Kresta in the Afternoon – July 26, 2016 – Hour 1

+  Update from the DNC

  • Description: The Democratic National Convention is in full swing in Philadelphia. Michelle Obama delivered a rousing speech last night, and former president Bill Clinton will headline tonight’s speakers. We’ll talk more about the convention with Matthew Bunson
  • Segment Guests:
    • Dr. Matthew Bunson
      Matthew Bunson is a Senior Contributor to EWTN News and the National Catholic Register and a Senior Fellow at St Paul Center for Biblical Theology. He’s the author or co-author of more than 50 books including the first English-language biography of Pope Francis and The Encyclopedia of Catholic History and is also a contributing editor for This Rock magazine and moderator of Church History forum for He’s also on the Faculty at Catholic Distance University.
  • + Articles Mentioned:

    • DNC Day One: Hillary's Road -
      Day One of the Democratic National Convention began with unexpected turbulence. What had been a smooth process of nominating Hillary Clinton as the Democrats’ presidential candidate was sideswiped by the leak over the weekend of 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails on Wikileaks. The leak led to the resignation of DNC Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz and sparked new fury by the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders that the Democratic primary had been possibly unduly influenced by collusion between the Clinton campaign and the leadership of the party. (click to read more)

+  French Priest Murdered: ISIS Claims Responsibility

  • Description: Fr. Jacques Hamel was celebrating Mass this morning in a suburb of Rouen, France when the church was stormed by two ISIS fighters. The attackers slit Fr. Jacques’ throat and held four people hostage before being shot dead by police. We’ll discuss this latest attack on Christians with Robert Spencer.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Robert Spencer
      Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch. He’s the author of 14 books including two New York Times bestsellers, and his newest book is the Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran. We’ll be speaking with him about this book soon. He’s the Vice President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and a weekly columnist for PJ Media and Frontpage Magazine.
  • + Articles Mentioned:

    • France: Church where priest was beheaded was on jihadi hit list of Catholic churches -
      “The building was one of a number of Catholic churches on a terrorist ‘hit list’ found on a suspected ISIS extremist last April.” So we have a church that was on a jihad hit list and a jihad killer who was monitored by police, and still this happened. Why weren’t there guards at the church? Because authorities probably didn’t take the hit list seriously, or are so overwhelmed by the magnitude of the threat that they can’t place guards at every location that is threatened. (click to read more)

    • France: Muslims who beheaded priest were screaming “Allahu akbar” -
      “Allahu akbar” is such a constant of jihad attacks that every time it is shouted, it is bearing witness not only to the fact that the murder in question is being committed in the name of Islam and in accord with its teachings, but also to the fact that Western authorities are resolute in their refusal to acknowledge the motivating ideology of the enemy, and thus are abjectly ill-equipped to deal with it adequately. (click to read more)

    • Gunmen storm hotel in Mogadishu; 15 killed, police say -
      Gunmen stormed a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Saturday after detonating a car filled with explosives at the hotel gate -- an attack that has left at least 15 people dead and 25 others injured, police said. (click to read more)

  • + Resources Mentioned Available in Our Store:

    • The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS

      ISIS rocketed onto the world stage seemingly out of nowhere, beheading American hostages, bulldozing international borders, routing the American-trained Iraqi Army, and carving out a new state that rules eight million people. Now, after the shocking San Bernardino and Paris attacks, it has become devastatingly clear that no one is safe from the threat of ISIS. The group has managed to radicalize and recruit Muslims all over the world and is staging an all-out "holy war" against the West, while U.S. leaders remain stumped. In The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS, New York Times bestselling author Robert Spencer reveals the terrifying inner workings of the Islamic State—its successful recruitment program, how it is financing its expansion, and the ideology that is driving its success. As Spencer explains, the Islamic State has taken the first steps on the path to becoming a serious world power—steps that Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda dreamed of but were afraid to take. The Complete Infidel's Guide to ISIS is your one-stop easy reference for all you need to know about ISIS—including how "infidels" can stop its reign of terror. (learn more)

+  Kresta Comments

  • + Articles Mentioned:

    • Tim Kaine: An Explosion Waiting to Happen? -
      We have seen this script before: The Democrats, confirmed now as a radical, pro-abortion party, will fill out their presidential ticket with a Catholic candidate for Vice President. He will be down-to-earth, with all of the warmth associated with a certain ethnic style of Catholic life. He will be earnest in his professions of attachment to the Church, he will attend Mass regularly. But for the sake of fitting into that party in its current incarnation, he is willing to detach himself, discreetly, from the deepest moral teachings of his Church, most notably, on the taking of innocent life in abortion. (click to read more)

    • Living the Gospel of Life -
      Today I believe the Lord is saying to us all: do not hesitate, do not be afraid to engage the good fight of the faith (cf. I Tim 6:12). When we preach the liberating message of Jesus Christ we are offering the words of life to the world. Our prophetic witness is an urgent and essential service not just to the Catholic community but to the whole human family. (click to read more)

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