Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Today on Kresta - June 9, 2009

Talking about the "things that matter most" on June 9
Best of Kresta in the Afternoon

3:00 – Muhammad’s Death Day / The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
On this anniversary of Muhammad’s death, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer, provides a warts-and-all portrait of the Prophet of Islam and draws out what his life implies for reforming Islam and repulsing Islamic terrorists. Spencer relies solely on primary sources considered reliable by Muslims and evaluates modern biographies to show how Muhammad has been changed for Western audiences, lulling them into consoling but false conclusions.

4:00 – Politics for the Greatest Good
With a level-headed voice, leading policy strategist Clarke Forsythe speaks clearly into the fray of political striving. He is here to campaign for a recovery of a rich understanding of the virtue of prudence, and for its application by policymakers and citizens to contemporary public policy. As Forsythe explains, prudence, in its classical sense, is the ability to apply wisdom to right action. In this book he explores the importance of applying the principles of prudence--taking account of limitations in a world of constraints and striving to achieve the greatest measure of justice under current circumstances--to the realm of politics, especially that of bioethics. In particular, Forsythe applies these concepts to the ongoing debate among pro-life advocates regarding gradual versus radical change as the most effective way to achieve political and legislative goals.

5:00 – Diagnosis Critical: The Urgent Threats Confronting Catholic Healthcare
The pressure for Catholic medical institutions and healthcare workers is mounting at an alarming rate as individuals struggle to uphold their faith in an industry that is confronting new bioethical dilemmas in a political and cultural environment that is increasingly hostile to traditional Catholic teachings. The choice to provide or not provide contraception, abortion, controversial fertility procedures, and even euthanasia have now begun to take on legal ramifications, as Catholic facilities seek to maintain their tax-exempt status and their eligibility for federal funding. It is an all too real danger that Catholic medical centers even those in communities where medical care is scarce may be forced to either shut down or provide immoral procedures, while tens of thousands of Catholic doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals could be forced to quit their jobs or violate their religious beliefs. Leonard J. Nelson III explores all the relevant topics.

5:40 – Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda
Today's CIA is regularly criticized for emphasizing technology at the expense of human intelligence. In this history of the agency's Office of Technical Services, Robert Wallace, its former head, refutes the charge with exciting content and slam-bang style. From WWII through the Cold War and up to the present, he says, technical equipment—for clandestine audio surveillance, for example—has been an essential element of agent operations. In the post–Cold War information society, technology plays an even more significant role in fighting terrorism. Agents remain important, along with their traditional skills. Increasingly, however, they support clandestine technical operations, especially infiltrating and compromising computer networks. He is here to argue that employing and defending against sophisticated digital technology is the primary challenge facing U.S. intelligence in the 21st century.

1 comment:

  1. I love the show, try to listen everyday but of course I'm only writing you now that I disagree with something I heard- funny how that is. the other day you were talking about Muhammad and Islam and you said something like, if the Koran is inspired by a preternatural influence and it contains untruths (like denial of the divinity of Christ) it follows that the inspiration must be demonic in nature.this does seem to make alot of sense but it seems like if you said this about the Muslims you'd have to also say the same about our protestant brothers and sisters.They claim to be inspired by the preternatural and yet they also espouse untruths (they deny the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist). Also if they are inspired by a demonic book why did they put a stop to alot of evil practices of the pagans that they initially conquered? And why if they are inspired by the demonic have the last two Popes been involved in respectful dialogue with them? I also think you were too dismissive of a woman caller, I think from California, who noted that the Muslims are a significant ally in the UN on pro-life issues.That is true and I think we need to work with them and all who share common family values to stem the tide of paganism that is taking over the world especially the West. anyway, I love the show, I'm glad you're out there.