Gus shares the tragic story of Michael Hickson, a disabled man, who was refused treatment for COVID-19 by doctors at St. David's South Austin Medical Center because they decided he didn't have "quality of life" because of disability. In 2017, Hickson developed an anoxic brain injury and quadriplegia after suffering cardiac arrest. Gus talks about the recent poll conducted by the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, which showed that only 39% of Americans believe human life is sacred, and says that this is a byproduct of that and an increasingly secularized culture. And it can happen to you.
Also, Eric Baxter, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, calls in to talk about their victory in the Supreme Court yesterday with the Espinoza vs. Montana Dept of Revenue. This allows for federal funding for private schools, particularly religious ones. It eliminates the Blaine Amendment, a piece of bigoted legislation passed around the turn of the 20th century, which targeted Catholic schools and prevented any source of state or federal funding.
Later, Gus is joined by friend and frequent show guest, Msgr. David Toups, now Bishop-Elect David Toups, who talks about the day a month or so ago from the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. asking him to become the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas.
And, Gus talks about spiritual warfare and how, for some people, it's nothing more than a concept. Gus maintains that it is real and we're confronted with it every moment of every day. Based on that, and today's Gospel reading, where Jesus exorcises the demoniacs, Gus asks listeners if they've ever had a physical confrontation