Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – June 16
Talking about the “things that matter most” on June 16
4:00 – The Cleansing of Iraq’s Christians Is Entering Its End Game
The government of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell last week to the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Since then a number of other cities have fallen under their control. Mosul’s panic-stricken Christians, are fleeing in droves. The population, particularly its Christian community, has much to fear. The ruthlessness of ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, has been legendary. Its beheadings, crucifixions and other atrocities toward Christians and everyone else who fails to conform to its vision of a caliphate have been on full display earlier this year, in Syria. Nina Shea is director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and joins us to talk about the end of Christianity in Iraq.
4:20 – Remembering GK Chesterton on the Recent Anniversary of his Death: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton
What does it mean to be a “complete thinker”? It means being able to take on a wide variety of ideas and disciplines and put them all together in a way that they work together. It means thinking like G.K. Chesterton. Chesterton was one of the most prolific and well-known writers of his time, and one of the most widely quoted in our own. “Thinking”, wrote Chesterton, “means connecting things.” His ideas are not only connected to each other, they are also connected to us, showing that the thought of Chesterton is timeless. In a world of increasing specialization, Chesterton connects us to the big picture by helping us see how the many and varied elements within our experience fit together. He sheds light on almost every subject and opens doors from one thing to another with dazzling clarity. Dale Ahlquist is President of the American Chesterton Society and is here to talk about the life and thinking of Chesterton.
4:40 – Kresta Comments
5:00 – Iraq: Christians Flee Mosul by the Thousands as ISIS Rampages, Destroys Church and Seizes Monastery
As the global Islamic jihad against Christianity and Christians continues to rage and escalate, will Christian leaders in the West finally wake up to the reality of it? Or will they continue to deceive themselves into thinking that if they keep quiet about it, their “dialogue” with Muslim leaders in the West will finally bear some actual fruit? We talk to Robert Spencer about the latest atrocities by ISIS, especially against Christians.
5:20 – Kresta Comments
5:40 – Movie Reviews: Maleficient and How to Train Your Dragon 2
Angelina Jolie stars as the titular role in “Maleficient,” a darker reboot of the animated Disney classic “Sleeping Beauty.” The film retells the story from the perspective of Maleficient, the evil fairy queen. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is the sequel to the 2010 hit and stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, and Djimon Hounsou. Steven Greydanus, creator of the Decent Films Guide and film critic for the National Catholic Register joins us to discuss his opinions on these films.