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Tuesday, August 30, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

This morning’s reading contained more than the usual smattering of articles about the legal assault under which Christian expression currently finds itself.  Some were sober, good reporting and analysis, but many were hyperbolic, even fear mongering.  (I will not link to those.)  I will not deny that religious expression is currently under serious attack.  I will not deny that the current circumstances are unique in American history.  I will not deny that it is better to fight the current trends than simply succumb to them.  But the tone, and in some cases language, of some of what I saw this morning needs some perspective.

The state does not fine us or tax us if we do not practice the state sponsored faith, as is true in some European states.  Are we, now, in the US, being opposed?  Yes, but it’s not that bad yet.  In sub-Saharan Africa, Boko Haram routinely burns churches and executes Christians.  Compared to that, we’re fine.  Historically the Roman Empire used round up Christians and throw them, defenseless, in front of hungry lions for the amusement of the masses.  The opposition we currently face is insignificant by contrast.  Perspective matters.

But there is more than geopolitical and historical perspective needed.  There is spiritual perspective. Continue Reading

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CNN’s Jake Tapper On Covering The Clinton Foundation

Tuesday, August 30, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

CNN’s Jake Tapper joined me today to talk about the difficulty of covering the Clinton Foundation especially when the Foundation’s legal misdeeds involve complicated statutes such as the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Before we turn out the lights on today’s Hugh Hewitt Show, America, joined by Jake Tapper of CNN. Of course, you’ll be watching him today on The Lead, on Sundays on State of the Union. Jake, great interview with Mike Pence on Sunday, well done. Good to have you back, my friend.

JT: Thank you, sir. How are you?

HH: Good. I have a technical question. This goes to you handle complicated stories better than anyone on television. The Clinton Foundation has got an intersection with the Foreign Agents Registration Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. And it’s complicated. How do you make that work on a television show?

JT: Well, I mean with a lot of these stories with the Clinton Foundation and the intersection with Teneo, that’s Doug Band’s group, or the State Department, I mean, it’s just, a lot of the time you have to kind of just explain what’s going on. And I definitely have to be an explainer to this. And I’m constantly telling the producers and writer on my show do not assume that the people watching this have the level of knowledge of the details that you have. We have to come and explain this, and because otherwise, it just becomes a bunch of gobbledygook and nobody understands it one way or the other. So take the time to explain all the details and all the intersections and all the questions. Continue Reading

We Lost A Good One Today.

Monday, August 29, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

If you are of a certain age, like me, some movie with Gene Wilder in it is one of those movies in your life.  You know what I’m talking about – you’re channel surfing, you see it and you stop, feel decades younger, and find you can recite large sections of the film from memory.  For a little while you are back in high school or college just hanging with friends and loving the movie.  Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the now-considered un-PC Blazing Saddles are classics.  Wilder did several movies with Richard Pryor that are pretty funny.  But none of these are my favorite Wilder film.

During the my first term in seminary my Old Testament professor was a holocaust survivor that later converted to Christianity.  He asked the entire class back to the classroom one evening where he had popped some corn and rented (on film mind you) the Gene Wilder/Harrison Ford film “The Frisco Kid.”   My professor wanted us to know his heritage – not out of some sort of self-gratification or seeking affirmation, but rather so we New Testament-centric American Christians could have some sense of the rich traditions from which Christianity sprang.

I won’t bore you with recounting the movie.  It was never hugely popular, but my professor swore it was true to the faith of his youth, and I found it deeply moving.  I will share a clip:

Losing Gene Wilder is not just losing a significant actor and writer; it is losing a man of great humor and great heart.

Sidewire’s Jon Allen On The Clintons’ Scandals

Monday, August 29, 2016  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Sidewire’s Jon Allen joined me in hour 3 today.  Jon’s co-author of the best single volume book on Hillary Clinton and is well positioned to judge the severity of the impact of the latest round of scandals on the candidacy of Hillary Clinton:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: Heading back to California in a couple of hours, but not before I talk to Jon Allen. He is head of content and community for Sidewire. He’s also the co-author of HRC along with Amie Parnes, the greatest one volume biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton available at present. You can follow him on Twitter, @JonAllenDC. Jon, welcome back, good to talk to you, my friend.

JA: Good morning, Hugh, thank you for the kind words about the book.

HH: Well, I can’t, I haven’t looked at Sidewire, yet. I don’t know if you’ve had the courage to open up a conversation about Anthony Weiner and the latest sexting trial. I tend not to discuss anatomy on the Hugh Hewitt Show, but it has invaded the campaign. Have you done that, yet, on Sidewire?

JA: Not yet, but I expect we’ll be doing that this morning at some point.

HH: Now you must know Huma Abedin, and you must know, I feel for her, I really do. I think this is horrific, what happens to spouses when their husbands are caught doing stupid things like this. But how does it impact the campaign, Jon Allen?

JA: Well, it’s certainly a round of questions they don’t want to have to answer. But since Hillary Clinton’s not doing press conferences, you know, add it to the pile, I guess. It doesn’t look good. You know, there’s this sort of parallelism between Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner in terms of, if you’re a Republican going after the Clintons, or I think just anybody sort of observing what’s going on, you’ve got a husband who’s continually got these infidelity issues over the course of time, and a wife who you know, is enduring it and keeping the marriage together. You know, I don’t know how many more of these blows Huma Abedin is going to absorb. This is pretty bad. Continue Reading

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