Kresta in the Afternoon – December 25, 2009 – Hour 2

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    First Topic - #23: After the Truth

    “After the Truth” is a powerful, award-winning German film which tells the story of one of the greatest challenges the legal system has ever faced. Dr. Josef Mengele, the infamous “angel of death” in Auschwitz, and one of the most wanted Nazi war criminals, turns himself in after 30 years in hiding to tell his “truth” to the world. The film presents Mengele’s hypothetical trial, which forces viewers to review his guilt, especially in the context of the wider attitudes toward the dignity of human life in German society. The responsibility of people’s sense of right and wrong is mirrored in the film by attorney Peter Rohm – Mengele’s defender – whose idealistic belief in the legal system conflicts heavily with his emotional resistance to defending Mengele. The viewer is presented with Mengele the man – flesh and blood – and must hear him out as he quite emotionally yet rationally states the reasons for his work and his supposed “mercy” that he imposed on his “patients”. The viewer is faced with the ironic comparison between Mengele’s “reasoning” and that which is so rampant today on similar “mercy” decisions. Screenwriter Christopher Reiley joins us.

    Second Topic - #22: From Pro-Choice Atheist to Pro-Life Catholic

    When she was 26, she had never once believed in God, not even as a child. She was a content atheist and thought it was simply obvious that God did not exist. She thought that religion and reason were incompatible, and was baffled by why anyone would believe in God. After a few years in the Bible Belt, she became vocally anti-Christian. Imagine the surprise to find her today, just a few years later, a practicing Catholic who loves her faith. Jennifer Fulwiler tells her story.

     

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