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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – July 16

Talking about the “things that matter most” on July 16

4:00 – Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture
In their founding documents, the United States and the United Nations recognized the principles that all men have inherent dignity and that they deserve equal rights. They both have declared those principles the conditions fundamental to freedom, justice, and peace. Yet both the United States and the United Nations have within them powerful political forces passing laws or resolutions that violate first principles and put at risk the most vulnerable populations. In “Non-Negotiable,” Sheila Liaugminas goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. She demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why, and she anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity. Sheila joins us.

5:00 – Kresta Comments: Can Islam Change? & A New Way of Arguing against Euthanasia

5:20 – Why is Catholicism in Decline?
One of David Carlin’s sociological preoccupations is concern for the question: Why has Catholicism gone into steep decline in the last half-century or so in the most modernized and prosperous countries in the world — that is, the United States, Canada, and much of Europe? The most popular answer to this question is that the decline is totally the result of Vatican II. But he rejects that answer. If Vatican II played a role in the decline, it was only a very small role. The important factors are to be found elsewhere. There may be a hundred of these factors, but one might be more prevalent than the others. Christianity is a salvation religion. Our culture has lost the sense of sin, so it sees no reason to need a Savior. David joins us.

5:40 – Senate Democrats launch push or “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress
Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed a new bill that would remove any state laws placing restrictions on abortion. Deceptively called the Women’s Health Protection Act, the bill would remove laws that limit the performance of an abortion to a licensed physician, laws that allow a medical professional to opt out of an abortion, and laws that ban abortions late in the pregnancy. Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee, joins us.

5:45 – National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies
Dr. Monica Miller and Eric Scheidler join us to discuss the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies.

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