dangers in our culture.


According to Pastor Brown, we must first check our worldview because if we're Christians, we would claim that we have a biblical worldview and that means we evaluate everything on the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Sadly, there are only about 4% of Americans who really have a biblical worldview. This means there are those who may claim to be Christian and therefore when playing Pokemon-Go, they end up following a satanic worldview.


The Bible doesn't mention Pokemon so how can we know if it's right or wrong? Pastor Brown gave listeners the following guidelines:


#1--What belief system or doctrine is evident or is being advocated?
#2--What philosophies and values are evident?
#3--What is the origin of the power or the energy?
#4--Are psychic, occultic, satanic or New Age symbols incorporated?
#5--Are your thoughts or imaginations steered in a wholesome or unwholesome
direction?
#6--Does it glorify violence or evil?
#7--Does it depict immorality or arouse lustful desires?
#8--Does it draw you closer to God or build godly character?


Pokemon came from Japan and is derived from 'pocket monster'. It started in 1995 and became popular in the U.S. in about 1999. Originally Pokemon was produced and the cards were translated and distributed by Wizards of the Coast, the company known for Dungeons and Dragons. The original 150 cards have been reissued and now there are 729.


So how does Pokemon stack up with Pastor Brown's 8-point test? Pokemon attempts to portray supernatural powers. The energy cards in particular promote pantheistic power for the occult.


The character called 'Abra' is said to have the ability to read minds and identify impending danger and teleport you to safety.


'Misty' is dressed sensually and has a 'thing' for 'Ash Ketchum' (one of the the main characters). 'Brock' has a fascination with the opposite sex and 'Jessie' and 'James' are cross-dressers.


Putting them all together, Pastor Brown feels the characters are portrayed as headstrong, stubborn, quibbling, self-centered, vindictive, obnoxious, hormonal, sexually preoccupied, thieving and cross-dressing.


Pokemon Go takes all of this to the next level of fantasy as it conditions the mind to get into an altered state of reality. They call it augmented reality. In other words, the game uses your smart phone camera, leading you to different locations known as Poke stops. This preoccupation with living in a virtual world is causing everything from auto accidents, to falls off cliffs, to others who have been set-up to be shot to death and more.




More Information:


To obtain Pastor Brown's booklet on The Problem of Pokemon send $2 to:
Logos
Box 173
Oak Creek, WI. 53154


www.logosresourcepages.org

Posted on July 20th, 2016

​​​​​​​​Date:    July 20, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Shirley Elliot

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​As Christian parents we're called to faithfully raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The problem is, what happens when our children grow into adulthood and make a conscience decision to live in opposition to God's instructions given to them from their parents? At that point parents can begin to believe that they have failed their children and God in some way.


Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Shirley Elliot. Shirley counsels through the Hope Center at Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida, where she teaches women's Bible studies. She holds a Master's degree in Biblical counseling from the Master's College and is certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. She is the author of 'From Heartbroken to Hopeful: “Gospel Home for Parents of Prodigals'.


Shirley is firmly engaged in this topic as she's the mother of a prodigal daughter who has admitted she is without Christ so this topic is very personal for her.


According to Shirley, the Bible (in Psalm 127) describes children as being like arrows. This is in the sense that they were intended to be thrust out from families for the purposes of the gospel. Those arrows are painful when they come back and do a u-turn in the heart of mom or dad who thrust them out with one purpose, only to find that they took a turn and accomplished a completely different purpose.


Families are often driven by the schedules and activities of their kids rather than being driven by the thought of what God wants for them as a family. While she agrees that paying attention to our kids is a good thing, too much of it can cause the home to be too child focused and she sees that in the culture of the church. She believes that bringing Christ back to the center of the home involves helping kids understand that they are not the center of the universe or the center of attention and that Christ is supreme, first and foremost. If we acknowledge him, he will direct our paths.


What part does forgiveness play in all of this? What does it mean to have a 'gospel gaze'? How does God's sovereign grace fit into helping the prodigal? These questions and more are answered for parents on this edition of Crosstalk.




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To obtain a copy of the book, 'From Heartbroken to Hopeful' for a donation of $17 or more, call 1-800-729-9829, go to www.vcyamerica.org or write to:


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Shirley Elliot e-mail: ShirleyE@cfcjax.com

Posted on July 19th, 2016

​​​​​​​Date:    July 19, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Jim Kouri

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​Jim Kouri is the founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. Jim is a board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and former chief of police at a New York City housing project nicknamed 'Crack City' by reporters covering the drug way in the 1980's. He has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.


Jim believes that for the last 7 years, President Obama has been responsible for creating the current distrust of law enforcement. It began with the Professor Gates incident at Cambridge when he said the police acted stupidly without even knowing the particulars of what occurred. Once we found out, we realized the officer acted appropriately.


Then there was Attorney General Eric Holder going after police. Millions were spent in Holder's investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. Jim noted that you'll hear the Democrats complain about the amount spent to investigate Hillary Clinton yet you never hear them complain about what was spent during the Arpaio investigation.


Jim feels Hillary Clinton has stoked the flames too. She has compared police to ISIS. She's also claimed that police departments are systemically racist.


Jim also took issue with the crime statistics that we get from the FBI. He believes they're being doctored. He noted that the uniform crime report is a voluntary process. Each jurisdiction is responsible for sending their crime statistics to the FBI to be included. So if someone wants the president to look good, they don't send their crime statistics.


Some are claiming the 'war on blue' is justified due to the recent killings of young, black men. We're told that officer shootings of black men are more than officer shootings of white men and that cops are racist.


This is where the numbers and how you view them is crucial. There are twice as many whites killed by police officers as blacks. Opponents will say that blacks make up only 14-15% of the population, however, they also make up 50% of the cop killers. So yes, there is a problem between law enforcement and blacks but the problem stems from the crime rate.


Regarding crime in general, Jim noted blacks are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime yet some feel it's racist to state that. For example, black perpetrators choose white victims more than they choose black ones except for one category and that's homicide. That's the only one where blacks choose blacks the majority of the time.


As this program moved along, Jim presented his feelings on gun control, the Black Lives Matter movement, the possible federalization of police forces in America and more, including input from Crosstalk listeners.




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Posted on July 18th, 2016

​​​​​​Date:    July 18, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

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​Jim Schneider brought listeners this Monday edition of the Crosstalk news round-up live from Trail Ridge Camp. Stories included:


--3 law enforcement officers killed and 3 others are injured in a Baton Rouge,
Louisiana shooting.
--A Taco Bell employee in Eastern Alabama has been fired after she refused to
serve two uniformed deputies of the sheriffs department and then told them to
leave the restaurant.
--At a White House reception speech, President Obama spoke of the terrorist attack
in France and said that the U.S. and its partners are going to destroy ISIL. He
also said that we're going to win this fight by not giving up on diplomacy to
end the Syrian civil war, by working with partners around the world including
Muslim communities.
--Trump names Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his VP running mate.
--Hillary Clinton launches her first set of attacks against Mike Pence.
--The Republican Convention began today in Cleveland.
--Ruth Bader Ginsberg is drawing criticism for harsh words concerning Donald
Trump.
--Attempted coup in Turkey on Friday evening but by Saturday, it appears the coup
had failed. Turkey's President Erdogan is blaming Fethullah Gulen.
--U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch dodges questions concerning lack of charges
against Hillary Clinton.
--The Washington Blade is applauding the Democratic platform language on
international LGBT rights.
--Target is in the news again. A Target store in Idaho is in the spotlight
because a man, who identifies as a woman, was arrested after allegedly taking
pictures of a woman in the stall next to him at the store fitting room.
--Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined nine other states in filing a
federal complaint seeking to block the Obama administration's new school
directive for transgender students.
--Virginia school board is taking their transgender bathroom case to the Supreme
Court asking the court to review the matter of someone who's claiming an
identity than their biological makeup as they approach the new school year.
--On July 14th, the Democrat controlled state board of education in California
approved pro-homosexuality, bisexuality and trans-sexuality curriculum to go
into new textbooks teaching children that LGBT is good, natural and maybe even
for them.
--Ontario, Canada, drivers will be given an 'X' option in 2017 for those who don't
exclusively identify as either male or female when applying for a driver's
license.
--U.S. taxpayers provide nearly 400 million dollars a year to a U.N. program that
critics say sends anti-Semitic, anti-Israel textbooks to schools for Palestinian
refugees.
--Russia's Putin signs a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelism
outside of churches.
--Venezuela has a new military dictatorship.
--Pensacola, Florida, city council allows a local religious freedom activist to
begin event with a satanic prayer.
--The Federal Refugee Resettlement Program continues to cause problems as a 13
year old Massachusetts girl was assaulted at a public pool by a 22 year old man
who was recently imported into the community from Syria as a refugee.
--In a vote of 74-18, Carla Hadan, who leads Baltimore's public library system,
was nominated to be the 14th librarian of Congress.


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