Monday, July 20, 2009

Today on Kresta - July 20, 2009

Talking about the "things that matter most" on July 20

3:00 – Kresta Comments

3:20 – “Mein Kampf” Published July 18, 1925 – What can we learn from this book?
Mein Kampf, in English: My Struggle, is a book by Adolf Hitler. It combines elements of autobiography with an exposition of Hitler's political ideology and was published on July 18, 1925. Hitler began the dictation of the book while imprisoned for what he considered to be "political crimes" after his failed revolution in Munich in November 1923. Though Hitler received many visitors earlier on, he soon devoted himself entirely to the book. We look at this book with Ben Wiker, who included it in his work, 10 Books That Screwed Up the World. We look at how it was received at the time, what it reveals about Hitler, and the role that it played in history.

3:40 – Animal-rights extremism in the Obama entourage is no joke
Imagine you are a cattle rancher looking for liability insurance. You meet with your broker, who, as expected, asks a series of questions to gauge your suitability for coverage: Have you ever been sued by your cattle? If the answer is yes, what was the outcome of that suit? If you think that's a ridiculous scenario, that animals suing their owners could never happen, think again. For years, the animal rights movement has quietly agitated to enact laws, convince the government to promulgate regulations, or obtain a court ruling granting animals the "legal standing" to drag their owners (and others) into court. Wesley Smith is with us to look at animal-rights extremism.

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – Death Row Inmate Wins Fight to have Mass Shown in Cells

Many convicted killers seek solace in the Lord in their final days, and Donald Lee Leger is among them. Further, he insists on the Catholic interpretation -- not a Baptist version that blared on the TV sets for all death-row prisoners at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. So he sought help from the American Civil Liberties Union. Though the ACLU has fought for separation of church and state in the public square -- Nativity scenes, Ten Commandments, crosses -- in Leger's case it defended a particular brand of worship in a taxpayer-financed cage for the state's most evil men. We talk about this case with Pat Nolan of Prison Fellowship and Justice Fellowship.

4:35 – Walking Across America for the Conversion of Youth
It was in the heart of Iowa, where Jon Leonetti was born and raised, that he fell in love with his Catholic faith. As the host of the Catholic radio show, Martyrs of the Third Millennium, Jon was ready to take the message of the New Evangelization from the air waves to the streets. Inspired through reading the lives of the saints Jon has realized that in order to live his Catholic faith to the fullest, he has to give it all. That is why he has chosen to walk, over 3,500 miles, asking young people to take on a new way of living, one where they are lost in the love of Jesus Christ. Through this journey in faith, Jon and his friend Jesse are encouraging young people to live their lives as a Martyr of the Third Millennium, one who continually dies to self and lives for something greater, our God. We catch up with them in PA.

4:45 – Passionate Speech in House of Lords Halts “Assisted Suicide” Bill in Britain
Well, it's been defeated ... for the moment. A proposal to legalize “assisted suicide” was raised in the British Parliament and, thanks largely to a heart-wrenching speech from Baroness Jane Campbell, was voted down. The proposed new law was raised as an amendment in the House of Lords. Recently there has been much publicity given in Britain to people whose grave disabilities have made them believe they no longer wish to live, and who have travelled to Switzerland with relatives to die in a scheme operated by an organization created specifically for this purpose. We talk with British Catholic journalist Joanna Bogle.

5:00 – Kresta Comments

5:20 – The Ryan Report

Physical and sexual abuse was "endemic" in Irish Catholic church-run industrial schools and orphanages. That according to a 10-year investigation by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse which released its 2,600 page final report earlier this year. The investigation found that Catholic priests and nuns for decades terrorized thousands of boys and girls in the Irish Republic, while government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rape and humiliation. More than 30,000 children deemed to be petty thieves, truants or from dysfunctional families – a category that often included unmarried mothers – were sent to Ireland's austere network of industrial schools, reformatories, orphanages and hostels from the 1930s until the last facilities shut in the 1990s. We have an extensive report and give reasons for hope.

5:40 – How the Body of Christ in Ireland is Dealing With The “Ryan Report”

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