Ahmaud Arbery Shooting Convictions, New HHS Mandates, Chinese Oppression

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John Stonestreet

Maria Baer

John and Maria discuss the recent convictions of Travis and Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan, in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery. They discuss how this case pairs with the Kyle Rittenhouse case and how worldview guides society to have the strength to withstand challenges to civilization.

John and Maria also revisit a Thanksgiving commentary from Chuck Colson where he explains the story behind the first Thanksgiving. They go on to discuss a commentary from the week that dealt with the blurred lines of the sexual revolution. The commentary considers a recent book by Emily Ratajkowski who explains the sexual exploitation in the music and film industry as she looked back at a scenario on the set of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video.

Maria then asks John to explain the ongoing use of the Health and Human Services (HHS) to accomplish goals by Presidents in the White House. John explains what is currently happening in HHS, referencing the history of using the department to accomplish progressive and conservative ideals.

To close, John and Maria discuss a situation playing out in China involving Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai, who recently revealed sexual abuse she experienced by a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official. Peng Shuai disappeared earlier this month, and the World Tennis Association (WTA) called the CCP to reveal where Shuai was. In response, an outspoken NBA player, Enes Kanter, called on American-based sports organizations to stand with the WTA, going so far as to call for the boycotting of the Winter Olympics.



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Segment 1:

All 3 men charged in Arbery’s death convicted of murder

All three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery were convicted of murder Wednesday in the fatal shooting that became part of a larger national reckoning on racial injustice.

The convictions for Greg McMichael, son Travis McMichael and neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan came after jurors deliberated for about 10 hours. The men face minimum sentences of life in prison. It is up to the judge to decide whether that comes with or without the possibility of parole.

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Segment 2:

Chuck on Thanksgiving

Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving; at least we know the Pilgrim version. But how many of us know the Indian viewpoint?



The Blurred Lines of the Sexual Revolution

As our culture questions the consequences of the sexual revolution, it’s also time to question the premise that as long as everyone consents, nobody gets hurt, and everybody has fun. It’s clearly not true. As women continue to wrestle with the blurred lines of the sexual revolution and the industry that has long profited from them, Christianity has a lot to offer.



Segment 3:

An Even Worse HHS Mandate

It turns out these groups, including Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center, were part of a “task force” advising HHS on its new rule. According to The Catholic Benefits Association, if HHS follows these groups’ recommendations, “it would effectively remove all religious considerations from issues around life, family, marriage, the very nature of men and women,” forcing religious healthcare providers to choose between their convictions and their existence.



HHS Power in Government

Biden’s HHS Secretary is again using the power of his office to attack people of faith who disagree with him. Yesterday he revoked waivers for faith-based children’s service programs—this is outrageous. His policy will reduce options for kids in foster care.
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Segment 4:

World Tennis Association Opposes China Seeking Tennis Great Peng Shuai

“It’s an unusual response and really to the credit of the WTA to be this vocal,” said Sarah Cook, the research director for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan at D.C.-based think tank Freedom House. “We do know from different people who have been detained in the past, international attention can really make a difference. These are not legal decisions; they are political decisions. Even if it doesn’t get someone released, it can physically protect them. It’s really important for her well-being that there is this type of international conversation…It could be a tipping point in how these kinds of organizations speak out,” Cook said.



Enes Kanter Calls Out ‘Fake’ NBA, Says League Silent on Things that Could Affect Its Business

“Two years ago, when we were in the bubble, you know, NBA was standing with Black Lives Matter, and it gave me so much hope and motivation. I was like, ‘Finally, an organization standing up for something bigger than basketball,’ right? But to me, it was very fake when it comes to things like what’s happening in China because NBA and also Adam Silver is the one telling us to speak out against all the injustices happening, not just in America, but all over the world,” Kanter advised. “So, to me, it was very important.”


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