All eyes have been on our schools, but the ideology of wokeness has equally infected our churches. Theologian Owen Strachan will discuss how pastors preaching about white supremacy and collective guilt are undermining the unifying message of Christianity. He will make clear that not only is Critical Race Theory not the Gospel, it is anti-Gospel: it divides us from others, it foments pride, bitterness, and hatred, and perhaps most importantly of all, it reworks the nature of sin to make it structural instead of personal. This reworks the “good news” of Christianity, no small thing. But Strachan’s message is ultimately one of hope: by his grace, Christ calls Christians to be salt and light. Strachan will offer concrete guidance on the role we all can play in fighting injustice while at the same time rejecting woke utopianism in our churches, and in broader institutions as well.


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Join Heritage for an eye-opening conversation about the BLM organizations’ Marxist goals as Mike Gonzalez, author of BLM: The Making of a Marxist Revolution, and James Lindsay, founder of The New Discourses, sit down with special guest moderator Genevieve Wood.

When it comes to BLM it is best to break it down into its components. There is the concept, which no person of good will could disagree with. Then there is the movement, by which people mean different things, but it’s usually the demonstrators. Then there are the organizations that go under the BLM banner, which were founded by Marxists trained on ending the American experiment.

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have struggled to define “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act – a definition that determines what waters the agencies can regulate. In general, the agencies engage in overreach trying to regulate almost every water imaginable, making it difficult for private property owners, such as farmers, to engage in even ordinary activities on their own properties. But, there’s good news. The United States Supreme Court recently decided to hear the case Sackett v. EPA, which could finally provide a reasonable and clear answer to what WOTUS means. Join Heritage’s Daren Bakst and Paul Larkin alongside special guests Jack LaPant, a California farmer, and Tony Francois, co-counsel with the Pacific Legal Foundation in this important new case, to discuss WOTUS, Sackett v. EPA, and the potential for a breakthrough for property owners all over America.


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Please join us as senior British Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden delivers remarks on the need for freedom loving nations to be confident in themselves, stand up for their values, and not allow themselves to be divided by pernicious cancel culture activism. Mr. Dowden’s remarks will be followed by a discussion with The Heritage Foundation’s Dr. Nile Gardiner, a former aide to Lady Thatcher.


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The U.S. Army finds itself with no shortage of challenges. Recent budgets have exerted downward pressure on many of their programs; COVID-19 and a strong economy make recruiting difficult. The procurement holiday from 2001-2020 created a pressing need for Army modernization. As Congress turns its attention to the FY2023 annual budget and authorization bills they will have plenty of questions for Army leaders about how the service will navigate these challenges. Join Heritage’s Thomas Spoehr and special guest, General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army, for a preview of the Army’s answers to these relevant questions and the Army’s message to Congress for 2023.


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We are now in the second year since the signing of the Hong Kong National Security Law. As the situation continues to worsen, the U.S. must redouble efforts to assist Hong Kongers and hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its transgressions. Join us for this discussion on the worsening state of political freedom in Hong Kong and what Washington can do to help.


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China is unfit to host the 2022 Olympics. President Biden’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing was too little too late. It was the least the US could do. It does not express the degree of outrage appropriate to the Chinese Communist Party’s continuing and intensifying human rights abuses. These abuses have been highlighted best by the CCP’s genocidal campaign against the Uyghurs, crackdown in Hong Kong, and travails of tennis player Peng Shuai. Join NBA Star Enes Kanter Freedom of the Boston Celtics, Congressman Michael McCaul, and Heritage Foundation policy experts to discuss China’s abysmal human rights record and the cost of turning a blind eye to it.


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Every citizen’s vote is sacred. The vote is how we guarantee that our government remains of the people, by the people, and for the people. Americans need and deserve elections that they can trust.  As we head into an important midterm election, our focus must be dedicated to ensuring that it is easy to vote, but hard to cheat.

As state legislatures convene this month across the country, election integrity will be taking center stage once again. In order to help voters, state legislators, election officials, and all Americans who are interested in ensuring a fair and secure election process, The Heritage Foundation released the Election Integrity Scorecard last month. This new interactive tool grades each state’s laws against best practice standards and provides model legislation to shore up vulnerabilities at all stages of the electoral cycle.

National School Choice Week 2022 is January 23-29 and arrives in the midst of another round of school closures due to COVID-19. Schools across the country have adopted on-again, off-again schedules for in-person instruction, all while leaving families and students wondering when students’ futures would be a priority again. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) will discuss ways to help parents and families keep students’ needs at the center of solutions for the problems COVID and special interest groups lobbying still poses today.

 

Instead of fighting inflation, Washington sits idly by or, worse, pushes misguided legislation like Biden’s Build Back Better Act that would make inflation worse. Policy negligence leaves inflation to an increasingly overwhelmed Federal Reserve, a playbook that turned to disaster in the 1970s. As this leadership void continues, Americans stand alone to suffer the crushing effects of inflation. Join us as we discuss inflation and policy reforms that could ease the record inflation now hitting American families and businesses.


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In recent weeks, Belarus has been causing a mass migration crisis along the borders of Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. It is one of the most severe security threats Europe has faced in a few years. Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the Belarusian president, is weaponizing immigration with Russia’s support to retaliate against European Union sanctions imposed on Belarus this past year. Minsk is flying Arab migrants into Belarus and pushing them toward the borders of these NATO member nations, but these nations will not allow the migrants through. Besides the migration crisis, Belarus is growing ever so closer to Russia, posing a threat to the NATO alliance. How will these escalating issues affect European security and the NATO alliance in the weeks and months ahead?

Policy professionals won’t want to miss this 30-minute Policy Pulse for a discussion between a Heritage foreign policy expert and U.S. Special Envoy for Belarus Julie D. Fisher.

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) hasn’t worked as intended, with only about three percent of listed species being removed from the list due to recovery. A significant part of the problem is how the law has been implemented by the government. The Trump Administration finalized regulations to improve ESA implementation. Unfortunately, the Biden Administration is getting rid of these reforms at the expense of species conservation. In October, Congressional Western Caucus members introduced five separate pieces of legislation to codify the Trump Administration’s regulatory changes. These bills, like the rules themselves, show a commitment to species protection and an understanding that a respect for federalism and private property rights will help to better achieve the objectives of the ESA. Join us as we discuss this critical legislative effort with Western Caucus Chairman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO).


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Under the leadership of Ambassador Mark Green, who served as Administrator from 2017 to 2020, conservative political appointees at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) executed reforms and policies that would have previously been dismissed as unrealistic and audacious. The agency launched a reorganization that established a new structure to “end the need for foreign aid,” captured in the guiding principle of “the Journey to Self-Reliance,” while remaining true to America’s humanitarian impulse to help people in need. Traditional American values suffused agency programs with a culture of life and family and religious freedom as a first freedom. Under the Trump Administration, USAID confronted the challenge posed by an aggressive Communist China (and those of other malign global actors) and served as responsible stewards of American tax dollars. These reform efforts and achievements can provide the next conservative Administration with a solid base from which to launch even bolder reforms while offering a future Congress a basis upon which to reshape foreign aid authorizations and appropriations.

Please join us for a conversation with Amb. Green reflecting on his tenure at USAID.

Join us as leading experts discuss why the Soviet Union was evil, why it collapsed, and yet why the allure of socialism persists today. Panelists will also explore how we best share these lessons with today’s youth.

 

The ongoing Nuclear Posture Review gives the Biden Administration the opportunity to align policy, strategy, and capabilities against the current threat environment. As part of this process, the Administration is reportedly considering changing U.S. nuclear declaratory policy from one of strategic ambiguity to one of “no first use” or “sole purpose.” Under a “no first use” or “sole purpose” policy, the United States would pledge never to use nuclear weapons first in a conflict, including in response to chemical, biological, cyber, or massive conventional attacks on the U.S. or its allies. While proponents of such a change argue that “no first use” or “sole purpose” would help the U.S. achieve its nonproliferation goals, this change could have grave impacts on U.S. extended deterrence commitments.

On December 7, hear directly from esteemed speakers from the U.S. and abroad on the implications of changes in U.S. nuclear declaratory policy on both U.S. national security and extended deterrence.

As one of the remaining democracies in Latin America, Guatemala is in a critical position to advance mutual values and interests in the region. From its recognition of Taiwan to its cooperation on trade, migration, and security, Guatemala is a critical U.S. partner in Latin America and the crucial Northern Triangle region. However, the Biden Administration is imposing a partisan and highly politicized agenda on Guatemala, demonstrated with its failed “root causes” strategy and its most recent decision to exclude Guatemala from the Summit for Democracy.

President Alejandro Giammattei is entering his third year in office. The Heritage Foundation has invited President Giammattei as he highlights the importance of U.S.-Guatemala relations and our engagement with democratic partners in the region. From the border crisis to the rising threat of China and the prolonged need for strengthening trade relations, the need to highlight this importance could not be more timely.

Protecting the free exercise of religion is a key aspect of fighting antisemitism. Regrettably, modern discourse often restricts the notion of antisemitism to those acts that deliberately target the Jewish people because they are Jewish. This approach overlooks the potential for facially neutral, general laws that burden Jewish religious practice under current free exercise doctrine from the Supreme Court’s decision in Employment Division v. Smith. This discussion will consider the legal arguments needed to restore a robust understanding of free exercise, an important bulwark against antisemitism.

 

In 1921, thanks to the communist policies of collectivization, the Soviet Union was in the throes of a famine that threatened the lives of millions of its citizens. In desperation, the Kremlin turned to the United States for help. Led by Herbert Hoover, the American Relief Administration went into action, supplying millions of tons of food, clothing, and medicine. At its peak, the program fed 10.5 million Russians a day. It is estimated that the US effort rescued about 10 million Soviet citizens from certain death by starvation and disease. Why did the United States decide to help its ideological enemy, the Soviet Union, at its moment of crisis, and what can we learn from this remarkable story in US diplomatic history? Join us for a lively discussion.


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The U.S. has held six rounds of indirect talks with Iran about reviving the flawed 2015 nuclear deal, which the Trump Administration withdrew from in 2018. Although the Biden Administration seeks to re-enter the agreement, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and then follow up with another agreement to “lengthen and strengthen” its weak and time-limited restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, Iran has balked and is dragging its feet on returning to negotiations. Join us as a panel of experts explain why the United States should not settle for a risky return to the JCPOA, which rewarded Iran with disproportionate economic benefits in exchange for weak, temporary, and easily reversible restrictions on key aspects of its nuclear program and no restrictions whatsoever on its ballistic missile program, the most likely Iranian platform for delivering a nuclear weapon.

 

Priti Patel was appointed Secretary of State for the United Kingdom Home Department on 24 July 2019. She was elected Conservative MP for Witham in May 2010. Patel was Secretary of State for International Development from July 2016 to November 2017. Patel served as Minister of State for Employment from May 2015 until July 2016. She was Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015. The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for all Home Office business, including the National Security Council (NSC), and oversight of the Security Service.


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