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French Friday: School Choice & the Future of the GOP


The Supreme Court has ruled that the state of Maine cannot exclude private schools from its voucher program simply because they are religious. David French explains the ruling and how it fits into decades of pro-religious liberty wins. Skye Jethani asks how the courts define “religion” and why secular philosophy has an unfair advantage in public schools.


Then, the January 6th hearings are revealing how people within Trump’s party and administration thwarted his attempts to reverse the outcome of the election. They’ve testified about his lies and his illegal actions. So why do so many of them say they’ll still vote for him in 2024? French and Jethani discuss how the GOP can move on from Donald Trump, why that’s unlikely, and the challenges facing both parties in the next election.


0:00 - Intro

00:38 - Carson v. Makin and school choice

32:23 - Jan. 6th hearings and future of the GOP

1:06:38 - Credits


“Mike Pence and the Christian Conflict on January 6” by David French (The Dispatch) - https://frenchpress.thedispatch.com/p/the-profound-christian-conflict-on





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Has 40 years of school the choice movement played a role in the level of division in our culture? Have we spent these 40 years teaching our children that when we disagree with the values of the majority we withdraw from the common culture and create our own separated sub-culture. Once we have done that do our children lose opportunities to engage in real discourse and learn how to do that? I remember the early days of the school choice movement and understand the reasons why we advocated for that movement as the best for our children. But has there been an unintended consequence of forming our own echo chambers and becoming divided from other parts of society?

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Lisa Crews
Lisa Crews
Jun 29, 2022
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No, only about 10% of US K-12 students attend schools that are not government run and regulated. The internet and social media are making (usually older) people aware of what it really means be a nation of immigrants: philosophical and sub-cultural diversity. There are 11 major subcultures in the US (see this map and synopsis for details because it's foundational to understanding American society and politics: https://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-nations-of-the-united-states-2015-7) Generations that spent their formative years in a legally segregated society (pre 1970s) and those who live in small towns and regions that are more sub-culturally monolithic are struggling with adjusting to the revelation that not everyone agrees on exactly what "American values" are or how to live them out. They're the peopl…

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Lisa Crews
Lisa Crews
Jun 25, 2022

They should've done their homework before supporting vouchers or voucher like policies. Here's a classic on why vouchers are a terrible idea for private education which is made up of private institutional schools, private tutoring, and legally defined homeschooling: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/19/why-some-conservatives-oppose-vouchers/ As a 22 year homeschool veteran (3 kids homeschooled K-12 between 2000-2022) I'm glad there's a history of homeschooling legal defense fighting against vouchers because we can see beyond the ends of our noses and can't be bought off. Conservatives can be our own worst enemy sometimes. Don't be the person who lets the Trojan Horse in the gate; history won't remember you fondly. And no, David French, that's not alarmist, that's based on what it took to legally …

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Mary Farrell
Mary Farrell
Jun 24, 2022

Oh my… When David French said, "How do we get past Trump, instead of repent of Trump", (47:20) I had to play it back more than a few times. (TY, Skye, for your response). David's argument is practical and realistic, apparently. Please explain when we as believers are called to advocate for pracical and realistic, instead of truth?? Our young peoplle, and more and more from every demographic, has walked away from religion. Not because they disagree with the tenets of our faith, but because of how they see Christians walk away from them as Russell Moore said.


Mike Pence?? Yes- TY for January 6th. But, srsly? Pence was involved from the beginning with the words, policies and actions that…


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