FROM Jason Torpy
Can You Serve in the Military without Serving God? "God and Country" is a familiar phrase in the US military. But what about service members who don't believe in God? Last month, the Army said soldiers could formerly designate themselves as "humanists." But the Navy has just denied the application of a "humanist" chaplain. That's one victory and one loss for Jason Torpy, a graduate of West Point who served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. Now he's the full-time President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.