Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on March 20, 2018
4:00 – Europe’s Slow Death by Denial
Early this month German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted the existence of so-called “No Go Zones” in the country. This is a landmark change from the traditional “apologetics” most Western European politicians have done for Islam – an attitude of denial that has slowly been squeezing the continent. What does the future hold? We’ll talk with Sam Gregg.
4:20 – What’s Next for the Red Rose Rescuers?
We talked yesterday with Rob Muise about the sentencing for the Red Rose Rescue pro-lifers, who have been forbidden to associate with each other and barred from going near an abortion clinic. Monica Miller joins us with her thoughts on the trial and what they plan to do next.
4:40 – Uncle Tom the Christ Figure
On this day in 1852, the serialized story Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published in book form. The character Uncle Tom is a very rare example of a black Christ figure – a role typically reserved for characters such as Steinbeck’s Jim Casy, O’Connors Hazel Motes and of course Aslan the lion. We’ll discuss the role of Christ figures in literature and in the novel with John Han.
5:00 – The Real Story of the Crusades
What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades just the Christian equivalent of Muslim Jihad? We’ll talk with Dr. Thomas Madden, who also looks at the portrayal of the Church in the new CNN series Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History.
5:40 – Trump Proposes Death Penalty for Drug Dealers
Yesterday President Trump rolled out his three-part plan for tackling America’s opioid epidemic. The most notable proposal was imposing the death penalty on drug traffickers – a practice used by Philippines President Duterte, whom Trump has praised. Is there any reason to believe this strategy will work? What are the real effects? We’ll talk with John Blume.