Kresta in the Afternoon – March 14, 2008 – Hour 1

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    4:00 p.m. - The Rise (and Eventual Downfall) of the New Religious Left

    Rev. Sirico looks at a resurgent movement in some religious circles to advance big government programs behind a so-called "social justice" agenda. The Religious Left has aligned with Big Labor, pacifist groups and liberal politicians to promote collectivist alternatives to the free market. Can anyone stop them?

    4:20 p.m. - Obama and the Pastor

    In a sermon delivered at Howard University, Barack Obama's longtime minister, friend and adviser blamed America for starting the AIDS virus, training professional killers, importing drugs and creating a racist society that would never elect a black candidate president. In another sermon he led the congregation in a round of "God D*&n America" rather than "God Bless America." The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor of Mr. Obama's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, is now in the public eye, and Obama's close relationship with him is garnering more attention. Al has some comments.

    4:40 p.m. - Random School Drug Testing - A Success in the US "War on Drugs"?

    Over 1,000 schools/school districts in the United States have a random student drug testing program in place. These programs test students for a wide range of illegal substances, including marijuana, methamphetamine, and in some cases, steroids and/or alcohol. Random student drug testing is community-initiated and designed, treatment-based, non-punitive, and protects privacy and confidentiality. Last month, the Department of Education announced another set of grants for random student drug testing, totaling $5.8 million, for another 38 schools/school districts to develop, implement, or expand this effective school-based drug prevention program. White House Deputy "Drug Czar," Dr. Bertha Madras is here to discuss youth drug use, random student drug testing, and the overall success of the US "War on Drugs."

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