Posted on May 5th, 2016

​​​​Date:  May 5, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

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​It was the first Continental Congress that initially declared a National Day of Prayer in 1775 establishing a long standing tradition.


In 1863 President Lincoln signed a proclamation that designated April 30th of that year as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer.


On April 17, 1952, Congress unanimously passed a joint resolution signed by President Truman establishing the annual National Day of Prayer by federal law.
Public Law 82-324 declared that a National Day of Prayer would be held on a suitable day each year other than a Sunday.


In 1988, the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives amended the 1952 law by passing Public Law 100-307 to provide for setting aside the first Thursday in May as the date which is the National Day of Prayer. That act was signed by President Reagan.


If ever there was the need for a time of prayer in America it is today. In Isaiah chapter 1, Isaiah's vision is described and although it deals with Judah and Jerusalem, verse 4 echos where America is today: 'Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.'


In light of this, Jim asked listeners to present their answers to the following 3 questions:


--My greatest prayer for the nation is...


--My greatest prayer for the church is...


--My greatest prayer for my family is...


Find out how listeners answered these questions when you review this Crosstalk broadcast.

Posted on May 4th, 2016

​​​​​Date:  May 4, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

Guest:  Jessica Vaughan

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​When it comes to the subject of immigration, how do we secure our borders and handle those who are in our nation illegally, especially those who are committing heinous crimes? Frustrating matters is news of a report that has emerged that indicates that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to release deportable criminal aliens from its custody at an alarming rate


Joining Jim to discuss this was Jessica Vaughan. Jessica serves as director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies. They are a Washington D.C. based research institute that examines the impact of immigration on American society and educates policymakers and opinion leaders on immigration issues. Prior to joining the center in 1992, Jessica was a foreign service officer with the State Department.


According to Jessica, a criminal alien is a non-citizen who has been convicted of a crime in the U.S. It can be someone here illegally, someone here on a temporary visa or it could even be someone with a 'green card'. These individuals are potentially deportable. She believes this is why it's important to discuss not only illegal immigrants who come to the U.S. and commit crimes but anyone who is not a citizen.


The numbers aren't good and shows this issue to be chronic problem under the Obama administration, especially in the past few years. In 2015, ICE freed almost 20,000 criminal aliens that had been started on the deportation process instead of holding them in custody. The numbers were slightly lower in 2015 but in 2013 it was 36,000 and in 2014 it was about 30,000.


Jessica notes that even 20,000 is nothing to celebrate. New policies were put into place that don't allow ICE officers to arrest as many people and that's the reason for the lower number. In addition, these individuals are usually released without supervision and sent back to U.S. communities. Also, a large number of these individuals go on to commit additional crimes and therefore are a threat to public safety.


Of the approximately 20,000 criminal aliens that were released, they were responsible for 64,000 convictions. Jessica feels that while this doesn't make sense, she believes the Obama administration doesn't think immigration enforcement is an important part of the law and that they place a higher importance on keeping illegal immigrant families together. The problem is, that kind of policy stance can and has permanently separated American families who have been the victims of criminal alien crimes.


Adding frustration to the situation is the fact that some nations refuse to take back such individuals. The law requires the federal government to stop issuing visas in those nations. However, that law is not being applied as it might upset relations with those nations or we don't have good relations with them in the first place. In spite of that Jessica noted that we need to be a little more aggressive with these nations. Violators include: Cuba, Haiti, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Iran, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia and Vietnam.


Doesn't Congress have some authority on this issue? What are the implications of the United States v. Texas case on this topic? Are unaccompanied minors still a problem and are they victims of human trafficking as the Obama administration would have us believe? Are immigration courts doing what they're supposed to? Is there firm evidence to believe that ISIS members are infiltrating Syrian refugee efforts? These questions are answered and callers bring their perspective as well on this vital edition of Crosstalk.




More Information:


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Posted on May 3rd, 2016

​​​​Date:  May 3, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

Guest:  Paul Popov

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​Paul Popov is the CEO of Door of Hope International. They are a voice and a helping hand to persecuted Christians worldwide. When he was five years old (in 1948), his father, Haralan Popov, a prominent Protestant minister, was brutally taken from his family by the KGB and arrested on false charges of being a 'spy for America'. Paul, with his family, were branded as 'enemies of the state'.


As Paul begins his story, he noted how the communists were taking control of the most important positions in Bulgaria with the same thing happening to all of the Eastern Bloc states. Paul noted that the communists wanted to control not only civil society in general, but also the church. Protestant church leaders in particular were critical in terms of disseminating their communist ideology.


Paul's father and uncle were offered certain privileges and the chance to work with the communists but they would have none of it. They refused to work out a church/state solution that would have them show loyalty to the Bulgarian Communist Party. They believed that they had a duty to fulfill in spreading the Word of God so they wanted to refrain from being involved in political activity.


The result is that on July 24th, 1948 at 4am, the doorbell rang at the Popov residence. It was the secret police together with an officer from the regular militia. They ransacked the house, looking for incriminating evidence that could be used in a 'show trial' that they were preparing for.


Haralan was accused of being a spy and told he was being taken for a short period of questioning that ended up lasting 15 years. Paul has had an opportunity to look through Bulgarian secret police files from the era and they indicate that it was predetermined where everyone would sit at the trial and what the sentences would be for the prisoners.


During his captivity, Haralan suffered Stalin-style interrogation tactics. Prisoners had to stand up 24 hours per day while keeping their faces 8 inches from a bright white wall with eyes open. Closing of the eyes was not allowed. 3 guards took 8 hour shifts watching over the prisoners. They were given as little soup and bread as possible to maintain life. Upon collapsing, a doctor would be brought in to revive the prisoner. The idea was to break their will yet keep them looking good enough for the trial. Death was not allowed because this would make martyrs of the Protestant pastors.


Eventually the collapsing became more frequent for Haralan. He was ordered to receive rest but the rest periods were short because during this time he was required to write his life story.


The common phrase heard over and over from the communists was, 'Conform to us.' Paul indicated that they wanted prisoners to admit that they were spies for America and England. That way the foreign press would have no reason to believe that those on trial were being persecuted because they were Christians or because of the Bible.


This Crosstalk has much more to present, and for an even more detailed account, you're encouraged to order a copy of 'Tortured for His Faith' via the information listed below.




More Information:


www.doorofhope.org


To obtain a free copy of 'Tortured for His Faith' call 877-440-3644 or send an e-mail to info@dohi.org. During the phone call or in the e-mail, let them know you heard Paul Popov on Crosstalk. In the e-mail, don't forget to provide your mailing address.

Posted on May 2nd, 2016

​​​Date:  May 2, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

Guest:  Usama Dakdok

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​Islam continues its attempts to become viewed as 'mainstream' across the U.S. No matter how great the public relations campaign, no matter how many sessions are held in public libraries to 'come know your Muslim neighbor', Islam is still Islam. Its core beliefs are the same as is its goal of a world caliphate.


Joining Jim to discuss this was Usama Dakdok. Usama is the founder and director of the Straightway of Grace Ministry, equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors, as well as ministering to Muslims directly. Usama is Egyptian born. He studied Islam and Islamic law since a young age. Usama has translated the Qur'an into English. He is the speaker on the program, 'Revealing the Truth about Islam' which airs daily on VCY America.


Jim began by referring to an editorial in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel by Samantha Issam. According to Issam, true Islam teaches gender equity and empowerment of women and that only extremist Islam and those who misinterpret Islam speak against such gender equity.


Usama responded by noting that Mohammed said men are in charge of women and how in the Qur'an, Allah prefers men over women. We see this in Islamic law when it comes to criminal witnesses and also when dealing with the receiving of an inheritance. In essence, women are literally disgraced and humiliated in Islam from birth to burial.


As Jim continued with quotes from the article, Issam seemed to communicate as though the hijab (a Muslim covering for the head and chest) actually represents a very feminine aspect of Islam. Usama wondered whether the writer was talking about a hijab just to cover the woman's hair or one to cover her entire head? Include the covering from the shoulders to the feet and at that point you can see nothing about the woman. That, according to Usama, is the true Islamic hijab which is to imprison her for the rest of her life.


As this program continued, Jim had Usama comment on the following:


--Nearly 2 dozen fired Muslim Somali/Americans are filing discrimination charges
with the EEOC against a Minneapolis/St. Paul area hardware manufacturer because
they allege they were denied a place to pray.
--How will the face of a community change if a large manufacturer comes in with
many Somali/Muslim employees?
--A new concern is that of Islamic cemeteries. Communities are concerned about
contaminated ground water because Muslims traditionally don't embalm bodies and
they bury their dead without the use of coffins.
--A bombing terrorist connected to the USS Cole attack who was being held at
Guantanamo Bay has been released by President Obama.
--Federal agents arrested a man who sources say was planning to throw an explosive
device into a South Florida synagogue.
--Court documents reveal that a Minnesota Muslim who was allegedly plotting with
others to join the Islamic State discussed routing potential terrorists through
Mexico to carry out attacks in the U.S.




More Information:


The Straight Way of Grace Ministry

www.thestraightway.org


To obtain a copy of the 20 page booklet containing the violent verses of the Qur'an call 1-800-729-9829 or go to www.vcyamerica.org 1 copy is $3, 3 copies are $7 and 5 copies are $12.

Posted on April 29th, 2016

​​Date:  April 29, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

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From the latest on the transgender movement to the presidential candidates to Islam's continued influence, Jim covered these and other issues in headline form on this News Round-Up & Comment program.


--Target's stock value is dropping in light of the boycott by those who disagree
with their pro-transgender restroom/changing room policy. The company
continues to stand firm to their pro-transgender position.
--The National Organization for Marriage is urging their supporters to join the
boycott of Target.
--Coach Dave Daubenmire of Pass the Salt Ministries was forced from the property
of a Target store in Heath, Ohio, for warning customers that the women's
restrooms are open to men.
--Target has an entire section of 'pride' products on their website.
--The city council in Oxford, Alabama, has made it illegal for anyone to use a
public restroom that doesn't align with the gender that they were born with.
--Target corporate offices can be reached at 800-440-0680.
--The State of California has decided to allow any male prisoner who says he is a
woman to spend their incarceration inside of a women's prison. They are also
mandating that taxpayers must pay for any transgender prisoner seeking surgical
reassignment surgery.
--North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest says that their bathroom law is
designed to protect women and children from predators and sexual offenders and
that LGBT activists and their allies are running an amazing smear campaign based
upon lies.
--Nancy Pelosi unveils a 4 point plan for a homosexual agenda.
--Harris Wofford, a former Democratic senator from Pennsylvania was once married
to a woman named Clair for 48 years. He recently announced via an op-ed in the
New York Times that he has found love again and is set to marry a man who is 50
years his junior.
--Stanford has an LGBT executive leadership program.
--The Colorado Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a baker who refused to
make a wedding cake for a same sex couple.
--LGBT advocacy groups are urging the Department of Education to swiftly issue
guidance to all schools regarding their obligations under Title IX.
--The Massachusetts Music Educators Association has published an article warning
school music teachers across the state that they must provide LGBTQ friendly
classrooms otherwise they risk having a hostile climate that impairs student's
academic success and mental health.
--A measure that attempted to take power away from Missouri lawmakers died in
committee after 3 Republicans voted against it.
--The U.S. Army decided late yesterday to retain a decorated Green Beret that they
had planned to kick out after he physically confronted a local Afghan commander
accused of raping a boy over the course of many days.
--The House Armed Services committee voted Wednesday to require women to sign up
for the draft during a markup of fiscal 2017 defense policy bill.
--Cleveland, Ohio, has purchased insurance in anticipation of large scale rioting
this summer at the Republican National Convention.
--200,000 convicted felons in the State of Virginia can now register to vote.
--If the Obama administration has anything to do with it, 'justice involved
individuals' will have expanded economic, educational and civic opportunities
throughout the United States.
--The State Department admitted last week that it withheld an email that was
requested in July of 2014 seeking records related to the drafting and use of the
administration's infamous Benghazi talking points.
--John Boehner calls Ted Cruz, 'Lucifer in the flesh'.
--Cruz names Carly Fiorina as his VP running mate.
--Citizens for a Pro-Life Society organized a protest outside of the Detroit
Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Saturday. During the event a local
satanist group arrived and put on a disturbing counter-protest.
--Around 600 members of various European police and military forces carried out a
European Union funded training exercise in preparation for major civil unrest,
even war.
--President Obama and Congress have agreed to fund permanent resettlement of
10,000 Syrian refugees over the next three years but the number could be ten
times larger.
--Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas is withdrawing from the U.S. refugee
resettlement program.
--President Obama announces that he intends to accelerate the vetting time for
Syrian refugees entering the U.S. from 2 years of vetting down to 3 months.
--6 members of Americorps recently escorted young, pregnant women to abortion
clinics in a direct violation of federal funding rules.
--The House Armed Services Committee voted down an amendment that would have
allowed service members and their dependents to receive abortion services at
defense medical facilities if they personally provide funding.
--The Texas voter I.D. law to remain in effect possibly through the November
election.
--Islamic State hacks Michigan church website.
--Milwaukee op-ed piece claims that true Islam teaches gender equity and
empowerment of women.
--The U.S. Department of Education is instructing educators to be aware of
bullying of Muslim students and to include Islam in their classroom lesson plans
and discussions.
--President Obama says, 'We are fortunate to be living in the most peaceful, most
prosperous, most progressive era in human history.'

Posted on April 28th, 2016

​Date:   April  28, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:    Randy Thomasson

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     Are you aware that the so-called transgender population is estimated to be between two and three-tenths of one percent of our total population?  In spite of this, the battle for special rights for those calling themselves transgender is taking the nation by storm.  LGBT activist groups are bullying private businesses, schools, as well as units of government to force their extremist agenda down the throats of American citizens.
  
     Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Randy Thomasson.  Randy is a veteran pro-family leader and president of SaveCalifornia.com.  Their organization stands strong for moral virtues for the common good.

     This Crosstalk began by looking at AB-1732. This is a piece of legislation in the California legislature that would mandate that the restroom signs and symbols that say 'men' and 'women' or 'boys' and 'girls' must come down at businesses and places of public accommodation.  This includes church schools, Christian colleges, religious businesses, home-based businesses or anyplace where there's a single user restroom.  This means that if passed, even California residents with at-home businesses would be required to install a transsexual, all-gender symbol on their bathroom door.

      The bill is written in such a way that it motivates a business that is just starting or moving, to go from offering 2 restrooms to offering only one all-gender restroom in order to save money.  In other words, this legislation won't expand access, it may actually limit it.
Randy noted that the bill was skipped over once again by the California Assembly.  They don't have the votes yet to pass it.  Randy believes there are a dozen or more Democrats who are reluctant to vote for this radical, transgender legislation because they know it isn't about rights for an individual; it's about burdening other individuals, businesses and religious freedom.  
The key here is the idea of 'places of public accommodation'.  While this is only mentioned in the California bill, it is specifically defined under federal law under the Americans with Disabilities Act from 1990.  This means that wherever there is a private entity that affects commerce (Churches provide communities with a wide variety of social services that come under the rubric of 'commerce'.), it means they can be a place of public accommodation.  Specifically listed in the Americans with Disabilities Act are nurseries and educational institutions which means that churches and church-schools will also be affected should AB-1732 pass in California.  There is no religious exemption in this bill.

      Randy urged listeners from all over the nation to call legislators in California (phone numbers are posted on the website listed below).  Jim included headlines that prove the unsafe nature of this legislative movement, an audio clip from a representative of the NCAA that shows how this agenda is expanding, some national businesses that are allowing people to use the restroom of the gender they identify with as well as calls from Crosstalk listeners.
  
More Information;

www.SaveCalifornia.com


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