Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Movie links from today’s program

On today’s program (5-19) our guest Robert Reilly, author of the book “Making Gay Okay,” published by Ignatius Press, mentioned two movies worth watching. Both are available on line and our research associate Stephanie Crowley reviewed one, “The Third Way” on the program after Mr. Reilly’s interview.

Here are the links to the two movies, just click on the title and you’ll be taken to the movie site:
The Third Way

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This week on FOT: More with “Making Gay Okay” author Robert Reilly and a new movie review

This week we will continue our interview with Robert R. Reilly, author of “Making Gay Okay” published by Ignatius Press. The book answers some of today’s most perplexing problems such as why gay-marriage – something that was unheard of 15 years ago – is becoming so widely accepted, and where the gay-rights movement came from and how it so easily captured the public.  

Mr. Reilly was senior advisor for Information Strategy for the U. S. Secretary of Defense (2002-2006), has taught at the National Defense University, and has served as a special assistant to the President of the United States (1983-1985). Our interview was a little over 30 minutes; the first half was broadcast last week and the final portion will be aired this Tuesday.
Following the interview, our research associate and movie reviewer Stephanie Crowley will give us her opinion of another movie.
And don’t forget, next week we will continue our new series looking at the presidential candidates’ stands on religious liberty. Next week we will take a look at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and see how religious liberties might fare in a (second) Clinton administration. We will follow with similar profiles on each of the declared candidates every second and forth Tuesday.
So join Deacon Mike and Gina at 9 (live) and 9 (rebroadcast) – central time – every Tuesday on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com. Faith On Trial is supported by Attorney Rick McConville of Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PC 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 453-1055; Confluence Brewing Company – off the bike trail just south of Grey’s Lake, 1235 Thomas Beck Road where there is live entertainment in the tap room every Thursday; and Robert denHartog, Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual Life, 2300-128th Street, Des Moines, 515-697-4646.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Making Gay Okay author and a look-see at a presidential candidate

This will be an interesting week for Faith On Trial.  First, Deacon Mike Manno and Co-host Gina Noll have taped an interview with Robert R. Reilly, author of the Ignatius press published book, “Making Gay Okay.” The book answers some of today’s most perplexing problems such as why gay-marriage – something that was unheard of 15 years ago – is becoming so widely accepted, and where the gay-rights movement came from and how it so easily captured the public.

Joshua Mercer
The author was senior advisor for Information Strategy for the U. S. Secretary of Defense (2002-2006), has taught at the National Defense University, and has served as a special assistant to the President of the United States (1983-1985). Our taped interview with Mr. Reilly runs a little over 30 minutes and it will be broken into two segments, the first of which will be aired this week with the second to air next week.
Sen. Ted Cruz
In addition to the author interview, Gina will be starting a new series which will run twice a month looking at the presidential candidates’ stands on religious liberty. For this we are partnering with CatholicVote.org and its political director Joshua Mercer. This week we will take a look at Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and see how religious liberties might fare in a Cruz administration. We will follow with similar profiles on each of the declared candidates every second and forth Tuesday.
So join Deacon Mike and Gina at 9 (live) and 9 (rebroadcast) – central time – every Tuesday on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com
Faith On Trial is supported by Attorney Rick McConville of Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PC 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 453-1055; Confluence Brewing Company – off the bike trail just south of Grey’s Lake, 1235 Thomas Beck Road where there is live entertainment in the tap room every Thursday; and Robert denHartog, Wealth Management Advisor at Northwestern Mutual Life, 2300-128th Street, Des Moines, 515-697-4646.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Iowa school district to review club policy to grant equal access to pro-life club after complaint by FOT guests

Editor’s Note: You might remember a few weeks ago Kristin Hawkins, president of
Students for Life of America, was on Faith On Trial and mentioned a problem with an Iowa school.  A few days later a press release identified the district as the Hampton-Dumont school district.  Here is the latest update from the Thomas More Society: 

(May 5, 2015 – Hampton, IA) – Hampton-Dumont Community School District has acknowledged errors in the application of its school club policies in response to Thomas More Society’s demand letter, which was sent in April on behalf of student Isabell Akers and Students for Life of America. The letter charged that Hampton-Dumont High School had unconstitutionally discriminated against Isabell by denying her equal rights with other clubs when she requested to form a Students for Life club.  The District is now reviewing both the policies themselves and how the policies apply to each club at the school, in order to bring both into full compliance with the law.
“We are encouraged by the District’s response in stepping up to remedy misapplications of the existing policies, which had resulted in pro-life students not being given the same treatment as other student-led clubs,” said Jocelyn Floyd, Associate Counsel for Thomas More Society. “This situation has given the school administrators an opportunity to clarify their District’s protections for broad, vibrant free speech rights for all students at Hampton-Dumont High School, including pro-life students.”
“We are pleased that, just as soon as the District has completed its revisions to the student club policies, the Students for Life club at Hampton-Dumont High School will be permitted the same opportunities as all other student-led clubs to share their opinions and engage in activities on their school campus,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America.
Senior Isabell Akers is preparing to graduate and pass the baton to her fellow pro-life students at Hampton-Dumont High School, who are eager to exercise their First Amendment rights with a lively Hampton-Dumont Students for Life club in the fall.

Monday, May 4, 2015

What is the state of euthanasia and assisted suicide? Next on FOT

Alex Schadenberg
This week we will be joined by Alex Schadenberg, executive director and international chairman of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Ontario, Canada. Alex will update us on the growing “pro death” movement in the United States and Canada.

Following Alex our media critic Todd Erzen will be making his monthly visit to discuss how accurately the news media has been covering issues important to people of faith.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The following are the closing comments by Deacon Mike Manno on the April 28 edition of Faith On Trial in reference to Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines:

 
I think we need to make a comment on this Dowling matter – and I make this from a very personal viewpoint, my father, who died 44 years ago this week, was on the committee that decided to build the New Dowling, in fact on his death bed he made his final donation to the school.

I was very proud of the school a few weeks ago when it stood on principle and refused to acquiesce in a staged event that challenged the school to hire a man who publically opposed Church teaching on sexuality and marriage.
At the time, I warned that this would not go away. And it hasn’t. Just last night students from Valley High School appeared before the West Des Moines School Board and demanded that Dowling be prohibited from playing its home games at Valley Stadium – the reason: Dowling’s discriminatory hiring policy.

However, over the weekend, Dowling authorized the creation of a gay-straight alliance at the school. That’s not what Dowling called it, but that is what the students who asked for it called it. The student organizers are making contact with the Iowa Pride Network, which celebrates sodomy and other sexual perversions that the Church has condemned since the time of the apostles. It is also affiliated with One Iowa, an organization that has pushed gay-marriage and is a force behind forcing bakers, photographers, florists and others to celebrate gay-marriages and fining and penalizing them if they do not, as we have just seen.
We have reported on these folks for almost two years. They have no respect for our religious liberties and their foot soldiers either by ignorance or design distort the teaching of the Church and turn our dogmas and beliefs into proofs of hate.

Authorizing the club was an act of false compassion. It dilutes our teaching and sends a mixed message to those who truly wish to follow the teachings of the Church. It also allows the camel’s nose into the tent.
We’ve seen this story before.

Let me know what you think at DeaconMike@IowaCatholicRadio.com.

Monday, April 27, 2015

This week: Gay-marriage bullies and the Supreme Court




Martin Cannon, Jr.
Tomorrow the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the issue of whether or not so-called same-sex marriage will become the law of the land.  On hand to discuss what’s at stake in this case will be Martin Cannon, Jr. of the Omaha branch of the Thomas More Society.  Martin has been an outstanding legal advocate for marriage, life, and free speech and has been involved in many notable cases involving these issues. 
After Martin, Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll will welcome Kelsey Harkness, a news producer at the Daily Signal and the producer of the short clip on the Oregon baker (above) whose family is being forced into bankruptcy over the refusal to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian marriage. The state is recommending a $135,000 fine and Kelsey will comment on how the state has arrived at this figure, as well as the efforts by gay activists to close a “Go Fund It” account
Kelsey Harkness
that was established to help the baker’s family pay the find.  Hint: it is because the baker committed a “hate” crime.


While the Supreme Court hears arguments, we’ll ask the question, “Who are the real bullies?”
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