Welcome to Dead Reckoning Radio! On Expand Your Horizons, Hadley’s going to explore the concepts of maternity leave. In the first segment of our show we discuss a new study that was released, “The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis,” and it’s results our astounding but are they good enough to convince America that religion is a good thing? Well “no” says another new report from the Federal Civil Rights Commission that we look at in the second segment of our show. According to that one, we’re all bigots.

You can listen in using the player below or subscribe using your podcast catcher of choice. We’ve also included the show notes below so you can follow along and check our sources.

iTunes | Android | RSS | Mp3

If you like our show, would you take a moment to rate us on iTunes? Thanks!

Sponsors: Alliance Defending Freedom. Defending your right to freely live out your faith. www.adflegal.org.

If you’d like to sponsor us, shoot us a note at [email protected]

Show Notes:

Welcome to Dead Reckoning Radio, week of September 20, 2016. We are Live on Facebook! I’m your host, Jay Friesen. With the radiant new mother, Hadley Heath and across the sometimes crotchety old dad, Dr. Brian G. Mattson. DR Radio is where the three of us sitting around this old door-turned-table and intelligently discuss those critical cultural moments from a distinctly Christian perspective.

Thank you also for joining us on our 5-star rated podcast.

Tonight’s show is stellar. On Expand Your Horizons, Hadley’s going to explore the concepts of maternity leave. In the first segment, a new study was released: “The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis” and it’s results our astounding but are they good enough to convince America that religion is a good thing? Well “no” says another new study from the Federal Civil Rights Commission we’ll look at in the second segment of our show. I guess we’re all bigots.

Throughout the show we’ll take a couple breaks to hear from our sponsor Alliance Defending Freedom, defending your right to freely live out your faith. You can visit them online and get the latest news at www.adflegal.org.
We’ll also have our customary games of wit and whimsy. One in honor of the Emmy’s which just went down this past week. But first!

Quick Takes

  • Terror on US Soil - A 28-year-old radicalized Muslim set off bombs in New Jersey and New York. Another went on a stabbing rampage in a shopping mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Does it still seem that the powers-that-be seems oblivious to how ordinary Americans react? When the initial reaction is immediately, “Let’s not jump to conclusions” or to downplay the terrorism aspect, is the government getting dangerously low on credibility?
  • A Government With Credibility? The nation of Hungary is under fire from some of its neighbors for being, well, Islamophobic and Xenophobic. This week the country became the first country to officially prioritize Christians over Muslim refugees and migrants. Thoughts?
  • The Emmy Awards! Did anybody pay attention? In other Hollywood news, Brangelina is no more! Thoughts?


Segment One: Study Says Religion in America Is a Good Thing

Have you seen this Facebook Meme? Three pictures…”1. When your church looks like this, and 2) The pastor’s house looks like this, while 3) 1 in 3 children are in poverty… Maybe it’s time to tax churches and pastors.” This is a pretty common perception among non-religiously affiliated for people. A majority believe religious communities are too concerned with money and power and do not substantially strengthen community bonds.

Well, this week a groundbreaking new study was released: “The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis.” Authors Brian and Melissa Grim analyzed the economic impact of 344,000 religious congregations around the country, in addition to quantifying the impact of religious institutions and religion-related businesses.

Their findings are astounding: The total economic contribution of religion in America is nearly $1.2 Trillion, equal to the world’s 15th largest economy. Some more facts: the amount of money spent annually by religious congregations on social programs has tripled in the last 15 years. The authors discovered 130,000 alcohol and drug abuse recovery programs, 94,000 veteran support programs, 26,000 HIV/AIDS relief programs, and 121,000 job training programs.

A few things to talk about:

  1. Can these facts actually change the perception?
  2. Is the Left better at marketing their view? Why?
  3. How can that be changed?



[Sponsor] ADF Pastors 1:17

[Game] Fill in the Blank

Fill in the Blank Emmy Edition

In this edition of Fill in the Blank, I will read the title of a 2016 Emmy-winning show with one or more words missing and Hadley or Brian will guess what I’ve left out.


  • The People v. _________________ - (O. J. Simpson)
  • ________Robot  - (Mr.)
  • ________ ___________ Tonight with John Oliver - (Last Week)
  • The _________ Manager - (Night)
  • ____________ Abbey - (Downton)
  • _____________ Night Live - (Saturday)
  • Trans______________ - (Parent)
  • _______ Americans - (The)
  • Bonus Round: ______________ of _______________ (Game of Thrones)
  • _______________ (Veep)


Segment Two: Federal Government Says Religion in America Is a Bad Thing

Well, not really, but getting pretty close! The same week a scientific study shows American believers hard at work improving society, their freedom to do so according to the dictates of their consciences was ominously challenged by the Federal Civil Rights Commission, an independent federal agency that helps set civil rights policy. Their recent report essentially argues that when civil rights and religious freedom are in conflict, civil rights must win and religious freedom must lose.

Commission Chairman Martin Castro had some flaming-hot words for people like us, who happen to cherish religious liberty: “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy or any form of intolerance.”

In other words, The Federal Civil Rights Commission thinks that we are worried about our religious liberty because we’re all just closet bigots who won’t get with the program.

Hadley and Brian, this seems to be pretty alarming. Should we be alarmed?



[Sponsor] ADF: Trinity Lutheran 2:12

[Game] Sound of Music Trivia

Sound of Music trivia

Sound of Music Trivia!

Charmain Carr, who played Liesl von Trapp in the Sound of Music,  passed away recently. In honor of her memorable portrayal of the 16-going-on-17 year old, we’re playing a Sound of Music-themed trivia game.

  • Who were the legendary musical partners behind the music and lyrics of The Sound of Music? Rogers and Hammerstein
  • What is underneath Maria’s whimple, according to some of the Sisters? curlers
  • In the film, the Von Trapp’s escape by climbing over the mountains into what country? Switzerland  (side note: In real life the Von Trapp family took the train into Italy because if they *had* crossed over the Austrian mountains they would have ended up in Germany where Hitler had his mountain retreat. )
  • What is the song called that is sung when Maria and the children perform a puppet play? The Lonely Goatherd
  • What does Maria make out of the curtains in her room? The children’s play clothes
  • What song about a small white flower is the last that Oscar Hammerstein ever wrote? Edelweiss
  • Who is the woman that Captain Von Trapp originally intended to marry? Baroness Schreider
  • Complete the chorus of the song: “Climb every mountain, ________________________” (Forge every stream, follow every rainbow, till you find your dream)
  • How many Von Trapp children were there? Seven
  • Which Von Trapp child was incorrigible? Kurt
  • In the song, “Do-Re-Mi,” what is “Ti”? A drink with jam and bread

Also, a trick/nerd question for Brian…

  • What song in The Sound of Music denies the concept of Ex Nihilo in its chorus?

Something Good : “Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could. So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.”

Segment Three: Expand Your Horizons (Hadley Talks Maternity Leave!)