Kresta in the Afternoon – April 16, 2018 – Hour 1

+  Glimpse Africa: The Women of Bahir Dar

  • Description: At 18 Marcie Erickson left the comforts of Naples, Florida to embrace and serve the poorest of the poor. At 19 she began teaching English at a school in Ethiopia. She now runs the Grace Center in Bahir Dar, where she continues to serve the vulnerable in one of the world's poorest countries. Marcie joins us with her story.
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    • Marcie Erickson
      Marcie Erickson s the co-founder and Executive Director of Grace Center in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Grace Center started after she adopted her first three children and more children in Ethiopia were in need of services. After adopting four children Marcie was married to Sefinew Birhan Mengistu, now a vital ministry partner. Together they have had four more children and continue to serve with Grace Center.
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+  The Primal Scream of Identity Politics (2 segments)

  • Description: Former Michigan governor John Engler was just selected to serve as Michigan State’s interim president as the university deals with the fallout from the horrific Larry Nassar scandal. Some have criticized his appointment, saying they would prefer someone who wasn’t part of the school while Nassar was there, which is a valid concern. Yet some students have railed against him because he is a, “straight, white wealthy male who is just conservative enough to keep our elected officials pacified.” It’s another example of the obsession many activists have with identity politics and how it cripples our ability to have rational public discourse. Mary Eberstadt joins us with more.
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    • Mary Eberstadt
      Mary Eberstadt is a Senior Research Fellow at Faith and Reason Institute and the author of Adam and Eve After the Pill, It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies and other books.
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    • It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies

      In It’s Dangerous to Believe, Mary Eberstadt documents how people of faith—especially Christians who adhere to traditional religious beliefs—face widespread discrimination in today’s increasingly secular society. Eberstadt details how recent laws, court decisions, and intimidation on campuses and elsewhere threaten believers who fear losing their jobs, their communities, and their basic freedoms solely because of their convictions. They fear that their religious universities and colleges will capitulate to aggressive secularist demands. They fear that they and their families will be ostracized or will have to lose their religion because of mounting social and financial penalties for believing. They fear they won’t be able to maintain charitable operations that help the sick and feed the hungry. (learn more)

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