Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - May 1, 2012

Talking about the "things that matter most" on May 1

4:00 – Former Escaped Chinese Dissident Comments on Chen Guangcheng Case
Chen Guangcheng, the blind lawyer known for his outspoken opposition to China’s forced abortion and sterilization policies, has escaped from house arrest and has reportedly sought U.S. diplomatic protection, potentially casting the United States in an awkward position on the eve of high-level talks between the nations. We talk with Chai Ling,a student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement who was on the run in China for ten months while being hunted by the authorities.

4:20 – California Bill Would Outlaw Reparative Therapy for Homosexuality for Minors – and it Gets Worse
A California state senator--Sen. Ted Lieu, a Catholic--has introduced a bill that would prohibit psychologists from offering minors reparative therapy for homosexuality. The bill would also compel adults who choose to undergo such therapy to sign a consent form stating that “having a lesbian, gay, or bisexual sexual orientation is not a mental disorder. There is no scientific evidence that any types of therapies are effective in changing a person's sexual orientation. Sexual orientation change efforts can be harmful. The risks include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior.” David Pickup is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who was there to monitor the hearings on SB 1172. He joins us.

4:40 – Kresta Comments

5:00 – Sex au Naturel: What It Is and Why It's Good for Your Marriage
Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It s Good For Your Marriage by Catholic Answers host Patrick Coffin is a bracing ride across the landscape of the Catholic sexual ethic. If you re looking for intellectual ammo with which to defend and explain the teaching of Humanae Vitae, or if you reject it altogether, you’ll agree that Coffin approaches the topic from a wide array of new and persuasive angles. Patrick joins us.

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