Gus talks about the NY State Abortion Bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic who often professes his faith publicly. Many irate Catholics are calling for his bishop, Edward Scharfenberger, to publicly excommunicate him. Gus says that it's not that simple and reads an article, written a few years ago by canon lawyer Ed Peters who says canon law simply does not read that way. Gus mentions that public excommunications are rare and asks those calling for this what their motivation is? Is it out of a spirit of love and concern for the eternal soul of Andrew Cuomo or Nancy Pelosi or Joe Biden or is it simply to embarrass them.
Later, Gus plays the full audio of Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann's interview with Today Show host Savannah Guthrie yesterday. Sandmann's face has become a polarizing image in the nation after his "standoff" with Native American activist Nathan Phillips was captured and posted to YouTube and social media last Friday evening. A sad countless number of people, including members of the media and celebrities, endorsed physical violence, doxxing and even death on this 16-year-old boy over his smile and the fact that he was wearing a Make America Great Again cap. Though Guthrie's questions could be interpreted as leading, Sandmann's responses were thoughtful and mature. Several times, unprompted, he expressed his utmost respect for Nathan Phillips. Gus gives his thoughts on the interview and suggests that, no matter where you stand on the issue, anyone who publicly endorsed physical violence, doxxing and even death against a minor should be prosecuted and a precedent should be set discouraging this sort of behavior.
Also, Gus plays his interview with Abby Johnson at the March for Life. Abby is a former abortion clinic worker whose position on abortion changed when she watched a sonogram of an abortion where the child in the womb fought for its life. She's become a powerful voice in the pro-life movement and has a movie coming out about her life in March entitled Unplanned.