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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Aug. 13

Talking about the “things that matter most” on August 13

4:00 – Kresta Comments

4:20 – A Call for the “Annihilation of the Islamic State in Iraq”
One of the most influential Christian thinkers in the US, Dr. Robert George, has led a bi-partisan, interfaith effort to call for the annihilation of the Islamic State in Iraq over their calculated plans to liquidate religious minorities in the Middle East. The letter read in part, “The so-called Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS/ISIL) is conducting a campaign of genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and others in Iraq. In its fanatical effort to establish a caliphate, ISIS/ISIL has engaged in crimes against humanity by deliberately causing mass starvation and dehydration, and by committing unconscionable acts of barbarism against noncombatants, including defenseless women, children, and elderly persons. It is imperative that the United States and the international community act immediately and decisively to stop the ISIS/ISIL genocide and prevent the further victimization of religious minorities.” Dr. George joins us.

4:40 – Knights of Columbus Announces Fund to Help Christians Threatened with Extinction in Iraq
The Knights of Columbus announced yesterday that it is establishing a fund to assist those – particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities – facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions. The Knights has pledged an initial $500,000 and will match an additional $500,000 in donations from the public. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson is here to discuss their efforts.

5:00 – August 6 and 9: The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan
In the last week we commemorated the anniversaries of the atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today we discuss the morality of the decision with Fr. Wilson Miscamble, author of The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan. We explore the American use of atomic bombs, the role these weapons played in the defeat of the Japanese Empire, and Harry Truman’s decision making regarding this most controversial of all his decisions.

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