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Kresta in the Afternoon – February 9, 2015

Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on February 9, 2015

4:00 – Kresta Comments: Was Chris Kyle Called or Driven?

Chris Kyle, the hero of American Sniper, survived four tours of duty in Iraq before setting up a gun range to help military veterans with PTSD. He was killed in 2013 by one of the people he was trying to help. Was Kyle’s life a response to a calling he heard to protect and help the innocent or was he simply driven to do something impossible? Al has some thoughts.

4:20 – Obama and the Crusades

On Friday we took calls about Obama’s ignorant and misleading claim that Christians shouldn’t be too quick to criticize terrorists because the Crusades were done in the name of Christ. We follow up on this topic with Steve Weidenkopf. Steve is an expert on Church history and has more reasons why there is no comparison between the Crusades and the ongoing scourge of ISIS.

4:40 – Death with Dignity is Eliminating the Suffering, not the Sufferer

Advocates of euthanasia, or “Death with Dignity,” say their cause is all about reducing the suffering of a sick person and their family. They argue that by allowing patients to die “on their own terms,” euthanasia eliminates the suffering of all involved. Wesley Smith disagrees. A true dignified death can be realized by eliminating the suffering, not the sufferer. He’s here to discuss how to do this.

5:00 – Brian Williams: When Exaggeration becomes Lying

NBC’s Brian Williams has decided to take a leave of absence from the network. Williams is facing harsh criticism for falsely claiming he was on a helicopter hit by an RPG in Iraq. In his apology Williams claimed that he was simply confused, since the incident happened more than ten years ago. Analysis of how his story has changed since the incident suggests otherwise. Al discusses the evolution of Williams’ story and what leads people in trusted positions to embellish their stories.

5:20 – The Best Lent Ever

Steve Lawson invites you to join Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic team on a life-changing journey through your Best Lent Ever. Participants in this special email course will receive weekly videos and inspiration that explain the genius of Catholicism to empower them to become the best version of themselves. Steve joins us to preview this program, which is sure to enrich your faith life and help you get the most out of your Lenten journey.

5:40 – Papal Smackdown! Did Pope Francis Recommend Spanking?

The latest Francis Frenzy in the media? His statement that it is permissible for parents to spank their children provided certain criteria are met. Some feel he is supporting proper discipline, while others say he is out and out endorsing child abuse. More2Life’s Dr. Greg Popcak joins us with some insights into what Francis really said and gives a Catholic viewpoint on spanking.

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