Talking about the “things that matter most” on June 23
4:00 – Kresta Comments: The “Transgender Tipping Point: America’s next civil rights frontier.”
4:20 – Finding the Sacred in the Midst of the Iraq War
Former Green Beret Rick Oehlhof joins us to tell his tale of a hidden convent in the midst of the first “shock and awe” advance in the Iraq war.
4:40 – What Can We Expect From the Fight for Marriage?
Today marks the second March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. Organized by the National Organization for Marriage, this year’s march was an opportunity to promote and defend the beauty of marriage as the unique two-in-one-flesh communion of husband and wife. In an April 7th letter sent to all the bishops of the United States, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, encouraged participation in the march. We talk to Dr Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute.
5:00 – The Anti-Catholicism of “Manifest Destiny”
The term “Manifest Destiny” has traditionally been linked to U.S. westward expansion in the nineteenth century, the desire to spread republican government, and racialist theories like Anglo-Saxonism. Yet few people realize the degree to which Manifest Destiny and American republicanism relied on a deeply anti-Catholic civil-religious discourse. John Pinheiro is here to provide a critical new perspective on Manifest Destiny, American republicanism, anti-Catholicism, and Mexican-American relations in the nineteenth century.