Kresta in the Afternoon – January 16, 2008 – Hour 2

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    First Topic – Global Schism? The Anglican Communion Rift

    Central California's Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin this week became the first in the nation to secede from the Episcopal Church, taking the historic, risky step as part of a years-long struggle within the U.S. church and global Anglican Communion over homosexuality and biblical authority. We look at the rift in the Anglican Communion. Is it the first stage in a wider Christian split?

    Second Topic – The Politics of Abortion

    Anne Hendershott carefully analyzes the politics behind our country’s most contentious political issue – abortion. How did the culture shift that produced Roe v Wade occur? Why are black women targeted as the primary consumers of abortion services? Why does Hollywood celebrate abortion and abortion providers in films and television? Why do pro-choice clergy assure followers that abortion is a sacred choice? Finally, arguing that Roe v Wade effectively radicalized the abortion debate by denying to the pro-life side the ordinary tools of politics and persuasion, Hendershott asks that we begin to move the discussions from the courts back to the realm of politics where there might be some prospect of resolution.

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