Talking about the "things that matter most" on August 26
4:00 – Judge Allows Illinois To Cut Off Catholic Charities' Foster Care
An Illinois judge has ruled that the state has the right to end its foster care partnership with Catholic Charities in four dioceses, despite the Church ministry's contention that it was being dropped on religious grounds. In his August 18 ruling, Illinois Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt held that "no citizen has a recognized legal right to a contract with the government." Thus, he explained, the state had no obligation to renew a long-standing arrangement with Catholic Charities in the dioceses, as it had annually for over 40 years. Attorney for Catholic Charities, Thomas Brejcha, is here.
4:20 – Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought
With crisp prose and intellectual fairness, Scott Yenor traces the treatment of the family in the philosophies of leading political thinkers of the modern world. What is family? What is marriage? In an effort to address contemporary society's disputes over the meanings of these human social institutions, Scott carefully examines a roster of major and unexpected modern political philosophers from Locke and Rousseau to Hegel and Marx to Freud and Beauvoir. He lucidly presents how these individuals developed an understanding of family in order to advance their goals of political and social reform. Through this exploration, Yenor unveils the effect of modern liberty on this foundational institution and argues that the quest to pursue individual autonomy has undermined the nature of marriage and jeopardizes its future. He joins us.
5:00 – Strategies for Fighting New Abortion Clinics
Monica Miller had been battling abortion for over three decades and has much experience in shutting down and preventing abortion clinics from opening. With a new mega-planned parenthood coming to Auburn Hills, MI, Monica uses this clinic as an example of how pro-lifers can stop abortion clinics from opening in the first place.
5:20 – Search For Human Trafficking Victims Continues With Arrest Of Suspect
International government officials and the Minneapolis-based Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (ITEMP) continue their search for information about a suspected human trafficker arrested and currently awaiting formal charges in Bolivia. José Ignacio Llopis Miro, 45, was arrested by INTERPOL agents June 17 at a café in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, after a nearly three-year manhunt. He is suspected in the disappearance of two women in Bolivia. He is also wanted in Uruguay, Spain, Guatemala, Argentina, and Australia on fraud, theft, and human trafficking-related charges. Furthermore, he is under investigation in Guatemala in connection with a homicide. We talk about this case and the work of ITEMP with their founder, Patrick Atkinson.