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Defining the Social Question
Jan 14, 2021
S2/E22: Hope and Purpose—An Introduction
Jan 8, 2021
Today begins a new series entitled “Hope and Purpose” which arises out of recent political outcomes and a constituent’s question, “Is the Republic lost? What can be done? In this first episode, David begins to lay the foundation for hope and purpose relative to our nation and its political life by asserting that we must first diagnose the nature of the situation. Like the fear engendered by an undiagnosable illness, hope for “saving the republic” must first be put in the context of the problem we face. But we must also diagnose whether it is worth saving and, if so, why and for what purpose.
Dec 18, 2020
David brings the recent series on civil liberty to a close by exposing how the last element of the U.S. Supreme Court’s destruction of civil liberty with its decision in Roe v. Wade, namely, its misuse of the Due Process Clause in the 14th Amendment to make up a liberty that was completely foreign to the common law understanding of that word at the time it was used. You will learn how the Court used “liberty” in the Due Process Clause to do the very thing the clause was intended to prevent.
Roe v. Wade
Dec 11, 2020
Today David continues his explanation of how the U.S. Supreme Court manipulated the words in the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause to avoid the meaning the words in that Clause had in the common law at the time the amendment was adopted. This week he focuses on how the Court misconstrued the word “liberty” in the Due Process Clause. Understanding where the Court went wrong is critical to understanding what must be attacked when states defend new abortion laws.
Absolute Rights and Due Process
Dec 3, 2020
On today’s installment in David’s series on civil liberty, he explains why the common law and its understanding of absolute and relative rights and duties is so important. David believes that when you understand these concepts, you will understand the purpose of the 5th and 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clauses. And, you will begin to understand how the United States Supreme Court has highjacked the Due Process Clause to destroy civil liberty.”
Understanding Civil Law and Natural Law
Nov 27, 2020
Today’s episode begins David’s discussion of what liberty means in the context of civil liberty. Today’s context lays the foundation by making clear what civil law is and how natural or God-given rights (and corresponding duties) are to be distinguished from civil rights and duties. Without an understanding of these distinctions, civil liberty becomes meaningless.
Episode 17: Constitutional History of First Amendment
Nov 20, 2020
Today’s episode will be a shocker. David covers the constitutional history showing why the First Amendment’s two religion clauses do not apply to the conflict that exists today between Christians and civil laws that impinge on what Christians do or do not want to have to do, such as designing wedding cakes for same-sex weddings or providing abortifacients. David shows that today’s problems are not related to the problem of separating ecclesiastical establishments from civil government, which was the problem to which both religion clauses (and the prohibition on religious tests) were directed.
The First Amendment
Nov 13, 2020
Today David takes the history behind the liberty of conscience and applies it to the infamous correspondence between the Danbury Baptists in Connecticut and Thomas Jefferson and his infamous “wall of separation” response to the Baptists. You may be surprised to find that what Jefferson actually said was perfectly consistent with the liberty of conscience the First Amendment was designed to protect.
Nov 5, 2020
Today’s podcast is the last installment in understanding the concept of the freedom of conscience that grounded the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause. David examines how the Puritans understood the freedom of conscience and how it was made free. With this knowledge, we will begin to understand why liberty of conscience and free exercise was so important. Once freed, it was not to be brought back under bondage by the government.
Conscience II-The Guilty Conscience
Oct 30, 2020
In this episode, David continues his look at how liberty of conscience was understood and how it framed the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause. Specifically, he looks at the “bondage” under which conscience operated as prelude to understanding the nature of it is liberty and why its liberty was so important.