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Justice for immigrants and the incarcerated; Big religious freedom wins

Matt, Steven, and Travis catch up on latest federal policy developments including a legislative solution for Dreamers, Criminal Justice Reform, and two big wins for religious freedom at HHS and DOJ. Dreamers/DACA Evangelical Leader Statement of Principles on Dreamers - Join us! Criminal Justice Reform - Join us! Religious freedom wins at the agencies ERLC’s Russell Moore calls HHS religious liberty exemption ‘crucial achievement’ Reversal of HHS...

Duration: 00:36:41

Solutions for Dreamers and the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Matthew Hawkins, Steven Harris, and Travis Wussow discuss Washington politics of the last week of September, including possible legislative solutions for Dreamers and the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36). Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Legislative proposals to date: Graham/Durbin - DREAM Act Tillis/Lankford - SUCCEED Act Curbelo/Coffman - RAC Act Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act Video: Kevin McCarthy announce vote on H.R. 36 Bill text: H.R. 36...

Duration: 00:26:50

Senator Ben Sasse and Russell Moore

ERLC National Conference Full video: Russell Moore and Ben Sasse via Facebook Live Hurricane Harvey Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Hurricane Harvey From the Flooded Grounds of Houston - Jeff Medders How to help victims of Hurricane Harvey - ERLC

Duration: 00:24:07

A conversation about Charlottesville

ERLC D.C. staffers Matt, Travis, and Steven share their conversation as they process the events in Charlottesville, race in America, and where gospel-believing churches go from here. Charlottesville VIDEO: Russell Moore on CNN with Jake Tapper SBC Resolution On Sensitivity And Unity Regarding The Confederate Battle Flag SBC Resolution On The Anti-Gospel Of Alt-Right White Supremacy When white supremacists come to town | AUDIO: The Horror in Charlottesville | The Ben Shapiro Show...

Duration: 01:15:20

Human trafficking: What can I do?

Matt Hawkins moderates a panel discussion on human trafficking with Kimberly Merida, Ashleigh Chapman, Natasha Robinson, and Travis Wussow. The panel was part of the 2017 Evangelicals for Life conference. Human Trafficking Video: Panel discussion as heard on podcast Resources from ERLC International Justice Mission Guest links Kimberly Merida, @KimMerida Ashleigh Chapman, @EngageTogether Natasha Robinson, @ASISTASJOURNEY Evangelicals for Life conference 2017 conference videos 2018 info and...

Duration: 00:35:42

Compassion and the transgender debate; Policy team roundtable

Matt Hawkins welcomes Andrew Walker to discuss his new book God & the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity? Christian compassion and the Transgender Debate Amazon: God and the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker 5 Things Every Christian Must Know About the Transgender Debate by Andrew Walker Book review by David Prince: “Christians now have gospel counsel on transgenderism in accessible terms for layman and pastor alike. This book is must-read material...

Duration: 00:38:58

The internship episode

Jeff Pickering and Matt Hawkins interview the ERLC’s 2017 team of D.C. interns to share a glimpse into life and vocation in Washington, D.C. The interns share their favorite experiences and what it’s like to work in the ERLC’s D.C. office. ERLC Internships Join us in Nashville, Tenn. or Washington, D.C. Information and application.

Duration: 00:30:00

Updates on Planned Parenthood defund; Religious persecution; Populist trends

Matt, Travis, and Steven discuss the latest from Capitol Hill including: rumors about the effort to defund Planned Parenthood; prayer for the persecuted church; State Department international religious freedom policy); and the role out of the Democrat’s new populist branding. Why Didn’t the Planned Parenthood Videos Change the Abortion Debate? - The Gospel Coalition Series: Prayer for the persecuted church Tillerson’s Grand Renovation Plan in State Department Gets Assistance Democrats Set...

Duration: 00:23:19

Congress sprints to recess; Eugene Peterson and gay marriage

Matt and Steven give a rundown of the Congressional landscape in the weeks leading up to the August recess. Includes: updates to human trafficking law, pro-life measures in appropriations, gender reassignment surgery in the military, and healthcare in the Senate. Also, the chatter among Evangelicals and Eugene Peterson. Congressional activity House Passes Several Bills to Combat Human Trafficking - ERLC, The Weekly McCain's absence exposes McConnell's shaky health vote math - FoxNews...

Duration: 00:26:01

Senator James Lankford on assisted suicide; Russell Moore on criminal justice reform

Senator Lankford on physician assisted suicide Senator Lankford, Oklahoma (webpage) Explainer: How to reject physician-assisted suicide - Extended podcast interview with ethicist Ben Mitchell on assisted suicide - What I said to my state's legislators about assisted suicide - SBC Resolutions related to assisted suicide and sanctity of life Russell Moore on Criminal Justice Reform Justice Declaration including full white paper - Prison Fellowship SBC Resolutions...

Duration: 00:23:16

Religious freedom wins at Supreme Court; The Senate Healthcare draft

The ERLC D.C. team analyzes the draft health care bill revealed by the Senate. Trinity Lutheran wins, 7-2, at the Supreme Court Why Trinity Lutheran Matters - Russell Moore Explainer via ERLC Top quotes from the Trinity Lutheran Supreme Court win - ERLC Russell Moore calls Trinity Lutheran Supreme Court ruling “triumph for religious freedom” Case resource page via Alliance Defending Freedom Full case log via SCOTUSBlog EVENT: Capitol Conversations Live, cohosted with ADF The ERLC and...

Duration: 00:25:06

Ben Mitchell on physician-assisted suicide; Feeling the Bern on religious freedom

Matthew and Travis welcome Ben Mitchell, PhD to discuss physician-assisted suicide and the biblical ethics that inform a Christian view of the issue. The roundtable reviews domestic religious freedom items including Senator Bernie Sanders’ religious test for public office, a Southern Baptist church facing zoning restrictions in Chicago, and recent ERLC meetings with Executive Branch officials as they seek to correct breaches of religious freedom by federal agencies. Physician-assisted...

Duration: 00:48:03

Lori Windham on leaked HHS rule; DOJ needs to act; Intern curriculum

Matthew Hawkins and Steven Harris welcome Lori Windham, Senior Counsel at Becket to review the leaked draft of a new rule from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Travis Wussow explains how the DOJ could help Southern Baptist plaintiffs in the HHS lawsuits and Jeff Pickering highlights the plans for the ERLC’s summer DC interns. Also, non-hockey fans talk hockey and reveal we don’t know what we’re talking about. Leaked HHS rule The “HHS mandate” presently requires employer to...

Duration: 00:31:30

Lunch with David French; Ethiopia adoption crisis

The ERLC welcomes David French for a conversation over lunch, ranging from terrorism to pronouns to The Rock for President. Policy Associate Jeff Pickering joins to discuss an adoption crisis in Ethiopia. Lunch with David French The World Is Too Comfortable with Terror - David French Chelsea Manning and the Problem with Pronouns - David French Why We Love — and Need — The Rock - David French Refugees Content about refugees from ERLC Video: Ministering to refugees and immigrants -...

Duration: 00:56:54

A global pro-life win with Congressman Chris Smith

Matthew Hawkins and Travis Wussow interview Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4) about policies assisting victims of genocide (H.R. 390) and curbing global promotion of abortion (expanding “Mexico City” policy). Steven joins the roundtable as the team analyses the Congressional landscape. Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act H.R. 390 - Library of Congress Smith-Eshoo Bill Will Provide Emergency Relief to Christians and Other Religious Minorities Who Survived ISIS Genocide...

Duration: 00:48:14

International religious freedom; and Kent Hill of Religious Freedom Institute

Matthew Hawkins and Travis Wussow venture outside the office to downtown Washington, D.C., to talk about the international landscape of religious persecution, including an interview with our friend Kent Hill of the Religious Freedom Institute. World Summit in Defense of Christians Christian persecution focus of global summit - BP News PHOTOS: World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians Remarks by Vice President Pence at the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians Religious...

Duration: 00:30:15

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