This hour we are jammed packed with news and views. We start with some of the stories making headlines and then turn our sights on what was and wasn’t true regarding COVID. We then hear the story of a newly filed lawsuit that joins together religious liberty, college credits and state funding. Come and join us as we learn to think critically and biblically about the world around us!
How are diversity, equity, and inclusion policies impacting our national security? How much of a nuclear arsenal has China built? What is the linkage between the CCP and Mexico when it comes to fentanyl? What are the threats from new non-kinetic weapons and how are we preparing? Don’t miss this important conversation!
Lawyer and award winning author, Wesley J. Smith, is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients’ Rights Council. Smith left the full time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. In May 2004, because of his work in bioethics, he was named by the National Journal as one of the nation's top expert thinkers in bioengineering. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia. He is the author or coauthor of twelve books and blogs about human life and dignity at Human Exceptionalism, hosted by National Review Online.
Eric Baxter joined Becket as senior counsel in 2011. Since then he has represented religious organizations and individuals in a wide array of religious liberty disputes at both the trial and appellate level. His case victories include a Ninth Circuit ruling upholding the “Big Mountain Jesus” statue that has stood on Forest Service land near Kalispell, Montana, for more than sixty years (FFRF v. Weber), and a rare Pentagon decision allowing a Sikh soldier to maintain his full beard and turban while serving in the Army (Singh v. Carter). Eric has extensive experience fighting efforts under state Blaine amendments to exclude religious organizations and individuals from participating on equal terms in the public square. He also regularly advises religious institutions of higher education in defending their religious missions against government encroachment.
Bill Gertz is a national security correspondent for The Washington Times. He has been with The Times since 1985. He is the author of eight books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, "Deceiving the Sky: Inside Communist China's Drive for Global Supremacy," reveals details about the growing threat posed by the People's Republic of China. He is also the author of the ebook "How China's Communist Party Made the World Sick." Mr. Gertz also writes Inside the Ring, a weekly column that chronicles the U.S. national security bureaucracy. Mr. Gertz has been a guest lecturer at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.; the Central Intelligence Agency in Virginia; the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington; and the Brookings Institution in Washington. He has participated in the National Security Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He studied English literature at Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and journalism at George Washington University.