Townhall Review – July 21, 2018
Hugh Hewitt is joined by Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director for the International Institute of Strategic Studies, for a discussion on President Trump’s Helsinki press conference comments and the reaction to Trump’s retraction. Mike Gallagher talks about Michael Goodwin’s article on President Trump and the Russian meddling investigation. Michael Medved disputes the allegations that President Trump’s comments rise to the level of treason. Hugh Hewitt invites Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on to talk about the July 24-26 State Department event focused on international religious freedom. Hugh Hewitt and ADF counsel Jeremy Tedesco, discuss another critical case winding its way through the court system. Larry Elder talks about the double standard between celebrity racial comments and Papa John’s. Dennis Prager tells us why the Left gets bored so they seek out causes to take on without care of the consequences.Read More »
Townhall Review – November 04, 2017
European-style terrorism has now made its way to Manhattan. Mike Gallagher invites Dr. Zhudi Jasser, author of The Battle for the Soul of Islam on to shed some light on it. Hugh Hewitt asks Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher, a former Marine Officer, if there is a way to stop these type of attacks. Salem host Mike Gallagher sorts through Mueller’s indictment move with Ben Domenech of The Federalist. Hugh Hewitt talks with Alliance Defending Freedom’s CEO, Mike Farris, on the upcoming Supreme Court case involving Masterpiece Cake Shop. Larry Elder speaks with California Policy Center’s Steven Greenhut on the State of Illinois attempting to pass legislation requiring mandatory union membership. Dennis Prager turns to former U.S Attorney Andrew McCarthy to focus on an NYT article on Russian collusion. Hugh Hewitt turns to undercover FBI agent Tamar Elnoury about a book entitled American Radical. Just ringing in the 500th year of the Protestant Reformation, Hugh Hewitt invites Eric Metaxes on to share about its importance and how it affects our country’s religious freedom.
Every last week of June, every year, Americans get treated to what’s essentially a great civics lesson, a reminder of the enduring importance of the third branch of our constitutional system, as the Supreme Court releases major decisions, clearing its docket before its July recess.
And this June was a huge day at the United States Supreme Court in terms of our nation’s history on the issue of religious liberty.
The case I’m referring to most immediately is that of Trinity Lutheran vs. Comer—where a church was turned down by the state of Missouri for state funds from a state program that refurbished playgrounds using recycled equipment from tires.
With a 7-2 majority, the Supreme Court sent a decisive signal—making clear that the state of Missouri does not have the right to refuse the funds even to a Christian or religious school for the general kind of purpose that was reflected in this playground resurfacing for the safety of children.
It’s one of the biggest religious liberty decisions in decades—and it matters for us all.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/330754611″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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The President’s recent signing of his executive order dealing with religious liberty was much anticipated by all concerned with First Amendment liberties in our fast-changing nation.
An executive order is not legislation and it is never a substitute for legislation.
And yet an executive order can impact the entire executive branch for the duration of a president’s administration.
In his order, President Trump directed, “It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law’s robust protections for religious freedom.” Here’s how we should understand it: This is the president’s statement of direction.
The executive order also—and this is significant—effectively reverses the contraception mandate of the Obamacare legislation and thus addresses an immediate issue in America’s public life.
No: It’s not substitute for legislation. But it is a signal of direction and that’s significant … it’s yet one more reminder of why elections matter.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/321953130″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]