Posted on October 16th, 2014
Air Date: October 16, 2014
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Casey Mattox
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Casey Mattox serves as Senior Counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom where he plays a pivotal role with the Center for Life. He has been active in defending the sanctity of life and holding the abortion industry accountable for its fraudulent use of taxpayer dollars. He is also active in defending the freedom of conscience of healthcare workers.
This Crosstalk features a look at the fallout from the “bathroom bill” controversy in Houston, Texas. This bill would guarantee that a man who thinks he's a woman could go into the restroom of his choice. Those who opposed this began a petition drive and came up with the required number of signatures to force a vote on the matter. Casey noted, however, that the city illegally prevented this issue from appearing on the ballot. Those behind the petition drive sued the city and in response the city demanded that every pastor in opposition to the “bathroom bill” must provide city officials with all of their sermons as well as all private communications such as text messages, e-mails or anything else that involved discussion of homosexuality.
Earlier this week, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a motion in court to stop this and tell city officials that they are not entitled to the information being asked for because the pastors are not parties to the lawsuit.
As of broadcast time, it had been alleged that there was some kind of reversal but Casey noted that this isn't true although Mayor Annise Parker has indicated she will narrow the subpoena. On the other hand, Jim noted that Mayor Parker is now denying that she knew about the city's attempt to subpoena the sermons and correspondence between pastors and their congregations. Yet Dave Welch, Executive Director of the Houston Area U.S. Pastors Council, received a subpoena and he has said that this was initiated by the mayor herself.
Even if the mayor and city officials are backing away from the sermon aspect of the subpoena, that still leaves the demand for private communication information from the pastors about homosexuality and that is still unconstitutional.
In California an edict has come down from the state insurance department that orders every insurance policy in the state to begin covering elective abortions. Churches are also receiving notices from their insurance representatives that their policies are now paying for elective abortion coverage for the pastor and the staff. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a federal complaint with the Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Health and Human Services asking them to enforce a federal law that prohibits the state from taking this kind of action.
To communicate with Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, Texas, call 713-837-0311 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on October 15th, 2014
Air Date: October 15, 2014
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Sam Rohrer
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Jim opened this edition of Crosstalk with news regarding the gender identity policy situation in the Sparta, Wisconsin, school district. Last evening the committee of the school board voted to table the matter.
Jim then introduced Sam Rohrer, the president of Pennsylvania Pastors Network & American Pastors Network. He is a former businessman, and a former state legislator as he served as a Pennsylvania state representative from 1992-2010.
This Crosstalk featured Sam bringing a biblical perspective to two attacks facing America. The first dealt with the state of Texas where Houston officials have issued subpoenas demanding that a group of pastors turn over copies of sermons and sermon notes that deal with homosexuality and gender identity. In addition, some pastors were also ordered to turn over all communications with members of the congregation regarding Houston's non-discrimination law. Those pastors that fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. Sam believes this is intimidation in order to jump over the protections of the First Amendment and is reminiscent of the activities of the old Soviet Union.
Sam also discussed what he feels is the greatest threat to the gospel and to religious freedom. It's the threat of Islam. He pointed to the Oklahoma City beheading and the continuing terrorism of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Why are so many pastors silent on this issue? Sam noted that pastors either don't know what to say, they're afraid to speak what they do know or they're afraid that if they say something counter to what Islam is, it may harm their ability to preach the gospel to a Muslim who needs the Lord.
Sam also gave brief mention to those who adhere to a Communist/Marxist/atheistic philosophy, a philosophy that is also antithetical to God and Jesus Christ. Together with the organized homosexual lobby and Islam, they all have a common goal to destroy Christianity, the Bible, decency, morality, the rule of law and our constitutional frame of government.
Posted on October 14th, 2014
Air Date: October 14, 2014
Host: Vic Eliason
Guest: Phyllis Schlafly
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Many women today are avoiding marriage and according to Phyllis Schlafly, those that want to go ahead with marriage, want to marry someone with a job. The problem is, those men are becoming harder to find because free trade has taken away many middle class jobs.
This is just one of many factors affecting the American family as discussed on this edition of Crosstalk. Phyllis has the expertise to comment on these factors because of her background as founder and president of Eagle Forum. She's been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her bestselling 1964 book, “A Choice Not An Echo.” She's the author of some 20 books and publishes a monthly newsletter, “The Phyllis Schlafly Report” and has a syndicated column which appears in 100 newspapers. She has been called the “iron lady” of the conservative movement. She conducts daily radio commentaries and despite turning 90 years old this past August has just released a new book, “Who Killed the American Family?”
As the program moved along, Phyllis provided commentary on numerous other factors she believes are having the greatest impact on the family. These include: No-fault/unilateral divorce, U.N. treaties from bureaucrats that don't understand our way of life, expensive college loans and the family courts. Other factors from her book include the effects of welfare reform, globalism vs. homemakers, psychological disorders, advice from newspapers, over-medicating children, the influence of television and more.
Posted on October 13th, 2014
Air Date: October 13, 2014
Host: Vic Eliason
Guest: Larry Pratt
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Larry Pratt is the executive director of Gun Owners of America.
Larry stopped by the Crosstalk studios once again to bring listeners an update on Second Amendment rights and the methods being used by the opposition to affect change.
One point discussed included troubling legislation out of New York that would permit the seizing of guns because someone is concerned about them. Larry noted that this is not only an offense against the Second Amendment but also the Fifth Amendment because there's no due process. It's also a violation of the Fourth Amendment because it wouldn't require going to court to have an adversarial proceeding and have a judge and/or jury determine that seizing of the guns would be the proper course of action due to the possibility that this person is a danger to himself/herself or others.
In another case, Bill Gates and other billionaires are bankrolling a controversial gun control initiative that will appear on the November 4th ballot in the state of Washington. Initiative 594 would criminalize any handing over of a firearm to anyone. That includes a son, a neighbor or even a roommate. This means that if you were hunting with your son and you wanted him to hold your gun so that you could tie your shoe laces. the handing over of your gun would make both of you felons under this initiative.
At what point does safety through legislation become control? You decide when you listen to Larry as he comments on the latest news affecting gun owners across the nation.
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Posted on October 10th, 2014
Air Date: October 10, 2014
Host: Jim Schneider
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Jim Schneider hosted this news round-up and commentary edition of Crosstalk that featured the following stories researched by numerous news outlets:
--Teenager considered brain-dead is allegedly showing signs of life and moving on her own. Parents seek to have her declared alive.
--Air Force father targeted by Islamic State Militants.
--Unusual number of bomb threats in New England area forcing cancellations and evacuations.
--About 500 East Sussex (U.K.) students ages 3-11 coming back from summer recess find out they have to share restroom facilities with the opposite sex.
--Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky, has a message for Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organizations: Leave your religion at home.
--National Gay & Lesbian Task Force to change their name adding “Queer” to the title.
--According to a New York Times Op-Ed piece, pedophiles deserve civil rights.
--Federal judge strikes down voter I.D. laws in several states.
--The State Department allegedly promotes pro-jihad handbook.
--Children perform in mock beheading in a school play.
--White House sends “thank you” to Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.
--New weekend of resistance in Ferguson, Missouri, allegedly plans to unite pro-Palestinian activists with Ferguson activists.
--California changes state health insurance rules to require that churches pay for elective abortions.
--Employment disincentives in Obamacare will likely reduce the nationwide weekly employment rate by at least 3%.
--Wal-Mart cutting health benefits for part-time workers.
--Judges hit with “silver bullet” to kill the Affordable Care Act.
--Americans fighting with ISIS entitled to come back to America unless their passport is revoked.
--Illegal alien from Mexico enters guilty plea in sex-slave case involving female minors.
--Mystery virus kills 5 children. Could have ties to illegal children entering U.S.
--Students at prestigious learning institution are being taught that America is a greater threat to global peace than ISIS.
--A Missouri physician accuses the CDC of not leveling with people regarding the possible spread of Ebola in the U.S.
Posted on October 9th, 2014
Air Date: October 9, 2014
Host: Jim Schneider
Guest: Ken Ham
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Ken Ham is president, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken is a biblical apologist who gives presentations all over the world on the reliability of the Bible and how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church. Ken is the author of numerous books including, “The Lie: Evolution,” “Already Gone,” “Already Compromised,” “Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church” and is general editor of the New Answers Series Volumes I-IV.
This Crosstalk takes a look at the books that make up the New Answers Series Volumes I-IV. The story behind these books goes back to the 1980's when Ken would go on tour to the U.S. to speak on creation. He found that no matter where he traveled, people asked basically the same questions. In other words these books, (that are the four largest selling creation apologetics books in the world) provide answers to the top 130 questions Answers in Genesis is continually asked.
While Ken is the general editor, he lists the names of numerous experts in creation science, engineering and more that lend tremendous credibility to this project.
These are wonderful for pastors to develop sermons and bible studies, youth pastors can teach young people specifics regarding creation, parents can use them for family devotions and they are great to give to skeptics or as Christmas gifts.
You'll hear Ken's thoughts on global warming, homosexual marriage, the gap theory, the shape of Noah's Ark and much more when you review this edition of Crosstalk.
VCY is offering the New Answers Series. These regularly retail for $55.99 plus shipping. Due to a special arrangement with the publisher, through October 31, 2014, Crosstalk and VCY America are offering the 4 book series for a donation of $39. Call 1-800-729-9829 or go to
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