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  • Johns Hopkins Votes to Ban Chick-fil-A From Campus

    by Sarah Begley via Time.com

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    Students object to the CEO’s stance on gay marriage

    Students at Johns Hopkins University voted this week to ask the school’s administrators to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening a store on campus.

    Citing Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s opposition to gay marriage, students said the presence of the chain on campus would be a microaggression against LGBT members of the community, Eater reports.

    Though the Student Government Association approved the resolution, the move is purely hypothetical: there’s no indication that the Johns Hopkins administration was in negotiations with Chick-fil-A, though some students had wondered whether the chain might open a location in a new building under construction on campus.

    A note from Al:

    The late owner of Chick-fil-A made an offhanded comment a few years ago condoning marriage as a union between a man and a woman. So now Johns Hopkins, considered one of our best institutions of higher learning, feels it needs to protect homosexual students from the sight of a Chick-fil-A because it might “trigger” negative feelings within homosexual students and faculty.

    American pop culture and our fundamental institutions continue to expect very little maturity from the American citizenry. American universities stopped playing the loco parentis role a generation ago. Consequently, they no longer “patronize” students by holding up the moral standards that have worked for millennia, rules about illicit sexuality, excessive self-indulgence, ostentatious spending, preoccupation with image and fashion. Universities used to believe they had a role to play in reinforcing the consensus social morality which was greatly influenced by the Christianity of most of the students and the parents of the students.

    Today, they have decided to reassert their paternalistic role by protecting students from unpleasant and discomforting “triggers” like a Chick-fil-A restaurant. Some are also trying to create “safe spaces” in which teachers are to avoid concepts and language that might trigger distress about neo-colonialism, ageism, sexism, homophobia, islamophobia, just continue the list.  They are preventing the future leaders of our country from having to learn what most parents told their kids a generation ago: “sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me.”  Using demeaning language about people and their ideas is not a Christian way of debate. But the futile effort to keep harsh words from the ears of the next generation of leaders means abandoning them to an emotional adolescence and lack of toughness that won’t them or us very well.

    - Al Kresta

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – April 24, 2015

    Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on April 24, 2015

     

    4:00 – Kresta Comments: Violence and Turning the Other Cheek

     

    4:20 – Update from San Francisco

    Our guest is Chris Lyford, from the Department of Communications for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.  Chris will give us an update on the Archdioceses’ policies for teachers.

    4:40 – Kresta Comments: TBA 

     

     

    5:00 – Kresta Comments: A Biblical Response to Earth Day

     

    5:20 – Columbine: Motivations for a Massacre

    April 20th was the 16th anniversary of the Columbine High School Massacre.  Dave Cullen has extensively researched the attack and the backgrounds of perpetrators Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. He strongly disputes the popular theory that they acted in revenge for bullying. Dave joins us today with a look at how Harris and Klebold saw the world and what motivated them to commit such evil.

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 23, 2015 – Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 23, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Direct to My Desk: It’s Your Call

    • Description: We’re opening the phone lines again but this time we want you to decide the topic. Some ideas to consider are where to draw the line between attentive parent and overprotective worrier, the new Ten Commandments of Secularism and what “trigger words” we are expected to avoid lest we offend or upset someone. We’ve also picked up some odd stories from the news, like a father who followed his daughter to school with a drone and a parent who was threatened with police action because his child’s laughter was disturbing a neighbor’s dogs. We aren’t limited to those topics; if you want to say something, give us a call! Our number is 877-573-7825. Join us!

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    Direct to My Desk: It’s Your Call (con't)

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    Direct to My Desk: It’s Your Call (con't)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 23, 2015 – Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 23, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Direct to My Desk: It’s Your Call

    • Description: We’re opening the phone lines again but this time we want you to decide the topic. Some ideas to consider are where to draw the line between attentive parent and overprotective worrier, the new Ten Commandments of Secularism and what “trigger words” we are expected to avoid lest we offend or upset someone. We’ve also picked up some odd stories from the news, like a father who followed his daughter to school with a drone and a parent who was threatened with police action because his child’s laughter was disturbing a neighbor’s dogs. We aren’t limited to those topics; if you want to say something, give us a call! Our number is 877-573-7825. Join us!
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    Direct to My Desk: It’s Your Call (con't)

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    Direct to My Desk: It’s Your Call (con't)

  • Does Neighbor’s Anonymous Note Criticizing Kid Cross the Line?

    by Jennifer O’Neill via Yahoo.com
    Does Neighbor’s Anonymous Note Criticizing Kid Cross the Line?

    After a neighbor threatened to call the police over one man’s “giggling” son in his backyard, the note went viral online, with commenters rallying in support of the frustrated family. (Photo: Twin Cities News Talk/Facebook).

    An Arizona dad was recently blasted by his neighbor for being “inconsiderate.” The behavior so offensive that a person living near his family threatened to call the police? Letting his son run around in the backyard and — wait for it — laugh a lot.

    “Every day this week, when weather has been nice and windows are open, you proceed to let your small child run free in your backyard and laugh and giggle and carry on without end,” gripes the anonymous neighbor in a note that he or she reportedly dropped off last week. “This is very disruptive for my two dogs and my bird who sits next to the window. … Perhaps you could ask him to tone it down a bit, or at least limit his outside time to 15-20 minutes a day…”

    Redditor MisterNeilHamburger posted the photo of the letter, captioned, “My friend found this stuffed into his mailbox this morning. Apparently kids having fun is a crime in Arizona,” on imagur Saturday, where it’s been viewed more than 480,000 times.

    Since Minnesota radio station Twin Cities News Talk KTLK put it up on its Facebook page on April 16, it’s got nearly 21,000 shares and hundreds of comments — with most people expressing outrage over the author’s audacity.

    “I’d respond by recording the sounds of my child & then looping it 24 hours a day,” wrote one commenter, raking in 900 likes for the remark. Another commenter scored more than 8,500 likes for his retort: “Daily birthday parties with a bounce house and 15-20 kids. That’s how I would respond.”

    Etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore, founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach, calls the whole situation “ludicrous.” As long as the child is not “destructive or taunting or teasing the animals, I don’t understand the issue,” Whitmore tells Yahoo Parenting. “This note crosses the line.”

    Any grievance should have been addressed in person, she adds. “I’m sure the child’s father can figure out who wrote the note based on the clues about the dogs and the bird. But he should not stoop to the neighbor’s level in his reaction. He should take the high road and try to be as polite as possible.”

    A reply back in his or her mailbox is perfectly appropriate, she advises. “I might respond, ‘Dear Neighbor: Life is hard, and there will be a time when my child will grow up and become an adult, and his laughter will eventually become less and less,’” she says. “‘Please allow him to live, laugh, and enjoy life to the fullest while he can. Thank you for understanding.’”

    Communication and general courtesy between neighbors is important, Rachel Isgar of Please Pass the Manners tells Yahoo Parenting. “But the idea that parents will limit their children’s time in the backyard is not realistic. If the neighbor is over 55, the only successful way to avoid kids is to move to a 55-plus community.”

    Moving forward, the parents shouldn’t feel obligated to do anything different, according to Amy Morin, psychotherapist and author of the bestselling 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, no matter how shamed they may (perhaps secretly) feel. “The sound and sight of children playing in their own yard isn’t something that normally offends people,” she says. “The father doesn’t need to please his neighbor. He needs to do what’s best for his child.”

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 22, 2015 – Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 22, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Kresta Comments: A Turning Point in San Francisco?

    • Description: Progressives set their crosshairs on San Francisco recently when Archbishop Cordileone announced that Catholic school teachers in his diocese were required to stay faithful to Church teaching while they were in the classroom. The archbishop was accused of fostering a culture of intolerance and hatred. Sam Singer was hired to start a smear campaign against him. 100 so-called “prominent Catholics” published a letter in the San Francisco Chronicle calling on Pope Francis to replace the archbishop with someone who is “committed to our values and teachings.” Despite these efforts, it seems locals still support the archbishop. A poll by the Chronicle showed that 78% of respondents feel Cordileone is upholding the values of the Church and should not be replaced. Al has thoughts on the latest developments.
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    Overcoming Sinful Anger

    • Description: It only takes a few seconds of anger to undo years spent fostering peace and mercy. St. Francis de Sales knew that anger never leads to happiness and can cause tremendous harm to our relationship with God. Fr. Thomas Morrow is here to with tools you can use to cultivate habits that lead to virtuous action.
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      • Fr. Thomas Morrow

        Fr. Thomas Morrow is the author of several books, including “Overcoming Spiritual Anger” and “Be Holy: A Catholic’s Guide to the Spiritual Life”. He is also the co-founder of the St. Catherine Society and St. Lawrence Society for single women and men seeking spiritual growth. He is the former host of Catholic Faith Alive and you ca find his writings at cfalive.org

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    Overcoming Sinful Anger (con't)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 22, 2015 – Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 22, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Kresta Comments: A Turning Point in San Francisco?

    • Description: Progressives set their crosshairs on San Francisco recently when Archbishop Cordileone announced that Catholic school teachers in his diocese were required to stay faithful to Church teaching while they were in the classroom. The archbishop was accused of fostering a culture of intolerance and hatred. Sam Singer was hired to start a smear campaign against him. 100 so-called “prominent Catholics” published a letter in the San Francisco Chronicle calling on Pope Francis to replace the archbishop with someone who is “committed to our values and teachings.” Despite these efforts, it seems locals still support the archbishop. A poll by the Chronicle showed that 78% of respondents feel Cordileone is upholding the values of the Church and should not be replaced. Al has thoughts on the latest developments.
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    Kresta Comments: The New “Gotcha” Question

    • Description: In the last presidential election, Republican candidates were frequently asked if they wanted to outlaw contraception. This was intended to confuse voters and make the candidates trip up, when the real issue was simply whether employers should be forced to provide contraception in their health insurance. This year, the question relates to gay marriage and whether a person would attend the gay wedding of a close friend. Al has comments.
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    Who Really Won? The Sisters or the Vatican?

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 21, 2015 – Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 21, 2015 – Hour 1

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    Direct to My Desk: What does a parish do when a greatly beloved pastor over-reaches in trying to protect the innocent and finds himself at odds with his bishop? The case of Christ the King, Fr. Ed Fride and the Bishops of Michigan 


    • Description: Christ the King, an Ann Arbor parish, is getting international attention for a debate over firearms. The church’s pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, recently announced that Concealed Pistol License classes would take place on church property. He encouraged parishioners to participate, citing a host of reasons. Fr. Fride also sent parishioners a lengthy and controversial letter explaining his concerns. Since the announcement, Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea has restated the diocese’s longstanding policy against carrying firearms on church property and the classes have been relocated. But not before the secular press seized on the story and many parishioners responded with moral indignation and threats of leaving. Oh, it’s also Al’s and Nick’s home parish. Benedict XVI called for the laity to accept co-responsibility for the Church. What does that mean in this case? What should the parish do when their beloved pastor makes a well-intentioned error and finds himself at odds with his bishop? We’ll discuss it. Call us at 877-573-7825.
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    Direct to My Desk: What does a parish do when a greatly beloved pastor over-reaches in trying to protect the innocent and finds himself at odds with his bishop? The case of Christ the King, Fr. Ed Fride and the Bishops of Michigan (con't)

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    Direct to My Desk: What does a parish do when a greatly beloved pastor over-reaches in trying to protect the innocent and finds himself at odds with his bishop? The case of Christ the King, Fr. Ed Fride and the Bishops of Michigan (con't)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 21, 2015 – Hour 2

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 21, 2015 – Hour 2

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    Direct to My Desk: What does a parish do when a greatly beloved pastor over-reaches in trying to protect the innocent and finds himself at odds with his bishop? The case of Christ the King, Fr. Ed Fride and the Bishops of Michigan

    • Description: Christ the King, an Ann Arbor parish, is getting international attention for a debate over firearms. The church’s pastor, Fr. Ed Fride, recently announced that Concealed Pistol License classes would take place on church property. He encouraged parishioners to participate, citing a host of reasons. Fr. Fride also sent parishioners a lengthy and controversial letter explaining his concerns. Since the announcement, Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea has restated the diocese’s longstanding policy against carrying firearms on church property and the classes have been relocated. But not before the secular press seized on the story and many parishioners responded with moral indignation and threats of leaving. Oh, it’s also Al’s and Nick’s home parish. Benedict XVI called for the laity to accept co-responsibility for the Church. What does that mean in this case? What should the parish do when their beloved pastor makes a well-intentioned error and finds himself at odds with his bishop? We’ll discuss it. Call us at 877-573-7825.
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    Direct to My Desk: What does a parish do when a greatly beloved pastor over-reaches in trying to protect the innocent and finds himself at odds with his bishop? The case of Christ the King, Fr. Ed Fride and the Bishops of Michigan (con't)

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    Direct to My Desk: What does a parish do when a greatly beloved pastor over-reaches in trying to protect the innocent and finds himself at odds with his bishop? The case of Christ the King, Fr. Ed Fride and the Bishops of Michigan (con't)

  • “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 20, 2015 – Hour 1

    “Kresta in the Afternoon” – April 20, 2015 – Hour 1

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    The Catholic Church and the Armenian Genocide

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    The Catholic Church and the Armenian Genocide (con't)

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    The Catholic Church and the Armenian Genocide (con't)

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