Kresta in the Afternoon – December 27, 2018 – Hour 1

  • Description: 2018 Countdown Day 8

+  2018 Countdown #12: How did Liberalism Become our State Religion? (2 segments)

  • Description: The Establishment Clause of the first amendment has become a go-to tool for driving religion out of the public square and ultimately creating a de-Christianized Western Civilization. In this society, government is the new Oracle – Caesar sits in his rightful place. Dr. Ben Wiker joins us.
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    • Dr. Ben Wiker
      Ben Wiker is the author of several books, including "Worshipping the state: How Liberalism became our State Religion." He’s a Professor of Political Science and Director of Human Life Studies at Franciscan University, where he is also a Senior Fellow at the Veritas Center. He has also taught at Marquette University, St. Mary’s University and Thomas Aquinas College. Visit benjaminwiker.com.
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    • Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion

      Many Christians feel that they are being opposed at every turn by what seems to be a well-orchestrated political and cultural campaign to de-Christianize every aspect of Western culture. They are right, and it goes even further back than the Obama Administration. In Worshipping the State: How Liberalism Became Our State Religion, Benjamin Wiker argues that it is liberals who seek to establish an official state religion: one of unbelief. Wiker reveals that it was never the intention of the Founders to drive religion out of the public square with the First Amendment, but secular liberals have deliberately misinterpreted the establishment clause to serve their own ends: the de-Christianization of Western civilization. The result, they hope, is government as the new oracle. Personal faith in a deity is replaced with collective dependence on government, and the diversity of religious practices and dogmas is reduced to a uniform ideological agenda. The liberal strategy is two-pronged: drive religion out of the public square, and then, in religion's place, erect the Church of the State to fill the human need for a higher power to look up to. But what was done can be undone. Outlining a simple, step-by-step strategy for disestablishing the state church of secularism, Worshiping the State shows the full historical sweep of the war to those on the Christian side of the cultural battle--and as a consequence of this far more complete vantage, how to win it. (learn more)

+  2018 Countdown #11: Kresta Comments - Two Sisters

  • Description: Al looks at the story of two sisters who left their family in Norway to pursue Jihad with ISIS in Syria.
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    • Two Sisters: A Father, His Daughters, and Their Journey into the Syrian Jihad

      The riveting true story of two sisters’ journey to the Islamic State and the father who tries to bring them home Two Sisters, by the international bestselling author Åsne Seierstad, tells the unforgettable story of a family divided by faith. Sadiq and Sara, Somali immigrants raising a family in Norway, one day discover that their teenage daughters, Leila and Ayan, have vanished―and are en route to Syria to aid the Islamic State. Seierstad’s riveting account traces the sisters’ journey from secular, social democratic Norway to the front lines of the war in Syria, and follows Sadiq’s harrowing attempt to find them. Employing the same mastery of narrative suspense she brought to The Bookseller of Kabul and One of Us, Seierstad puts the problem of radicalization into painfully human terms, using instant messages and other primary sources to reconstruct a family’s crisis from the inside. Eventually, she takes us into the hellscape of the Syrian civil war, as Sadiq risks his life in pursuit of his daughters, refusing to let them disappear into the maelstrom―even after they marry ISIS fighters. Two Sisters is a relentless thriller and a feat of reporting with profound lessons about belief, extremism, and the meaning of devotion. (learn more)

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