Posted on July 8th, 2016

​​​Date:    July 8, 2016

Host:    Jim Schneider 

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​Jim Schneider presented details and commentary regarding the following events from this busy news week. Stories included:

--Dallas, Texas, is grieving after a devastating evening when 5 officers were
killed and 7 wounded during a Black Lives Matter protest. Police killed one of
the sniper suspects by sending a bomb robot. 3 suspects remain in custody.
--In light of the Dallas shooting, President Obama renewed his push for gun
--Before the Dallas shooting, there was a deluge of anti-police threats on
Twitter, many of which called for the mass murder of officers.
--The Mayor of Dallas asks that everyone focus on Dallas police officers, their
families, those that are deceased and those in the hospital fighting for their
--Gunmen in a passing vehicle opened fire on an Atlanta area police officer on
routine patrol, firing multiple shots before being apprehended after a short car
--An Ohio man was instructed by ISIS to attack a police station.
--Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel encouraged people in an e-mail to pray for the
victims and families of the Dallas shooting; the deadliest attack on law
enforcement officials since 9-11.
--FBI Director James Comey chose not to refer charges to the Justice Department
against Hillary Clinton. Because of that, he was called in before the House
Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Jim presented two audio cuts
featuring questions from Congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Representative
Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.
--Congress will request an investigation as to whether Hillary Clinton lied under
oath to them.
--Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's closest aids, said in a recent deposition with
Judicial Watch that the former secretary of state would sometimes destroy her
daily schedules, an admission characterized by one former diplomat as shocking
and rarely if ever done.
--Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Chair of the Senate Homeland Security and
Government Affairs Committee sent a letter to the FBI Director James Comey
asking what the difference is in the FBI's view between extreme carelessness and
gross negligence.
--FBI Director James Comey has a long history of cases ending favorably for the
--The White House gave a special statement from President Obama on the occasion of
the Muslim celebration of Eid al Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan.
--A woman gives a chilling account of a Muslim rape threat in Minneapolis,
--The surge of Syrian refugee admissions hits a new peak in June.
--A German architect says to demolish the churches and replace them with mosques
in order to integrate the migrants.
--A Mexican national charged with aggravated murder in the shooting deaths of 3
people at a rural Oregon blueberry farm has been deported six times.
--Attorneys representing an Iowa church filed a federal lawsuit Monday against
members of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission to stop the government from
censoring the church's views on biblical sexuality and from forcing the church
to open its restrooms and showers to members of the opposite sex.
--Hezbollah claims to have 100,000 missiles prepared to attack Israel.
--ISIS releases kill list listing over 1,700 attack targets.
--Kenyan security forces foiled an attack against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's convoy. must begin facilitating same-sex relationships after two
homosexual men filed a class action claim against the online dating service.
--The Obama administration has sued to stop North Carolina from enforcing their
laws regarding restroom/locker room/shower facility use.

Posted on July 7th, 2016

​​Date:    July 7, 2016

Host:    Jim Schneider 

Guest:  E. Calvin Beisner

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Dr. E. Calvin Beisner is the founder and national spokesman for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Dr. Beisner has taught theology, apologetics, ethics, church history, economics and other disciplines. He has written four books on population, resources, economics and the environment; eight other books, contributions to over 30 books and hundreds of articles. He has testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate policy before congressional committees and lectured for churches, schools, colleges, seminaries and conferences around North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Dr. Beisner has authored an article called, 'Climate Science, Energy Policy, Poverty and Christian Faith: How Do They Connect?'. Some might say Christians have no business addressing these issues. Is this a matter where there should be a separation between that which is secular and that which is Christian?

Dr. Beisner responded by noting that the Christian faith speaks to every aspect of life. Just in terms of the origin of science, the Christian faith is important. Science developed only once in history and in only one place. That place was medieval Europe. This is because the Christian faith, which was dominant in the intelligentsia, provided the necessary worldview for science to develop. It's the worldview where you believe that a rational God created an ordered universe to be understood by rational beings made in God's image. This means we can study the universe, understand how it operates and have predictable outcomes of what we do. That's the heart of science.

Another key aspect of science is the idea that we should test everything. The apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 that we are to test all things and to hold fast to what is good. That is what Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman called 'the key to science'. If you have a theory about how something works, you make predictions based on that theory and compare your predictions with observations in the real world. If those observations contradict your theory, you're wrong.

Dr. Beisner also noted that the Christian faith also informs our view on other things as well. One example involves looking out for the needs of the poor. Through most of human history and in most cultures, there has been no particular value set on taking care of the poor. We get that value idea from the Old and New Testaments. The early Christians demonstrated this during the time of the Roman Empire and that contributed to the growth of the church during that period.

How does this pertain to the idea of climate change? Dr. Beisner believes that the policies that are being recommended to fight global warming will be very harmful to the poor of the world as opposed to the Christian faith which says we need to protect the poor.

As this Crosstalk progresses, Dr. Beisner comments on much more including:

--What about the contention by those on the 'left' who claim they're the ones
looking out for the poor?
--What does the research from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC Working Group III) show concerning the impact of global
warming and economic growth on nations that are now poor?
--Is the call to reduce the use of carbon-based fuels a call to reduce our wealth?
--Why is Leonardo DiCaprio in the news concerning global warming?
--Who is Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel and is his claim that we are in a global
warming 'lull' credible?
--Are climate scientists becoming too enthralled with their computer models?

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Posted on July 6th, 2016

​Date:    July 6, 2016

Host:    Jim Schneider 

Guest:  Twila Brase

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​Long before it was deemed to have passed, warnings had been given out regarding the devastating impact that Obamacare would have upon America. Many people have lost health insurance through their workplace or have been forced to leave their family doctor, even when long-term relationships have been established. Hours have been cut. Many healthcare workers have left the medical practice rather than be forced to comply with the new laws. Patient wait times are increasing. Many are having to succumb to a one-size-fits-all system for their medical treatment rather than have their individual needs addressed.

Is there a better way to do this? Joining Jim with a possible answer is Twila Brase. Twila is the president and co-founder of the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom. She's a registered nurse and produces the daily radio broadcast, 'Health Freedom Minute'.

House Speaker Paul Ryan introduced a health care plan that is supposed to be an alternative to Obamacare. According to Twila, Ryan's plan called, 'A Better Way', still has a lot of pieces of Obamacare in it. It has its own iteration of a mandate without actually calling it a 'mandate'. So overall she doesn't see Ryan's plan as being strong as far as taking health care in the direction toward health freedom.

Twila has unveiled a new initiative in Washington, D.C. called 'The Wedge of Health Freedom'. It's an acknowledgment that today there exists in the whole sphere of health care a 'free trade zone' where doctors and patients freely interact in a private, confidential, contractual relationship with each other.

This 'wedge', which is invisible to most of the American public, exists today so Twila wants to make the invisible, visible. In other words, this 'free trade zone' within health care does, in fact, exist and she wants people to be able to search this out.

Another reason for using the term 'wedge' is because this is a new movement. She not only wants to take the wedge and let people see that it exists, she wants to defend it by communicating that there's always a place where doctors and patients can come to freely interact together. She wants to protect that so that we have freedom in this capacity forever and it's not totally destroyed.

In addition, Twila wants to grow this initiative so that one day it is larger than just a 'wedge'. She believes there should be no one between the patient and the doctor. That's the ethical, trusted and confidential way to do health care as opposed to going to a payer and asking for permission to obtain care.

Is the 'wedge' for the uninsured, those who are insured, or both? How is privacy protected under the 'wedge' initiative? Will the 'wedge' initiative drive prices down? How is this being received by doctors? Twila provides the answers on this important edition of Crosstalk.

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Posted on July 5th, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 5, 2016

Host:    Jim Schneider 

Guest:  Larry Pratt

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​Congress is reconvening after the July 4th recess. There's mounting pressure that continues to unfold for Congress to pass gun control measures. Before the recess, Democrats held a 60's style 'sit-in' demonstration in the House chamber and they are planning more disruption. Representative Robin Kelly of Illinois was quoted as saying, 'The plan is to be as disruptive to Speaker Ryan as possible.'

Joining Jim to discuss the latest news regarding the push for gun control was Larry Pratt. Larry is executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, a national grassroots organization representing more than 1.5 million Americans dedicated to promoting their Second Amendment freedom to keep and bear arms. Larry published a book, 'Armed People Victorious', was editor of 'Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias' and his latest book, 'On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty'.

This Crosstalk covered lots of ground as Jim and Larry looked at the return of gun control to the legislative debate. Some points that were analyzed included:

--In response to the FBI director's recommendation that they will not be bringing criminal charges to the Justice Department against Hillary Clinton, Larry said no one at Gun Owners of America is surprised. He feels it's disappointing because the FBI had a reputation of being somewhat independent of the political winds of the various administrations but it's clear that the FBI is a 'tool' of this administration.

--Regarding the 'sit-in', Larry noted that the Democrats know the Republicans don't understand the concept of 'offense'. The Democrats know they can put the Republicans on defense rather easily and that's what this stunt was designed to do. He feels that if the Democrats want gun votes, let's have a vote to do away with gun free zones where almost all public massacres occur. He also noted that we need to be going in the direction of holding gun free zone folks liable for the safety of concealed carry permit holders.

--Concerning the idea of Speaker Paul Ryan 'caving' on gun control is something Larry feels may be going on. He doesn't see the Republicans in rebellion against him or moving to replace him if he doesn't have a vote.

--What about the halting of gun sales to those on the no-fly list? Larry pointed out that typically we have the right to face our accusers but not with a 'no-buy' list. There's no transparency at all and no due process. He feels Speaker Ryan could easily take action in the House to take money away from the maintenance of some list unless there's due process.

--We're led to believe the AR-15 is an assault rifle. Is it? Larry described the operation of the selector switch that changes the operation of the rifle. In semi-automatic mode, only one bullet comes out for each pull of the trigger. There's also a 3 bullet mode as well as a fully automatic mode. This latter mode keeps bullets firing as long as the trigger is left pulled. Larry believes that to call the semi-automatic, one shot, one pull operation a machine gun is either ignorant or worse.

There's much more to take in on this program including a question and answer session with Crosstalk listeners.

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Posted on July 4th, 2016

 Date:    July 4, 2016

Host:     Gordon Morris

Guest:   William Federer

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​William Federer is the compiler of several books and computer programs detailing the Christian roots of our nation, and the continuing acknowledgement of our religious heritage by leaders from colonial days through the present.

This Crosstalk program features excerpts from a message he delivered at a VCY America Rally in April, 2001. Even though delivered before the events of 9-11-2001, the insights he presents are still relevant today.

In this message, William Federer outlines a number of areas where the founders not only allowed Christian influences in the design and development of the United States, but how they actually insisted that without that kind of foundation a republic such as ours could never be successful.

The original message was much longer that could be included during today's program. Those ordering this Crosstalk program on CD will actually receive the entire message from that rally.

In addition, the message is available in DVD video form, which also shows many of the quotations mentioned, plus pictures of many of those men quoted, created from a program developed for use on home computers.

Ths program was originally broadcast in July, 2001.

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Posted on July 1st, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 1, 2016

  Jim Schneider 

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​Jim presented this Crosstalk packed with news stories and listener input. Stories included:

--A private meeting at an Arizona airport between Attorney General Loretta Lynch
and former President Bill Clinton raises concerns in light of Hillary Clinton's
e-mail investigation.
--A 14 year old Sudanese refugee in Idaho allegedly coached a Sudanese 10 year old
and a 7 year old Iraqi boy to corner a 5 year old girl in a laundry room. They
unclothed her as part of an attack which they filmed until being interrupted by
an elderly woman.
--Comments from President Obama's U.S. attorney in Idaho following the release of
2 Muslim boys accused of sexually assaulting the 5 year old have been swift and
severe. The attorney has indicated that Idaho citizens who spread false or
inflammatory information about the alleged Muslim perpetrators may be subject to
--The Idaho girl who was sexually assaulted has literally become a prisoner in her
own house because the family of one of the suspects who was evicted from the
apartment complex still has not moved out.
--President Obama issues a call for corporate America to hire more refugees.
--A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law that would let merchants and
government employees cite religious beliefs in denying or delaying services to
same-sex couples.
--The 5 Mile Cafe in New York told to take down banner that says, 'God
Bless America'.
--Child Evangelism Fellowship wins its 3 year battle against the Cleveland
Metropolitan School District as a federal district court approved a consent
order finding that the school district violated CEF's constitutional
rights to equal access.
--A group of gay rights activists has launched an online petition demanding full
civil rights for all LGBT people everywhere.
--Democrats that control the California Assembly Judiciary Committee have passed
SB-1146 to redefine Christianity at Christian format colleges. The bill allows
students to file lawsuits against religious-based colleges challenging the
school's right to have biblical standards on sexuality, gender and marriage,
admissions, housing, employment, student counseling and outside groups allowed
on campus.
--The Ontario Court of Appeals ruled that a Christian university can be denied
accreditation because of its opposition to homosexuality.
--Oral arguments have been set for Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme
--Presbyterian Church USA caught for praying to Allah at its General Assembly
meeting last week.
--A 13 year old Jewish girl who was stabbed to death in her bed by a 17 year old
Palestinian attacker was an American citizen.
--Arab immigration to France and deep seeded anti-semitism in that country may
mean that French Jews have no future there.
--Landmarks throughout the world lit up with the colors of Turkey's flag to honor
the victims of the Istanbul airport attack.
--History was made when a centuries old church in London, not only opened its
doors for Muslims to break their fast but also organized a prayer session and an
Iftar dinner for hundreds of Muslims. The church leaders fasted alongside
Muslims to promote interfaith harmony.
--A veteran al-Qaeda operative released from Gitmo to Uruguay has gone missing.
--Police in Rio de Janeiro have staged multiple protests over their pay.
--U.N. trucks have been seen being transported on American highways. The U.N.
seems baffled.
--E.U. said to need a common military headquarters.
--A European superstate to be unveiled.
--Some 9,000 babies were saved from abortions under the Texas pro-life law.
--Planned Parenthood is wasting no time attacking state abortion clinic
regulations across the nation.
--Pakistani Muslim leader believes that Western civilization will soon fall.
--CIA Director John Brennan warned that the suicide attack in Turkey could be a
precursor to ISIS attacks in America.
--The United Cyber Caliphate, a group that supports ISIS, sent a kill list of
almost 8,000 names and addresses of Americans calling for a 'lone wolf'
extremist to kill them to take revenge for Muslims.
--Al Qaeda urges 'lone wolves' to target white people to avoid the hate crime
--The FBI has not informed many Americans that they're on kill lists published by
the Islamic State or others inspired by the terrorist group.
--On June 3rd one of the biggest trials of Muslim immigrants turned would-be
jihadists in U.S. history ended with guilty verdicts for 4 and guilty pleas by 6
others but the trial went mostly unnoticed by the media establishment.
--Immigrants are bringing multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis.
--The Obama administration wants to keep Clinton Foundation e-mails hidden until
late 2018.
--The Obama administration is pushing for greater immigration.
--A Rochester, Minnesota, Methodist church displays a sign that says 'We wish you
a blessed Ramadan'.
--The Department of Homeland Security may ban religiously-charged Islamic terms
such as 'jihad' and 'Shariah' to avoid offending Muslims
--In a developing story as of broadcast time, a group of up to nine attackers set
off bombs and took hostages while shouting Allahu Akbar at a restaurant in a
diplomatic zone in the capital of Bangladesh.
--A judge has blocked a pro-abortion rule in Indiana.
--Judge Alito says those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern.

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