News Roundup & Comment

Date: June 21, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider MP3 | Order

Crosstalk listeners get caught up on news stories from around the world each Friday.  Here’s a selection of stories that Jim presented this week:

–Tuesday evening it was revealed by the Wall Street Journal that President Biden is delaying the sale of F-15 fighter jets to Israel.

–The leader of Hezbollah has vowed a fight with no rules and with no red lines   if full-out war erupts between the Lebanese militant group and Israel.

–U.S. military officials on June 19th confirmed that an air strike in Syria did kill a top terrorist leader in ISIS over the past weekend.

–The high price of tobacco in Gaza has given rise to a cigarette smuggling industry and now threatens U.N. aid convoys.

–The Biden administration’s decision to spend 230 million dollars worth of hard-working American tax dollars on the humanitarian pier off the cost of Gaza seemed ill advised from the start.

–Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress on July 24th. 

–Over 50 synagogues in Florida were forced to evacuate on Tuesday after receiving bomb threats via email sparking a massive response from law enforcement and concerns about rising antisemitism.

–Senator Patty Murray of Washington, the chairwoman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, requested 2.5 million dollars for the Muslim Association of Puget Sound last month for the construction for a clinic.

–The international shipping industry demanding action after Islamic terrorists, backed by Iran, sunk a major vessel in the Red Sea in the last several days.

–The police in London do nothing as a Muslim activist led a hunt for Jews. 

–The Manhattan District Attorneys Office, led by anti-Trump prosecutor Alvin Bragg, has dismissed trespassing charges against 30 Columbia University protesters who were arrested for occupying a campus building.

–Will the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act also require women to register for the draft?

–A press release from Senator Tim Kaine and Senator Tammy Baldwin led the introduction of a Senate resolution acknowledging and apologizing for the mistreatment of and the discrimination against LGBT individuals that have served America in the uniformed services as civil servants or in the foreign service.

–Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs vetoed the Detransitioner Bill of Rights, legislation that would give individuals seeking to de-transition the same rights and medical protections as those seeking to transition.

–A second whistle-blower has come forward to expose details about “gender transition” practices at Texas Children’s Hospital, accusing the hospital of billing Medicaid for underage “reassignment” procedures in violation of state law.

Biden Amnesty Infuriates Border Security

Date: June 20, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider ​Guest: Mark Krikorian MP3 | Order

Mark Krikorian is a nationally recognized expert on immigration issues serving as the executive director of Center for Immigration Studies.  They are an independent, non-partisan research organization examining and critiquing the impact of immigration on the United States.  He has testified numerous times before Congress and has published articles in many outlets.

Mark began by communicating that the border control executive order is trying to limit the use of asylum claims as a gimmick to enter and then be released into the U.S.  What the executive order actually does is to allow the government to not accept any asylum claims from those crossing the border illegally but only if the level of illegal crossings reaches 2,500 per day.  In other words, this is the acceptable “floor” for illegal immigration.  Mark described it as being the same as the big city district attorneys who say if you only shoplift $1,000 worth of items, that’s OK, you won’t be prosecuted. 

The numbers are currently down at the borders.  That’s to be expected because any time a new border policy comes through, smugglers and prospective illegal aliens step back to look and see what this new policy is all about.  Once they find out it’s really “smoke and mirrors”, the numbers will go right back up.  So Mark believes this is a political stunt designed to give the impression of serious border patrol without increasing the anger too much from the anti-border constituency.  

Other points are discussed as well including the CBT-1 app.  This allows people to schedule their illegal immigration while allowing others from 4 specific countries to skip the border altogether and fly into the U.S.  Mark explains the impact these things may have on perception management as well as the upcoming election.  After all, some are wondering if this is all about gathering votes.  

Hear it all, including feedback from listeners, on this edition of Crosstalk.

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Israel Update

Date: June 19, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider ​Guest: Dr. Richard Schmidt MP3 | Order

Dr. Richard Schmidt is pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church and founder of Prophecy Focus Ministries.  He’s the speaker on the weekly TV program, Prophecy Focus and the radio broadcast, Prophecy Unfolding. He spent 32 years in law enforcement including that of Acting Sheriff of Milwaukee County until his retirement.  He has authored several books including: Are You Going to a Better Place?, Daniel’s Gap Paul’s Mystery, Tribulation to Triumph: The Olivet Discourse, Globalism: The Great World Consumption and Artificial Intelligence, Transhumanism and the De-evolution of Democracy.

The threat of a wider war in the Middle East continues to increase.  Israel is at the heart of it all as they seek to defend themselves from those who wish to destroy the Jewish nation.  Dr. Schmidt brought listeners an update as he discussed the following points:

Aid to Israel, featuring audio from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The current status of the war in Rafah.

Why is Dr. Schmidt so passionate about Israel and the Middle East?

Was it really Palestinian civilians that were holding the hostages?

What is the status of the cease-fire talks?

What’s happening with the other two terrorist groups: Hezbollah and the Houthis?

A Muslim student declares that America is the cancer.

A Jewish student presents their testimony of anti-Semitism in Toronto.

Why is there so much opposition if the Jewish people are God’s chosen people?

Callers rounded out this broadcast with their questions and comments.

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2nd Amendment Victories & Challenges

Date: June 18, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider ​Guest: Stephen Willeford MP3 | Order

Stephen Willeford represents Gun Owners of America.  He’s known around the country as the “good guy with the gun” for helping stop the largest mass shooting in the history of Texas in Sutherland Springs back on November 5th of 2017.  He described the account in significant detail to begin this edition of Crosstalk.

This broadcast also dealt with some 2nd Amendment victories as well as challenges.  For example, Gun Owners of America, alongside the Gun Owners Foundation, secured a preliminary injunction against President Biden’s preset universal registration check rule.  Also discussed was a possible federal ban on bump stocks, the Hunter Biden gun decision, the increase in gun purchases—especially by women, a challenge to a gun ban on Postal Service property and more, including responses from listeners.  

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Shameful Pride

Date: June 17, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider ​Guest: Peter LaBarbera MP3 | Order

This broadcast took a look at the barrage of LGBTQ efforts and the effect it’s having on society.  Joining Jim in this effort was Peter LaBarbera.  Peter is the founder and president of Americans for Truth.  He’s a former reporter for the Washington Times and and a former contributing editor for Human Events.

Below is a sample of stories that Jim and Peter looked at dealing with this issue:  

–There were servicemen representing the 5 military branches as they marched in the front of the 2024 Washington, DC, Pride Parade.  Washington’s fire department and EMS participated along with the Washington Metro Police Department.  Also participating were cross-dressers, those who mocked religion, some dressed as animals, others dressed in fetish and bondage gear, there was public nudity and more.

–An 82 year old Washington woman is suing her YMCA operated city pool after she was banned by the facility for speaking out against a man using the women’s locker room.

–A Netflix kids series (Jurassic World—Camp Cretaceous) contains a lesbian love scene.

–Sarah (Timothy) McBride wants to become the first transgender to be elected to Congress.

–Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services over a new rule that would force state Medicaid and healthcare providers to pay for and perform gender transition surgeries.

–Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that in every conversation he has with the Saudi’s, he presses them on LGBTQI issues.

–A middle school in Colorado was requiring their teachers to show an LBGTQ Day of Silence video to students.  Parents were not notified.  

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News Roundup & Comment

Date: June 14, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider MP3 | Order

Look to Crosstalk each Friday for news stories from around the world of interest to Christians.  Stories included:

–Jim highlighted a column by Riley Gaines and put out by Fox News that deals with the Progress Pride flag.  This flag is, “…aimed at supporting individuals who feel marginalized despite living in the most diverse and inclusive society in the history of the world.”  She communicated the contrast between this flag and our American flag and what the latter stands for.

–There’s a memo circulating internally at 24 Hour Fitness reportedly labeling symbols associated with Black Lives Matter and LGBT pride as freedom of expression  while banning patriotic imagery.

–3 teenage boys in Spokane, Washington, could face up to 5 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines for putting skid marks on a rainbow colored street mural with their scooters.

–The board of supervisors for the city of San Francisco declared the city a sanctuary city for transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary and two-spirit people.

–A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday stopped the Biden administration’s new Title IX protections.   

–House Republicans are eyeing this year’s must-pass defense policy bill as a vehicle to combat left-wing Biden administration policies on diversity, LGBTQ representation and gender ideology.

–This June is under a travel advisory for worldwide caution for unspecified, potential violence against homosexuals and gender confused Americans according to the U.S. State Department.

–The executive director of a Columbus, Georgia, pride organization was arrested Wednesday after police discovered a trove of drugs and paraphernalia and a .38 revolver at his home. 

–Israel’s battle seems to be shifting the focus to Hezbollah in the north as fighting continues in the Gaza Strip.  As the battle heats up, Iran’s new acting foreign minister warned Israel not to launch a war.

–Secretary of State Antony Blinken reassured Americans that if Hamas does not agree to a proposed temporary cease-fire with Israel soon, that the U.S. will consider alternative options to bringing American hostages home.

–Dr. Itai Pessach, who’s in charge of medical treatment for the 4 Israeli hostages rescued last Saturday, told CNN that the hostages were beaten while in Hamas captivity in Gaza.

–A Hamas Jew hating terrorist mob held a protest outside the location of the Nova Exhibit in New York City commemorating the 364 people who lost their lives during the music festival.  It features their personal items including their shoes, burned cars and photos.

–An anti-Semitic mob took over a New York City subway asking if there were any Zionists on board.  Jim provided audio of the incident.

–U.S. naval vessels closely watched a Russian naval fleet that came within 30 miles of the coast of Florida while traveling on its way to Cuba.

Father’s Day Tribute 2024

Date: June 13, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider MP3 | Order

Today’s society tends to make a mockery of the role of fathers, making them look like buffoons as we often see on TV sitcoms.  The Bible, however, takes a different view.  It instructs fathers in the following way:

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.–Proverbs 22:6

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: And the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; So are children of the youth.  Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.–Psalm 127:3-5

Hearken unto they father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.–Proverbs 23:22

The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.–Proverbs 23:24

The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.–Proverbs 20:7

This broadcast reflected the truth of these verses as listeners shared special words of tribute for their fathers.

COVID shots, Avian Flu shots, and the Lust for Control

Date: June 12, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider ​Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet MP3 | Order

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet is president and CEO of Truth for Health Foundation. Since February 2020, she’s been part of the team of frontline physicians treating COVID early at home.  With Dr. Peter McCullough, she is a co-author/editor of the Guide to COVID Early Treatment: Options to Stay Out of Hospital and Save Your Life.  She is a past director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.  She received her M.D. degree and internship in Internal Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed special training at Johns Hopkins.  She spoke on this broadcast as an independent physician, not as a spokesperson for any healthcare system, pharmaceutical company, insurance plans or political party.  She is a patient advocate.

The 77th World Health Organization Assembly is over and the pandemic treaty was not passed.  Dr. Vliet believes they are distracting people by saying that the treaty ran into problems so it’s only on the “back burner” until the next gathering when there’s less pressure and less public focus.  

What they did “under the radar” was to pass International Health Regulatory Agreement amendments from the 2005 agreement.  She contends that the amendments that were passed are more draconian than ever.  For example, in one of the amendments they now have arrest power for anyone who criticizes the avian flu vaccines.

Is avian (bird) flu rampant in animals?  Dr. Vliet says it’s not because the unreliable PCR test is being used as a diagnostic test when in fact, it’s not and never has been.  Nonetheless it’s being used to claim bird flu in animals which is an excuse to slaughter the food supply and scare people into receiving more experimental shots.  In other words, the playbook that was used in 2020 for the COVID pandemic (and disrupt the election) is being used in regard to the avian flu situation.  

From cancer to court cases, to gain-of-function and more, a lot is covered for you to hear and to share with others, on this edition of Crosstalk. 

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Islam’s Advance

Date: June 11, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider ​Guest: Usama Dakdok MP3 | Order

Just over 14 years ago, Usama Dakdok made his first appearance on Crosstalk.  At that time he warned listeners about the goal of Islam and the caliphate whereby the lands and the people would be under the domain of Islam.  He warned that this would take place in Europe.  The result?  In our day we are literally watching the transformation of Great Britain, France, Germany and the European Union.

Sadly, it’s also taking place here in America, not just on university campuses but in cities across the nation.  We can see from their protests that this movement is against not only Jews, but Christians and everything America stands for.   

Usama Dakdok is founder of the Straight Way of Grace Ministry.  He’s the speaker on the daily radio broadcast, Revealing the Truth About Islam.  Usama speaks fluent Arabic and has translated the Quran into English.  He is the author of Exposing the Truth about the Qur’an and Exposing the Truth About Jihad and the booklets, The Violent Truth about Islam and The Straight Way to Eternal Life.

Beginning with Europe, Jim noted how in Germany’s recent election, the Muslim Party received just over 41%  of the vote. In fact, things are so bad, writer Robert Spencer noted that Britain, “…is in its last days as a free society and will soon become an Islamic state.”      

To further show the depth of the problem in Europe, Spencer wrote about Lawrence Fox, the English actor turned political activist.  Fox communicated that the mayors of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Blackburn, Sheffield, Oxford, Luton, Oldham and Rochdale are all Muslim.  All that was achieved by only 4 million Muslims out of 66 million people in England.  The article went on to reveal that there’s over 3,000 mosques in England, over 130 Sharia courts, more than 50 Sharia councils, 78% of Muslim women do not work yet receive state support, 63% of Muslims don’t work yet receive state support and free housing and every UK school is required to teach lessons about Islam. 

Another troubling turn is the increase in honor crimes/killings.  Jim reported that there’s been a 62% increase in the last two years.  Usama indicated this is due to more Muslims migrating to Europe and the U.S.  This is helped along by a media that’s reluctant to report on it.

Usama noted that the situation in England was achieved by the Muslim Brotherhood and that overall, this simply isn’t Muslim refugees looking for a better life under democracy.  In other words, this is not immigration, it’s invasion and it’s happening because Muslims are using the laws of the West to take over and he believes this is coming to America very soon.

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Israel Hostages Rescued! Israel Rejoices, the World Mourns

Date: June 10, 2024 Host: Jim Schneider ​Guest: Chris Katulka MP3 | Order

Chris Katulka is the assistant director of North American Ministries at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry and host of The Friends of Israel Today radio program.  He is a Bible teacher, writer for Israel My Glory magazine and is author of the book, Israel Always.

This past Saturday, in broad daylight, Israeli Defense Forces engaged in an amazing rescue operation of 4 Israelis that were taken hostage at the Supernova music festival that took place in Gaza (on the Israeli side) on October 7th.  While Israel has been celebrating this effort, there’s been widespread condemnation elsewhere because of those who were killed in the process.  

As an example of the celebratory tone coming from Israel, Jim noted that Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant called the rescue, “…one the most heroic and extraordinary operations I’ve witnessed over the course of 47 years serving in Israel’s defense establishment.”

This broadcast covered a lot of ground surrounding this topic as Jim and Chris discussed President Biden who continues to float a ceasefire deal, are the people who are part of the casualty numbers all innocent Palestinians, Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech before a joint session of Congress, possible banning of Israel from the Olympics and much more.

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