Posted on August 13th, 2015

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Air Date: August 13, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

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Jim Schneider once again presented Crosstalk listeners with a round-up of news items of importance to the Christian community.


Stories featured on this broadcast included:


--Planned Parenthood allegedly would regularly steal aborted baby organs without
obtaining consent of the mother.
--A new report shows that the University of Wisconsin is caught up in the aborted
baby parts controversy.
--2 legislators have introduced legislation that would ban the sale of fetal body
parts in Wisconsin. UW-Madison Dean Dr. Robert Golden spoke against this bill.
--A company plans to harvest parts from aborted babies, transfer them into
animals and get them to grow large enough to use as a replacement organ for
needy patients.
--A prosecutor in the Harris County, Texas, DA's office that is currently
investigating a Houston Planned Parenthood abortion clinic for selling aborted
baby parts, serves on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood.
--The White House warns states that they could be violating federal law if they
cut Planned Parenthood out of their state's Medicaid program.
--The Governor of Indiana signs into law a new measure mandating that aborted
babies must be buried or cremated.
--Donald Trump says that Planned Parenthood is an abortion factory but that he may
continue funding the non-abortion aspects of their business if elected to the
presidency.
--Donald Trump claims to be strongly pro-life but did not say specifically when a
baby becomes a person.
--Ben Carson says that the argument that abortion is necessary in order to save
the life of the mother is spurious. In the case of rape and incest he believes
that he would hope a woman would go to the hospital and obtain the RU-486
abortion drug.
--A federal judge's order that a county clerk must violate her Christian faith
and issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple is now under challenge at the
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
--Senate Bill 1858 (the Equality Act) would essentially wipe out free speech and
religious liberty on the issues of homosexuality and gender change by declaring
these behaviors to be civil rights in America.
--A Toledo judge who cited his religious faith in declining to perform same-sex
marriages has now agreed to allow an advisory body's decision that he and all
judges in Ohio must do so to remain impartial.
--Target stores are phasing out gender based signs except in the apparel
departments.
--Pro-gay cartoons on the rise.
--Rodney James Quine, convicted of 1st degree murder, kidnapping and robbery and
serving a life sentence in the California prison system, has sued the federal
government to pay for transgender surgery.
--Liberty Counsel is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review New Jersey Assembly
Bill 3371 that prohibits minors from receiving any form of counseling to reduce
or eliminate unwanted same sex attractions, behaviors or identity.
--A lesbian couple committed a fake 'hate crime' by setting fire to their
Tennessee home and blamed their neighbor in order to collect the insurance
money.
--2 of the 4 classified e-mails found on Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server
were top secret.
--The latest revelations concerning this top secret information has triggered
accusations that someone in her inner circle likely stripped the classification
markings illegally.
--Trey Gowdy, investigator of the Benghazi matter, says that the same prosecutors
who investigated CIA Director David Petraeus are now investigating Hillary
Clinton's e-mail issues.
--An attempt to clean up pollutants at a Colorado goldmine closed in 1994 ends up
in the release of 3 million gallons of highly contaminated waste water that
flowed into a local river.
--Residents of 3 New Mexico towns have been forced into emergency water rations
after the disastrous Colorado spill.
--British police and intelligence services are working to unravel a reported plot
by ISIS terrorists to detonate a pressure-cooker bomb at VJ Day commemoration
ceremonies in London this weekend.
--ISIS claims responsibility for a truck bomb in Baghdad that killed at least 67
people.
--Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that Iran can purchase conventional
weapons in violation of the current U.N. embargo without triggering snap-back
sanctions under the nuclear deal.
--Kerry also warned that the U.S. dollar may cease to be the world's reserve
currency if Congress would vote to reapply sanctions to the regime in Tehran.
--Under the nuclear deal international sanctions will be removed on Iran's
banking, trade and energy sectors if Tehran agrees to certain curbs on its
nuclear program. The lifting of these provides a new market—80 million
consumers creating the potential for staggering business opportunities and
Europeans are rushing to profit from this.
--Iran's prayer leader called on the Muslim nations of the world to unite and
expel the Zionists from the region.
--President Obama vows he will not be defeated in passing the Iran nuclear deal.
--Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer has spoken out in opposition to the nuclear
deal.
--A tight knit group of ISIS fighters claims it has again hacked the computers of
U.S. military personnel.

Posted on August 12th, 2015

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Air Date: August 12, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Michael Oard

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The weather always seems to be a topic of interest among people. When there's severe weather, media programming is suspended so that the public can be kept safe. Many people watch or listen to late day newscasts for the sole purpose of finding out what the weather will be like for the upcoming day.


Tied in with the weather is the subject of global warming. In fact, our government continues to try and convince us that global warming is the greatest threat to mankind. However, from Genesis 8:22 we know that the seasons will continue and day and night will not cease.


Joining Jim to discuss weather was Michael Oard. Michael is a retired meteorologist with the National Weather Service who served as a lead forecaster for 20 years in Great Falls, Montana. He has both his bachelors and masters in Atmospheric Science. He's published numerous articles in support of biblical creation and has authored several books including 'The New Weather Book' a part of the 'Wonders of Creation Series.'


Michael's book begins by establishing the fact that Jesus is the creator of the world which includes the weather. Does this mean he created dangerous weather? Michael believes he didn't at the beginning because God said that the creation was very good. Dangerous weather came about because of man's willful sin (Genesis 3) yet this kind of weather not only shows that the earth has been cursed by sin but it demonstrates the power of God acting in nature.


Beginning with some interesting facts about thunderstorms and lightning, this program answers numerous weather related questions, including some that deal with the creation of the earth. For example:


--Why is the sun the ultimate cause of weather?
--What do red skies in the morning mean? In the evening?
--Does the amount of salt in the oceans provide a clue as to the age of the earth?
--Why is the color of snow white?
--What is the largest recorded hailstone?
--Why have warm climate fossils been found in the north?
--What should we know about climate change?




More Information:


To obtain a copy of 'The New Weather Book' for a donation of $20 or more to Crosstalk, call 1-800-729-9829 or go to www.vcyamerica.org

Posted on August 11th, 2015

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Air Date: August 11, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Michael Farris

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Michael Farris is a constitutional lawyer, as well as founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association and Patrick Henry College. He is the author of 'The History of Religious Liberty: From Tyndale to Madison.'


Michael believes that if we don't fight to preserve liberty, we will lose it and if we don't understand liberty we won't know and recognize the incursions against it nor will we know exactly how to proceed.


Michael also agreed that a proper understanding of Scripture is critical in order to have a proper understanding of religious liberty. He went on to note that the idea that we are the people of repression comes from those who are ignorant of Scripture and the nuances between the various factions of the church that professes to follow Christ. So those who believe that the church institution was the standard of truth and that it could command every person to that standard; that group consistently opposed religious liberty. On the other hand, those who believed that the Word of God was delivered to every person consistently stood for religious liberty.


Here's what you'll learn on this broadcast.


--William Tyndale was an Oxford scholar who became an activist and a martyr.
Why did Thomas More oppose him?
--Why was it forbidden for the Bible to be translated into English?
--What does a wedding from the early 1500's have to do with religious liberty?
--Who is considered the first English martyr of the Reformation?
--Did Protestants engage in persecution?
--Who was King James and what did he contribute to religious liberty?
--Did people come to the New World for religious liberty or religious sanctuary?
--How does the life of James Madison fit into the idea of religious liberty?
--What's the difference between freedom of worship and the free exercise of
religion?
--Which state had the most influence in the fight for religious liberty?




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To obtain a copy of The History of Religious Liberty for a donation of $25 call the VCY switchboard at 1-800-729-9829 or go to www.vcyamerica.org

Posted on August 10th, 2015

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Air Date: August 10, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

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Since the news media began covering the undercover videos exposing alleged abortion related problems at Planned Parenthood, stories have been coming forth with new information and Jim looked at those during this edition of Crosstalk.


Some of the stories that Jim mentioned included:


--A director of research for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, advertises a track record of fetal tissue sales including its ability to deliver fully intact fetuses.
--For 8 years, a woman who worked for a branch of Planned Parenthood, participated in the fetal tissue donation process and said that when a woman walks in for an abortion, they don't talk about donation until they get to the counseling part. Then it was noted that the donation would be for work on life-saving treatments for various diseases. No discussion was given to donating an arm or leg as that would give a sense of humanity to the fetus. They went so far as to shy away from calling it 'fetal tissue research.' In essence, this whole process is built upon a lie.
--The man behind the Planned Parenthood videos explained why Stem Express, one of the firms buying baby parts from Planned Parenthood, has sued to stop the videos from being released. In one of the videos, Stem Express admitted they would sometimes receive fully intact fetuses at their laboratories and that could be prima facie evidence of born alive infants and that's why they're trying to suppress the video tape.
--Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood apologized, not for selling fetal body parts, but for the tone that the employee took for selling the body parts.
--A group of government researchers, working for a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana, made humanized mice by implanting the mice with tissues cut from human livers and thymuses taken from babies at 17-22 weeks gestation.
--There's a new push at the United States Supreme Court to open up the records regarding planning and documentation behind what so far has been a secret Obama administration strategy to give federal taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood.


There's much more on this issue that Jim uncovers and you can hear it all when you review this vital broadcast.




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Posted on August 7th, 2015

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Air Date: August 07, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

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Jim Schneider brought listeners up to date on numerous news items not making headlines in the mainstream press. Stories included:


--The first Republican debates took place last evening.
--Vice President Joe Biden considering whether or not he should run.
--Lieutenant Commander Tim White will not face charges for discharging his sidearm
during recent Chattanooga attack.
--Muslims from the Islamic Society of Augusta consider an armed man standing in
front of an Augusta military recruitment center a threat so they reported him to
the FBI. They tried to get him into a mosque to reeducate him.
--Iran has published a book on how to outwit the U.S. and destroy Israel.
--Secretary of State John Kerry warns Congress not to reject the Iran nuclear
deal.
--Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the American Jewish
community and in a webcast made the case for why the nuclear accord between Iran
and world powers is a deal that endangers Israel's existence as a sovereign
state.
--The Times of Israel reports that if the U.S. Congress shoots down the Iranian
nuclear deal, America will eventually be pressured into a military strike
against Tehran's nuclear facilities which will increase terror against Israel.
--Angry family members of U.S. citizens who have been victims of Iranian sponsored
terrorism and violence said they will do all that is humanly possible to block
the part of the nuclear deal that lifts economic sanctions on the Iranian
government.
--2 top Jewish Democrats announce they will oppose the Iran nuclear deal.
--House Republicans introduce legislation opposing the Iranian nuclear deal.
--Satellite images show Iran scrubbing nuclear sites to remove signs of nuclear
activity.
--ISIS plans to start Armageddon-type war in India.
--FBI investigating reports of Middle Eastern men who are watching military
families here in the U.S.
--Leader praises two gunmen who tried to mount an attack in Garland, Texas, for
their sacrifice and heroism and then urged U.S.-based jihadis to emulate their
attack.
--State Department documents that the most common spoken language among refugees
in America today is Arabic.
--A senior United States official says ISIS is circulating a sex slave price list
for captured women and children.
--Most recent hack on the Pentagon said to come from Russia.
--Russian government signs nuclear cooperation agreements with Saudi Arabia, Egypt
and Jordan.
--Russia's foreign ministry confirms that it has submitted a bid for large Arctic
territories that could contain large quantities of oil and gas.
--County clerk in Kentucky sues governor for targeting her and other religious
clerks for unconstitutional discrimination.
--Liberty Institute files suit against Fox News for firing sports analyst because
of his religious beliefs regarding marriage and civil unions that he expressed
during a political campaign.
--Senator Mike Lee asks Internal Revenue Commissioner if he would pledge not to
remove tax exempt status from Christian colleges without the authorization of
Congress or the courts.
--Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city council are now set to approve the
addition of sex change surgery to city employees health care coverage.
--Apple throws their weight behind the 2015 Equality Act.
--A pastor at a church in Vermont sentenced to one year in federal prison for
refusing to marry homosexuals.
--Pro-homosexual marriage group that sued to redefine marriage in Utah is
preparing to establish a Boy Scout troop open to gay leaders.
--The FBI announced that its agents will take possession of Hillary Clinton's
private Internet server to investigate allegations that she intentionally used
it to conduct classified government business while serving as Secretary of
State.
--New Windows operating system spies on e-mails, images, credit cards, and more.
--The level of healthcare services provided for illegal aliens is about to get a
big boost from the Obama administration.
--Huntington Park, California, becomes the first city in the state to appoint 2
undocumented immigrants as commissioners on city advisory boards.
--U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services says it will no long require incoming U.S.
citizens to pledge that they will bear arms on behalf of the U.S. or perform
non-combatant service in the armed forces as part of the naturalization process.
--A Texas congressman has introduced legislation that would halt the resettlement
of United Nations certified refugees in the U.S. pending a full study on the
program's impact on the nation's economy and national security.
--Analysis shows that foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from
2008 to 2014.
--An illegal immigrant suspected of murdering one woman and wounding another and
attempting to rape a 14 year old girl was released in early July.
--A Judge rules that illegal alien minors and their mothers who are caught
crossing the border illegally and in detention centers should get prompt
release.
--A Pensacola, Florida, murder allegedly linked to witchcraft.
--Alliance Defending Freedom files Friend of the Court brief in Tennessee on
behalf of six pro-life organizations that oppose the legalization of doctor
prescribed death.
--7th graders in Rhode Island will be required to have the Gardasil HPV vaccine as
a requirement for attending school.
--Alabama now the 3rd state to defund Planned Parenthood.
--Florida investigators have cited 4 Planned Parenthood clinics for violations
including one that's kept improper logs for disposal of fetal remains.
--Nepal considering rendering Christianity as illegal.

Posted on August 6th, 2015

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Air Date: August 06, 2015

Host : Jim Schneider

Guest: Nicolas Loris

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This week President Obama officially announced the Clean Power Act. Jim described this as a series of devastating regulations from the EPA that will have a big impact on how we make, store and use energy.


Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Nick Loris. Nick is an economist who focuses on energy, environmental and regulatory issues as the Herbert and Joyce Morgan fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He is a senior policy analyst in Heritage's Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies as he researches and writes about energy prices and other economic effects of environmental policies and regulations including climate change legislation, energy efficiency and energy subsidies. He has testified before Congress and has been published and quoted in numerous publications.


While President Obama feels there's no challenge greater to our future and future generations than a changing climate, Nick disagrees. He noted that there are a lot more pressing challenges. That's not to say that climate change is a hoax. He believes the climate is changing and it's clear that man-made emissions have had an impact over the past 50 to 60 years. Instead, what we've been seeing over the past 18 years is no increase in global surface temperatures. In fact, he indicated that we're in one of the longest hurricane droughts that we've ever seen.


Nick believes that the regulations that the administration just finalized this week won't do anything to mitigate global temperatures or solve any purported problem that there is with climate change. In short, he believes these regulations are all cost and no benefit.


One of the major tenets of this plan is the New Source Performance Standards that regulate new power plants. It sets a carbon dioxide output per megawatt hour that is so low that it will be prohibitively expensive and difficult to build coal fired plants in the U.S.


Another part known as the Clean Power Plan goes after existing plants. These plants would have to cut overall emissions 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.


Other points discussed included:


--Will lower income people be hurt by the Clean Power Act?
--How is the President pressuring states to take the heat on implementation?
--What impact will this have on the reliability of the power grid?
--Are there any climate and environmental benefits to this act?
--Senate Republicans are alleging that outside groups have colluded with the Obama administration to draft this plan. Is this true?
--What is the Senate's Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 all about?




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www.heritage.org


To contact your legislators regarding the Clean Power Act call:
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202-225-3121 (congressmen)