Posted on February 2nd, 2015

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Air Date: February 2, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

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Is there activity going on that points to the possibility that the White House is attacking Israel? For example, in the past we've heard words from President Obama that appear to present a favorable stance toward Islam.

The Jerusalem Post notes that the Obama administration has agreed to give Iran 80% of what they want in the ongoing nuclear arms negotiations and Israel is concerned that the administration could be ready soon to strike a deal with Iran.

News sources are indicating that the State Department appears angry that Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress. It's also alleged that the State Department is funding a political effort to influence the March 17th elections in Israel in order to remove Netanyahu from office.

Is all of this due to the idea that international respect for the president has created the perfect setting for the establishment of a new world order? This is an idea that was mentioned in the past by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Whatever the underlying causes are for President Obama's attitude toward Israel, numerous listeners called to provide some possible answers during this vital edition of Crosstalk.

Posted on January 30th, 2015

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Air Date: January 30, 2015

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This news round-up program had Vic Eliason bringing the following stories to the attention of Crosstalk listeners:

--Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has issued a strongly worded letter to the governor urging him to fight back against last week's federal court ruling overturning the state's marriage protection laws that defines marriage as a union between one man and one women.

--Alabama's only openly gay lawmaker says that if her colleagues don't stop describing same-sex marriage as immoral, she will publicly “out” her heterosexual colleagues because she claims some of them are having extramarital affairs.

--Author Pamela Geller wonders why the media is not calling out President Obama for the treachery of exchanging senior Taliban leadership in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl.

--White House pressuring the Army to let Bowe Bergdahl go free.

--Recordings of top Pentagon officials in 2011 strongly criticize Hillary Clinton for leading a State Department march to war against dictator Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and for working with the Muslim Brotherhood. They confirm the conclusions of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi.

--Mitt Romney gives official announcement that he will not run for president.

--Secretary of State John Kerry has planned a trip to Moscow to discuss the ongoing Ukraine crisis.

--War survival manuals dispersed to Lithuanian schools.

--Russian deputy prime minister boasts that the U.S. can't stop a Russian nuclear attack.

--Justice Department spies on millions of American cars via a license plate tracking program.

--Google's newly acquired 'waze' application poses a danger to police because it offers the ability to track their locations.

--Government caught trying to monitor those attending gun shows to look out for potential illegal gun sales.

--District of Columbia issues its first concealed handgun carry permits.

--The Delaware County, New York, Sheriffs office doesn't believe that there is any credible threat coming from a 70 acre Islamic commune within their jurisdiction that serves as the national headquarters for a Muslim organization previously accused of engaging in paramilitary training.

--School has 'Hijab Day' in cooperation with Hamas and the Council on American/Islamic Relations (CAIR)

--Terrorist attack on Pakistani national power grid plunged more than 140 million people into darkness.

--Muslim Albanians in Kosovo are allegedly kidnapping Christians, harvesting their internal organs and selling them to Islamic nations.

--Belgium public schools become 'Jew free' zones.

--Arkansas woman bans Muslims from her gun range.

--The FDA could set millions of genetically modified mosquitoes loose in the Florida Keys area.

--The EPA's ban on wood burning stoves is just days away from taking effect.

Posted on January 29th, 2015

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Air Date: January 29, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: David Rubin

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David is a former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, in the region of Samaria, known to most as the West Bank. He is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund dedicated to healing the trauma of children who have been victims of terrorist attacks as well as rebuilding the biblical heartland of Israel. He is author of the following books: Peace for Peace: Israel in the New Middle East, The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama and his latest, Sparks from Zion.

There currently exists considerable controversy regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled visit to the U.S. where he has been invited by congressional leaders to address a joint session of Congress. He is being snubbed by the White House with President Obama refusing to meet with him.

Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Netanyahu after the recent terrorist attack on France. Interestingly, John Kerry and President Obama were absent from the Paris post-attack rally.

David pointed to other political issues that exist behind this controversy as well. For example, in Israel, Netanyahu received a lot of criticism for accepting the invitation to speak to the U.S. Congress because the speaking date is just a few weeks before Israeli elections.

On the American side, criticism came primarily from the Obama administration and from some congressional democrats who criticized Boehner for making the invitation, saying that it's purely political. Boehner has defended his decision to invite Netanyahu because he feels that Obama doesn't seem to get it when it comes to topics like Islamic terrorism and the Iranian efforts to build a nuclear bomb.

Jim also had David comment on the news that President Obama isn't meeting with Netanyahu so as not to influence Israel's upcoming elections. However, multiple news sources are reporting that President Obama is allegedly seeking revenge and that his political ally is being dispatched to help unseat Netanyahu from his post.

What is the root of this animosity between these two leaders? David pointed to disagreement over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program, how to handle Islamic terrorism as well as the building of homes in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Posted on January 28th, 2015

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Air Date: January 28, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Usama Dakdok

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Usama Dakdok is the founder of the Straight Way of Grace Ministry. He was born and raised in Egypt in a Christian home. While in government schools he learned about Islam just as every other student does in a Muslim country. He eventually studied for a university degree in Egypt which included the study of Sharia (Islamic law). He came to America in 1992 and with his knowledge of Islam he felt he could reach out to people in America with the gospel of Jesus Christ and began to do so via his Straight Way of Grace Ministry. For over 10 years he's been traveling across the nation with one burning passion and that's to reveal the truth about Islam.

Usama opened by noting how jihadi Muslims in America are trying to do everything they can to force the barbaric laws of Sharia on Americans. At the same time these are the same people who the media often describes as moderate Muslims.

Usama noted the inconsistency here by reminding listeners that there is no such thing as moderate Muslims. Instead, those among us that are speaking out just happen to wear suits and ties.

Vic followed up by describing how Islam has its mosques that Muslims claim are just houses of prayer. The problem is, under Islam, every one of those mosques is literally an embassy and now we're hearing the cry for Sharia.

Usama responded by explaining that the reason these Muslim men in America are demanding Sharia is because they don't want to assimilate. They reject the laws of our land, want to take over America and force us to throw away our constitution and obey the laws of Allah.

The reason this is important is because of news from indicating that recently 4 attorneys making up a tribunal in Texas began using Islamic (Sharia) law.

In addition to the possible ramifications of this tribunal, Vic also had Usama comment on the following:

--Sharia in relation to divorce, halal food, women caught in adultery and the punishment for theft.

--Will we see more tribunals in America?

--Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has warned that Muslims coming to the U.S. could create no-go zones around the nation resulting in lone-wolf terrorist attacks. Is he being an alarmist?

--The Law Enforcement Examiner is reporting that Islamic groups like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) are pressuring the New York Police Department to scrub their anti-terrorism training documents and demanding that the NYPD remove an educational report on Islamic terrorist groups and home-grown jihadists.

--It was reported recently that a Muslim woman filed a lawsuit accusing Dearborn Heights, Michigan, police of violating her constitutional rights by making her remove her Islamic head scarf after they arrested her for driving on a suspended license.

--Sharia and the treatment of homosexuals.

--World Net Daily is reporting that the State Department will be resettling up to 10,000 Syrian refugees (mostly Muslims) in cities around the U.S.

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Posted on January 27th, 2015

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Air Date: January 27, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

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No one's worldview is formed in a vacuum and that's precisely why parents must be discerning and not simply permissive when it comes to music. This means that just telling our youngsters to 'turn it down' won't cut it. Parents need to know what their children are listening to and why. If what they're listening to doesn't reflect a biblical worldview, it will produce another result. Remember that ideas, even when communicated via music, have consequences. What consequences do you want your children to face?

Vic gave a number of examples demonstrating the power of music and how it can motivate people to do various things and live in certain ways. For example, he discussed Christian music personalities such as Kirk Franklin, James Cleveland, lesbian Marsha Stevens as well as the testimony of George Perdikis. George, a founding member of the Contemporary Christian group Newsboys, now defines himself as an atheist.

Crosstalk callers also communicated their experiences and provided the capstone to this program that should be of interest to all Christian parents.

Posted on January 26th, 2015

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Air Date: January 26, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

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Beginning with news reports dealing with aspects of President Obama's State of the Union address from last week, Jim Schneider read details concerning many stories making headlines. The stories included:

--President Obama setting a record pace in the establishment of new regulations.

--President Obama is proposing to block 1.4 million acres of Arctic refuge area from oil and gas drilling.

--Roe v. Wade anniversary marks 42 years of legalized abortions.

--Planned Parenthood head is proud of its record on abortion.

--Secretary of State John Kerry tells Western leaders that it would be an error to blame Muslim's for crimes their faith utterly rejects.

--Obama says the global community needs to push a counter narrative to the terrorist radicals.

--ISIS publicly executes boys because they violated sharia law by watching a soccer game.

--Al Gore willing to spend 90 trillion dollars to ban cars from every major city in the world.

--Mitt Romney communicates that we need to tackle climate change.

--A columnist is urging people to call UCLA in protest over their Muslim call to prayer that's broadcast on campus.

--Moscow could be preparing to move nuclear weapons into the Crimean Peninsula near the periphery of NATO countries in possible violation of the 2010 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.

--The FCC is weighing whether to use Russian satellites to transmit 9-11 emergency calls.

--China surpasses the U.S. in conducting cyber-warfare and may one day launch a large scale attack that we may not be able to respond to.

--EPA experiments on children regarding the inhaling of diesel fumes.

--Republicans tighten restrictions on abortions.

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