Posted on February 11th, 2016

​​Date:  February 11, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  
 
Guest:   Dr. David Stevens

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In recent weeks there has been concern around the world regarding the Zika virus. Brazil is reported to be the epicenter of the epidemic that now spans nearly 3 dozen nations and reports of U.S infections are being reported.


In light of this there have been pro-abortion groups that are using this concern as a means to raise funds for abortion advocacy and to pressure the international community toward abortion.


Joining Jim to discuss these concerns was Dr. David Stevens. Dr. Stevens is the chief executive officer of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, a national organization of health care professionals that seeks to change hearts in healthcare. Dr. Stevens has helped develop an evangelism training program that teaches health care professionals how to share their faith in a healthcare setting. Dr. Stevens appears regularly on interviews and is the author of 'Jesus MD, Beyond Medicine'. He also has been involved extensively in the area of medical missions.


According to Dr. Stevens, the Zika virus has been around in Africa for a long time. It's passed via mosquitoes though there is the possibility of it being passed, although rarely, from mother to child or through sexual contact.


If contracted, most people don't even know they have it. In fact, one-in-five that do contract the virus have no symptoms at all. If there are symptoms they can range from feeling like you have the flu, you may develop a rash, joint pain and 'pink eye' otherwise known as conjunctivitis. Even if you get these symptoms, usually within a few days to a week you feel better.


Although it hasn't been proven yet, the Zika virus has been linked with microcephaly where a child's head is born too small and the brain is poorly developed. Another concern is that it's causing miscarriages and in even rarer instances, Guillain Barre syndrome, which can bring on paralysis.


Jim had Dr. Stevens comment on news from Breitbart Media that International Planned Parenthood Federation in the Western Hemisphere is taking advantage of this outbreak to ask for donations to expand access to abortions and birth control. It's also been reported that pro-abortion groups along with the U.N. have been pushing for nations in South America to legalize abortion as they work to curb the spread of the virus.


In the end, Dr. Stevens noted that it's not our job to make sure that every child born is perfect. God allows this to happen. If we can prevent disease we need to do that but at the same time we also need to realize that life is precious whether there's a genetic or a developmental problem.




More Information:


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Posted on February 10th, 2016

​Date:  February 10, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  
 
Guest:   Ken Ham

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Ken Ham is the president, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis and the highly acclaimed Creation Museum. Ken is one of the most in-demand Christian speakers in North America. Ken is the author and editor of numerous books including the Answers Series (Volumes 1-4), The Lie: Evolution, Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church, Already Gone, Already Compromised, Ready to Return and many more.


Jim had Ken begin by bringing listeners an update on the building of a life-sized, authentic replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky. The Ark Encounter will be a world-class attraction that will be open to the public on July 7, of this year. With its 3 decks, 132 exhibit bays and a length of 510 feet, a width of 85 feet and a height of 51 feet, it will be the largest timber frame structure in the world.


Ken also presented details of a recent lawsuit victory involving a previous governor who wanted to wrongfully discriminate against the Creation Museum and the Ark Project. The governor would not allow them to be part of a tax incentive/rebate on sales tax because he felt that as a Christian organization they would be proselytizing and also because the museum has a religious preference in hiring employees. In a 71 page ruling, a federal judge recently ruled in favor of the museum quoting both the First Amendment and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.


Charles Darwin has long since passed on but his legacy continues in the teaching of the theory of evolution. In more recent times there's been a movement to get more and more churches to capitulate toward teaching his theory. This movement began in 2006-2007 by atheist Michael Zimmerman as Evolution Sunday and has been celebrated on the Sunday closest to Darwin's birthday (February 12th). In order to accommodate some Jewish congregations, this movement has expanded to the point where it's now known as Evolution Weekend.


In addition to discussion of Evolution Weekend, Ken also presented listeners with information on Zimmerman's Clergy Letter Project. Over 13,000 congregation have signed the Christian clergy version of this letter. It claims that the overwhelming majority do not read the Bible literally, stories such as the creation of Adam and Eve and Noah's Ark convey truth but are not to be taken literally as well as claiming that the theory of evolution is a foundational scientific truth.




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Posted on February 9th, 2016

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February 9, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  
 
Guest:  
 Soeren Kern 

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Yesterday Crosstalk looked at the effect of Islamization in Europe. From that perspective it's easy for some in the U.S. to claim there's nothing for us to be concerned about because the problem is on the other side of the Atlantic. Besides, we have a constitutional republic that would never allow for Shariah law.

Those excuses collapse under the simple reminder of incidents like 9-11, what occurred in Little Rock, Arkansas, Fort Hood, the Boston Marathon bombing, Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the San Bernardino incident.

For discussion regarding Islamization in our nation, Jim welcomed back Soeren Kern. Soeren is a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank dedicated to educating the public about the institutions of democracy and the rule of law, human rights, a free and strong economy, a military capable of ensuring peace at home and in the free world, energy independence and insuring the public stay informed of threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech. Soeren is also a senior analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Strategic Studies Group. He specializes in European politics as well as U.S. and European defense and security related issues. He is a regular commentator about European politics and transatlantic relations. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.

There are those like President Obama who claim that Islam has always been part of America's heritage. Soeren believes that such statements are an attempt by political elites across the Western world to 'mainstream' Islam and make it appear that there's nothing inherently unique to Islam compared to any other religious group. However, the earliest mosque in America was founded in North Dakota in 1929 making Islam's history in our nation a very short one.

The population of Muslims in the U.S. is said to be anywhere from 2.5 to 5 million depending upon the source. What's more important to Soeren is where this is going. He cited the Pew Research Foundation that recently published a story about the rise of Islam around the world and it indicated that Islam would be the second largest religion in the U.S. by 2050. This means there would be more Muslims than Jews in America.

The driving force for the advancement of Islam in the U.S. began with Muslims who were college educated. In the last 10-15 years we've seen a migration of Muslims from a lower socio-economic level. Driving this latter fact is the situation in the Middle East but there's also another factor. Within Islam is the concept of Hijra. That involves jihad through migration which was expressed by Mohammed as the duty of every Muslim.

Soeren also noted that the Islamic impact in our education system is part of the broader multi-culturalism movement. This movement believes all cultures are equal therefore we are told we need to understand Islam and one of the ways to do that is to help the younger generations accept Islam as a normal feature of American society.

As the program continues, Soeren discussed the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), House Resolution 569 that attempts to shut down any criticism of Islam, Islam's goal for our judicial system, the Syrian refugees coming to America, the phenomenon of 'Chrislam', ISIS training camps in the U.S. and much more.


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Posted on February 8th, 2016

​​​​​​​​Date:  February 8, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  
 
Guest:   Soeren Kern 

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Islam is advancing rapidly in Europe as well as here in the United States. As a result there's been an increase in crime and religious conflict that's been escalating at alarming proportions. Government organizations as well as the media often cover these incidents up because they claim such individuals merely have a distorted view of Islam. After all, to them, Islam is a religion of peace. This shows that leaders in Europe as well as the U.S. continue to drink at the well of complacency on this topic therefore little is accomplished in terms of slowing much less halting the advance of Islam.

Joining Jim to discuss this disturbing trend was Soeren Kern. Soren is a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a non-partisan, not-for-profit international policy council and think tank dedicated to educating the public about the institutions of democracy and the rule of law, human rights, a free and strong economy, a military capable of ensuring peace at home and in the free world, energy independence and insuring the public stay informed of threats to our individual liberty, sovereignty and free speech. Soeren is also a senior analyst for Transatlantic Relations at the Strategic Studies Group. He specializes in European politics as well as U.S. and European defense and security related issues. He is a regular commentator about European politics and transatlantic relations. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Germany.

About 10 years ago a Roman Catholic bishop in the Netherlands began calling on European Christians to begin calling God, 'Allah' as a way to build bridges with Muslims. As Soeren began doing more research, he discovered that God and Allah are two completely different entities. From there he wrote an article about it. It went viral and he began getting requests to do more research and writing about Islam.

Soeren believes there's two ways to view Islam from a Christian point of view. The whole purpose of Islam is to deny the divinity of Jesus Christ yet from a geopolitical perspective it's dedicated to world conquest and placing the planet under the submission of Allah.

Soeren described how after World War II an entire generation of males was wiped out. This meant there weren't enough males to run the factories. As a result, Germany, the Netherlands and France began importing migrant labor. Germany began importing their labor force from Turkey. The understanding was that eventually these individuals would return to their home nations but they stayed. So over the last 40 to 50 years, Soeren described this situation as being in 'slow motion' but in the last 10 to 15 years the pace has 'snowballed' into a large political and social problem for almost every nation in Europe.

As this program moved along, it took a specific look at Islam in France, Germany and Britain, how these nations are one generation ahead of the U.S. in terms of islamization and why European secular lawmakers and leaders are letting this happen. Tomorrow, Jim and Soeren will take a look at how Islam has been affecting the United States.


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Posted on February 5th, 2016

​​​​​​​Date:  February 5, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

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What happened in our nation and the world this week that the major news networks may have failed to cover? Jim presented a selection of such stories including:


--The Chicago Stock Exchange said a Chinese investor group agreed to acquire it
giving the buyer entry into the intensely competitive U.S. equity market. It
would be the first of a U.S. exchange by a Chinese company.
--On Monday our national debt hit a new record of just over 19 trillion dollars.
That's more than $58,000 for each person living in the U.S. including children.
--The man behind the undercover Planned Parenthood videos has no interest in a
plea deal for probation for what he claims are bogus charges filed against him.
Instead, he wants an apology from the district attorney made on these charges.
--A pro-life organization has released documents that may show Planned Parenthood
illegally profiting from the sale of aborted baby body parts.
--Democrats in the House defeat an attempt by pro-life Republicans to override a
veto of the reconciliation bill that would defund Planned Parenthood.
--Mississippi legislators are the latest to take action to insure that babies
bodies are treated humanely and respectfully in their state.
--In recognition of Black History Month a group of pro-life students at Purdue
University hung posters across the campus to raise awareness about how black
babies are targeted for abortion.
--More black babies are aborted than born alive in New York City.
--Louisville, Kentucky, Planned Parenthood Abortion clinic shut down after their
pro-life governor discovered that the abortion clinic was operating without a
license.
--Two leading members of the Missouri House have filed bills that would help
insure that the organs and body parts of aborted pre-born children are not sold
by abortion clinics and hospitals performing elective abortions.
--The United Nations Postal Administration released six new postage stamps
promoting equality for LGBT individuals.
--The ambassador for Nigeria gave a stinging rebuke in anticipation of the roll-
out of the stamps.
--The Obama administration is now targeting emergency shelters for regulations
elevating gender identity over health, safety, privacy and religious liberty
concerns.
--The Department of Education is now targeting Christian colleges in a call from
the Human Rights Campaign for greater transparency on anti-LGBT religious
exemptions.
--Sologamy, the marriage of someone to themselves, is the latest step from those
attempting to push marriage beyond the biblical norm.
--A woman from Norway claims she's a cat trapped in a human body.
--North Korea is preparing to launch a satellite capable of detonating a nuclear
weapon more than 100 miles over the U.S. creating an electromagnetic pulse that
could destroy our electric grid system.
--Russia steps up it's military maneuvers to a level that's been unseen since the
height of the cold war.
--Army and Marine corps chief says it's time for women to register for future
military drafts.
--The National Security Agency is undertaking a major reorganization.
--Canada's new Prime Minister plans to 'fast track' the acceptance of thousands of
Syrian refugees over the next few weeks.
--Florida's governor would be able to use military force to keep out immigrants or
refugees from certain parts of the world under a bill that was passed by a House
committee on Wednesday.
--A large number of anti-semitic incidents in France has led to a record number of
French Jews that are leaving the country.
--3 Republican lawmakers have asked Iran's Supreme Leader to facilitate their visa
applications for them to visit Iran.
--Huckabee, O'Malley, Santorum and Paul step out of the presidential race.
--Hillary Clinton fields first campaign question about physician assisted suicide.
--Hillary Clinton expressed confidence that the FBI's investigation into her
handling of classified information as Secretary of State will not lead to an
indictment.
--Donald Trump nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
--Chris Christie thinks Marco Rubio is too pro-life on abortion.
--Fox network drama 'Lucifer' deemed spiritually dangerous.
--Officials at an Oklahoma school district say they wanted to send a clear warning
to protect against potential attacks so they put up signs alerting staff members
that other staff members could be carrying guns.
--Following a signing ceremony in New Zealand, the Obama administration is calling
on the GOP controlled Congress to hurry up and approve the the massive, free
trade regime known as the Trans Pacific Partnership.
--Washington, D.C., lawmakers are primed to begin paying local residents not to
break the law. 

Posted on February 4th, 2016

​​​​​​Date:  February 4, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider

Guest:  Usama Dakdok

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Yesterday President Obama made his first known visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque. In this case his visit was to the Islamic Center of Baltimore. In attendance was the honor guard made up of Muslim boy scouts who brought in the U.S. and Maryland flags before leading the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the recitation of the Qur'an.


Should we be alarmed by this or is it simply another example of the free exercise of religion? Joining Jim to examine that question and much more was Usama Dakdok. Usama is the founder and director of the Straightway of Grace Ministry equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors, as well as ministering to Muslims directly. Usama is Egyptian born. He studied Islam and Islamic law since a young age. Usama has translated the Qur'an into English. He's the speaker on the program, 'Revealing the Truth About Islam' which airs daily on VCY America.


Jim presented information from The Daily Caller indicating that The Islamic Center of Baltimore 'has deep extremist ties' including the Muslim Brotherhood. It's a member of the network of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society of North America, a Muslim civil rights group named as the unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror case.


The majority of the program featured Usama responding to numerous 'facts' from President Obama's nearly 45 minute speech given during his visit to the Islamic Center:


--Islam has a message of peace.


--Islam has roots in a commitment to compassion, mercy, justice and charity.


--Islam has always been part of America.


--Muslim-Americans are our neighbors, teachers, doctors, scientists, and
entrepreneurs.


--Muslim Americans keep us safe. They are part of our police, firefighters,
homeland security and in our intelligence community.


--The overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims embrace Islam as a source of
peace. It is undeniable that a small fraction of Muslims propagate a perverted
interpretation.


--Groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIL are not the first extremists in history to misuse
God's name.


--We're all God's children; Christians, Jews and Muslims.


Usama's responses to these statements from President Obama underscore earlier comments where Usama described how the only people that have benefited from 9-11 are the Muslims. Why? They killed 3,000 Americans yet have become the victims of the attack while at the same time they build large numbers of houses of worship and are allowed into America as students and refugees in ever greater numbers.




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