Posted on July 22nd, 2016

​​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 22, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Hans von Spakovsky

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With election talk seemingly everywhere there's debate once again over how we vote for the president. Should it be via the electoral system as outlined in our Constitution or should it be changed to a national popular vote?

Jim looked at this issue with Hans von Spakovsky who is a legal senior fellow in the Heritage Foundation's Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. He is an authority on a number of issues including that of voter fraud and voter ID, enforcement of federal voting rights laws, administration of elections and voting equipment standards and protecting the integrity of elections. Before joining Heritage in 2008, he served two years as a member of the Federal Election Commission, the authority charged with enforcing campaign finance laws for congressional and presidential elections. He has also formerly worked at the Justice Department.

Article 2 section 1 of the Constitution deals with the election process for president of the U.S. This is accomplished through the electoral college. In this system, each state gets a certain number of electoral college votes. So when you enter the voting booth, you are actually voting for the electoral college delegate who will then vote for the president.

Hans explained that the reason for implementation of the electoral college system is due to the fact that the founders were concerned with making sure that rural, less populated areas of our nation would not be neglected. They assumed that if we had a national popular vote, candidates would only have to go to big cities and urban areas and they could ignore the rest of the nation in order to secure election to office.

Under our electoral college system, each state gets the number of votes equal to the number of senators and congressmen they have. This means that even the smallest states have at least 3 electoral college votes. It's true that candidates won't spend as much time in those states but at least they won't be totally neglected, which they would, under a national popular vote system.

John Koza, creator of the scratch-off lottery ticket, has been instrumental in the push for the national popular vote idea. This idea is a state compact or agreement between the states. 11 have already passed it. Once enough states have passed it that represent 270 electoral college votes, the compact then goes into force and each state that passed it agrees that the electoral college votes in their state will be awarded not based upon the vote in their state but instead upon the national popular vote.

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Posted on July 21st, 2016

​​​​​​​​​Date:    July 21, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Pastor David Brown

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​There is a revival taking place that is anything but biblical. Pokemon is back in the form of what's now called, 'Pokemon Go', the most popular game ever in America. It's dominating the lives of people, particularly in the 25-34 age bracket. So many people have been playing this game that Internet servers are crashing. In fact, it's so popular that there are even signs on highways warning people about distracted driving. From causing curfew violations, to people smashing into other cars, trespassing on private property, to outright banning of the game in well-known locations, this update on the game is taking the world by storm.

While all these points deal with the obvious physical safety concerns over Pokemon-Go, there are spiritual concerns that are even more hazardous.

Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Pastor David Brown. Pastor Brown is with the First Baptist Church of Oak Creek, WI. He holds a Masters Degree in Theology, a Ph.D in History and specializes in the history of the English Bible. He is also the President of Logos Communication Consortium, a research organization that produces a large variety of materials warning Christians of present dangers in our culture.

According to Pastor Brown, we must first check our worldview because if we're Christians, we would claim that we have a biblical worldview and that means we evaluate everything on the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Sadly, there are only about 4% of Americans who really have a biblical worldview. This means there are those who may claim to be Christian and therefore when playing Pokemon-Go, they end up following a satanic worldview.

The Bible doesn't mention Pokemon so how can we know if it's right or wrong? Pastor Brown gave listeners the following guidelines:

#1--What belief system or doctrine is evident or is being advocated?
#2--What philosophies and values are evident?
#3--What is the origin of the power or the energy?
#4--Are psychic, occultic, satanic or New Age symbols incorporated?
#5--Are your thoughts or imaginations steered in a wholesome or unwholesome
#6--Does it glorify violence or evil?
#7--Does it depict immorality or arouse lustful desires?
#8--Does it draw you closer to God or build godly character?

Pokemon came from Japan and is derived from 'pocket monster'. It started in 1995 and became popular in the U.S. in about 1999. Originally Pokemon was produced and the cards were translated and distributed by Wizards of the Coast, the company known for Dungeons and Dragons. The original 150 cards have been reissued and now there are 729.

So how does Pokemon stack up with Pastor Brown's 8-point test? Pokemon attempts to portray supernatural powers. The energy cards in particular promote pantheistic power for the occult.

The character called 'Abra' is said to have the ability to read minds and identify impending danger and teleport you to safety.

'Misty' is dressed sensually and has a 'thing' for 'Ash Ketchum' (one of the the main characters). 'Brock' has a fascination with the opposite sex and 'Jessie' and 'James' are cross-dressers.

Putting them all together, Pastor Brown feels the characters are portrayed as headstrong, stubborn, quibbling, self-centered, vindictive, obnoxious, hormonal, sexually preoccupied, thieving and cross-dressing.

Pokemon Go takes all of this to the next level of fantasy as it conditions the mind to get into an altered state of reality. They call it augmented reality. In other words, the game uses your smart phone camera, leading you to different locations known as Poke stops. This preoccupation with living in a virtual world is causing everything from auto accidents, to falls off cliffs, to others who have been set-up to be shot to death and more.

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To obtain Pastor Brown's booklet on The Problem of Pokemon send $2 to:
Box 173
Oak Creek, WI. 53154

Posted on July 20th, 2016

​​​​​​​​Date:    July 20, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Shirley Elliot

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​As Christian parents we're called to faithfully raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The problem is, what happens when our children grow into adulthood and make a conscience decision to live in opposition to God's instructions given to them from their parents? At that point parents can begin to believe that they have failed their children and God in some way.

Joining Jim to discuss this issue was Shirley Elliot. Shirley counsels through the Hope Center at Christian Family Chapel in Jacksonville, Florida, where she teaches women's Bible studies. She holds a Master's degree in Biblical counseling from the Master's College and is certified through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. She is the author of 'From Heartbroken to Hopeful: “Gospel Home for Parents of Prodigals'.

Shirley is firmly engaged in this topic as she's the mother of a prodigal daughter who has admitted she is without Christ so this topic is very personal for her.

According to Shirley, the Bible (in Psalm 127) describes children as being like arrows. This is in the sense that they were intended to be thrust out from families for the purposes of the gospel. Those arrows are painful when they come back and do a u-turn in the heart of mom or dad who thrust them out with one purpose, only to find that they took a turn and accomplished a completely different purpose.

Families are often driven by the schedules and activities of their kids rather than being driven by the thought of what God wants for them as a family. While she agrees that paying attention to our kids is a good thing, too much of it can cause the home to be too child focused and she sees that in the culture of the church. She believes that bringing Christ back to the center of the home involves helping kids understand that they are not the center of the universe or the center of attention and that Christ is supreme, first and foremost. If we acknowledge him, he will direct our paths.

What part does forgiveness play in all of this? What does it mean to have a 'gospel gaze'? How does God's sovereign grace fit into helping the prodigal? These questions and more are answered for parents on this edition of Crosstalk.

More Information:

To obtain a copy of the book, 'From Heartbroken to Hopeful' for a donation of $17 or more, call 1-800-729-9829, go to or write to:

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Posted on July 19th, 2016

​​​​​​​Date:    July 19, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Jim Kouri

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​Jim Kouri is the founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. Jim is a board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and former chief of police at a New York City housing project nicknamed 'Crack City' by reporters covering the drug way in the 1980's. He has served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

Jim believes that for the last 7 years, President Obama has been responsible for creating the current distrust of law enforcement. It began with the Professor Gates incident at Cambridge when he said the police acted stupidly without even knowing the particulars of what occurred. Once we found out, we realized the officer acted appropriately.

Then there was Attorney General Eric Holder going after police. Millions were spent in Holder's investigation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona. Jim noted that you'll hear the Democrats complain about the amount spent to investigate Hillary Clinton yet you never hear them complain about what was spent during the Arpaio investigation.

Jim feels Hillary Clinton has stoked the flames too. She has compared police to ISIS. She's also claimed that police departments are systemically racist.

Jim also took issue with the crime statistics that we get from the FBI. He believes they're being doctored. He noted that the uniform crime report is a voluntary process. Each jurisdiction is responsible for sending their crime statistics to the FBI to be included. So if someone wants the president to look good, they don't send their crime statistics.

Some are claiming the 'war on blue' is justified due to the recent killings of young, black men. We're told that officer shootings of black men are more than officer shootings of white men and that cops are racist.

This is where the numbers and how you view them is crucial. There are twice as many whites killed by police officers as blacks. Opponents will say that blacks make up only 14-15% of the population, however, they also make up 50% of the cop killers. So yes, there is a problem between law enforcement and blacks but the problem stems from the crime rate.

Regarding crime in general, Jim noted blacks are responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime yet some feel it's racist to state that. For example, black perpetrators choose white victims more than they choose black ones except for one category and that's homicide. That's the only one where blacks choose blacks the majority of the time.

As this program moved along, Jim presented his feelings on gun control, the Black Lives Matter movement, the possible federalization of police forces in America and more, including input from Crosstalk listeners.

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Posted on July 18th, 2016

​​​​​​Date:    July 18, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

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​Jim Schneider brought listeners this Monday edition of the Crosstalk news round-up live from Trail Ridge Camp. Stories included:

--3 law enforcement officers killed and 3 others are injured in a Baton Rouge,
Louisiana shooting.
--A Taco Bell employee in Eastern Alabama has been fired after she refused to
serve two uniformed deputies of the sheriffs department and then told them to
leave the restaurant.
--At a White House reception speech, President Obama spoke of the terrorist attack
in France and said that the U.S. and its partners are going to destroy ISIL. He
also said that we're going to win this fight by not giving up on diplomacy to
end the Syrian civil war, by working with partners around the world including
Muslim communities.
--Trump names Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his VP running mate.
--Hillary Clinton launches her first set of attacks against Mike Pence.
--The Republican Convention began today in Cleveland.
--Ruth Bader Ginsberg is drawing criticism for harsh words concerning Donald
--Attempted coup in Turkey on Friday evening but by Saturday, it appears the coup
had failed. Turkey's President Erdogan is blaming Fethullah Gulen.
--U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch dodges questions concerning lack of charges
against Hillary Clinton.
--The Washington Blade is applauding the Democratic platform language on
international LGBT rights.
--Target is in the news again. A Target store in Idaho is in the spotlight
because a man, who identifies as a woman, was arrested after allegedly taking
pictures of a woman in the stall next to him at the store fitting room.
--Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette joined nine other states in filing a
federal complaint seeking to block the Obama administration's new school
directive for transgender students.
--Virginia school board is taking their transgender bathroom case to the Supreme
Court asking the court to review the matter of someone who's claiming an
identity than their biological makeup as they approach the new school year.
--On July 14th, the Democrat controlled state board of education in California
approved pro-homosexuality, bisexuality and trans-sexuality curriculum to go
into new textbooks teaching children that LGBT is good, natural and maybe even
for them.
--Ontario, Canada, drivers will be given an 'X' option in 2017 for those who don't
exclusively identify as either male or female when applying for a driver's
--U.S. taxpayers provide nearly 400 million dollars a year to a U.N. program that
critics say sends anti-Semitic, anti-Israel textbooks to schools for Palestinian
--Russia's Putin signs a measure punishing any kind of religious evangelism
outside of churches.
--Venezuela has a new military dictatorship.
--Pensacola, Florida, city council allows a local religious freedom activist to
begin event with a satanic prayer.
--The Federal Refugee Resettlement Program continues to cause problems as a 13
year old Massachusetts girl was assaulted at a public pool by a 22 year old man
who was recently imported into the community from Syria as a refugee.
--In a vote of 74-18, Carla Hadan, who leads Baltimore's public library system,
was nominated to be the 14th librarian of Congress.

Posted on July 15th, 2016

​​​​​Date:    July 15, 2016

Host:   Jim Schneider  

Guest:  Usama Dakdok

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​It's an all too common scenario unfolding again...Islamic terrorism. This time the location was Nice, France, the 3rd major terrorist attack in their nation in 19 months. A 31 year old Tunisian French national with the first name of Mohamed, told police he was delivering ice cream then after witnesses reported him yelling Allahu Akbar, plowed his truck armed with explosives into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in France. The carnage left 84 dead including 10 children and at least 202 injured with 52 in critical care, among those include 25 in intensive care.

Joining Jim to discuss this tragedy was Usama Dakdok. Usama is the founder and director of the Straightway of Grace Ministry, equipping Christians to be effective witness of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors, as well as ministering to Muslims directly. He is Egyptian born, studied Islam and Islamic law since a young age, speaks fluent Arabic and has translated the Quran into English. He is the speaker on the program, 'Revealing the Truth about Islam' which airs daily on VCY America.

During the attack in Nice, witnesses claim they heard 'Allahu Akbar' being yelled. What does this mean? According to Usama, this is the shout of victory. Muslims say this 5 times a day during their prayers. It's what Mohammed taught the Muslims to shout when they kill infidels. They even shout this when they kill each other because the group that says it believes they are the true Muslims and other Muslims are not. It means 'Allah is bigger' yet we know Allah is Satan who desires to kill, steal and destroy.

Is it possible this was a 'lone wolf' attack? Usama responded by noting that if Mohammed is that wolf, then it's true. So until the media starts reading the verses of the Quran that encourage Muslims to do what they're doing and until they begin quoting the teachings of Mohammed as is done on VCY, the problem of Islam will continue to grow.

Jim indicated that President Obama gave a statement that made no mention of the identity or ideology behind this attack while the French president had no difficulty describing the attack as Islamic terrorism. Why is that? Usama believes President Obama is a Muslim and he communicated years ago that having him in the White House would give Muslims the 'green light'

As this broadcast moved along, Jim had Usama comment on the following:

--While the carnage was taking place in France, a Luther College professor presented a seminar on Islamophobia at the Rochester, Minnesota, public library.

--The Obama administration is increasing the number of Syrian refugees being processed for entry into the U.S. He wants 10,000 refugees by the end of September.

--According to Pamela Geller, the Council on American/Islamic Relations (CAIR) has met with Congress a total of 325 times so far this year alone. Usama has said that the Justice Department has identified CAIR as a Muslim Brotherhood entity designated as terrorists by the United Arab Emirates. Why are our officials having so many meetings with them?

--It was reported through this week that the FBI and the CIA are looking to increase the so-called diversity of their agencies and that includes hiring more Arab Americans. They hope to achieve this goal by holding a career fair in Dearborn, Michigan.

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To obtain copies of the booklet 'Violent Verses in the Quran' for a donation of $3, 3 copies for $7 or 5 copies for $12, go to or by calling 1-800-729-9829.

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