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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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“Is Marriage A Civil Right?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #108)

Back to 2011. Today’s special edition of Spotlight features Laurie Higgins speaking at an IFI Marriage Symposium, she starts out reproving Christians for consistently showing up late to cultural battles, then Higgins debunks common liberal talking points about same-sex marriage that we must be able to dismantle.

“Roe v. Wade Out the Door?”(Illinois Family Spotlight #107)

Monte is joined by Mary Hallan Fiorito, a Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C., Ms. Fiorito is also a representative of WomenSpeakForThemselves.comMary is an attorney, public speaker, and commentator on issues involving women’s leadership in the Catholic Church, work/life balance for mothers, and Catholic Church administration.

They discuss the current debate about abortion; the midterm elections in terms of pro-lifers and pro-choicers; Donald Trump’s lifetime fluctuation on the Sanctity of Life; a current Illinois law similar to the California mandate struck down by the U.… Continue Reading

PODCAST: Help for Journalists in Interviewing “Progressive” Candidates for Office

The mainstream press just loves to ask conservative candidates questions on the hot-button issue of abortion. Since the creative juices of “progressive” journalists seem to dry up when it comes to digging into the minds of “progressive” candidates to unearth their deep thoughts shaped by atrophied consciences, subjectivism, relativism, and self-indulgence, I’m here to help. Here are some questions to ask candidates who bask in the glory of their self-designated position on the right side of history…

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“Dealing With Addiction in the Pew” (Illinois Family Spotlight #106)

This edition of Spotlight features Jo McGuire once again, who comes on to discuss what Illinois might look like after a plausible five years of retail marijuana; debunking the crime drop myth in Colorado; encouraging lawmakers considering legal pot to visit Colorado and seek certain people groups, one of which is RMHIDTA, you can view their report here; advertising marijuana usage to pregnant women to alleviate first trimester discomfort and the complications that follow; what church leaders need to do to educate their congregations and specifically young people; and finally Jo’s story which has permanently vested in her an interest in this topic.… Continue Reading

“HB 40 is Having a Deadly Impact on Illinois” (Illinois Family Spotlight #105)

On a busy intersection on a bright summer day, Monte Larrick spoke with Eric Schiedler, the President of the Pro-Life Action League at the 19th annual Face the Truth Tour.

This edition of Spotlight features their conversation which touches on President Trump‘s SCOTUS nominee; how graphic images displayed at the Truth Tour debunk popular liberal talking points on abortion; possible Supreme Court debates on the Illinois’ “bubble zone” law; troubling news about the effects of the implementation of HB 40 (taxpayer funding of abortion); and how HB 40 will affect Illinois abortion law if SCOTUS overturns Roe v.Continue Reading

“Hoosier Conservative Pick?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #104)

Monte Larrick and David Smith are joined by Dave’s Indiana equivalent, Micah Clark. In November 2001, Micah became the Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana. His experience has helped AFA expand into an organization with a consistent state house presence while maintaining its role as Indiana’s leading decency organization.

They delve into President Trump‘s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh; Indiana’s important upcoming midterm elections; radical proposals driving people out of the Democratic party; the Indiana GOP’s fight over keeping/extracting a traditional marriage plank from their statewide platform; the difference between elite and grassroots republicans; radical social bills in Indiana; school choice; Indiana and medical marijuana; and an example of inefficient government.… Continue Reading

“Raising the Next Generation of Culture Warriors” (Illinois Family Spotlight #103)

This edition of Spotlight features Monte Larrick’s interview with Kirk Smith, the Executive Director of Illinois Christian Home Educators.

They explore the growth of home education throughout the nation, homeschooling in the great state of Illinois, how christian home education is changing public schools, Smith’s concern with the evolution of homeschooling in Illinois, and how ICHE can help you begin to home educate your child.

They also consider the claim that christian home educators’ goal is to bring up a generation of culture warriors for Jesus Christ, and how homeschooling benefits the state of Illinois.… Continue Reading

“Religious Freedom is Under Intense Attack” (Illinois Family Spotlight #102)

In this week’s podcast, Monte Larrick interviews Alliance Defending Freedom’s (ADF) Regional Director J.D. Mesnard. This interview took place at IFI’s fourth annual worldview conference in early May. In the first half of the podcast, J.D. identifies the importance of ADF’s Church Alliance program, which supports the legal needs of churches across the nation during a time in which attacks on religious liberty are increasing.

During the second half of the podcast, in his capacity as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, J.D.… Continue Reading

“Common Core is No Longer a Problem, Right?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #101)

Dr. Duke Pesta joins Dave Smith and Monte Larrick on this episode of spotlight to discuss public education issues, including but not limited to Common Core Standards and other issues in government schools. Dr. Duke is a tenured university professor of English at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and Academic Director of FreedomProject Academy.

They also discuss the alternatives to government schools and expensive private schools among them FreedomProject Academy, an online Common Core free K-12 classical education.… Continue Reading

“We Need to Be About Our Daddy’s Business” (Illinois Family Spotlight #100)

The Reverend Doctor Joey Krol joins Monte and Dave on this one hundredth episode of Illinois Family Spotlight.

They discuss being conformed to Jesus, even when it comes to troublemaking; misaligned priorities; church leaders out of touch with the realities of the day; a recent poll showing that America is split on abortion; marijuana; and the coming election.

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