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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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“Hiding Amongst the Sheep” (Illinois Family Spotlight #136)

Monte and Dave welcome Dr. Karen Randall, a ER pediatrician in Colorado back to the podcast to address marijuana legalization in Illinois. Specifically, the spike of marijuana related issues in her emergency department, cannabis science, the growth of the Colorado black market for pot, qualifications dispensary operators may (or may not) have, the public reaction when confronted by the facts, and a public invitation to come and witness the ill-effects on the states where marijuana is legal.… Continue Reading

PODCAST: Democratic Senators Refuse to Ban De Facto Infanticide

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act was just defeated because we don’t have enough U.S. Senators who oppose infanticide. The vote was 53 in favor and 44 opposed—including 2020 presidential hopefuls Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders, and Warren—falling 6 votes short of the 60 needed to pass. This exposes the repugnant and pernicious moral degeneracy of many in our ruling class.

What a moral Gordian Knot the passage of this bill would have tied around all the Gosnells who commit abortions: If passed, they would have been required by law to provide medical treatment to the tiny, weak humans they moments before had tried to kill.… Continue Reading

“This Battle Will Ultimately be Won on Our Knees” (Illinois Family Spotlight #135)

Monte Larrick recently caught up with the president of 40 Days for Life, Shawn Carney, to discuss the pro-murder crowd’s radical new push and the powerful new pro-life movie “Unplanned” which comes out March 29.

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PODCAST: California Public High School Bans MAGA Hats as Distracting

A spokesperson for the Clovis Unified School District in Fresno, California recently rationalized the decision of Clovis North High School to prohibit students from wearing MAGA hats to school, implying that the hats would be “distracting.” Translated: The school fears obnoxious leftist high school students will respond obnoxiously to the presence of peers wearing MAGA hats.

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Dr. Lutzer: “Christians are now playing perpetual away games” (Illinois Family Spotlight #134)

This episode of spotlight was honored by the presence of the Reverend Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of the Moody Church in Chicago.

Dr. Lutzer joins hosts Monte Larrick and David Smith to talk about an upcoming speaking engagement about his self-labeled legacy book “The Church in Babylon, Heeding the Call to Be a Light in the Darkness.” Dr. Lutzer goes on to diagnose the today’s “folding” Christian church, and converses with Monte and Dave on notorious debates in today’s culture.… Continue Reading

“So, You Want to Go On Offense?” (Illinois Family Spotlight #133)

David Avignone, the Executive Director of Illinois Citizens for Ethics PAC joins Monte Larrick and David Smith to discuss Illinois’ ethical woes.

They discuss the link between ethical politics and the ethics of supporting abortion, the Chicago mayoral race, bubble zones, what ICE-PAC is up to, combating the tremendous amount of money spent by pro-abortion candidates, and Illinois republicans collective lack of spine and leadership in taking on abortion.

Check out the Illinois Family Institute’s upcoming events here.… Continue Reading

A Marijuana Frame of Mind (Illinois Family Spotlight #132)

Jo McGuire joins Monte Larrick and Dave Smith to hold another conversation on the broad topic of commercial marijuana and the ramifications Colorado is experiencing. Jo is the chairman of the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association, NDASA.com.

In the podcast they mention the old Illinois recreational marijuana proposal included 5-6 plants per house. The proposed bill is HB 902, which includes: “…possessing, growing, processing, or transporting on one’s own premises no more than 24 mature cannabis plants and possession of the cannabis produced by the plants on the premises where the plants were grown; (3) possessing outside one’s premises no more than 224 grams of cannabis…” this synopsis allows an massive amount of marijuana on one’s property.… Continue Reading

The Drug Plague is Growing, What to Do? (Illinois Family Spotlight #131)

In this week’s Spotlight is Angela Camp, a drug addiction specialist with Bradford Health Services in Birmingham, Alabama. Angela joins Monte Larrick to consider the raging heroin epidemic here in the United States, and it’s relation to opioid and marijuana addiction.

They examine drug abuse making in-roads in middle-class America, marijuana’s link to the use of opioids and hard drugs, the role of social media in this rampant drug scourge, some apps that are tell-tale signs of sketchy events in a young one’s life, what parents can do to keep their kids safe and alive, and what the community of faith can do.… Continue Reading

“Expanding Illinois Abortion Access” (Illinois Family Spotlight #130)

This week’s episode spotlights Mary Kate Knorr, the executive director of Illinois Right to Life.

Mary Knorr joins Monte Larrick to take a hard look at the planned attack of Illinois’ parental notification of abortion law, how to stem the overwhelming assault on this critical law, what Illinois could look like if parental notification of abortion is repealed, and holding anti-life lawmakers accountable.

They also take an over-arching view of what Planned Parenthood and anti-life activists are attempting to accomplish in Illinois, why cultivating strong relationships with your children (grandchildren), especially daughters, is so vital to slow the consistent emergence of crisis pregnancies, and finally a proposal in Springfield to legalize physician assisted suicide.… Continue Reading

PODCAST: District U-46 Attorney Affirms Right of Men Who Pretend to Be Women to Supervise Girls’ Locker Rooms

Everyone should listen to three segments of the most recent school board meeting in the continually controversial District U-46. These segments offer a picture of the type of collision between wisdom and foolishness that should be taking place in every government school right now. The wise and courageous heroes in this collision are school board member Jeanette Ward and community member Ina Silva-Sobolewski. The fools include the relentlessly sanctimonious and indignant Veronica Noland and her ideological ally Melissa Owens as well as appointed board member John Devereux, board president Donna Smith, the district’s chief legal counsel Miguel Rodriguez, and staff attorney Luis Rodriguez (no relation to chief legal counsel).… Continue Reading

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