Host John Snyder interviews Dr. Harry Jaffa (Professor Emeritus of Government at Claremont McKenna College) on the meaning and importance of the Declaration of Independence. Many jurists, including conservative Justice Scalia of the US Supreme Court, hold that the Declaration has no legal authority in how we read and interpret the Constitution. Jaffa asserts that the Declaration is part of the organic law of our country and is essential to all legal interpretation, and expresses the very spirit of the nation.
Often we are taught that the roots of democracy should be traced to Athens and the Golden Age of Greece. While this is partially true, it does not tell us the whole truth. Democracy is largely, and perhaps entirely, the product of ideas culled and developed from Christian thinking. Listen in as Guest Christopher Neiswonger and Host John Snyder discuss the Influence of Christianity on the Development of Democracy.
War is often seen as only a physical act of violence committed by nations against one another. This is not a very insightful way of looking at war. Rather, war is primarily a metaphysical event, the struggle of abstract ideas, beliefs and moral principles played out in the incarnate world of physical things. Because war, properly undertaken, always involves moral consequence, war is not just violence, but has the purpose of restoring moral order. Once we accept this notion, war imposes duties on the combatants and the victor.
Almost all Republicans are unhappy with their party. Why is this? What does the Republican Party represent? Where did it go wrong? What are its core values? Host John Snyder discusses the differences and similarities of the parties and the ideas and values which have separated Democrats and Republicans for nearly 150 years.
This is our first Life in the Public Square program, the purpose of which is to cast a broad light on life issues such as abortion, cloning, euthanasia, and end of life issues. These programs which will be hosted by Alexandra Berauer will air about every two months. Stay tuned to our program schedule. With the defeat of the last challenge to a UK law preventing the creation of human hybrids, the prospect of similar legal protections to human-animal hybrids and similar scientific research creeps a little closer to our shores.
Just days after the California Supreme Court Decision, hosts John Snyder and Alexandra Berauer discuss the legal basis for the ruling which sanctions marriage between homosexual couples. Guest David Llewellyn, Director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence brings to the discussion the history of Prop 71 and the legal background of how the case wound its way to the highest court in the State.
Hosts John Snyder and Alexandra Berauer discuss the importance of the Public Square in a self-governing community.
To the degree to which dialog and discussion are essential to the political and cultural health of a community, the avenues of political, religious, cultural, and economic discussion must be open and dynamic.