So how did Thanksgiving become a national holiday? How did the Civil War set the stage for an official day set aside each yearfor America to pause and give thanks as a nation? We bring you the rest of the story!
How can you bring a Merry Christmas to an impoverished or orphaned child in a difficult part of the world? That’s what we’ll learn as we talk with Randy Riddle of Operation Christmas Child – a project of Samaritan’s Purse. We’ll also discuss more of the interesting history and traditions of Thanksgiving.
Our final segment exploring the history, traditions and true meaning of Thanksgiving.
What were the faiths of our Founding Fathers? Were they deeply guided by their beliefs or just a bunch of deists as some of our history books lead us to conclude? How did their religious convictions guide them in the revolution, in the crafting of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and in debating whether there should be a separation of church and state? We ask Stephen Waldman, author of “Founding Faith”.
How well are we doing in the fight against radical Islamists? Is the decisive progress in Iraq reaping dividends throughout the Middle East? What are we not doing right or not doing at all that is critical to winning this struggle? And what are the three keys to actually winning (and not just managing) this war? Those are the questions we ask terrorism expert Dr. Walid Phares of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. His new book, “The Confrontation”, is the third in a three-volume series on how best to comprehend and defeat Islamic extremists while also winning the hearts and minds of the Middle East people.
In the 2nd half of our interview with Dr. Walid Phares, he elaborates on our current strategy to fight radical Islam and what he sees as the three ingredients needed for victory.
President-Elect Barack Obama has plenty of concerns awaiting him after being sworn into office on January 20. But should one of his priorities be to create a special commission to determine how best to fight rising crime rates? What would the commission actually accomplish and what kind of commitment would it want from the new president when it comes to supporting and funding the conclusions? That’s what we ask Ronald Ruecker, President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
The immigration has raged intensely for a long time – but especially in the past three or four years. Most of the attention is focused on the millions and millions of illegal immigrants. Should they all have to leave and how do we stop the flood of illegals from getting into the U.S.? But in his new book “The Case Against Immigration”, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, argues for very strong measures against illegals but he also calls for much greater restrictions against legal immigration. Find out why and give us your reaction.
Teenagers and even younger kids are bombarded more than ever with a culture that not only encourages promiscuity but brands them as worthless if they don’t give in to peer pressure and media images that suggest they are losers or worthless because they haven’t made meaningless, casual sex a regular part of their formative years. In her new book “Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture is Damaging Girls (and America Too)”, Carol Liebau chronicles just how deep and disgusting the cultural sewer has become. And she explains that the pressure for sex at an erly age is not just coming from teenage boys but from other girls and also the feminist movement which claims to be working on behalf of the best interests of women.
In the second half of our interview with Carol Liebau, we discuss the timless value of young people staying abstinent and not succumbing to the tsunami of sleaze in the media and the peer pressure that comes with it. Liebau also examines how responsible kids and their parents can fight back.