Posted on May 11th, 2016

​​​​​​​​Date:  May 11, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

​Guest:  Mat Staver

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​Mat Staver is the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family. He has authored hundreds of articles, five scholarly law review publications, numerous brochures and booklets and 11 books, most of which focus on constitutional law. His two most recent books are, 'Eternal Vigilance: Knowing and Protecting Your Religious Freedom' and 'Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk'.


Early in 2015, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore issued an administrative order saying that marriage is still between a man and a woman in Alabama. This order was given as guidance to the probate judges who were confused as to whether or not they could issue same-sex marriage licenses. This was because of a judge in southern Alabama who ruled that the marriage law was unconstitutional. So the question was whether the rest of the probate judges had to follow this even though they're not parties of the suit.


In March of 2015, the Alabama Supreme Court (without Justice Roy Moore) issued 3 orders. They concluded the same thing; that the law in Alabama of one-man, one-woman marriage should remain and probate judges cannot issue same-sex marriage licenses.


Then in July, the Alabama Supreme Court said that they wanted additional briefing regarding what they should do in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 marriage decision. At that point Liberty Counsel and other parties to the case filed their briefs and waited.


6 months later there still was no ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court. Justice Moore issued an administrative order (due to questions he was receiving from probate judges) stating that the 2015 orders of the Alabama Supreme Court are still in effect, the court is reviewing the matter and will issue an opinion later in the year. That opinion did come as they issued their judgment on it, in essence effectuating those previous orders.


The Alabama Supreme Court has jurisdiction over the authority of a chief justice's administrative order. If they don't agree with it, they can reverse it or modify it. They didn't do that in this instance. So now the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign and People for the American Way have filed complaints against Chief Justice Roy Moore. The result is that a group known as the Judicial Inquiry Committee (JIC) has come out with 6 charges. They allege that Chief Justice Roy Moore's January 2016 administrative order was in violation of the law because the Supreme Court opinion requires that everyone automatically must issue same-sex marriage licenses and the Chief Justice should have said so immediately.


Mat noted that the JIC has been repeatedly warned by the Alabama Supreme Court that it's not a court of law and cannot make legal determinations. Even the Alabama ACLU, earlier this year, filed a brief before the Federal Court of Appeals governing Alabama. In that case, the Alabama ACLU said that the U.S. Supreme Court's marriage opinion of 2015 did not automatically and immediately require the probate judges to issue same-sex marriage licenses.


Chief Justice Moore is presently suspended from the bench. In addition, Mat believes that confidentiality laws may have been violated by the JIC as critical information in this case was leaked to the media before the charges were actually released last Friday.




More Information:


To contact Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on behalf of Justice Roy Moore call 334-242-7100.


Liberty Counsel

www.lc.org

407-875-1776

Posted on May 10th, 2016

​​​​​​​Date:  May 10, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

​Guest:  David Rubin

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​Israel is celebrating its 68th birthday since declaring her independence in 1948. In the wake of this celebration, Gaza terrorists continue to target Israel. Stabbings have continued. Tensions have escalated and fire has been exchanged. A veteran Hamas terrorist has been captured and has revealed a network of terror tunnels with plans to infiltrate and do harm to Israel.


Joining Jim for this discussion was David Rubin. David is the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, and is the founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children's Fund, dedicated to healing the trauma of child victims of terrorist attacks and rebuilding the heartland of Israel. He is the author of 4 books including 'Sparks from Zion' and 'The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama'.


Jim referenced a report that today two elderly women were stabbed during what police are calling a terror attack in Southern Jerusalem. David responded by noting that there is very little street crime in Israel compared to American cities. Instead, they have incidents like the one described where a terrorist attacks, no money is taken and the terrorist runs off. The civilian/terrorist is a Muslim 99.9% of the time.


Jim also referenced a case from the Jerusalem District Court that a 14 year old was convicted on 2 counts of attempted murder. He and his cousin viciously stabbed two Israelis. He was only 13 and his cousin 15 at the time. It was their intention to die as martyrs in the act of killing Jews.


What is causing teenage Palestinians to become involved in such violence? David said that they're just doing what they're taught. Muslim children in Israel are going to summer camps sponsored by the Hamas and Fatah terrorist organizations where, at 5-7 years of age, they learn how to fire rifles, learn propaganda about hating and killing Jews as well as famous quotes from the Qur'an about chasing the Jew behind the tree to kill him.


There's also been a wave of stabbings over many months that is being called 'The knife Intifada'. This is taking place because if terrorists do a lot of shooting attacks against Israeli's, the Israeli Army will quickly be in their towns confiscating their weapons and they want to hold on to their weapons for when things really break out. The other reason for the stabbings is because it's easier for them to publicly call these attacks, 'spontaneous attacks' or 'lone wolf attacks' which David believes they aren't.


Making matters even worse is the fact that the Judea and Samaria police district is concerned about a new kind of terrorism. It involves the use of poison-filled syringes against Israeli security personnel.


In the end, David made it clear this is all about the core of Islam which is radical. This core is jihad and that means holy war against all non-Muslims. It's the guiding principle/precept in Islam.


As this program continues, Jim has David also comment on the following:


--David's description of the terror tunnels on the Gaza/Israel border.
--The Israeli Prime Minister's quote that, although in the 'eye of the storm',
Israel, relative to the area is, '...the most stable, tranquil and safest
country.'
--Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh recently said that his Islamist terror movement is
not seeking war with Israel but they won't tolerate its troops entering Gaza.
--Iran's claim to have successfully tested a precision-guided, medium-range
ballistic missile that can reach Israel.
--Prime Minister Netanyahu and his warning to the U.S. about getting involved in
the nuclear deal.
--The UNESCO resolution that declared the Temple Mount to be a Muslim holy site.
--London's election of their first Muslim mayor.
--David's observations regarding the current U.S. election scenario.
--The growing chorus over the BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) movement and the
impact it's having on Israel at this time.




More Information:


www.shilohisraelchildren.org

www.davidrubinisrael.com

Posted on May 9th, 2016

​​​​​​Date:  May 9, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

​Guest:  Brad Dacus

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​Many people believe that the role of the physician is to treat and preserve human life. What happens when a hospital appears anxious to remove life support and permanently end the life of someone struggling to survive?


This is the case in a situation in Roseville, California, where the life of a 2 year old is literally hanging in the balance.


Brad Dacus joined Jim to discuss this issue. Brad is the founder and president of the Pacific Justice Institute. Brad served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas School of Law. The Pacific Justice Institute defends religious liberties and parental rights and networks with hundreds of volunteer affiliate attorneys and handles more cases on the West Coast than any other organization of its kind. He is featured weekly on our network with the Legal Edge radio broadcast.


Brad was asked by the Life Legal Defense Foundation to intercede on behalf of 2 year old Israel Stinson. Israel was a normal, active 2 year old until early April when he appeared to have an asthma attack. He was admitted to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, was eventually placed on a ventilator and pursuant to state standards of determining brain death, the hospital decided to 'pull the plug' on Israel.


Brad reported that when Israel's mother would speak he'd squeeze her hand and multiple times showed interaction with his parents so for the hospital to declare him brain-dead is of great concern.


This case points out the troubling fact that in California there's no due process protection in a case where someone wants to step in and make an appeal for an individual whose life is set to be terminated.


Brad was able to obtain a temporary restraining order from a judge in order to protect Israel. The hearing is set for May 11th. Brad will be seeking a preliminary injunction that would last for another 30 days.


There is an out-of-state institution that has been designated by Israel's parents that is willing to receive him for continued care.




More Information:


www.pacificjustice.org or www.pji.org

Posted on May 6th, 2016

​​​​​Date:  May 6, 2016

Host:  Jim Schneider

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Jim began this edition of Crosstalk by reading an ode to mothers called 'Mother's Love'. This was followed by brief testimonies about his mother, his wife, and then he read 2 Timothy 1:5. That was plenty of inspiration for listeners to begin calling in to share their testimonies as they were the guests on this Mother's Day Tribute 2016 broadcast.

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:


www.cis.org


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