Category: Faith & Religion

SPOTLIGHT: Mary Hallan FioRito on Pro-Life Politics and Culture

This week’s Spotlight conversation between Monte Larrick and Mary Hallan FioRito took place at the annual Lake County Right to Life Banquet, which was held July 27th in Mundelein, Illinois.

Ms. FioRito received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1993. Upon conferral of her degree, she was chosen by the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin to serve as Director of Pro-life Activities for the Archdiocese of Chicago. She subsequently served the Archdiocese as its first female Vice-Chancellor and then as Executive Assistant to the late Francis Cardinal George, until his death in 2015.… Continue Reading

The Left Never Stopped Being Nasty

Written by Daniel Greenfield

“Here’s What Happened the Last Time the Left Got Nasty,” is the title of David Greenberg’s Politico piece which briefly delves into some of the left’s highlights.

Just a few years later, though, America’s political culture had changed dramatically. Despite the movement’s historic achievements—and the success of liberals in securing scores of other major reforms—young radicals grew impatient with the pace of change, especially in Vietnam. Peaceful protests continued, but growing numbers of militants now styled themselves revolutionaries and adopted tactics to match.

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SPOTLIGHT: We Need to Be About Our Daddy’s Business

Joining David and Monte this week for the 100th Illinois Family Spotlight podcast is The Reverend Doctor Joey Krol, licensed Christian counselor, radio host, author, and pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Decatur, Illinois. While no celebratory cake was consumed by our guest and hosts, please feel free to pour yourself a cup of coffee and grab a treat while you listen to their informative, humorous, and heartfelt discussion.

Here are a few highlights: Dr.… Continue Reading

“Pride Month” is Officially a Religion: Twitter CEO Shamed Into Disavowing Chik-fil-A Visit

In April, Babylon Bee published a satirical op-ed entitled: “You Either Die An SJW, Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become A Bigot”

The “author” of the piece was Starbucks Executive Chair Howard Schultz. The op-ed mocked how Starbucks was shamed into closing all of its 8,000 stores because leftist social justice warriors claimed that one Philadelphia store manager’s decision meant the entire company was full of racists.

This is the same Starbucks which endorsed left-wing ideologies on LGBT issues long before they were popular.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: Pastor Joey Krol on “Getting Off the Fence”

Written by John Biver

Monte Larrick and Dave Smith sat down with Reverend Dr. Joey Krol, an author and senior pastor of Galilee Baptist Church in Decatur. He is also the morning host at WLUJ, a Christian radio station in Springfield.

They discuss getting churches to speak up and get involved in politics, the role prayer plays in our nation’s spiritual health, President Trump’s past behavior, religious liberty and increasing government pressure on churches.

Joey’s books At the King’s Feet and Common Misunderstandings about God, Jesus and the Bible can be found on Amazon here.… Continue Reading

SPOTLIGHT: John Stonestreet on our Cultural Revolution

Written by John Biver

Monte Larrick interviewed John Stonestreet at Illinois Family Institute’s Fourth Annual Worldview Conference. Stonestreet is the president of the Chuck Colson Center and BreakPoint Radio co-host. They discuss why Christians should be concerned about the Culture when we have seemingly lost; the next major cultural shift after the Sexual Revolution; the continued attacks on religious freedom; and when it is right for Christians to engage in civil disobedience.

Monte and John also discuss the cost of following Jesus, and legalization of recreational marijuana.… Continue Reading

Ben Shapiro: If You Don’t Agree With Me, You’re a Racist Who Likes Death Threats

Written by Ben Shapiro

On Monday, George Yancy, a black professor of philosophy at Emory University, wrote a lengthy piece in The New York Times detailing the awful death threats he has received from white racists. I can sympathize — throughout 2016, I received my fair share of death threats. But Yancy sees those death threats as representative of a deeper malignancy plaguing all of white America, not a sickness within a subset of the population.… Continue Reading

What Liberals Think America Is Doing Right

Written by Taylor Lewis

America’s in trouble, we’re told.

Our politics is coarse and divided.  The media have been driven mad by the need to break scoops first, leading to clumsy and embarrassing errors.  Social media are turning us all into Narcissus, staring distractedly into digital pools, erasing our ability to think critically.  The world’s rising powers no longer fret over our might.

Doomsaying is prominent, but not all are saturnine.  Haley Britzky of Axios recently tried to lighten the country’s dark skies by listing “9 things America is getting right.”

“With a number of natural disasters raging across the country this year, and political discourse at its peak, it’s important to remember that there is good news out there,” Britzky informs us.  … Continue Reading

Is It Okay to Be Angry with Leftists Promoting Transgenderism?

Written by John Biver

In this week’s Spotlight, is Laurie Higgins, the Cultural Affairs Writer for the Illinois Family Institute.

They converse on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case before the U.S. Supreme Court, something called the Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID) which Laurie asserts is similar to the transgender movement, the government’s role in the institution of marriage, and the role of Anger in the Christian Church.

Higgins emphasizes that it’s important to use proper analogies when writing about what the LGBTQIA letters truly represent.… Continue Reading

How the Left Became So Intolerant

Written by Kim Holmes

When most people think of intolerance, they imagine a racist taunting a black person. Or they think of the white supremacist who killed a demonstrator in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It seldom occurs to them that intolerance comes in all political shapes and sizes.

A protester storming a stage and refusing to let someone speak is intolerant. So, too, are campus speech codes that restrict freedom of expression. A city official threatening to fine a pastor for declining to marry a gay couple is every bit as intolerant as a right-winger wanting to punish gays with sodomy laws.… Continue Reading

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