Monday, November 24, 2014

Physician assisted suicide: Next on Faith On Trial

Dr. Jacaueline Harvey
Tuesday Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll will welcome Jacqueline C. Harvey, PhD, a bioethicist whose research focuses on state policies that govern life and death, primarily end-of-life legislation, to discuss the effects of the movement towards physician assisted suicide. Dr. Harvey has testified in several states against the legalization of physician assisted suicide, as well as the practice of removing life sustaining medical treatment from patients against their will. Her work has been published in Public Discourse, Human Life Review and various news outlets. Dr. Harvey is currently teaching health policy studies at the University of Michigan Dearborn and is also an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, DC.

Join Deacon Mike, Gina, and Dr. Harvey as they discuss these issues at 9 a.m. (CST) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on  The program will re-broadcast at 9 p.m. Faith On Trial is underwritten by Attorney Rick McConville and Confluence Brewing Company.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Congressman-Elect David Young is next on FOT

David Young
Tuesday Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll will be visiting with the newly-elected congressman from central Iowa, David Young. He will be replacing retiring Congressman Tom Latham.  David is the former chief of staff to Senator Charles Grassley. We will be discussing issues of conscience protection for health care workers and the future of President Obama’s HHS Mandate.

Faith On Trial is heard on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM at 9 a.m. (CST) live and rebroadcast at 9 p.m. It is underwritten by Attorney Rick McConville, Coppola, McConville, Coppola, Carroll, Hockenberg & Scalise PS, 2100 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines, 515-453-1055 and Confluence Brewing Company just off the Bike Trail just south of Grey’s Lake, 1235 Thomas Beck Road.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Federal appeals court gives victory to traditional marriage

Erin Mersino
Tuesday on FOT we’ll welcome back one of our favorite guests, Erin Mersino, senior trail counsel for the Thomas More Law Center.  Erin has recently been involved in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) case that upheld traditional marriage and now is working on the same issue in the Fifth Circuit (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas).

Erin was recently named Legatus’ Defender of the Faith for her work on behalf of the defense of religious liberties.  Legatus is a lay-Catholic of business professionals who demonstrate and live their faith through their Catholic lifestyles.
Join Deacon Mike Manno, Gina Noll, and Erin for a lively discussion of these and other matters Tuesday at 9 & 9 (CST) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on

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Monday, November 3, 2014

FOT Tuesday: Is America becoming a Godless nation?

Todd Starnes
Tuesday Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll will host FOX News commentator Todd Starnes, the author of the book “God Less America” a collection of stories documenting the war on religious liberty.

Todd is the award-winning host of FOX News & Commentary — heard daily on hundreds of radio stations around the nation. He also writes a column for and is a regular contributor to Fox News Channel programs. Throughout his journalism career, Todd has covered a number of high profile stories — taking him from Wall Street to the White House.
Todd is the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. In 2014 he was awarded the National Religious Broadcaster’s Board of Directors Award.

Much of what Todd has written about in his book has been discussed on Faith On Trial but on very few other media outlets.  This is sure to be an interesting and challenging conversation and it starts at 9 a.m. (CST) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Lots to cover on this week’s program including a Christian college's accrediation and subpoenas for ministers' pastoral notes

WOW! There’s been a bit of legal news while we were off the air for the Iowa Catholic Radio Care-a-thon last week, and we’ll try to catch up with some of it Tuesday on Faith On Trial.

Greg Koukl

First, our guest will be Greg Koukl, president of Stand to Reason, an organization that trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square. He will discuss the problems of a small Christian college in Wenham, Massachusetts, Gordon College, that is being threatened with loss of accreditation by the New England Association of Schools because students are expected to refrain from “blasphemy, profanity, dishonesty, thefe, drunkenness, sexual relations outside of marriage, and homosexual practice.”
Then there is the case of Huston, Texas subpoenaing the sermons, notes and other pastoral communications of the city’s ministers who have expressed opposition to the city’s new ordinance that opens restrooms to members of either sex.  The city council had earlier passed the ordinance which triggered a city-wide petition drive to put the ordinance up for a public vote.  After city officials ruled that the petition, with three times the legally required number of valid signatures, was illegal, petition supports filed a lawsuit against the city.  The city, and its openly militant lesbian mayor, retaliated by subpoenaing the materials from ministers who were not involved in the suit.  

All this and more with Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll Tuesday at 9 & 9 (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming 24 – 7 on Underwritten by Attorney Rick McConville and Confluence Brewing Company which this week is celebrating its second anniversary!

Monday, October 6, 2014

College drama club told to ‘dumb down’ religious theme in play

This week on Faith On Trial we will be discussing a case involving a community college that told its drama club it could not perform a play unless it would “dumb down” its religious message.
Travis Barham
In September, the club advisor told Cape Fear Community College student Justin Graves that his production could not be performed because it has religious themes, even though it received unanimous approval from the drama club. The advisor claimed that the production would violate the First Amendment if it included the religious themes, and he advised Graves to “dumb down” the religious content until it was not “obvious” to avoid any potential lawsuits or “offending” anyone.
Ironically, the advisor allowed the drama club to sponsor other productions that could potentially cause offense, including ones that included rape and incest themes.
Justin’s attorney, Travis Barham, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, will join Deacon Mike Manno and his co-host Gina Noll to discuss this case. Join us at 9 a.m. (Central) for a lively discussion of this and other cases that place our faith on trial.  Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Teacher fired for opposing Planned Parenthood; next on FOT

Bill Diss was a high school teacher in Portland, Oregon, one who consistently went the extra mile to help students succeed. He also publicly objected when Planned Parenthood built a large abortion facility in northeast Portland. When his activities became public there was a dramatic shift in how he was treated at school; administrators called him in for questioning regarding his activities and subjected him to heightened scrutiny in the classroom.

In September 2012, Planned Parenthood employees came into Diss’ classroom as he was handing back a math quiz. They were there to recruit for their Teen Outreach Program (TOP). When Diss objected and asked to be excused from participating with Planned Parenthood. Administrators not only denied his request they systematically subjected him to unwarranted review and harassment. Despite a wave of community support, including letters from students, parents and fellow teachers, Diss was fired andhis contract was terminated.

Dana Cody 
Last week Dana Cody, president and executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, filed suit on Bill’s behalf against Portland Public Schools for violations of his civil rights and employment discrimination.

Dana has been championing the rights of women and the unborn for over twenty years. She started as a lay-counselor to women in crisis pregnancies, and then fulfilled her passion to protect women and children victimized by abortion by obtaining her law degree. In 1996, she accepted the invitation to serve as a board member of Life Legal Defense Foundation and later accepted the position as executive director.

Dana has been a frequent guest on Faith On Trial and she will join us Tuesday morning for a discussion of the Diss case and other activities of Life Legal Defense Foundation which has just celebrated its 25th Anniversary fulfilling its mission to give innocent and helpless human beings of any age, particularly unborn children, a trained and committed defense against the threat of death, and to support their advocates in the nation’s courtrooms. One of the cases Life Legal has been involved in was that of Terri Schiavo.

Join Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll as they discuss these things with Dana at 9 a.m. or catch the re-broadcast at 9 p.m.  Faith On Trial is broadcast from the Catholic Pastoral Center in Downtown Des Moines on 1150 AM and 88.5 & 94.5 FM.  It streams on Our underwriters are Attorney Rick McConville and Confluence Brewing Company.