Thursday, June 2, 2011

Today on Kresta - June 2, 2011

Talking about the "things that matter most" on June 2

Live from the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit in Chicago

4:00 – The Closing of the Muslim Mind
People are shocked and frightened by the behavior coming out the Islamic world—not only because it is violent, but also because it is seemingly inexplicable. While there are many answers to the question of “what went wrong” in the Muslim world, no one has decisively answered why it went wrong. Until now. In his eye-opening new book, foreign policy expert Robert R. Reilly uncovers the root of our contemporary crisis: a pivotal struggle waged within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over the role of reason, the side of irrationality won. The deformed theology that resulted, Reilly reveals, produced the spiritual pathology of Islamism, and a deeply dysfunctional culture. Bob is here to look at The Closing of the Muslim Mind.

4:40 – De-Christianization and Catholic Action of the 21st Century
Raymond de Souza is one of the Church’s great communicators, and he will be joining Jeff Cavins, Al Kresta, Johnnette Benkovic and more at the Call to Holiness Conference next weekend in Metro Detroit. He will be speaking on De-Christianization and Catholic Action of the 21st Century. We preview the talk.

5:00 – Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Constitutionality of Obamacare
President Barack Obama's health-care law, including its mandate that most Americans obtain insurance, went before a U.S. appeals court yesterday, the second of at least three such panels that will consider the act's constitutionality. Opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law by Obama in March 2010, have argued Congress exceeded its authority in requiring almost all Americans to have health insurance or face a tax penalty starting in 2014. Rob Muise of the Thomas More Law Center argued the case and his here to report for us.

5:20 – Proposed bill would effectively ban US Catholic adoption agencies
A bill submitted to the US Congress could bring an end to the work of all Catholic adoption agencies in the US, by requiring agencies to place children in the households of homosexual couples. The bill introduced by Democratic Congressman Pete Stark of California—and ironically named the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act”—would ban discrimination in adoption and foster-care placement. The bill has 52 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Similar legislation at the local level has led to the closing of Catholic adoption agencies in Massachusetts, Illinois, and San Francisco. Tom McClusky, the Catholic Senior Vice President of Family Research Council Action is here.

5:40 – TBA

1 comment:

  1. Al,

    I want to go back to your May 27 interview with Stanley Kurtz and Peter Wehner. It was about Obama's supposed hostility toward Israel by calling for Israel to return to the 1967 border. I have a few questions for you:

    1. Homosexual journalist Andrew Sullivan found this joint statement on the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. It was issued last November 11 after Benjamin Netanyahu met with Hillary Clinton.

    Here's the important quote from that Israeli government website: "The Prime Minister and the Secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals. The Secretary reiterated that 'the United States believes that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements.' Those requirements will be fully taken into account in any future peace agreement."

    Compare that quote to what Obama said on May 19: "We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states."

    In your interview with Kurtz and Wehner you said that Obama has a hostile attitude toward Israel, consistent with his Chicago roots. Now that you've read the Netanyahu-Clinton joint statement on that Israeli government website, and see that it agrees with Obama's recent statement, do you think that Netanyahu is likewise hostile toward Israel?

    2. I listened to the BBC after Obama gave his May 19 speech. The commentators reported that Obama said nothing new in regard to U.S policy toward Israel and Palestine, and they wondered why he even brought it up. Later, I looked at some liberal websites like Think Progress and Media Matters for America. They show that Obama had essentially reiterated the policies of George W. Bush.

    Was George W. Bush hostile to Israel?

    3. Why did you participate in the right-wing hysteria over Obama's statement?