Kresta in the Afternoon – August 24, 2007 – Hour 2

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    First Topic Questions College Students Ask

    Life presents us with many questions. This is nowhere more true than in the young adult years when people search for the purpose and meaning of their lives. As students head back to school and college campuses fill, we talk to a man who is neck deep in the fight for souls. Ken Howell of the Newman Center at the U. of Ill. answers the questions college students ask about God, faith and the Church.

    Second Topic September Dawn

    A controversial film entitled “September Dawn” was released nationwide today. It records a little-known footnote to the bloody settling of the frontier, the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857, which some describe as the first act of religiously inspired mass murder in U.S. history. The Mountain Meadows massacre was a mass killing of an Arkansan wagon train by Mormons at Mountain Meadows in Utah Territory. On Friday, September 11, 1857, members of the Mormon militia, disguised as Native Americans, massacred the Baker-Fancher wagon train. The emigrants, mostly from Arkansas, were traveling to California. The Mormons along the way linked the emigrants with Mormon enemies, accusing them of hostile acts and past persecution. In nearby towns, a brigade of Mormons had been mustered to fight the invading United States Army, which Mormons thought intended to destroy them as a people. We set the historical stage.

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