Kresta in the Afternoon – April 20, 2018 – Hour 2

+  Facebook continues to censor "Islamophobia"

  • Description: We've talked in the past with Robert Spencer about Facebook's censoring of his Jihad Watch posts, claiming that they are Islamophobic. The issue was not addressed directly during Mark Zuckerberg's Senate hearing last week, but Zuckerberg did admit that Facebook employees of Silicon Valley tend to lean much further left than many Facebook users. Robert joins us with the latest and at a look at a Muslim leader's advice to the EU regarding Islam.
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    • Robert Spencer
      Robert is the author of several books, most recently Confessions of an Islamaphobe. He's the director of Jihad Watch and has led seminars on Islam and Jihad for the FBI, US Army Command and several other agencies. He's a weekly columnist for PJ Media and Frontpage Magazine. Visit
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    • Confessions of an Islamophobe

      While the United States, and indeed most of the Western world, fights an active war against Islamic terrorism, we remain in deep denial about who truly is the enemy. Elites across North America and Europe fight to silence those who argue, compellingly, that the roots of terrorism are within Islam itself which has evolved into far more than a religion—it is a radical and dangerous political ideology which consciously, if often tacitly, places itself in opposition to democracy and basic human rights. Robert Spencer, one of the world’s foremost critical scholars of Islam, has been labeled Public Enemy #1 by those who apologize for Islam and its violent excesses. He has been called a propagandist, a racist, and an “Islamophobe”—a term that he willingly embraces in this provocative and important book. There needs to be a thoroughgoing and honest public discussion of the acceptable parameters of criticism of Islam in light of genuine interests not only of national security but of civilizational survival. Our lives, quite literally, could depend on it, as could those of our children and our children’s children. Confessions of an Islamophobe is an attempt to begin that discussion. (learn more)

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    • The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Free Speech (and Its Enemies) (Complete Infidel’s Guides)

      From Robert Spencer, the New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islamand The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS, comes a bold defense of freedom of speech—the single most valuable freedom humanity has, a freedom now endangered world-wide. (learn more)

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    • Is Islam a Religion of Peace? (2 Disk DVD Set)

      A RARE MOMENT IN CATHOLIC-MUSLIM RELATIONS Is Islam a religion of Peace? Is democracy a heresy? Is religious liberty possible within Islam? These were the questions asked during this respectful but no holds barred debate between Catholics and Muslims on August 10th, 2013 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan sponsored by Ave Maria Communications. Before a crowd of 600, Robert Spencer of and Richard Thompson of the Thomas More Law Center, faced off in a debate with Shadid Lewis of the Muslim Debate Initiative representing traditional Islam and Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam Without Extremes claiming that Islam is compatible with Western liberties. The debate was moderated by Ave Maria's Al Kresta. Other speakers rounded out the discussion with related topics.   (learn more)

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+  Paul’s Witness from Jail (2 segments)

  • Description: A lot of attention has been paid to Jim Caviezel’s Paul: Apostle of Christ. We’ll talk with Fr. Richard Cassidy, a Pauline scholar, about Paul’s experiences in prison and what the film does – and doesn’t – get right.
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    • Fr. Richard Cassidy
      Fr. Richard J. Cassidy serves as Professor of Sacred Scripture. He is an ordained priest of the Detroit Archdiocese. He holds graduate degrees from the Gregorian University, the University of Michigan, and the Graduate Theological Union. For decades, Fr. Cassidy has been an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Since 2004 he has been an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. At present he is completing a commentary on St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.
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    • Paul in Chains: Roman Imprisonment and the Letters of St. Paul

      Richard J. Cassidy sheds new light on this relation between the earliest Christians and Roman authorities. Cassidy successfully challenges the assumption that Paul had a single view of secular power by showing how St. Paul's chains and his imprisonment influenced him over time to change his views about Roman rule. (learn more)

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    • Paul: A Biography

      In this definitive biography, renowned Bible scholar, Anglican bishop, and bestselling author N. T. Wright offers a radical look at the apostle Paul, illuminating the humanity and remarkable achievements of this intellectual who invented Christian theology—transforming a faith and changing the world. For centuries, Paul, the apostle who "saw the light on the Road to Damascus" and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted follower of Christ, has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. While his influence on Christianity has been profound, N. T. Wright argues that Bible scholars and pastors have focused so much attention on Paul’s letters and theology that they have too often overlooked the essence of the man’s life and the extreme unlikelihood of what he achieved. To Wright, "The problem is that Paul is central to any understanding of earliest Christianity, yet Paul was a Jew; for many generations Christians of all kinds have struggled to put this together." Wright contends that our knowledge of Paul and appreciation for his legacy cannot be complete without an understanding of his Jewish heritage. Giving us a thoughtful, in-depth exploration of the human and intellectual drama that shaped Paul, Wright provides greater clarity of the apostle’s writings, thoughts, and ideas and helps us see them in a fresh, innovative way. Paul is a compelling modern biography that reveals the apostle’s greater role in Christian history—as an inventor of new paradigms for how we understand Jesus and what he accomplished—and celebrates his stature as one of the most effective and influential intellectuals in human history. (learn more)

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