Kresta in the Afternoon – February 2, 2010 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – First Court Challenge to Federal “Hate Crimes” Act Filed

    The Thomas More Law Center this morning filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., challenging the constitutionality of the recently-enacted federal Hate Crimes Act.  The Act criminalizes so-called “bias” crimes motivated by a person’s “actual or perceived” “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” and thus elevates those engaged in certain deviant sexual behaviors to a special, protected class of persons under federal law. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, and a former county prosecutor, commented, “There is no legitimate law enforcement need for this federal law. Of the 1.38 million violent crimes reported in the U.S. by the FBI in 2008, only 243 were considered as motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation. This is part of the list of political payoffs to homosexual advocacy groups for support of Barack Obama in the last presidential election.” Richard joins us in studio.

    Second Topic – Catholic Schools Week: The State of Catholic Education in America

    In this Catholic Schools Week, we take the temperature of Catholic schools in America. Do Catholic schools matter? Do they make a difference? Where do Catholic homeschools fit into the Catholic educational paradigm? We look at all of these questions and more with Dan Guernsey, Headmaster of the Donahue Academy of Ave Maria in Ave Maria, FL

    Third Topic – Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship

    On Feb. 3, 1994, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. and, in front of then-President Bill
    Clinton, delivered a now-famous address on abortion. We listen to a bit of that speech and talk with Donna Marie Cooper-O’Boyle, author of Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship.

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