The ERLC Podcast

Conspiracy theories, Uyghur Muslims, and a conversation with the Michael Sobolik

August 21, 2020

In this episode, Josh, Lindsay, and Brent discuss Hong Kong, Uyghur Muslims, IVG, colleges opening and closing their doors, the Democratic Convention, conspiracy theories , California fires, and a Blockbuster Airbnb. Lindsay also gives a rundown of this week’s ERLC content including a piece by Travis Wussow with “What Hong Kong reveals about the future of China,” Michael and Chelsea Sobolik with “How the Chinese Communist Party is persecuting Uyghur Muslims,” and Alex Ward with and “Explainer: IVG is the newest technological threat to the family structure.” Also in this episode, the hosts are joined by Michael Sobolik for a conversation about life and ministry.

About Michael

Michael Sobolik is a fellow in Indo-Pacific Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). He also serves as editor of AFPC’s Indo-Pacific Monitor e-bulletin, AFPC’s review of developments in the region. Prior to joining AFPC, Michael served as a legislative assistant to Sen. Ted Cruz from 2014 to 2019 and managed his Indo-Pacific policy portfolio. Michael is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he studied political philosophy as an undergraduate. He also earned his Master of International Affairs degree in American grand strategy and U.S.-China relations at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Chelsea. You can connect with him on Twitter: @michaelsobolik

ERLC Content


  1. UNC-Chapel Hill fall semester going online amid COVID-19 outbreaks, one week into classes
  2. Notre Dame, Michigan State Act to Slow Coronavirus Spread
  3. 1 in 5 college students don’t plan to go back this fall
  4. Democratic National Convention
  5. Trump refuses to condemn QAnon
  6. QAnon the alternative religion
  7. The origins of QAnon trace to three people who seek financial gain
  8. Gov. Newsom declares statewide emergency as fires scorch California
  9. Unemployment claims tick back up to over 1 million
  10. Body found likely to be SBC pastor’s wife
  11. The world’s last Blockbuster will soon be up for rent on Airbnb


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