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Air Date: 03/05/2021
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- Poland Proposes $13.5 Million Fines for Tech Giants Engaging in Ideological Censorship
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- Family Has All Their New Clothes Stolen After Thieves Break Into Car, so LAPD Officers Step In to Help
- David Jeremiah’s ‘Turning Point Ministries’ first religious program to air on History Channel
- Stitt declares Thursday statewide day of prayer, fasting for Oklahomans affected by coronavirus
- McDonald’s Employee Pays for Tearful, Stressed Mom’s Order After She Forgot Her Wallet
- House to launch antitrust hearings starting next week
- Judge Approves $650M Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Settlement
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Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture. It’s WallBuilders Live, and it’s Friday. I love Friday, Good News Friday around here at WallBuilders Live, most of the time anyway. And it’s a chance to hear some good news stories that you probably have not heard. I know most of the stories that David and Tim Barton share I had not heard in the major media, not that I listened to the major media much, I try to listen to other forms of media as much as I can. At any rate, we’re going to have a great time today.
My name is Rick Green. I’m a former Texas legislator and known as America’s Constitution coach. And I am honored to be here with David Barton. He’s America’s premier historian and our founder at WallBuilders. And we are joined by Tim Barton, national speaker and pastor and president of WallBuilders. You can find out more about all three of us at our website wallbuilderslive.com. In fact, you may be listening today at wallbuilderslive.com, or perhaps you’re listening to one of the hundreds of stations we’re on across the nation or on a podcast app, however, you’re hearing us today, thank you for joining us, thank you for dialing in.
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Okay, Rick, I’m going to start with some big tech stuff. There are several things that are interesting this session legislatively for state legislators. A lot of the states are trying to do something to deal with what big tech has done in censoring conservative viewpoints. I’ve seen that there’s been at least 70,000 groups that have been de-platformed since the election, primarily conservative groups and conservative voices. And for example, I saw Kevin Sorbo in Hollywood, he’s a conservative actor who did the Hercules Series and drama, etc. They pulled him down on Facebook. And so there’s just a lot of conservative voices just being taken down. And so for conservatives, there’s this real desire to break up that monopoly kind of thing that that keeps the competition, if you will, of conservative voices from competing with liberal voices.
Well, this past week in Illinois, a federal court actually upheld an Illinois State law, and that Illinois State law was a privacy law. And they said Facebook, and the other big tech guys violated that. And so the federal judge agreed and actually gave a $650 million settlement for the state of Illinois that Facebook has to pay. Now, that’s interesting, because that’s a state law passed only in Illinois. And the Federal Court said, yeah, that state law works. And I’ve been wondering if this is going to be possible because these guys have monopoly because the basically Section 230 in the federal code.
So if it’s a federal provision you’re dealing with, can a state law actually go after someone who’s protected by federal law? And it looks like the answer is yes. So when you look at states like Texas, and like Florida, and like North Dakota, all these states that are trying to do things on the social media side, that could be really good news for them in the standpoint that it looks like that a state passed a law that said if you censor this or do this, or if you, in the case of Illinois, they were going through Facebook pages and taking the pictures that were posted and getting facial recognition and being able to identify people, thinks that Illinois said that’s a privacy violation. And Illinois is a blue state but yet they said we don’t want that privacy violation, and so Facebook lost.
Now, interestingly, with all this going on right now, Conservatives are concerned about the aspect of free speech. But here’s a piece of good news that I did not think I would see coming out of the US House of Representatives with Nancy Pelosi. They have an Antitrust Committee in the US House of Representatives and the Antitrust Committee is coming out with a package of legislation. This is Democratic control committee. They’re coming out with a package of legislation to go after all the big tech guys, and not because they’re trying to protect conservative speech, they’re going after from the angle of antitrust. They said these guys have got a monopoly and we don’t think anybody should have a monopoly on business.
So it’s interesting that Democrats are actually proposing laws that would break up the big tech, but not for the same reasons Conservatives want, doesn’t matter. At this point, anything that breaks up big tech and offers competition that keeps them from having that monopoly that so far has been a protected monopoly. I mean, that’s going to be really good stuff.
Over on the Republican side, you have what’s called the “Ranking” member, he’s the senior Republican on that committee. And that’s Ken Buck out of Colorado. And he says, look, while this is not where Conservatives would want it to go, we don’t want a lot more. This is definitely a step in starting to break up that monopoly of that. So that’s a really good piece of news.
And then just kind of thrown out in the end of that. See that Poland, we talked earlier a few weeks ago about how Poland was going to try to put a $2 million fine for each offense, if you have Conservative voices in Poland were censored by any of the big tech guys. Well, they have now raised that the 13.5 million, if what they call it, the tech giants engage in ideological censorship.
So if you’re not a platform, if you try to be a publisher, which is what Section 230 of the Federal code protected, and these guys when they went to the feds eventually said, oh, no, no, we’re just platforms, anybody can post what they want, we’re not publishers, and a publisher controls the content platform doesn’t, they just let everybody be up there. Well, clearly, the big tech is no longer a platform, they’re publishers, they’re controlling content. And so you got Poland now saying, we’re not going to put up with that.
So there really looks to be a lot of global movement to break up some of this big tech stuff. And that’s really good news. It’ll be great news for Conservative speech, even if it’s done because of monopoly status and trying to break up monopolies and antitrust, is still going to be good for Conservatives because it will allow competition.
Okay, guys, quick break, we’ll be back with more good news. Stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
This is Tim Barton from WallBuilders with another moment from American history. America is a special and unique nation. The average length for a Constitution in other countries is only 17 years. But we’ve had ours for over two centuries, and our 4% of the world’s population produces 24% of the world’s gross domestic product. And every year, we produce more inventions and technology than the other 96% of the world combined.
In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville of France came to America, travelled the country, and in his famous book, “Democracy in America” reported, “The position of the Americans is therefore quite exceptional, and it may be believed that no democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one. This is the origin of the phrase ‘American exceptionalism’ and affirms that America is unique because of the distinctive ideas on which we had been based including inalienable rights, individualism, limited government, and the importance of religion and morality.”
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Welcome back to WallBuilders Live, it’s Good News Friday today. We enjoy getting this good news out there and sharing it with as many folks as we can. Tim Barton’s got our next piece of good news.
Alright, guys, we’re going online. And this first one, I guess, this impact really the whole nation, it’s kind of old news at this point. But it’s still worth noting that Parler is now back online. Parler was the app that was removed, not only from the App Store, which the App Store is what you have on your Apple phone or on an Android phone. And so the app were pulled down by big tech, just on the first segment earlier as when you’re talking about that.
This is where you have seen big tech have a lot of censorship and a lot of areas. Not only that, Parler’s service was being hosted on Amazon, and Amazon said we’re not going to host them anymore. And so Parler’s really been in a tough situation and actually they probably have some very legitimate legal claims to some of the stuff that’s going on. Nonetheless, big picture of this story is Parler’s now back online. It will be different as far as the functionality of it being online because it’s not available in the same app platform system that was on phones. Nonetheless, they are back online, they now have a new hosting service they are using. So that’s one piece of good news.
The next one is from out in California from Los Angeles and I know in the midst of all the craziness of all the shuts downs that there’s not a lot of good news necessarily coming from California other than some of the courageous people who are standing up to some of the nonsense happening in California. This is actually from the LAPD. So the Los Angeles Police Department, there was a story coming out. There was a lady Nancy Collins who called for help from the police because her car had been broken into and stuff had been stolen out of her car, that would be significant for anybody that have stuff stolen out of their car.
For the Collins family, it was even more significant because they’re a poor family, they had decided it was time to get some new clothes. So they actually had to go to their savings account, they pulled out some cash. They got gift cards that they’d been collecting from different birthdays and family members and Christmas. And so they were going to the store. But before they went to the store, they went through and they looked at all the clothes that were too small, or were too faded or messed up, what the case was and they said, let’s go out and get rid of these clothes. And the clothes, it still had some life in them they actually gave. They donated to charity. They gave to Goodwill. And so they were going to buy it an essentially entire new wardrobe.
So they go pick up the new clothes, on the way home they stopped, their car gets broken into while they’re out of the car and all of their new clothes in these bags small, whatever else was stolen. So when Nancy Collins calls the police, she explains that right now my kids have one pair of pants, they have one set of underwear. They don’t have jackets. They don’t have sweaters. We gave it away, and the new set we bought was stolen.
So here’s something cool that I did not know was an LAPD, but certainly, it makes a lot of sense. And maybe there’s lots of these around the nation, I don’t know about it, if not, it’s probably worth starting lots of these around the nation, it’s called Badge of Heart. And Badge of Heart, the badge is actually referencing the Police Force, the Police Department because they wear badges.
But their hearts, it was started by a police officer who when he was a young officer on the force, he would go into some of these homes, he would see the conditions of how that families wouldn’t have maybe beds or bedding or food or clothes. And he had grown up fairly poor as well and knew what that life was like, he said, I want to do something. And so he actually got some other officers together and officers began taking up collections and they would do charity work giving to families in need. Well, this started Badge of Heart which is a nonprofit. And that is what Badge of Heart does. That’s actually run by police officers who volunteer for this organization and they will help families in need.
So the officers, LAPD reached out to Badge of Heart, Badge of Heart said absolutely we want to help in this situation. So Badge of Heart got involved, and they were able to get gift cards to help the Collins family get food, to help them get more clothes. And one of the things that was interesting to me from Nancy Collins, in this article, she says “Us Latinos always think that we are something not important to the cops. This time, they proved us wrong.”
And this is one of the things that you are seeing a lot of testimonies from things like Badge of Heart, where when so many of these people who have heard one narrative of the police force, that these guys are against you, they’re oppressive, whatever the case is, but then you see they actually are serving and they do have a heart, it helps make a significant difference. Badge of Heart has helped more than 4,000 families. Again, this is the Los Angeles Police Department that an initiative started by police officers who were there who saw the need, it does not surprise me knowing many police officers that we do that there’s many of them who really try to do a lot to help people in need, and they want to make a difference.
I didn’t know about Badge of Heart. I don’t know how many more of these organizations there are throughout the nation. If you are listening, this might be something worth finding out. Is there something in your town or in your community that notices when there are needs and families, that notices when a family doesn’t have beds or beddings or clothes or food that you can help in those situations and give to, anyway just a really cool story from Los Angeles in a time when there’s not a lot of really good stories coming out of Los Angeles. So this is a pretty cool one.
Quick break, guys, we’ll be right back. It’s Good News Friday today, stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
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We’re back here on WallBuilders Live. Good News Friday today and love sharing this good news with you. Thanks so much to David and Tim, for all the research and finding these good news pieces. David Barton’s got the next piece of good news.
The story, I’ve got deals with the History Channel, and there’s a number of programs actually enjoy on the History Channel. And I don’t know, maybe it’s confession time but swamp people…
Yeah, the shows that you enjoy don’t have a lot to do with history, it’s maybe people that are living backwards like from history in the modern era. So yeah, there’s some fun shows in History Channel. But the History Channel is not known for being the most historically accurate traditionally, that’s not what they’re known for. But they do have some pretty fun shows on occasion.
They do have some fun shows on occasion. And I actually was impressed recently watched the some of the programming, they were actually putting commercial zone about how great the flag was, and telling the background of the flag and the national anthem. And it looked like they weren’t really given in the canceled stuff that they were trying to kind of step up with little patriotic stuff.
Yeah. And there’s no telling maybe in some situations, who paid for that. But the fact that they’re even allowing that kind of advertising does say something. So maybe this wasn’t their dream or vision. And by the way, if people from the History Channel who run that network are listening and that was your idea, thank you so much for doing that, we didn’t know. So props to you not to downplay something you did that was great. But for commercials, people can buy commercials, and they can advertise things. But we do know that some stations and networks will not allow certain kinds of advertising, if it goes against their core values. So the fact that even they’re allowing commercials that are patriotic, and pro-America does say something about them.
And the next step past commercials is they have allowed David Jeremiah with Turning Point ministries to now start running his programs on the History Channel. And that’s the first religious content that they’ve had per se in terms of programming. And David Jeremiah is absolutely a rock solid Bible teacher. He has a very good ministry across the nation, very good on worldview, very good on so many things. He’s not what you would call the typical teleevangelist like people think of a lot of times. Now he’s just a really sound Bible teacher.
And so that was really good news to see that History Channel, I mean, at least what I see when I’m watching the programs I like there, they’ve had a surprisingly good tone. And to see that they’re allowing David Jeremiah as part of their program and that’s really good stuff. And by the way, while we’re talking about a few religious things here, here’s one they got by me. I don’t know why, how or whatever, but several weeks ago, that and by the way, this is going back to dealing with COVID. So backing up to COVID, let’s back up to November and December.
So several weeks after the election, COVID was still a big thing being talked about in a lot of places. Now, there’s a lot of states backing away from it. Now, Texas just ended their mask order. Florida, Ron DeSantis already ended their mask order. Several states are now backing away. We’ve seen the Supreme Court jump in and say, hey, you can’t shut down stuff. So we’re starting to see some things reopen.
But back when things were really shut down, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, and we’ve got a lot of friends in Oklahoma, and I keep hearing really good things about Governor Stitt, how he is really kind of tried to keep that state open and do good things. But he actually called for a day, not of just prayer, and it was prayer about COVID and those that have been affected by COVID and hurt and lost their jobs, or had sickness or whatever. He called for a day of prayer and fasting. And I don’t know that I can recall the last time a governor actually called people to fast. I mean, that’s almost like anathema for a lot of Americans today.
We had a legislator in Kansas who introduced it a proclamation or an ASK, asking the state to have a Proclamation of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer of the typical language. And man, people in the state went crazy, how dare you use such language in the state? How dare you say we should humble ourselves and fast? And so this is not really part of the modern thinking so much when it comes to religious exercise. But kudos and shout out of thank you to Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, for doing this. I should have caught it weeks ago, I didn’t. So this is after the fact, but it’s still a really good piece of good news for a governor to be thinking this way. And the governor of Oklahoma has done a great job.
Alright, guys, final break, we have one more segment of good news today. Stay with us, folks, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
Hey, guys, we want to let you know about a new resource we have at WallBuilders called “The American Story”. For so many years, people have asked us to do a history book to help tell more of the story that’s just not known or not told today. And we would say very providentially, in the midst of all of the new attacks coming out against America, whether it be from things like the 1619 project that say America is evil and everything in America was built off slavery, which is certainly not true or things like even the Black Lives Matter movement, the organization itself, not the statement, Black Lives Matter, but the organization that says we’re against everything that America was built on and this is part of the Marxist ideology. There’s so many things attacking America.
Well, is America worth defending? What is the true story of America? We actually have written and told that story, starting with Christopher Columbus, going roughly through Abraham Lincoln, we tell the story of America not as a story of a perfect nation or a perfect people, but the story of how God used these imperfect people and did great things through this nation. It’s a story you want to check out wallbuilders.com “The American Story”.
We’re back here on WallBuilders Live. Final piece of good news, let’s get in as much as we possibly can. In this final segment.
Alright, guys, this last piece of good news comes from McDonald’s, which I know is what we usually think of when we think of good news is McDonald’s. No, actually, that’s not what I normally think of.
Well, actually, if you don’t look at the calorie side, if you don’t look at the health food side, I like McDonald’s a lot except for the effects that go with it.
Well, so I you know, full disclosure, we’re more of Chick-fil-A people. Rick, I know you and I are. Dad, I know you do like the McDonald’s tea. Okay, so we can get into this a little bit of fast food. But let me back up why McDonald’s is now the feature of a piece of Good News Friday. There was an incident that happened up in Ohio and there was a mom of three who was at home cooking dinner. And in the midst of cooking dinner, she was telling her kids what was coming. First, her…
And was it McDonald’s food that was coming?
It wasn’t McDonald’s food that was coming. McDonald’s saves the day. Because when she tells her kids what’s for dinner, the four year old starts crying. And she’s like, you know what, we’re not dealing with it. And she tells them, hey, we’re also going to have this kind of side. And then her seven year olds started throwing a fit crying, I don’t want that. And so she says, you know what, I’m done. I don’t care. Everybody get in the car, we’re going to McDonald’s. So McDonald’s was going to be the respite for this mom who was dealing with kids who were driving her crazy.
And for any moms listening right now, right, you’re doing great. You’re awesome. You’re such a winner. Your kids are going to be great, right? Hang in there. We know it can be exhausting as a parent. So she loads up the kids, they go to McDonald’s, and they place an order. And you can only imagine that the kids hopefully had this tears have subsided because now they’re in McDonald’s. Except it doesn’t subside quite yet, it’s dramatic. It’s crazy. But they place an order. She thinks okay, the order has been placed. We’re going to get food, it’s going to be okay.
She pulls up to the pay window to realize that she left her wallet at the house. So she’s telling the kids hey, guys, I don’t have my wallet, we’re going to have to do something different. They all start fussing again, she has three of them. So all three kids now are fussing. So she pulls up and there’s a young man at the pay window. And she says, Honey, I’m sorry, I’m going to have to cancel this order, I don’t have my wallet with me. He said it’s no problem. He pulled out his wallet, he pulled out his own checking card and he swiped it for her. And she said I didn’t even know what he was doing. I said, no, no, no, hey, don’t do that. And then it’s no big deal. And he said, no, ma’am, it’s fine. I’ll take care of it. She said, okay, well, let me run home and I’ll get money and come back up. He said, no, don’t even worry about it. It’s fine. I’m happy to do it.
So he runs the card for her. Now, she Brittany Reed decides she’s going to take a picture, she’s going to post it on social media, it does go viral. And what she posted with this picture, she said, “He made this stressed out mama pause for a moment and realize this is exactly what we parents are trying to do, raise great humans.” Well, Wyatt, sir, you are an amazing human. Well, Wyatt Jones was a young man who was working the drive-thru window. It turns out that this is not the first mom that he bought a meal for. Because apparently, that’s not totally uncommon that people go to the drive-thru and they left their wallet somewhere else. So he has bought many meals for people. And we know this. Because as it’s going viral, word gets back even to his parents of what happened, and his parents said, you know, he didn’t even tell us about this or do, because he didn’t think it was a big deal. It’s just that’s the kind of person he is.
Well, Brittany Reed decides I want to do something to really bless Wyatt. I want to do something to help him. And she found out the reason he was working at McDonald’s was to raise money to try to buy a car. He wanted his own vehicle. So she starts a GoFundMe page to help raise money for him to get a car and she wants to pay it forward. She wants to bless him back. So she has a goal of raising $5,000 for him to be able to get a car. On the GoFundMe page, they raised more than $28,000 in donations for him to get a new car. And so…
Now, that’s a Bible verse about give and it will come back to you, press down, shaken together, the good measure running over… Oh, my goodness. That’s great.
Absolutely. And this is something, I mean, really a cool into this story that as a family talks about it, Mr. Jones said it you know beyond the car, beyond everything else, it makes you very proud to know when you’re there in the world that the kids you raised are willing to help people. And this is one of the really cool things. Obviously, we don’t do good for other people with the expectation that someone is going to buy us a $28,000 new car, although that would be cool, we would take that. But it’s really cool to see that there are parents who are raising their kids in such a way there are people in the world who have that motivation that we love God, and we serve people. And this is a really cool example. So Wyatt Jones, man, great job. Props to you, sir. And I hope you enjoy that new car.
And by the way, this is several weeks in a row that you’ve had stories about people helping others, whether it’s been policeman, whether it’s been, whoever. That’s a good thing going in the nation where people’s hearts are being touched for other people, and they’re willing to sacrifice and help others. So that’s even good news, and the fact that we’ve had so many stories like this over recent weeks, that’s really good for the nation.
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