Faithful Politics Podcast
"We Are Not A Christian Nation" w/Brian Kaylor, President of Word & Way
Have you heard the term, "We are a Christian Nation, founded on Christian Ideals?" Our guest this week, Brian Kaylor, would likely take issue with a comment like that, and guess what...He's also a Christian Pastor, Editor, and President of one of the oldest Christian publications in America called Word & Way, founded in 1896. Brian, unlike many evangelicals in America, is steadfast in his efforts to ensure that separation of church and state rings true for believers and non-believers. It's not uncommon to find Brian testifying alongside atheist and satanist when state legislatures are pushing for Bible literacy classes in public schools, or when there's a bill giving special rights to collegiate religious student associations. This is an amazing chat and discussion that I hope you will enjoy! Check out this short documentary that features Brian Kaylor "Is America a Christian nation? Pastors at odds about fusion of faith and politics" https://www.cbsnews.com/news/america-christian-nation-religious-right/?fbclid=IwAR0UdEeT6iOzWHCN67Hwy51yrSM5JtNFB0Q7AkNRopjzlTag4ZQ7QS4XASs Guest Bio: Brian T. Kaylor is an award-winning author and journalist. He serves as Editor & President of Word&Way (a Baptist magazine in the Midwest) and as Associate Director of Churchnet (a Baptist network in Missouri). Brian is the author of four books on religion and politics: Vote Your Principles: Party Must Not Trump Principles (Union Mound Publishing, 2016), Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action (Peter Lang, 2015), Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics(Lexington Books, 2011) and For God’s Sake, Shut Up! (Smyth & Helwys, 2007). Brian has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. in Communication and Christian Ministry from Southwest Baptist University. He serves the Baptist World Alliance as Vice-Chair of the Communication Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Awards Committee, Commission on Christian Ethics, Nominating Committee, and General Council. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
Treason Greetings and, Thanks for all the fish!
This is our last episode of 2021. Will and Josh reflect a little on this crazy year, and talk about some of their favorite guests and interviews. They also give a little preview of what 2022 will bring. Will Trump make a comeback? Will JFK be resurrected? Make sure you keep us in your podcast feed so you will never miss an episode! Also if you would like to help or support the show, please consider making a donation to our program. All proceeds will go directly to funding the podcast. If you have ideas of guests, books we should read, or just want to say hi, please send us a note! The contact info is on our website! Thank you for a wonderful year, and we hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season! -Will & Josh Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
"Poll Position" w/ Scott Clement, Polling Director - Washington Post
*You can listen to the podcast of the show as well. Episodes release on Tuesdays" Let's be honest, when you see a poll that favors a position you support you are quick to assume it's accurate, but when one doesn't seem to match up with a belief of yours you are quick to dismiss it. Don't worry, we took a poll of all the people who read these descriptions and determined that you are not alone. This week, Josh and Will unpack some of the science behind polls with Scott Clement, The Washington Post Polling Director. Scott talks with the guys about polling accuracy, and how various factors can influence the results. They also talk about how the world of polling has evolved over the years and how it's constantly improving. If you have questions about polling, there's a good chance it was asked in this interview! Guest Bio: Scott Clement is the polling director for The Washington Post, conducting national and local polls about politics, elections and social issues. He began his career with the ABC News Polling Unit and came to The Post in 2011 after conducting surveys with the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
"MAGA Sine Laude" - w/Tristan Snell, Fmr. Assistant AG for New York
Many have wondered if President Trump could ever be held accountable for his actions either while president or even before he held the highest office in America. It's no secret that Donald Trump is notoriously known as Teflon-Don for his savviness to evade civil or criminal liability for the many things he's been accused of, but this week we speak with a person who knows a thing or two about prosecuting Trump and his organization. Tristan Snell is the former Assistant Attorney General for New York, and successfully prosecuted Trump University which lead to a $25 million settlement; the largest settlement against the Trump family. They talk about the similarities between this case and the existing civil and criminal cases brought forth by New York AG, Letitia James, as well as the status of the January 6th commission investigation and how that might play out. Article referenced in the show: Unpacking the Civil Case That May Destroy the Trump Organization: https://www.smerconish.com/exclusive-content/unpacking-the-civil-case-that-may-destroy-the-trump-organization Prosecution of Trump University: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/07/03/trump-weisselberg-indictment-documents/ New Jan. 6th Subpoenas: https://www.npr.org/2021/11/08/1053632748/jan-6-committee-subpoenas-trump-officials-michael-flynn New York Prosecutions: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/trump-still-faces-a-reckoning-in-new-york Guest Bio: Tristan’s work includes successes in some of the most high-profile legal matters of the century – including the prosecution of Trump University (leading to a $25 million settlement), the Broadcom v. Qualcomm patent litigation (the largest in US history at the time, with a $1.2 billion victory for Broadcom), and landmark deals with Chase, Wells Fargo, and Walmart, among others. He has also started three businesses and served as a startup Product Manager, General Counsel, COO, and CEO, and he has represented dozens of startups and small to medium sized businesses, as well as early-stage venture funds, giving him a deep understanding of the special challenges facing high-growth businesses. Tristan graduated from Princeton University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, then received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review. He later worked in the renowned intellectual property, appellate, and venture practices at WilmerHale, where he also worked on the Boumediene v. Bush team that won the first habeas writs for detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Eric N. Vitaliano, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York, and as Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York as a civil prosecutor and investigator in consumer protection. Tristan has appeared as a commentator on CNN and Cheddar, and as a contributing writer for CNN and the Washington Post. His work as a lawyer and founder has been featured in a wide array of media outlets, from the New Yorker to the Atlantic to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tristansnell/ Law firm: https://www.mainstreet.law Twitter: @TristanSnell Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
"Faith, Politics, & the Economy" w/Dale Fickett, CEO of Open Trellis
There are few people in the public sphere who can effortlessly navigate the space between faith, politics, and finance. One person that comes to mind is Jesus, second to that might be a close second. We speak with Dale Fickett, he's the President and Co-Founder of Open Trellis, which is an online community of business founders, volunteers and sponsors with a shared philosophy. A shared view about the power of the individual, and the strength in our joint efforts towards a sustainable economy. To Dale this is more than just a job, it's a passion, and one that he takes into his politics and his faith. The guys discuss all things finance, economics, politics and non-profit statuses for churches. It's a pretty wide ranging discussion that will surely have something for everyone! To learn more about the work Dale does checkout the following links: Open Trellis: https://opentrellis.org RVA Works: https://www.connectva.org/groups/rva-works/ Guest Bio: Mr. Fickett is a co-founder of Open Trellis, and the RVA Works initiative in Richmond, Virginia. He holds overall responsibility for the organization’s pursuit of its mission to help more people become business owners. Through the support of over 50 program sponsors and volunteers, Open Trellis provides education, technology, capital and consulting. Fickett has previously worked in Capital Markets and Transactions Banking during his tenure with Accenture. As a senior strategy consultant, based in Dublin and London, he developed new client relationships, led strategic planning, and IT transformation programs in multinational banks. In the areas of developmental economics, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship, Fickett has lectured and conducted related research at Trinity College Dublin, The Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Northwestern University. He has authored "Faith & Sustainable Economic Development," “Towards a More Just Economy” and co-authored both “Developmental Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa: Assessing Financial and Social Returns” and "RVA Works - Empowering Entrepreneurs for Big Change." He served in economic advisory roles on the Governor's Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Working Group (Virginia), the U.S. Senate Small Business Productivity Award Panel, the Virginia Business Incubation Association, and the Virginia Catholic Conference. Fickett also serves as Chairman of the Haiti Committee - a humanitarian mission of the Catholic Church, providing microloans, education and health care in Carissade, Haiti. An entrepreneur at heart, earlier in his career he launched a venture in the retail chocolate industry. He holds an MBA magna cum laude, Villanova University, and a BSBA cum laude, LaSalle University. He is also holds a Series 65 securities license in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and serves as a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA). Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
"When Blue Lives Mattered" w/Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn
January 6th is a date that, before 2021, was a somewhat obscure date in the minds of most Americans. Many months after the general election, the victor of that contest has but one more hurdle to overcome, and until recently, was a benign and quiet event; the certification of the election. We talk with a Capitol Police Officer, Harry Dunn, who thought that day would unfold like all the others had over his 14 year career. But the events that occurred that day has shown us how fragile our democracy really is. Special co-host, and previous guest, Corinna Lain sits with Will to chat with one of the courageous officers who experienced that day first hand. They discuss issues of racisms, religion, and talk about what everyday Americans can do to ensure it doesn't happen again. It's an interview that focuses less on the details of that day, and more on the moments before, after, and the future. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
"From Vegas to Boom" - Testimony of Mark Thomas
In our pilot episode of IYT (It's Your Testimony) we talk with Pastor Mark Thomas from Thrive Church Richmond Campus. Mark was obsessed with the party life as a kid, and as he got older thought that Las Vegas, Nevada was better suited for the lifestyle he wanted to live. After a close encounter with death, Mark realized that there was much more to life than partying and so began his journey to recovery and redemption. Connect with Mark on LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mark-thomas-851b32209 Evangelism on Fire: Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/evangelism-on-fire/id1528792278 Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/evangelismonfire/about Learn more about the church Mark Pastors at: http://thrivechurch.me
"Why our preferred pronoun for God should be ‘they’" - w/Mark Silk
If you are a person of faith, especially a monotheistic faith, you probably have always thought of God as singular, and have even referred to God as a "He/Him", but is there another, more accurate pronoun to use? Mark Silk, Director, Leonard Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life and Professor of Religion in Public Life, recently wrote an article called, "Why our preferred pronoun for God should be ‘they’" where he explores this topic in detail. We had a chance to chat with him and learn why his article seemed to strike a nerve among those who have commonly considered God's pronoun to be, well, less vague. We also talk about why he felt compelled to write a follow up article to his first one. Here are the article we referenced: Why our preferred pronoun for God should be ‘they’ https://religionnews.com/2021/09/29/why-our-preferred-pronoun-for-god-should-be-they/ Why calling God ‘they’ shouldn’t upset you https://religionnews.com/2021/10/04/why-calling-god-they-shouldnt-upset-you/ Guest Bio: Mark Silk graduated from Harvard College in 1972 and earned his Ph.D. in medieval history from Harvard University in 1982. After teaching at Harvard in the Department of History and Literature for three years, he became editor of the Boston Review. In 1987 he joined the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked variously as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist. In 1996 he became the first director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life and in 1998 founding editor of Religion in the News, a magazine published by the Center that examines how the news media handle religious subject matter. In June 2005, he was also named director of the Trinity College Program on Public Values, comprising both the Greenberg Center and a new Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
"Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killing' Each Other" - w/Corey Nathan & Jessica Stone
On this super fun episode we get a visit from the folks over at the Talkin' Politics & Religion Without Killin' Each Other (TP&R) podcast to find out what they've been up to. If you love nuance; want to better understand different points of view; are tired of screamers taking all the oxygen out of the room; enjoy engaging, provocative and fun conversations about the big stuff, TPandR is for you! On the show, we talk about the great Facebook blackout of 2021 the whistleblower testimony, do a little rank punditry regarding the Virginia Gubernatorial Race, and finally end with a little game for our fellow podcasters: Biden, Bible, or Balki!
"The Constitution of Vaccines" - w/Professor Eric Berger
Vaccine mandates, love them or hate them, they are most likely affecting you in some shape and form. But what exactly does the constitution have to say about mandates? On this episode, your political host, Will Wright, talks with Constitutional Professor Eric Berger about the constitutionality of vaccine mandates. Then they discuss a Supreme Court case that is often cited to justify mandates, Jacobson v. Massachusets, and lastly Will finally gets his chance to flex his knowledge of OSHA to the professor! Guest Bio: Professor Berger clerked for the Honorable Merrick B. Garland on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then practiced in Jenner & Block's Washington, D.C. office, where he worked on litigation in several state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Professor Berger's matters there included cases involving lethal injection, same-sex marriage, the detention of foreign nationals at Guantanamo Bay, and internet obscenity. Professor Berger teaches Constitutional Law I (structure), Constitutional Law II (rights), Constitutional History, Federal Courts, First Amendment, and Statutory Interpretation. He also teaches a class for undergraduates on Legislation and Regulation. He has been voted Professor of the Year by the upperclass law students six times. He has also received the College Distinguished Teaching Award (in 2010), the Law Alumni Council Distinguished Faculty Award (in 2018), and the John H. Binning Award for Excellence (in 2019). Professor Berger's scholarship focuses on constitutional law. Much of his work explores judicial decision making in constitutional cases, with special attention to deference, fact finding, rhetorical strategies, and other under-theorized factors that help shape judicial opinions in constitutional cases. His article Individual Rights, Judicial Deference, and Administrative Law Norms in Constitutional Decision Making, 91 B.U. L. REV. 2029 (2011), was named the 2011 winner of the American Constitution Society's Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. Professor Berger has also written extensively about lethal injection litigation. Professor Berger has testified in the Nebraska legislature about a variety of constitutional issues, including free speech, lethal injection, and the process for amending the U.S. Constitution. He is also the faculty advisor to the Law College's chapter of the American Constitution Society and to the Community Legal Education Project, which sends law students into Lincoln public schools to teach about the Constitution. Professor Berger served as Associate Dean for Faculty from 2016 to 2020. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)
"Paul-andia" w/Dr. Nijay Gupta
Dr. Nijay Gupta is the perfect mix of politics and religion. For the Faithful you’ll enjoy his take on on the Apostle Paul, but for the Political, you’ll appreciate his take on how we should contextualize modern day issues such as LGBTQ+. They discuss some of the key issues and debates the church is having today, and also talked about the political atmosphere during Biblical days. As a fellow west coaster, your Political Host, Will Wright, finds out that Dr. Gupta is a fellow “Bernie-Bros” and shares in Nijay’s love for Portland. About Nijay K. Gupta Nijay K. Gupta serves is a Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary. He has written several books including: Worship That Makes Sense to Paul (Walter de Gruyter, 2010), Prepare, Succeed, Advance: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond (Wipf & Stock, 2011), Colossians (Smyth & Helwys, 2013), 1-2 Thessalonians (Cascade, 2016), and The Lord's Prayer (Smyth & Helwys, 2018). He has also written numerous academic articles for journals such as Journal for the Study of the New Testament and The Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Gupta is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and serves on the boards of Ex Auditu, Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, and the monograph series Biblical Interpretation (Brill). He is co-editor of the planned second edition of the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (InterVarsity Press). Please visit his blog: www.cruxsolablog.com
Abortion & Vaccines - w/Sarah Pulliam-Bailey, Religious Reporter with The Washington Post
Political Host, Will Wright, chats with Sarah Bailey to get her take on how Christians view the recent Texas Abortion Law and Vaccines! Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Reporter covering religion Sarah Pulliam Bailey runs The Washington Post's religion vertical. She covers how faith intersects with everything, including politics, culture, education, abortion and immigration. Before joining The Post, she was a national correspondent for Religion News Service. She was also online editor of Christianity Today magazine.
"To: The Unvaccinated" - w/Dr. Clay Marsh, West Virginia's Covid-Czar
According to a recent study by John Hopkins University, 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection. Think about that for a second and after you do check how many friends you have on Facebook, Twitter, etc and see what that would equate to for you. If you knew that you could save their life, would you? This podcast was recorded with that one person in mind. We talk with Dr. Clay Marsh, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for West Virginia. This state has the lowest vaccination record in the country, and his job is to find ways to change that and help West Virginia return back to normal. Our conversation is directly geared towards those who are unvaccinated. There is no talk of politics, or judgement for those who choose to remain unvaccinated, just straight talk out of the mouth of an expert. We discuss the following: - Antibodies - Ivermectin - Herd Immunity - Variants - Vaccines - The future of Covid-19 And we even role play, with me asking questions from the standpoint of a vaccine hesitant person. If you, or if you know someone, who isn’t vaccinated and want the real facts with no spin, no politics, no judgment and no guilt, you are going to want to catch this episode and then send it to someone you love. Guest Bio: Clay Marsh, MD, is West Virginia University’s chief health officer, and serves as a member of President E. Gordon Gee’s leadership team. As WVU’s vice president for health sciences, he oversees five health sciences schools and three health campuses, and serves on the governing boards that determine policy and priorities for WVU Medicine and its component organizations. In addition, as executive dean, he is the leader of the WVU School of Medicine. In his role as WVU’s health leader, he has mobilized resources across the University to help WVU Medicine become the leading employer in the state and to build signature programs of excellence in the areas of heart and vascular care, cancer prevention and treatment, women's and children’s health, trauma and critical care, and neurological health and disease. He also has focused resources on areas of emphasis, including opioid addiction, diabetes, and obesity. As part of WVU’s efforts to address the opioid crisis in West Virginia and the nation, he organized a Substance Abuse Task Force to coordinate and strengthen the activities of the University’s patient care enterprise, research and teaching faculty, and administration in this area. He was a participant in the White House Symposium on the development of centers of academic excellence in addiction medicine and has participated in policy discussions with state and national leaders in education, research and public policy to advance these efforts.
"Hands off my Pseudoscience" - w/ Professor Massimo Pigliucci
In this episode Faithful host Josh Burtram talks with Prof. Massimo Pigliucci about the difference between science, pseudoscience, religion, and politics. They also discuss the question of whether or not we have a Democrat or Republican gene! You won't want to miss the conversation. Guest Bio: Prof. Pigliucci has a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently K.D. Irani Professor of Philosophy at City College and Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, the relationship between science and philosophy, and the nature of pseudoscience. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/faithpolitics)