Posted on February 26th, 2015

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Air Date: February 26, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Kristen Waggoner

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Kristen Waggoner serves as Senior Vice President of Legal Services with Alliance Defending Freedom, leading their legal and media efforts. She has participated as counsel and prevailed in several high-profile constitutional cases dealing with matters such as same-sex marriage, pharmacist conscience rights and clergy-parishioner privilege.

Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, is a 70 year old grandmother and the sole owner of Arlene's Flowers, a shop started by her mother. According to Kristen, Barronelle loves to serve her customers and her goal is to make friends with them and help them celebrate the important events in their lives.

Barronelle met and became friends with a man named Rob Ingersoll about 10 years ago. While understanding Barronelle's religious stance, he nonetheless identified himself to her as a homosexual. Knowing these things about each other they became good friends and worked well together.

In 2012 Washington began to recognize same-sex marriage legally. Not long after that, Rob came into the store and requested that Barronelle do his wedding. She politely told Rob that she couldn't do the wedding due to her relationship with Christ. She did, however, recommend 3 other florists.

Once Rob left the store, Barronelle thought they would remain friends. Shortly after that, however, the attorney general in the State of Washington heard about this story through the media and sued her both personally and professionally.

The suit has been ongoing for the past two years. Unfortunately more pressure has been added to Barronelle's case because the ACLU is also suing her so she is liable for both the attorney fees of the ACLU as well as those for the attorney general, an amount that will reach into seven figures should this go up through the appellate process.

Everything Barronelle owns is at stake in this case. If you wish to show your support for her, you can contact the attorney general as well as the governor in the State of Washington at the numbers listed below.


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Bob-Ferguson--Washington Attorney General
360-753-6200

Washington Governor Jay Inslee
360-902-4111

www.alliancedefendingfreedom.org

Posted on February 25th, 2015

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Air Date: February 25, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: James Gattuso

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The affordable care Act mandates that people buy health insurance. Complicating matters is the rules and requirements that these policies must provide. Then there's the EPA rules that control everyone's personal property to such a degree that even ditches and storm water culverts are sometimes considered to be waterways. There's also the control over food where the wife of the President has her hand in affecting school lunch menus or government mandated labeling of factors such as calorie content. The airline industry has its intrusive body scans and enhanced pat-downs of passengers.

The latest item that Washington is attempting to add to the list is control over the Internet by treating it as a public utility. Joining Vic to discuss this was James Gattuso. He handles regulatory and telecommunications issues at the Heritage Foundation and is a senior research fellow at the Foundation's Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies. From 1990-1993 he was the deputy chief at the Federal Communications Commission's office of plans and policy.

Net neutrality refers to the idea that all the content on the Internet should be treated the same way. While on the surface this may sound reasonable, the American marketplace provides varying levels of choice in areas such as technical and pricing option categories and James argues that the Internet should be no different.

While James doesn't see a conscious plan to censor speech or control content via net neutrality legislation, he does believe it sets the stage for that and puts the FCC and the federal government in what he referred to as 'the critical path' for approving what is transmitted via the Internet.

Where does Congress and President Obama stand on this issue? Does the impetus for net neutrality legislation involve purely practical considerations or is there a political element? Is there any merit to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai's allegation that the FCC is misleading the public about the plan? If these rules stand, what will be the impact on the Internet here is America? These and other questions are discussed on this vital edition of Crosstalk.

Posted on February 24th, 2015

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Air Date: February 24, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Ken Blackwell & Mark Crutcher

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Ken Blackwell is a former mayor of Cincinnati and former Ohio Secretary of State. He is a Policy Board member of the American Civil Rights Union and a Senior Fellow at the Family Research Council.

When compared to what President Obama has done for Gay Pride Month and the efforts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, Black History Month seems to be under a kind of betrayal according to Ken.

Ken noted how during this Black History Month, the top issue on the White House agenda has been the granting of deportation amnesty to illegal aliens. The President has also been working hard to give legal status, work permits, driver's licenses, Social Security numbers and even back income to immigrants/aliens with apparently no serious consideration as to how this will affect black Americans.

Ken described how illegals cross the border and compete for scarce jobs on the lowest rung of the economic ladder. In the end Ken feels this is a direct and political effort by the President to grow the ranks of those who are dependent on big government therefore growing the ranks of those who are likely to vote for the party of big government.

Mark Crutcher is the President of Life Dynamics. Since 1986 Mark has committed himself to working in the pro-life movement full time as an outspoken and uncompromised opponent of legalized abortion. Life Dynamics has been involved in a number of projects to promote life and give the truth about abortion. One of these projects is a campaign to increase African-American participation in the pro-life movement. One part of this effort is a stunning documentary film called, “Maafa 21” which leaves no doubt that the driving force behind the legalization of abortion was eugenics and racial genocide.

Mark's organization (Life Dynamics) studied the origins of legalized abortion because he knew that terms like 'reproductive freedom' and 'choice' were just marketing slogans. What became undeniable is that the motivation for the legalization of abortion was black genocide.

Mark proved his point by presenting a brief history lesson that begins with the end of slavery in America and how some people felt that the release of so many blacks into society might collapse the economy. From there Mark described the solutions that were prescribed including passive eugenics, positive eugenics, negative eugenics, state sterilization boards and eventually the legalization of abortion and the targeting of African-American neighborhoods by Planned Parenthood.


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American Civil Rights Union--www.thearcu.org
Family Research Council--www.frc.org

To see those websites mentioned by Mark Crutcher
www.maafa21.com

www.prolifeamerica.com

Posted on February 23rd, 2015

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Air Date: February 23, 2015

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Alan Gottlieb

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Alan Gottlieb is the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He has authored 20 books including, 'Shooting Blanks: Facts Don't Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd,' and 'Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns'. He is also the publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report.

The following are some of the gun-rights news items that are dealt with on this Second Amendment edition of Crosstalk, a broadcast that also featured comments and the concerns of the listening audience.

--A 72 year old retired school teacher in New Jersey, who is a collector of 18th century memorabilia, faces a 10 year felony sentence for the possession of an unloaded, 300 year old flintlock pistol. His pension is now in jeopardy.

--A plan is being considered to ban AR-15 rounds calling them 'armor piercing'. Since this round can be shot with a pistol, the Obama administration is arguing for a ban because it's not for sporting purposes.

--Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy wants to limit standard magazines across the entire nation to 10 rounds.

--No new guns can be sold in California that don't have micro-stamping capability from the hammer to the bullet so that it can be determined what gun the bullet was fired from.

--The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S-498/HR-923)--If you're licensed to carry in your home state, you'd be legal to carry in all 50 states.


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To leave your comments regarding the possible AR-15 gun round ban, send your e-mails to apacomments@atf.gov or you can fax comments to 202-648-9741.

The Second Amendment Foundation
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Posted on February 20th, 2015

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Air Date: February 20, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

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Vic Eliason brought closure to another week of news by presenting the following stories for listener response. They included:

--Rob Bell, a former megachurch pastor, tells Oprah Winfrey that the church is moments away from embracing gay marriage.

--United Methodist Church could have openly gay pastors and those officiating same-sex marriages if a proposal affirmed by the denominational leadership prevails.

--Presbyterian Church USA votes on whether to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples.

--A Crosstalk listener sends an e-mail to Southwest Airlines and receives a response regarding the company's LGBTQ conference.

--Judge Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, communicates that the ruling of judges is not law.

--First transgender Navy Seal will run for Congress.

--Pro-abortion advocate Kate Brown is sworn in as Oregon's first openly bisexual governor.

--Atheist group goes after Oklahoma schools for Bible distribution.

--South Dakota lawmaker considers Planned Parenthood worse than ISIS with their beheading of the unborn.

--Nevada bill would impose mandatory preschool at 6 months of age.

--Florida school district upholds the first amendment rights of a public school student who said 'God bless America' during morning announcements in spite of a complaint from a humanist group.

--House Agricultural Committee chairman wants to begin meetings with prayer.

--President Obama meets with Muslim Brotherhood members at the White House while banning the press from the meeting.

--ISIS banner reads: 'Jihad against the U.S. is our religious duty.

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Posted on February 19th, 2015

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Air Date: February 19, 2015

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: John Guandolo

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John Guandolo is a former FBI agent and a counter-terrorism expert. He created and implemented the FBI's first counter-terrorism training and education program. He is founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com, co-author of 'Shariah--The Threat to America' and author of 'Raising a Jihadi Generation.'

President Obama has been holding a White House summit on countering violent extremism. Note how the summit doesn't want to describe the violence being discussed as Islamic, just violent extremism. John feels our leaders aren't in the fight at all and that although they refuse to call it what it is, this is Islamic jihad. To prove the point, he noted that the strategic communications director for counter intelligence is Rashad Hussain, a Muslin Brotherhood operative in the U.S.

So what has been the response from Washington? Vic noted a comment made by State Department spokesperson Marie Harf who said we cannot stop the Islamic State by killing them. Instead we need to look at the root problem and their poor economy and help them get jobs.

John responded by noting how interesting it is that President Obama isn't talking about defeating ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbolla, etc. and being victorious. During World War II we didn't stop to ask what the root cause was for Hitler's actions. We never asked why North Korea is so aggressive to South Korea. This is not how you wage war. We should not want to go to war but when we do, we should go to win and try to obliterate the enemy and anything short of that means defeat for us. This is the same enemy that puts people in cages and sets them on fire and cuts the heads off of 5 and 6 year old children. Is this the enemy we want to lose to or do we want to utterly defeat them?

Why is it that our government can't seem to understand that the Islamic groups that are waging war against us don't describe themselves as violent extremists but instead describe themselves as Muslims who are waging jihad in the cause of Allah? The answer to that question may hold the key to understanding the political left's marriage to the Islamic Jihad.

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www.UnderstandingTheThreat.com


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