Prof. William Wagner on Steve Gruber Show Tuesday @ 7:33 a.m.

Professor William Wagner will be on the Steve Gruber Show tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:33 a.m. He will discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to review the President’s Executive Order banning travel from countries posing a national security risk to the United States.  The case is especially important to Christian people because the lower courts struck down the President’s action on grounds it violated a judge-made doctrine that requires all government actions to have a secular purpose. Under this judicially-active interpretation of the Establishment Clause, public policy informed by sacred ideas are considered unconstitutional.  If this doctrine existed during the Lincoln Administration, the Emancipation Proclamation would be unconstitutional because Lincoln expressly invoked “the gracious favor of Almighty God.”

Professor Wagner will also discuss the Choose Life license plate bill passed by the Michigan House and Senate, and now awaiting signature by the Governor.  If the Governor signs the law, Michigan joins 31 other States that provide this unifying positive message as a license plate option.  Some of the proceeds from the sale of these license plates provide support for suicide prevention and crisis pregnancies.  For those opposing this law our question is what part of the message do you oppose? The part that says, “Choose” or the part that says “Life”….


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William (@Prof.WWJD) serves as President of Salt & Light Global and Editor-in-Chief of SLG Witness. Together, he and his bride Marilyn home educated their children. Prof. Wagner holds the academic rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus (Law and Constitutional Governance) where, as a tenured professor, he received the Beattie Award for Teaching Excellence. A frequent speaker at world conferences, Professor Wagner has a special interest in building and preserving environments where Christians may share the Good News of Jesus, free from persecution and oppression. Professor Wagner’s writing is published a number of articles, books, and other publications, including a national best seller (#1in its category). As lead amicus counsel a variety of matters before the United States Supreme Court, he authored briefs on behalf of various Christian organizations. He also authored written testimony, evidence, and briefs in such forums as the Swedish Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, and the U.K. Parliament. He has further addressed many executive, legislative, parliamentary, and judicial audiences throughout the world, and presented at various diplomatic forums including the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Professor Wagner previously served in the United States Courts as a federal judge. Prior to his appointment on the federal bench, he served as a legal advisor and the chief American diplomat for the Department of Justice at an American Embassy in Africa. There he led a diplomatic mission charged with strengthening good governance and the rule of law. His international service also includes an appointment by the United States Courts as Commissioner to Canada. Over the years, Professor Wagner has provided international assistance to the justice sector institutions of numerous countries on five continents. Professor Wagner also served as Senior Assistant United States Attorney, litigating hundreds of federal cases and serving as chief of appellate litigation for the Office of the United States Attorney. Prior to serving in the Justice Department, Professor Wagner served as legal counsel in the United States Senate and as chief counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Michigan legislature. As chief counsel, he supervised all legislative issues involving the separation of powers, due process, and other protections of individual rights and liberties, including the right to free expression and the free exercise of religious conscience. Professor Wagner received the post-doctoral Danforth Fellowship in Law after earning his J.D. in 1986. He serves, or has served, on the executive governing boards of a number of international and national ministries. Soli Deo Gloria.