Welcome to the February 19, 2016 episode of Dead Reckoning Radio! Join host Jay Friesen in the studio as usual with the barefoot and pregnant Hadley Heath and Dr. Brian Mattson. DR Radio is a weekly podcast helping you intelligently engage with critical cultural moments from a distinctly Christian perspective. We’ve included the full show notes below for you to follow along if you’d like.
On today’s agenda: The gaping hole left by Justice Scalia and the impact, Apple’s rejection of the FBI’s request for a backdoor and how Christians should frame the issue and the fuss over the Pope saying Donald Trump believes some “not Christian” things.
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- The Death of Harper Lee, died in her sleep at 89
- Ronda Rousey says she contemplated suicide after losing a title match. Thoughts of motherhood got her out of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQQMLE4FuIQ
- $132.4 million three-day opening last weekend was the earliest a movie has ever opened with over $100 million by almost a month.
- Choice Quote: “So, over the next few months, if you pay attention to the trades, you’ll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool. They’ll be green lighting films “like Deadpool” - but, by that, they won’t mean “good and original” but “a raunchy superhero film” or “it breaks the fourth wall.” They’ll treat you like you’re stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn’t do,” ~ James Gunn: Director, Guardians of the Galaxy, via Facebook
- Risen, from Sony’s faith-based arm, Affirm Films opens this weekend and looks really interesting
A Gaping Hole in SCOTUS
Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court died unexpectedly this past Saturday. His vacancy on the high court ignited a firestorm of controversy in an already contentious election year. His death raises the possibility of his seat being replaced by a President diametrically opposed to his judicial philosophy, possibly altering the balance of the Court for a generation.
Guys, I think we should talk about two things.
First, tell me how you feel about Justice Scalia and his death?
- Tell our viewers about what made his judicial philosophy unique?
- What do you make of President Obama not attending the funeral?
Next, let’s talk about the politics involved in replacing him. Democrats are up in arms that the Republican-controlled Senate is likely to block President Obama from filling the seat until after the election. Republicans say that, either this is unprecedented, or that it is simply fair play given how Democrats have run the Senate in the past. What do you think?
[Nerd v. Nerd] “Oreolization”
Security, Personal v. National
The Apple Corporation made huge headlines this week by releasing a letter from CEO Tim Cook explaining why Apple is resisting helping the FBI in their investigation of a San Bernardino terrorist. He says, essentially, that the FBI is requesting that Apple purposely create a backdoor entry into their encryption technology. If they do so, he argues, then it can and will be done again—the “knowhow” will exist, putting all of Apple’s users at risk. On the other hand, critics of Apple are skeptical that there is no solution to crack this one, single iPhone without putting the entire realm of personal privacy in peril.
Guys, this seems like a really tough one. Apple’s “slippery slope” argument seems reasonable. After all, the government is asking them to positively create something that doesn’t exist—to make a product, essentially. Can the government do that? What are the competing interests here, and what, if anything, should be some guiding principles for Christians thinking about these things?
[Game: Spy vs. Spy: Mortal Kombat Style]
- Jack Ryan (Tom Clancy’s Hunt for Red October/ Patriot Games/Clear and Present Danger) vs. Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 (Get Smart)
- Nancy Drew vs. The Hardy Boys
- Severus Snape vs. Nick Fury (Avengers)
- Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) vs. Jason Bourne
- Wallace Ritchie (Bill Murray in Man Who Knew Too Little) vs. Emmett Fitz-Hume and Austin Millbarge (Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd in Spies Like Us)
- Solo (Henry Cavill in Man from UNCLE) vs. Mr. Smith (Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith)
- The twelve spies to Canaan vs. Jack Bauer (24)
Trump v. Pope
Once again Businessman Donald Trump has sucked all the oxygen of media attention to himself, and this time it wasn’t his fault! Apparently, a reporter asked the Pope to comment on some of Donald’s rhetoric about immigration, and the Pope said something to the effect that “that doesn’t sound very Christian.” Instant headlines! “Pope says Trump Not a Christian!” and that sort of thing.
Hadley’s Ask a Theologian:
Is it every appropriate for someone to declare another person not a Christian and how much emphasis to we place on the Pope?
Predictions for the South Carolina primary on Saturday?