Friday, September 4, 2009

Today on Kresta - Sept. 4, 2009

Talking about the "things that matter most" on Sept. 4

3:00 – What Happened to Notre Dame?

When the University of Notre Dame announced that President Barack Obama would speak at its 2009 Commencement and would receive an honorary doctor of laws degree, the reaction was more than anyone expected. Students, faculty, alumni, and friends of Notre Dame denounced the honoring of Obama, who is the most relentlessly pro-abortion public official in the world. Beyond abortion, Obama has taken steps to withdraw from health-care professionals the right of conscientious objection. Among them are thousands of Notre Dame alumni who will be forced to choose between continuing their profession and participating in activities they view as immoral, including the execution of the unborn. Four decades ago, in 1967, the major “Catholic” universities declared their “autonomy” from the Catholic Church in the Land O’Lakes Declaration. The honoring of Obama reflects the replacement by those universities of the benign authority of the Church with the politically correct standards of the secular academic establishment and, especially, of the government. Legendary Notre Dame Law Professor Charles Rice is with us to look at What Happened to Notre Dame?

3:40 – District 9 and the Biblical Attitude Toward the Other
Fr. Robert Barron just saw a remarkable film called “District 9.” It’s an exciting, science-fiction adventure movie, but it is much more than that. In fact, it explores, with great perceptiveness, a problem that has preoccupied modern philosophers from Hegel to Levinas, the puzzle of how to relate to “the other.” “District 9” sets up the question in the most dramatic way possible, for its plot centers around the relationship between human beings and aliens from outer space who have stumbled their way onto planet earth. We look at “District 9” and the biblical attitude toward the other.

4:00 – An American Teen’s Story of Modern Day Slavery
Do you believe human trafficking only occurs in Third World countries? Do you believe that slavery was abolished in the United States hundreds of years ago? Theresa Flores shares her story of trafficking and slavery while living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit Michigan. At fifteen years of age, she was drugged, raped and tortured for two long years. Kept in bondage, forced to pay back an impossible debt. All the while living at home, attempting to keep family safe and attending school during the day along side of her abusers. Only to be called into ‘service’, late each night, while her unknowing family slept. She discusses how she healed the wounds of sexual servitude and offers advice to parents and professionals on preventing this from occurring.

4:40 – Cash for Clunkers, MI unemployment and a path out for MI
A top Ford executive expects industry-wide U.S. auto sales to rise for the first time in more than two years this month, thanks largely to the government's Cash for Clunkers program. The program, which formally ended on Monday, spurred 690,114 new sales at a taxpayer cost of $2.88 billion, according to the Department of Transportation. With MI unemployment still hovering around the highest in the nation, what did the cash for clunkers program do for MI? Congressman Thaddeus McCotter is with us.

5:00 – Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs

Most terrorism experts agree: it is not "if" we are attacked again, but "when." Yet the assault has already happened. A silent battle is being waged on our nation everyday. Not with guns and bombs, but via covert sources: Islamic charities, the ACLU--even presidential candidates. They are all pawns in a stealth holy war. Unwittingly advancing the jihadist agenda not by violence, but through endeavors designed to acclimate and subject us to Islamic law--just the way Osama bin Laden wants it. In his new book Stealth Jihad, Robert Spencer exposes how a silent but lethal movement is advancing on the U.S. and calls upon Americans to resist it--before it's too late.

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