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Kresta in the Afternoon – January 9th, 2015

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

4:00 – Another Victory against the HHS Mandate.

Autocam Medical, a Michigan-based manufacturer of medical products, has won its lawsuit against the HHS Mandate. The judge had previously ruled against the company, but reversed the decision upon appeal and cited last year’s Hobby Lobby case in his ruling. We speak with John Kennedy, CEO of Autocam, to discuss his company’s victory. Read an article about the victory here –

4:20—The Five Most Over-Covered Vatican Stories of 2014

Most year-end reviews cover the biggest stories of the past twelve months, or the small news stories that should have received more coverage. John Allen, a senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and senior Vatican analyst for CNN, is here with a different list. John has the five Vatican stories that received too much attention from the mainstream media.

4:40 – Selma: One of the Best Films Ever?

Premiering this weekend nationwide, Selma stars David Oyewolo as Martin Luther King, Jr. and focuses on the events surrounding the voting rights marches of 1965. The film has already received praise from critics and has been nominated for four Golden Globes.
Steven Greydanus thinks the film may go down as one of the best ever. Is it really that outstanding? Steven is here with his thoughts.


5:00 – Bill May – Evangelization of Culture for Marriage and Family

EWTN, the Apostolate for Family Consecration, and Catholics for the Common Good Institute have partnered with a six part mini-series, “Evangelizing the Culture for Marriage and Family” that begins on Monday, January 12 and runs through the following Monday. It marks the commencement of a new “Marriage Reality Movement”.

The truth about marriage has become so hidden that confusion about it is causing fewer and fewer people to seek marriage as the foundation of their own families. The unfortunate result is also seen in court decisions and in our culture with the legal redefinition of marriage.

5:20 – Is Democracy Compatible With Islam?

The terror attacks in Paris have touched off a wave of support for free speech. Supporters of the attack, including British Imam Anjem Choudary, claim Islamic law does not allow for speech that is offensive to the prophet. How compatible is the concept of democracy with Islam? We ask
Robert Reilly of the American Foreign Policy Council for his insights.

5:40 – Belgian Court Reverses Euthanasia Decision

Belgian Frank van den Bleeken has been sentenced to life in prison on multiple rape charges. The country does not allow the death penalty. Van Den Bleeken claims that he cannot be rehabilitated and will never overcome his criminal tendencies and that a life behind bars will cause him extreme suffering. Because euthanasia is legal in Belgium, courts ruled last year that Van Den Bleeken could be “mercy killed” instead of serving his life sentence. That decision has been reversed; Van Den Bleeken will not be given his “right to die.” What should we make of all this? Is euthanizing a convicted criminal any different than giving them the death penalty? Is the trauma of life in prison equivalent to the kinds of suffering normally used to justify euthanasia? Wes Smith joins us with his comments on the latest developments in this unsettling story.

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