Kresta in the Afternoon – June 17, 2019 – Hour 1

+  US Army War College Caves to CAIR

  • Description: The US Army War College has canceled a scheduled lecture by Raymond Ibrahim after a campaign by CAIR branded him as an Islamophobe with white supremacist leanings. Raymond joins us.
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    • Raymond Ibrahim
      Raymond Ibrahim is a widely published author, public speaker, and Middle East and Islam specialist. His books include “Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West" and "The Al Qaeda Reader.” He provides expert testimony for Islam-related lawsuits, and has testified before Congress regarding the conceptual failures that dominate American discourse concerning Islam and the worsening plight of Egypt’s Christian Copts. He was born and raised in the U.S. by Coptic Egyptian parents born and raised in the Middle East and is fluent in English and Arabic. Visit Raymondibrahim.com
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    • Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians

      Forget what the history textbooks told you about martyrdom being a thing of the past. Christians are being persecuted and slaughtered today. Raymond Ibrahim unveils the shocking truth about Christians in the Muslim world. Believers in Jesus Christ suffer oppression and are massacred at the hands of radicals for worshipping and spreading the gospel of the Lord. Discover the true-life stories that the media won't report in Ibrahim's Crucified Again: Exposing Islam's New War on Christians. (learn more)

    • Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West

      A sweeping history of the often-violent conflict between Islam and the West, shedding a revealing light on current hostilities The West and Islam--the sword and scimitar--have clashed since the mid-seventh century, when, according to Muslim tradition, the Roman emperor rejected Prophet Muhammad's order to abandon Christianity and convert to Islam, unleashing a centuries-long jihad on Christendom. Sword and Scimitar chronicles the decisive battles that arose from this ages-old Islamic jihad, beginning with the first major Islamic attack on Christian land in 636, through the Muslim occupation of nearly three-quarters of Christendom which prompted the Crusades, followed by renewed Muslim conquests by Turks and Tatars, to the European colonization of the Muslim world in the 1800s, when Islam largely went on the retreat--until its reemergence in recent times. Using original sources in Arabic and Greek, preeminent historian Raymond Ibrahim describes each battle in vivid detail and explains how these wars and the larger historical currents of the age reflect the cultural fault lines between Islam and the West. The majority of these landmark battles--including the battles of Yarmuk, Tours, Manzikert, the sieges at Constantinople and Vienna, and the crusades in Syria and Spain--are now forgotten or considered inconsequential. Yet today, as the West faces a resurgence of this enduring Islamic jihad, Sword and Scimitar provides the needed historical context to understand the current relationship between the West and the Islamic world--and why the Islamic State is merely the latest chapter of an old history. (learn more)

+  Helping our Kids Find Their Vocations (2 segments)

  • Description: Any parent knows the beautiful, exhausting and bewildering challenges that come with raising kids. How do we go beyond merely “raising” them to helping them find and understand their vocations? We’ll talk with John and Claire Grabowski.
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    • John Grabowski
      John Grabowski is an associate professor of Moral Theology and Ethics at The Catholic University of America. He and his wife were appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Family by Pope Benedict XCI in 2009. he is also serving as a theological advisor to the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth. In 2015 he was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as an expert at the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
      • Claire Grabowski
        Claire has been a Catholic educator, stay at home mother, in-home childcare provider, financial administrative assistant, and care-giver and companion to the elderly. She has been a mentor to women and couples and has been active in a variety of lay ministries for many years.
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      • Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocations

        A practical guide for parents who want to form their children in the faith. The mission of every married couple is to generously welcome children as gifts from God…then what? As any parent knows, raising children is beautiful, exhausting, and often bewildering. And then we have their vocations to think about. It’s the job of parents to raise children who are able to cultivate the gift of Faith and really listen to what God is calling them to do with their lives. While God gives all the grace and faith necessary to follow him, we parents are tasked with fanning the flames. To help our children turn the spark of faith into a fire of love for God. As parents, we need to make our homes a community of prayer, of service, and of witness within the larger Body of Christ.  Making these regular and ongoing practices within the life of their family is the most effective way for parents to form their children in the faith. Of course, this is not always easy, that’s why Claire and John Grabowksi have made this practical guide. This is not high philosophy or deep theology (though it’s rooted firmly in Church teaching) but real advice, from real parents who have raised five children. As parents, it’s our job to get our children to heaven, and helping them discern the vocation God is calling them to is one of the most important parts of that job. You don’t have to do it alone, with fervent prayer, a close relationship with Christ, and the tested, practical advice in Raising Catholic Kids for Their Vocation, you’ll have the tools you need. (learn more)

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