Kresta in the Afternoon – July 21, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Kresta Comments

    Second Topic – Indonesia in Perspective – A Model Muslim Democracy?

    When people hear about the terrible bombings that struck two hotels in Indonesia last week and listen to the cable news reports that note Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, many listeners may conclude that this is another country where terrorist attacks are a frequent occurrence and where hostility to foreigners, particularly Americans, runs deep. Since most of the world knows so little about Indonesia, it is not surprising if people draw that conclusion, but they would be wrong. It is more appropriate to think of Indonesia as the world's third largest democracy, and to recognize that it has similar disadvantages as other open societies in combating terrorism. We talk with Paul Wolfowitz about Indonesia as a model Muslim democracy.

    Third Topic– Health Care Reform, Abortion, and Conscience Protection

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says House Democrats are struggling to reach consensus on overhauling health care, a divide that could delay House approval of a plan beyond lawmakers' scheduled vacation in August. Meanwhile, leaders of major pro-abortion advocacy groups have made many public statements in recent months recognizing that the bills, as currently drafted, will result in vast expansions of "access" to elective abortion. Members of the Senate Finance Committee are negotiating behind closed doors to craft an alternative health care bill, and abortion policy is a major issue in those discussions. We talk with Mike O’Dea of the Christus Medicus Foundation.

    Fourth Topic – Appeals Court Deals Another Blow to “Islamist Lawfare”

    Last week, seven Texas-area Islamic organizations lost an appeal of the unanimous ruling of the Texas Second Court of Appeals at Forth Worth, which protected the free speech rights of internet journalists and at the same time dealt a blow to the legal jihad being waged by radical Muslim groups throughout the United States. The Court upheld the dismissal of the libel lawsuit filed against internet reporter Joe Kaufman by the seven Islamic organizations. The lawsuit against Kaufman was funded by the Muslim Legal Fund for America. The head of that organization, Khalil Meek, admitted on a Muslim talk radio show that lawsuits were being filed against Kaufman and others to set an example. We talk with attorney Brian Rooney.

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