Episode 250 – Freedom, hate, and social media


Discussion – Freedom, hate, and social media

NEWS

White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative

Some famous faces—and questionable reputations—are joining President Donald Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition

Trump has named Dr. Oz, Patriots coach BIll Belichick, the CEO of SlimFast, an NBC executive, and 14 others to the Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.

Eighteen members of congress have nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize

Betsy DeVos gets standing ovation from Florida graduates after religious speech

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos delivered the commencement address for the graduation at Ave Maria University in Florida. During her 20 minutes she focused on teachings of John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Jesus, and heavily pushed service to God, country, and neighbor.

Franklin Graham continues to defend Trump

Evangelist Franklin Graham is continuing to defend Trump. He told the Associated Press:

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This differs from his views on Bill Clinton in 1998:

“Private conduct does have public consequences.

“Just look at how many have already been pulled under by the wake of the president’s sin: Mr. Clinton’s wife and daughter, Ms. Lewinsky, her parents, White House staff members, friends and supporters, public officials and an unwitting American public.

“The God of the Bible says that what one does in private does matter. Mr. Clinton’s months-long extramarital sexual behavior in the Oval Office now concerns him and the rest of the world, not just his immediate family. If he will lie to or mislead his wife and daughter, those with whom he is most intimate, what will prevent him from doing the same to the American public?”

MSNBC guest: White evangelical woman may ‘sit out’ midterms over disgust with Trump

Eugene Scott is an identity politics reporter with the Washington Post during an interview on MSNBC he talked a bit about white evangelical women.

Amazon Removes Conservative Legal Group From Charity Smile Program Over SPLC ‘Hate Group’ Label

The Alliance Defending Freedom has announced that they have been dropped from Amazon’s smile program because they are listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

ADF’s president wrote Amazon about this saying:

“Although the SPLC did good work many years ago, it has devolved into a far-left propaganda machine that slanders organizations with which it disagrees and destroys the possibility of civil discourse in the process.”

Tyler, TX high school approved, then denied lesbian couple that wanted to go to prom

Merary Melchor was excited to be able to take her girlfriend to prom after getting permission from John Tyler High School in Tyler, TX. She pulled together some money, bought the dress, and then the school refused to give her the tickets claiming she had missed the deadline. She hadn’t. They then refused again citing a threat of a gang fight.

Boy Scouts to allow girls, but still not atheists

Boy Scouts of America’s scouting program is changing its name to Scouts BSA. Teen girls have been welcome in the Venturing program for quite some time and they have opened up Cub Scouts. Next year Scouts BSA will be welcoming girls and they will be eligible to become Eagle Scouts.

Atheists still aren’t welcome and Eagle Scouts still get to enlist in the military at a higher rank.

Cardinal George Pell will stand trial on multiple sexual assault charges

Cardinal George Pell got his day in court, at least the first day in court, now that he is back home in Australia. Magistrate Belinda Wallington threw out the most serious charges citing insignificant evidence for a jury trial

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