Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Today on "Kresta in the Afternoon" - July 9, 2013

Talking about the "things that matter most" on July 9

4:00 – Disinformation: The Secret Strategy for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism
In his new book Disinformation, Ron Rychlak shows how destroying the reputation of good leaders has been developed into a high art and science. He looks at how Pope Pius XII --a generation ago the world's most high-profile Christian leader, who personally saved countless Jews from Hitler's Holocaust--was transformed, through the magic of disinformation, into a Nazi sympathizer. He looks at how Christianity and Judaism have been targeted for constant denigration and defamation through an ongoing campaign of disinformation. And he examines how the Soviet bloc planted 4,000 agents of influence in the Islamic world, armed with hundreds of thousands of copies of the most infamous anti-Semitic book in history, to fan the flames of ancient Arab resentments against the U.S. and Israel and sow the seeds of anti-Semitism that would later bloom in the form of violence and terror toward Jews and Christians. Ron joins us.

5:00 – The Catholic Shakespeare
Shakespeare is not only one of the greatest figures in human history, he is also one of the most controversial and one of the most elusive. He is famous and yet almost unknown. Who was he? What were his beliefs? Can we really understand his plays and his poetry if we don t know the man who wrote them? Many of his friends and family were persecuted, and even executed, for their Catholic faith. And yet he seems to have avoided any notable persecution himself. How did he do this? How did he respond to the persecution of his friends and family? What did he say about the dreadful and intolerant times in which he found himself? Literary Biographer Joseph Pearce is here to answer these questions in ways that will enlighten and astonish those who love Shakespeare s work, and that will shock and outrage many of his critics.

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