Kresta in the Afternoon – March 18, 2008 – Hour 1

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    First Topic – Onward Christian Soldiers

    In the past thirty years, the religiously active voter has migrated to the Republican Party. The story behind this shift, evidenced in the emergence of Evangelical dominance over mainstream Protestantism and the defeat of liberal Catholicism, is at the heart of a fascinating cultural history by Deal Hudson. In Onward, Christian Soldiers, Deal analyzes how, steadily over-coming age-old misjudgments and misunderstandings that separated them, conservative Catholics and Evangelical Christians drew together because of what they viewed as profound assaults on shared core beliefs. Dealing with today's hot-button issues, he provides an unprecedented look at the confrontation of the religious right with secularists in America, a confrontation that is not only timely but also timeless in its impact.

    Second Topic – Obama Condemns Pastor, But Won't 'Disown Him'

    In a major speech on race in America this morning, Barak Obama condemned the remarks of his controversial pastor, but also took several steps to explain why the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s incendiary rhetoric is still valid. Going to great lengths and several times repeating his reason for his continued association to Wright and his membership at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Obama said the pastor introduced him to his Christian faith and continues to perform God’s work on Earth. “As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. … I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother,” Obama said. We look at the speech, Obama’s candidacy, and role of race in this race with Abigail Thernstrom, vice-chair of the US Commission on Civil Rights.

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