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The Illinois Family Spotlight podcast will highlight a specific cultural or political issue of which our listeners should be aware. Our discussions will be informed by a biblical worldview that will help expose the lies and distortions promulgated within secular culture. We will be interviewing policy experts and scholars whose knowledge and insights will help listeners form a wiser worldview.

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PODCAST: Gubernatorial Hopeful Chris Kennedy’s Unseemly Temper Tantrum

Perhaps you heard about the petulant, self-righteous, and downright rude behavior of Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Chris Kennedy directed at fellow gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives at a governor’s forum on Monday. When Jeanne Ives made the commonsense-infused claim that a solution to gun violence is “fathers in the home,” she was greeted by not only boos from the audience but this withering and ignorant response from Kennedy…

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“Is Illinois Going to Pot?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #077)

In the Spotlight this week, is Bishop Lance Davis, the pastor of New Zion Covenant Church in Dolton.

Dave, Monte, and Bishop Davis discuss the Cook County referendum on the legalization of marijuana. How will marijuana legalization impact Illinois civil society? And, have we counted the social costs of this type of legislation in the state of Illinois?

“Illinois Lawmakers Will be Working Before the Primary, Right?”(Illinois Family Spotlight #076)

Monte and Dave are back with Ralph Rivera, a lobbyist for Illinois Right to Life Action and Illinois Family Institute.

This week’s Spotlight features a discussion about the March 20th primary, the lawsuit surrounding HB 40, a bill enacting taxpayer funding of abortion, SB 1564 a bill that forces medical personnel to refer women to abortion clinics, the sanctuary state legislation signed by Governor Rauner, the Equal Rights Amendment, and new legislation concerns, including physician assisted suicide, and recreational marijuana.… Continue Reading

“Is It Okay to Be Angry with Leftists Promoting Transgenderism?”(Illinois Family Spotlight #075)

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 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 LGBT letters truly represent.… Continue Reading

“Things You Don’t Hear About Gender Dysphoria” (Spotlight #074)

Laurie Higgins joins David Smith on this edition of Illinois Family Spotlight. Laurie is the Illinois Family Institute’s Cultural Affairs Writer.

They discuss transgender issues and gender dysphoria, including the requirements to be a transgender person, co-ed restrooms and locker rooms, the emotional toll taken on kids who witness transgender children in their schools and people who have been sexually molested, and transgender birth certificates. Also, one of Laurie’s recent articles.

Some conservatives are buying into “transgenderism,” but as Laurie Higgins points out: “Being castrated doesn’t turn a man into a woman.… Continue Reading

“A Creche on Display in the Illinois Capitol” (Illinois Family Spotlight #073)

Once again a nativity scene has taken its place in the Illinois Capitol rotunda, thanks to the work of the Springfield nativity committee and the Thomas More Society, including our guest Tom BrejchaMr. Brejcha is the President and Chief counsel member of the Thomas More Society.

He joins Monte Larrick to discuss religious freedom in Illinois and the nation. From including the nativity display in our capitol building, to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in the Supreme Court.… Continue Reading

“The Most Significant Revolution in History” (Illinois Family Spotlight #072)

Written by John Biver

In this week’s podcast, Laurie Higgins joins David Smith to discuss the Trans-Ideology and its effects on our schools, classrooms, and impressionable young children.

Laurie is the cultural affairs writer for the Illinois Family Institute, and “she does an amazing job writing thought provoking and compelling articles that help us think through the contemporary issues and the godless worldviews that dominate the public square.”

Laurie refers to what is going on today as “one of the most significant revolutions in history.”

“If people think this is just about this very small minority of people who experience gender dysphoria having access to opposite sex spaces — they’re wrong, they’re not fully informed.” The ultimate goal is to eradicate the public recognition of sex differences, she explains.… Continue Reading

Islam in America (Illinois Family Spotlight #071)

In a partnership with Act for America, the Illinois Family Institute hosted an event with 3 influential personalities in the fight against Islam.

This podcast features the question and answer portion of the event in Orland Park.

The guests include Philip Haney, DHS Whistleblower and counterterrorism expert, author of “See Something, Say Nothing.”

Also, Anni Cyrus of the Glazof Gang. A child bride in her home country of Iran, abused and imprisoned as a teen, she escaped to America and now advocates for women and girls, suffering under Sharia.… Continue Reading

“Is America Racist?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #070)

Written by John Biver

In the Spotlight this week, Dave Smith once again sits down to talk to Rev. Ceasar LeFlore, the Founder and Executive Director of the Beloved Community Development Coalition and the Midwest Regional Director of the Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN). Pastor LeFlore is working towards a national pro-life prayer network, he is seeking to unite a million prayer intercessors to daily pray for the end of abortion.

They discuss racial tensions in America, from the NFL’s move to take a knee, to uniting the American church.… Continue Reading

“What Would the Founders Be Tweeting Today?” (Spotlight #069)

Last month, Illinois Family Institute teamed up with Restore Our Constitution to host a special event with historian David Barton in Decatur. Mr. Barton is the founder and president of Wall Builders, and an author of a number of best selling books.

David Barton touched on a number of topics in his presentation, including the push for a Convention of the States, the problem of rouge federal judges and the indoctrination centers known as colleges and universities — pointing out that only 27 percent of college graduates get a job related to their major.… Continue Reading

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