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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 2, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 2, 2015 

4:10 – Kresta Comments: Super Bowl Review

Sports fans across the nation are going to be talking about last night’s game for weeks, especially the controversial play call that led to one of the most dramatic endings in years. We’re here to discuss other aspects of the game. Malcolm Butler, the rookie cornerback whose incredible interception in the end zone won the game for his team, had some amazing comments after the game. He told NBC’s Michelle Tafoya that he “had a vision” he was going to make a big play and credited his faith for his success. Al has some thoughts on Butler’s comments. Also in this segment, we talk about some of the more memorable Super Bowl ads and the messages they did-or didn’t-get across.

4:20 – A Terrorist by Any Other Name

The White House has now issued multiple statements claiming that the Taliban is an “armed insurgency,” not a terrorist group. It classifies al-Qaeda and ISIS as terrorist groups but claims the Taliban falls under a different category while acknowledging the Taliban’s terrorist activities. Why would a group responsible for countless terror attacks be classified as anything but a terrorist group? On a related note, Al-Jazeera, a leading Arabic news network, has banned the words ‘terrorist,’ ‘Islamist’ and “Jihad’ from its airwaves. Al discusses why the world is so obstinate in its refusal to acknowledge terrorism for what it really is.

4:40 – Why Thomas Aquinas Still Matters

Last week was the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. Although he’s been dead for nearly 800 years, Aquinas’ teachings still ring true in the modern world and are beginning to gain an even stronger following. We’ve asked Dr. Peter Kreeft to join us and explain why Thomas Aquinas still matters.

5:10 – Kresta Comments: Super Bowl Review

Al has more thoughts on Malcolm Butler’s interview and the most talked-about ads from last night’s game.

5:20 – 50 Shades of Wrong

50 Shades of Grey premiers in less than two weeks. The film aired a new trailer during the Super Bowl touting its popularity and asking if viewers were “curious.” We cannot stress enough how this story glorifies violence and abuse against women and is harmful to society. Dr. Miriam Grossman joins us with a medical professional’s viewpoint on what makes the story so dangerous.

5:40 – Kresta Comments: 50 Shades of Wrong & Classifying the Taliban

Al follows up our discussion with Dr. Grossman with his own thoughts on 50 Shades of Grey. How can we know the story is bad if we haven’t actually read it? Isn’t it just a movie? What’s all the fuss? He also has some closing thoughts on the White House’s comments on the Taliban and why so many people are reluctant to call out terrorism.

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