Stories from the Heart – June 8, 2010

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    First Topic – The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future

    America faces a new culture war. It is not a war about guns, abortions, or gays—rather it is a war against the creeping changes to our entrepreneurial culture, the true bedrock of who we are as a people. The new culture war is a battle between free enterprise and social democracy. Many Americans have forgotten the evils of socialism and the predations of the American Great Society’s welfare state programs. But, as American Enterprise Institute’s president Arthur C. Brooks reveals, the forces for social democracy have returned with a vengeance, expanding the power of the state to a breathtaking degree. He offers a plan of action for the defense of free enterprise; it is at once a call to arms and a crucial redefinition of the political and moral gulf that divides Right and Left in America today.

    Second Topic - Detroit Bus Authority Blocks Ads Offering Help to Muslims Threatened for Leaving Their Religion

    A federal lawsuit was filed last week over the refusal of a Detroit-area transportation authority to display an anti-Jihad advertisement on its buses.  The ad stated, “Fatwa on your head?  Is your family or community threatening you?  Leaving Islam?  Got questions?  Get Answers!” The “Leaving Islam” ad was sponsored by the Freedom Defense Initiative (FDI), founded by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. In the past, SMART had no problem running an anti-religion ad sponsored by an atheist organization that stated, “Don’t Believe in God? You are not alone.” Dick Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center is here to discuss it.

    Third Topic – Study Shows Children Raised By Lesbians are Smarter and More Well-Adjusted that Those In a Traditional Family – Oh yea, the Study was Done By an Open Lesbian

    Being raised by a same-sex couple is no hindrance to healthy psychological development, researchers say as the first generation of children conceived by lesbians through donor insemination is coming of age. In fact, lesbian mothers rated their 17-year-olds higher in social and academic skills, and lower in rule-breaking and aggression, than did mothers of teenagers who also had a father. The study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics, is the first to follow children of lesbian couples all the way from conception to adolescence. Two quick points: The study was done by an open lesbian and it contradicts decades of previous studies. Gary Glenn is here to discuss it.

    Fourth Topic – Primary Results – What Do They Say About November?

    The June 8 primaries yielded some marquee matchups and one key runoff. The main message: Outsiders are in. California Former Silicon Valley CEOs and political newcomers Meg Whitman (eBay) and Carly Fiorina (Hewlett-Packard) face career politicians in a state usually unfriendly to female GOP candidates. Both Senator Barbara Boxer, who will face Fiorina in a bid for a fourth term, and Attorney General Jerry Brown, who will take on Whitman in the race for the governor's job, are counting on rookie mistakes. Election analyst Michael Barone is here. He also answers the question “What’s wrong with Michigan?”

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