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“Kresta in the Afternoon”— September 3, 2014

Talking about the “things that matter most” on September 3


4:00 – Latest in Ukraine


The Ukraine crisis dominated headlines this spring, but has received much less attention ever since ISIS declared its caliphate. Tetiana Stawynchy, a Greek Catholic who has witnessed the protests in Kiev, joins us with an update.


4:20 – ISIS: Public Legitimacy Through the Reenactment of Islam’s Early History

ISIS continues to commit savage acts in Iraq and Syria. How have they become so successful in such a short time? In a recent article, Andrew Salzmann highlights several similarities between ISIS and the early rise of Islam. He joins us.    


4:40 – Kresta Comments: Is Scientology the Savior for Flint, Michigan? Truman and the Bomb: Revisited.


Flint, Michigan is notorious for violent crime and has topped the FBI’s list of America’s most dangerous mid-sized cities for the last four years. The Church of Scientology is making an effort to reverse the city’s trends by distributing copies of L. Ron Hubbard’s “The Way to Happiness,” which details 23 principles to a happy life. The Flint chief of police supports the effort. Al discusses whether Scientology is really the answer to Flint’s problems.
Also in this segment, Al responds to a listener email about our earlier discussion with Fr. Miscamble regarding Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan.


5:00 – Kresta Comments: Thoughts on America as a Christian Nation.


5:20 – Kresta Comments: Feast of St. Gregory the Great


5:40 – The Perils of Polygamy

Advocates of traditional marriage have argued for years that the gay marriage argument is a slippery slope that leads to polygamy and other forms of “marriage.” If gender doesn’t determine the definition of marriage, then why should number? A federal court recently struck down a Utah law on this very premise. Christopher Kaczor, author of the article “The Perils of Polygamy,” is with us to talk about it. 

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