As a Jew, and a religious one at that, I want to wish my fellow Americans a Merry Christmas.
Not “Happy Holidays.” Merry Christmas.
I write, “my fellow Americans” because, as reported by the Pew Research poll released just last ...
Learning the Wrong Lessons from Nazism
The only way to understand what is happening to America in our time — and for that matter, in Europe since World War II — is to understand the Left.
And one way to understand the Left — and its enormous appeal to ...
Gay Marriage and the Cheney Sisters
There are individual haters on the right and individual haters on the left. But there is no large-scale hatred in the United States of America today that compares with the hatred of the Left for the Right. Whereas the Right ...
If You Want a Conservative Child
In my last column, I proposed some explanations for why many conservative parents have left-wing children.
In a nutshell, American parents who hold traditional American values — such as belief in small government as the basis of liberty, or a God-based ...
The President Who Has Done the Most Damage
I have been broadcasting for 31 years and writing for longer than that. I do not recall ever saying on radio or in print that a president is doing lasting damage to our country. I did not like the presidencies of ...
The New York Times’s America Problem
This past Saturday the New York Times published an article, “Behind Flurry of Killing, Potency of Hate,” on the roots of monstrous evil. The article largely concerned a former paramilitary member of the Irish Republican Army, and as such was ...
A Response to Richard Dawkins
This past Friday, CNN conducted an interview with Richard Dawkins, the British biologist most widely known for his polemics against religion and on behalf of atheism.
Asked “whether an absence of religion would leave us without a moral compass,” Dawkins ...
Yes, We Are the World’s Policeman
In his speech to the nation on Syria last week, the president twice emphasized that America is not the “world’s policeman.” According to polls, most Americans agree.
Unfortunately, however, relinquishing this role assures catastrophe both for the world and ...
Tolerance, Health, and Fascism
I cannot count the number of times I heard liberal professors and liberal writers quote the phrase: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
The phrase is brilliant. There is actually ...
The Left vs. the Redskins
The online magazine, Slate, announced last week that it will never again refer to Washington D.C.’s National Football League team, the Redskins, by its name.
The name, according to Slate, offends American Indians, and therefore should be dropped. ...
How Liberalism Makes It Easier to Sin
There are many liberals who lead thoroughly decent lives. And there are conservatives who do not.
But that is not the whole issue.
There is something about liberalism that is not nearly as true about conservatism. The further left one ...
On Race, No Hope or Change
The greatest hope that most Americans — including Republicans — had when Barack Obama was elected president was that the election of a black man as the country’s president would reduce, if not come close to eliminating, the racial tensions that ...
The Left, Bert and Ernie, and Lost Innocence
If a Martian were to observe the human condition, he would have to conclude that the Left has an agenda to deprive children of their innocence. The Martian would have no other explanation for the premature sexualizing of children that ...
Why Some Scientists Embrace the ‘Multiverse’
Last week, in Nice, France, I was privileged to participate along with 30 scholars, mostly scientists and mathematicians, in a conference on the question of whether the universe was designed, or at least fine-tuned, to make life, especially intelligent life. Participants — ...
Oppose Obamacare? Racist!
Here is a contemporary political truth: Every time you think that the Left and its political party have hit moral bottom, they will eventually prove you wrong.
The most recent example occurred last week in Louisiana. The head of the ...
On Using Parents of Murdered Children
The president appeared at many rallies on behalf of additional gun-control laws with parents of children murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
I have a question for those who agree with the president’s use of these ...
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced last week that it will discontinue the free-school-breakfast plan it initiated last year.
Called “Food for Thought,” the plan provides school breakfasts to about 200,000 students.
It was funded by the LAUSD and ...
Lessons from Boston and Chechnya
After the events in Boston, we cannot bring back the stolen lives. We cannot bring back the lost limbs or the lost hearing. And we cannot mitigate the infinite grief of the victims’ loved ones.
But there is something we ...
Lessons for Holocaust Day
Yesterday, Jews around the world observed Holocaust Day. This day ought to be universally observed, because the lessons of the Holocaust are universal. Here are some of them:
1. People are not basically good.
At any time in history, the belief ...
Florida Atlantic U., Left-Wing Seminary
Question: What is the difference between Christian seminaries and American universities?
Answer: Christian seminaries announce that their purpose is to produce committed Christians. American universities do not admit that their primary purpose is to produce committed leftists. They claim that ...
Marijuana: A Gift of the Left to America’s Youth
Denver television station CBS4 reports that Colorado has seen a sharp spike in marijuana use among teenagers since voters passed Amendment 64 last November, legalizing recreational use of the drug. As described in The Economist, along with a Washington ...
Environmentalism and Human Sacrifice
Last week, Bjørn Lomborg, the widely published Danish professor and director of one of the world’s leading environmental think tanks, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, published an article about the Philippines’ decision, after twelve years, to allow genetically modified (...
A Morally Confused Marine
Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by a Marine captain titled, “I killed people in Afghanistan. Was I right or wrong?”
The column by Timothy Kudo, who is now a graduate student at New York University, is ...
Fiscal and Social Conservatives
For some years now, we have been told about a major division within American conservatism: fiscal conservatives vs. social conservatives.
This division is hurting conservatism and hurting America, because the survival of American values depends on both fiscal and social ...
Richard Cohen Explains Conservatives
On the last day of 2012, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen inadvertently clarified two huge matters regarding the Left.
The first was the ignorance about conservatives and conservatism that permeates the Left. The second was the primary reason decent people identify ...
Coercion in the Name of Tolerance
Jack Phillips owns the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., about ten miles from downtown Denver. In July 2012, two gay men, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, asked Phillips to provide the cake for their wedding celebration. Though same-sex marriage is not ...
Remember the terrible murder of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyo., in 1998 — tortured, beaten, and left hanging on a fence to die because he was gay?
The American people were led from the outset to believe that Shepard was the victim ...
The Midas Touch is named for the mythical Greek king Midas, who is said to have been able to turn everything he touched into gold.
The Left has the opposite ability: to turn virtually everything it touches into rubble. Sometimes ...
Conservative Parents, Left-Wing Children
There is a phenomenon that is rarely commented on, although it’s as common as it is significant.
For at least two generations, countless conservative parents have seen their adult children reject their core values.
#ad#I have met these ...
Feeling Good vs. Doing Good
There is a question that all of us need to ask. How we respond makes all the difference in what type of life we lead and what type of world we make.
That question is: Does an action feel good ...
The Left Hates Anything Old
The latest left-wing tactic to discredit conservative views is to dismiss the age and race of conservatives. “Old white males” and “old white people” are the Left’s latest favored negative epithets for those holding conservative views.
Chris Matthews of ...
Time for Muslims to Confront Muslim Evil
With this weekend’s massacre by Muslim terrorists of scores of innocent civilians at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, and Muslim terrorists’ killing about 80 Christians at a Christian church in Pakistan, most people wonder what, if anything, in addition to ...
Obama’s ‘Small, Limited Kind Of’ Doctrine
Readers are undoubtedly familiar with the various “doctrines” named after American presidents. Those named after James Monroe, Harry Truman, and George W. Bush are among the best known.
Well, we have a new one, announced this week by Secretary of ...
A few weeks ago a human-interest story from South Africa was reported internationally.
As described in the Wall Street Journal this past Friday:
On Aug. 4, Graham and Sheryl Anley, while yachting off the coast of South Africa, hit a reef, ...
Yes, Ariel Castro Is a Monster
In August 2002, a homo sapiens known as Ariel Castro abducted 21-year-old Michelle Knight, the mother of a two-year-old boy. In April 2003, he abducted Amanda Berry, a day before her 17th birthday. And in April 2004, he abducted 14-year-old Gina DeJesus.
The George Zimmerman–Trayvon Martin issue has been manufactured by the Left — the black Left and the white Left — and by the left-wing (mainstream) media.
Most Americans’ entire informational and intellectual universe is shaped by the Left — from elementary school ...
Egypt’s Coup . . . and Ours
Here is what Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution had to say about Egypt’s coup in a New York Times op-ed:
“Now supporters of the Brotherhood will ask, with good reason, whether democracy still has anything to offer them.”
MP3s and the Price of Convenience
When I was in high school, I went without lunch for a month in order to pay for my first stereo system.
When I was in college and graduate school (late ’60s and early ’70s), my friends and I would ...
Opposing ‘God Bless America’
If you were a Christian minister who was given the opportunity to write an op-ed piece for the Washington Post, what subject would you choose? War and peace? The decline in faith among America’s young people? The increasingly empty ...
The ‘Muslims Killed by the West’ Lie
The butcher of the off-duty British soldier, Drummer Lee Rigby, defended his carving up of a living human being by claiming that he was engaging in “an eye for an eye” because the British army is killing Muslims in Afghanistan.
The Church of Scotland’s Scandal
Earlier this month, the Church of Scotland issued a report titled “The inheritance of Abraham? A report on the ‘promised land.’”
The essence of the report is that, according to the Bible itself, Jews have no more attachment to the ...
Why Is There a Campus Hookup Culture?
It is well known that most college students engage at one time or another in what is known as a “hookup” — an emotionless, commitment-free sexual encounter.
Recently I interviewed Donna Freitas, author of The End of Sex: How Hookup Culture ...
Last week, a student at the University of Southern California released 15 minutes of excerpts from videos he had made of his political-science professor, Darry Sragow.
Here is some of what the USC professor said to his students:
“California Republicans [are] ...
I offer the single most politically incorrect statement a modern American — indeed a modern Westerner, period — can make: I look first to the Bible for moral guidance and for wisdom.
I say this even though I am not a Christian (...
Last week, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio announced that he had reversed his position on same-sex marriage. The reason was that his son had come out to the senator and his wife as gay.
This is not the first such ...
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an edited version of an interview that took place on Dennis Prager’s nationally syndicated radio show. The entire unedited interview may be heard at www.facebook.com/dennisprager.
DENNIS PRAGER: Are you in Copenhagen ...
Support for Dorner Is Troubling
Just when you thought you’d seen it all with the Sandy Hook murders of a classroom full of children, America experienced another new low: A man named Christopher Dorner murdered three (as of this writing) innocent people in order ...
The Obama Inaugural Address
To understand leftism, the most dynamic religion of the last 100 years, you have to understand how the Left thinks. The 2013 inaugural address of President Barack Obama provides one such opportunity. To begin:
What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — ...
The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook
Last week the New York Times published an opinion piece that offered atheism’s response to the evil/tragedy in which 20 children and six adults were murdered at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut.
What prompted Susan Jacoby to ...