Kresta in the Afternoon – March 11, 2009 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – TBA

    Second Topic – President Obama Quietly Kills Bush Executive Order for Adult Stem Cell Research

    We have now learned that President Barack Obama did more on Monday than just force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research that requires the destruction of human life. He also rescinded an executive order President Bush put into place funding adult stem cells and new research with skin cells. He rescinded Executive Order 13435 of June 20, 2007. President Bush put that order in place when he vetoed a Congressional measure that would have required embryonic stem cell research funding. Instead of signing the bill, Bush issued an executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The order was intended to ultimately fund research into alternatives" to destructive embryonic stem cell research such as altered nuclear transfer (ANT), "regression" (reverting differentiated cells into stem cells), and other methods. We talk to Wesley Smith about how this was missed and how it jives with Obama’s stated ideology of putting science before politics.

    Third Topic – More Americans Say They Have No Religion

    A wide-ranging study on American religious life found that the Roman Catholic population has been shifting out of the Northeast to the Southwest, the percentage of Christians in the nation has declined and more people say they have no religion at all. Fifteen percent of respondents said they had no religion, an increase from 14.2 percent in 2001 and 8.2 percent in 1990, according to the American Religious Identification Survey. Northern New England surpassed the Pacific Northwest as the least religious region, with Vermont reporting the highest share of those claiming no religion, at 34 percent. Still, the study found that the numbers of Americans with no religion rose in every state. We talk about this survey with John Green, leading expert on the religious landscape and religious vote in the US.

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