Talking about the "things that matter most" on July 24
3:00 – The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right
The Christian Right is frequently accused of threatening democratic values. But Jon Shields argues that religious conservatives have in fact dramatically increased and improved democratic participation and that they are far more civil and reasonable than is commonly believed. Shields interviewed leaders of more than thirty Christian Right organizations, observed movement activists in six American cities, and analyzed a wide variety of survey data and movement media. His conclusions are surprising: the Christian Right has reinvigorated American politics and fulfilled New Left ideals by mobilizing a previously alienated group and by refocusing politics on the contentious ideological and moral questions that motivate citizens. He is here to discuss the Democratic virtues of the Christian Right.
3:40 – July 26 – The Feast of Joachim and Anna
Many people don't consider the fact that Jesus had Grandparents! But he did. They are Sts. Joachim and Anna, and their feast day is July 26. We look at what we know about them, from what sources, what were the circumstances of Mary’s birth, and since she was the Immaculate Conception – what was her childhood like? Steve Ray is our guest.
4:00 – Kresta Comments
4:20 – A Soviet Court Convicts Jesuit Father Walter Ciszek of being a “Vatican Spy” – July 26, 1942
On July 26, 1942, a Soviet court convicted Jesuit Fr. Walter Ciszek of being a “Vatican Spy.” During WWII, the PA priest had slipped into Russia to bring the sacraments to those who hadn’t seen a priest in years. He spent four years in Lubyanka Prison and was sent to Siberia as a slave laborer for 9 years. We’ll detail his extraordinary life with Msgr. Anthony Muntone, co-postulator of his cause for canonization.
4:40 – Saving Freedom: We Can Stop America's Slide into Socialism
The United States—the world’s great bastion of freedom—is sliding toward socialism. That’s the argument of SC Sen. Jim DeMint. Recent high-profile bailouts show the walls between government and the private sector are getting thinner each day. Federal control now extends in various ways to education, healthcare, financial markets, real estate, businesses, and religion. And as out-of-control government spending and debt increase accordingly, America is drained of the economic and political strength its people fought and worked so hard to achieve. But it isn’t too late to save the land of the free. Sen. DeMint is here to make his case.
5:00 – Direct to my Desk