You Don’t Know What Obama Said at the Mosque
If you seek to understand Barack Obama and his views, the best place to go is his speeches. But you have to read them in their entirety, not rely on hearing them or on the media’s summary of them. ...
In Cologne, Multiculturalism More Important than Protecting Women from Rape
Since the scores of sexual attacks on German women carried out by hundreds of men identified as Arab on New Year’s Eve, the Left in Germany has faced a dilemma: Which ideal should they fight for first — women’s ...
The ‘I’m Not Ready to Get Married’ Trap
In every age, people say and believe things that aren’t true but somehow become accepted as “conventional wisdom.”
The statement “I’m not ready to get married” is a current example. Said by more and more Americans between the ...
Republicans Need to Identify What They’re Fighting Against: Leftism
American conservatives are rightfully annoyed with the Obama administration, and Democrats generally, for refusing to name radical Islam or Islamism as the major source of terror it is.
When Nidal Hassan murdered 13 fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, the administration refused ...
No, Nissy Aya, Columbia’s Core Curriculum Is Not ‘Traumatizing’
Two weeks ago, the Columbia University newspaper, the Columbia Daily Spectator, published an article titled “Students, faculty address institutionalized racism at University Life event.”
As described in the article, one example of the institutionalized racism that black Columbia students must ...
The Left’s Wrong Reactions to the Paris Terrorist Attack
The Left’s reactions to the terrorist attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong.
Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night, one day after the Paris attack, ...
The Feminization of America Is Bad for the World
Last week the New York Times published an article, “Sweeping Away Gender-Specific Toys and Labels,” that contained three sentences that explain one of the most important phenomena in American life. In discussing the increasing move to do away with gender-specific ...
The Left Really Hates Ben Carson
The invective against Dr. Ben Carson coming from the Left is extraordinary even for the Left. Now that Carson, one of the preeminent brain surgeons in America, has become viable candidate for president, the Left has labeled him everything awful ...
Is National Identity Necessary in Modern America?
In 2011, after 899 issues and 73 years of publication, Superman, the most famous American comic-book character, announced that he was renouncing his American citizenship.
“I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U....
For the Left, Anything New Is Better
‘We are the change that we seek”
“Hope and Change”
These statements and campaign slogans of candidate Barack Obama in 2008 exemplified a basic difference between the Left and Right. The further left one goes the greater the belief in change. ...
Half of American Jews Support the Iran Deal. Why?
The more one knows about the Iran Deal, the more obvious it becomes that it is not a deal so much as it is a fraud. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a fraud is “something that is ...
Here's What's Wrong with Obama's Case for the Iran Deal
At American University last week, President Barack Obama gave a vigorous defense of his Iran nuclear agreement. In the belief that every student who was present — indeed, all Americans — should hear the other side, here are responses to claims the ...
Why the Left Hates America
This past week, one of the greatest differences between the Left and Right — both around the world and in America — once again came to light: how each views America.
Every year for the past 67 years, the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner has been ...
Why Pope Francis Is Keeping His Hammer-and-Sickle Crucifix
Last week the Marxist quasi-dictator of Bolivia, Evo Morales, presented Pope Francis with a gift — a carved wooden hammer-and-sickle cross on which the figure of Christ is crucified.
The Vatican announced that the pope had not been informed in advance ...
The Court Follows Its Heart and Completes the Secularization of America
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the redefinition of marriage seals the end of America as the Founders envisioned it.
From well before 1776 until the second half of the 20th century, the moral values of the United States ...
The Left Rejects Painful Truths
Here’s a difference between Left and Right that is rarely noted despite the fact that it is at least as important as any other and even explains many of the other differences.
At the core of left-wing thought is ...
Progressives Try to Reform Society; Conservatives Work to Improve Themselves
The difference between Right and Left addressed in this column concerns a fundamentally different method that each utilizes to improve society.
Conservatives believe that the way to a better world is almost always through moral improvement of the individual — by ...
Pamela Geller Confronted Evil, so the Left Hates Her
Pamela Geller — the woman whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, organized the Muhammad-cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas — may be the most hated person in America right now. She is certainly the Left’s chief villain; and, sad to ...
Why Is Pakistan More Legitimate than Israel?
Whenever I have received a call from a listener to my radio show challenging Israel’s legitimacy, I have asked these people if they ever called a radio show to challenge any other country’s legitimacy. In particular, I ask, ...
Hillary Clinton’s Candidacy Is Depressing
Hillary Clinton has announced that she is running to be the next President of the United States. What her likely nomination says about the Democratic party and tens of millions of Americans is depressing.
Other than Barack Obama — whose ré...
Life Lessons from the German Air Disaster
It is far easier for an individual to do great evil than to do great good
That the world isn’t fair is known to every human being who thinks. It may be our first insight into life. What child ...
Seeking Meaning in Life, UC Student Leaders Remove the American Flag
Two weeks ago, a group of students at the University of California at Irvine removed a U.S. flag from a common area of the student-government suite.
Shortly afterwards, six undergraduate members of the Legislative Council of the Associated Students ...
Why Obama So Dislikes Netanyahu
There is no question about whether President Obama — along with Secretary of State John Kerry and the editorial pages of many newspapers — has a particular dislike of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
But there is another question: Why? And the ...
Why No Swimsuit Issue of Men?
On the happily few occasions when callers to my radio show make a particularly foolish comment, I ask them what graduate school they attended.
When they ask why I assume they attended graduate school, I respond, “Only someone who went ...
If Obama Gave the State of the Union without Telling a Lie
In the 1997 comedy Liar Liar, actor Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who, as a result of his young son’s birthday wish being magically fulfilled, cannot tell a lie — he can only tell the truth — for 24 hours. Let’s imagine ...
Why Is Islam Treated Better than Other Faiths?
Since 9/11, the Western world’s academic, media, and political elites have done their best to portray Islam in a favorable light, treating it very differently from all other religions. Criticism of every doctrine, religious or secular, is permitted, often encouraged. ...
Pope Francis, the Climate, and Leftism
One of the rarest and most important things a pope does is issue encyclicals. In the eight years of Pope Benedict’s papacy, he issued three encyclicals. In the 27 years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy, he issued 14 encyclicals.
Six Reasons Why Keeping the Sabbath Matters
In my fifth and final column on the greatest guide ever devised for a good world — the Ten Commandments — I offer my readers what may well be the best single thing you can do (that you are probably not doing ...
Ph.D.s and Other False Gods
I have been devoting my columns this month to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. And nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments.
Two weeks ago PragerUniversity.com released ...
You Can Kill, but Don’t Murder
Ask almost anyone to recite the commandment in the Ten Commandments that prohibits taking a life, and you will be told, “Thou shalt not kill.”
That is the King James translation of the Sixth Commandment. Overall, it is a magnificent ...
Poverty Doesn’t Cause Crime
One of the first clues that this Columbia-educated, liberal, Democrat, New York Jew had that there was something wrong at the heart of progressive/left-wing thought was when I read and was taught over and over that “poverty causes crime.”
When the Left Attacks: A Personal Tale
Last week, I was a speaker and the emcee at a rally convened by the Sarasota, Fla., Republican party and WLSS, the Sarasota station that carries my radio show. The other speakers were Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal; Carly Fiorina, former ...
Media Much Scarier than Ebola
Why do some things scare people more than others do?
One reason is that people engage in a rational assessment of risk and conclude the appropriate level of fear. For example, people feel free to walk alone at midnight in ...
Bill Maher Punctures the Left’s Islam Delusion
Last Friday night a rare dialogue took place on American television. It was rare because it involved criticism of Islam, one of the many subjects that are labeled “politically incorrect” these days. And it took place on Real Time with ...
Cruz and the Arab Christians
Last week at the Inaugural Summit of the organization In Defense of Christians (IDC), founded to help the most persecuted religious communities in the world today — Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world — the audience ...
As a talk-show host, I have no choice but to keep up with what’s happening in America and the world. I am therefore submerged in depressing and often angering fare.
It is hard to read about and discuss sadistic ...
Two weeks ago, the British medical journal Lancet, considered to be one of the world’s leading medical publications, published “An open letter for the people in Gaza.” Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and ...
Is There a Russian Conscience?
When I was a graduate student at Columbia University’s Russian Institute, there was a great debate: Was the Communist Soviet Union an organic Russian development or was it largely a cancer imposed on it?
Those who held the organic ...
America Won’t Be Good without God
On page 563 of his latest biography — John Quincy Adams: American Visionary — author Fred Kaplan (biographer of Abraham Lincoln, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, and Gore Vidal among others) cites this insight of the sixth president:
Christianity had, all in all, he ...
Last week, during the official celebration of the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup victory, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, told a jammed Staples Center that “there are two long-standing rules for politicians”: “They say never, ever be pictured ...
A Young College Grad Calls My Show
Last week, on my radio talk show, I received a call from Jeff, a 21-year-old in North Carolina. I have abridged it and edited it stylistically.
JEFF: I wanted to respond to your question about America being feared in the ...
Oklahoma vs. the Death-Penalty Abolitionists
Last week, Oklahoma authorities botched the execution of a murderer named Clayton Lockett. The execution by lethal injection took more than 40 minutes; according to witnesses, he twitched and gasped and said, “oh, man” after officials had thought he was unconscious.
From the Great-Man Theory to Dead-White-Male-Criticism Theory
When Americans over the age of, let us say, 45 look at any of the iconic paintings of America’s Founders — the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of the Constitution, George Washington crossing the Delaware, any of the ...
In 31 years of broadcasting, and 40 years of writing, I have never advocated a boycott of a product.
Quite the opposite, in fact.
During the 2012 presidential campaign, when the Left attempted to destroy Chick-fil-A for its owner’s views on same-sex ...
Last week Pope Francis warned Italy’s Mafia leaders that if they continue their evil ways, they will go to hell.
Hurray for the pope! More power to him for threatening evil people with hell.
I had begun to despair ...
I am writing this column from Cameroon, on the coast of West Africa, during my sixth trip to Africa. Having traveled to some 20 African countries, I find myself, like so many other visitors to Africa before me, sort of intoxicated ...
On March 31, 2011, opening day at Dodger Stadium, four San Francisco Giants fans, all paramedics, were there to cheer on their team.
As they left the stadium, in the parking lot, one of them, Bryan Stow, was attacked by a Dodger ...
Death Penalty for Tsarnaev?
Federal prosecutors have announced they are seeking the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, murdered three people and wounded more than 260. In addition, they shot a Boston police officer to death.
In both personal and public life, you can know a great deal about a person or a group if you learn what most bothers them — and what doesn’t bother them.
A news item this past weekend made this point ...
Last week the International Business Times reported:
In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States “is the ...
National Review, Donald Trump, and Moral Bank Accounts
National Review’s special issue, “Against Trump,” was courageous and important.
There is no way to do good in this world without risking making enemies. That National Review was prepared to do that — among its own readers, no less — in ...
Yes, Muslims Should Be Asked to Condemn Islamic Terror
Last week, an opinion piece appeared in the Washington Post that tells you much of what you need to know about the moral fabric and intellectual depth of the ACLU and much of the Left generally.
Written by Rana Elmir, ...
'Merry Christmas' to All!
The nearly universal change from wishing fellow Americans “Merry Christmas” to wishing them “Happy Holidays” is a very significant development in American life.
Proponents of “Happy Holidays” argue that it’s no big deal at all, and that proponents of “...
Farook Was Obsessed with Israel — What Else Do We Need to Know?
According to the father of the San Bernardino terrorist, Syed Farook, his son was “obsessed with Israel.”
In an interview in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the senior Syed Farook said, “My son said that he shared [Islamic State leader] ...
American Universities Begin to Implode
For over half a century, American universities, with few exceptions, have ceased teaching and begun indoctrinating. In the past few weeks, this downhill spiral has accelerated. The university is now a caricature of an educational institution. It is difficult to ...
Stand with Israel by Visiting Israel
Jerusalem – I want to explain why I am in Israel.
I am here with 450 American (and a German and a Canadian) listeners to my radio show. About 400 are non-Jews.
We are here on a “Stand with Israel” tour organized by ...
The Democrats’ Preoccupation with Inequality
If you want to understand today’s Democratic party, a word search of the Democrats’ debate last week provides a pretty clear picture.
Here is how many times certain key words were spoken:
Wall Street: 23
Differences between the Right and the Left on Gun Control
Assuming that there are good and bad people on both the right and the left and that everyone is horrified by mass shootings, how is one to explain the great divide between the Right and the Left on the gun ...
Europe Is Making a Fatal Mistake
Allowing millions of Syrians and others from the Muslim Middle East into Europe will end up as a catastrophe for Europe, and therefore for the West.
This may be the most difficult sentence I have ever written. Little seems more ...
The Result of Victimhood and Lies: Great Evil
In the past week, two television reporters in Roanoke, Va. — Alison Parker and Adam Ward — were murdered by a black man who hated whites; and a white sheriff’s deputy in Houston — Darren Goforth — was murdered by a black man. ...
How Do You Know What’s Right and Wrong?
How can we determine what is morally right? The answer to this question — the most important question that human beings need to answer — is a major difference between Left and Right.
For conservatives, the answer is, and has always been, ...
The uproar over the killing of a lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, Dr. Walter Palmer, is further proof that secular society inevitably produces moral confusion.
In saying that, I do not in any way defend ...
The Iran Deal Appeases the Greatest Evil of Our Time
We say that evil is dark. But this metaphor is imprecise. Evil is actually intensely bright. So painfully bright that people look away from it. Many even deny its existence.
#ad#Why? Because once people acknowledge evil’s existence, they ...
Differences Between Left and Right: It’s All about Big Government
Clarity is conservatives’ best friend.
If most Americans were clear about the differences between Left and Right, they would not vote Democrat in nearly the numbers they do. The Left understands this, which is why most left-wing rhetoric is dismissive ...
America, Not Dylann Roof, Should Be Forgiven
In an expression of extraordinary magnanimity, relatives of the black church members murdered in Charleston, S.C., arose one after the other to tell Dylann Roof, the murderer of their loved ones, that they forgive him.
That I do not ...
Nothing More than Feelings: The Liberal’s Policy Yardstick
A fundamental difference between Left and Right concerns how each assesses public policies. The Right asks: “Does it do good?” The Left asks a different question.
One example is the minimum wage. In 1987, the New York Times editorialized against any ...
To Defend a Position, You Must Understand Both Sides
Most Americans hold either liberal or conservative positions on most matters. In many instances, however, they would be hard pressed to explain their position or the position they oppose.
But if you can’t explain both sides, how do you ...
Why the Left Won’t Call Rioters ‘Thugs’
Two months ago, the New York Times published an op-ed piece by a professor of philosophy titled, “Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts.”
This is how the professor began his piece:
“What would you say if ...
The “Black Lives Matter” campaign is based on as big a lie as the “campus rape culture” lie, the Rolling Stone magazine gang rape at the University of Virginia fraternity lie, the gang rape by the Duke University lacrosse team ...
America’s Accelerating Decay
As one who loves America — not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history — I write the ...
America’s Left-Wing Jews Are Ashamed of Israel’s Jews
American Jews on the left were beside themselves last week. Israel’s Jews did something that utterly infuriated these American Jews: Israel’s Jews overwhelmingly voted for a man of the Right (or for other right-of-center parties). And not just ...
When American Networks Interview Tyrants
Twelve years ago, almost to the day, CBS News sent Dan Rather to Baghdad to broadcast an interview with Iraq’s tyrant, Saddam Hussein.
I wrote at that time:
Other than the lengths to which Dan Rather went to be ...
Has an American President Ever Denied the Existence of the Greatest Threat to Our Country?
Regarding Islamic violence — the greatest world evil since Nazism and Communism — the president of the United States, his administration, and the Left generally live in a make-believe world, a world of denial.
In their world, Islam is today and has ...
In his National Prayer Breakfast speech last week, President Barack Obama said:
And lest we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed ...
Oxford and the Crisis of the University
I spent Thanksgiving debating at the Oxford Union.
Oxford University is the most prestigious university in the world. And the Oxford Union, hosting debates since 1823, is the world’s most prestigious stage for competing ideas. These facts made what transpired ...
There Is a ‘Worst Sin’: Evil in God’s Name
The Ten Commandments is the most morally influential piece of legislation ever written. For a good idea of how relevant each of the Ten is, take the Third Commandment, one of the two most misunderstood commandments (the other is “Do ...
You Don’t Have to Love Your Parents
We don’t have to love our parents.
We have to honor them.
Last week PragerUniversity.com released eleven five-minute video courses: each of the Ten Commandments and an introduction to the tablets. We received over 1 million views this first ...
A Moral, Not Racial, Divide over Ferguson
As protests and riots ensue in Ferguson and elsewhere after a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict the white officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, a black teenager, a little moral clarity is called for.
For decades ...
When the GOP Wins, Politics Is ‘Dysfunctional’
Since the Bolsheviks inaugurated the first edition of their party newspaper Pravda (the Russian word for “truth”), the Left has shaped truth to serve its goals. On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty ...
What’s Bad for America Is Good for Democrats
In almost every area of American life, the better things are, the worse it is for the Democratic party. And vice versa.
Even today, after decades of feminism, most Americans agree that it is better for women (and for ...
There is a noble-sounding attitude that many Americans hold regarding whom they vote for. “I vote for the candidate,” they say.
It sure sounds good. Voting for the best candidate, rather than the party, sounds as American as apple pie. ...
At least since the early part of the 20th century, aside from oil, the Arab world has produced and exported two products.
It has produced essentially no technology, medicine, or anything else in the world of science. It has almost ...
1,400 English Girls Raped by Multiculturalism
It was revealed last week that between 1997 and 2013, at least 1,400 girls, as young as eleven years old, in just one relatively small English city (Rotherham, population 275,000), had been repeatedly and systematically raped by gangs of men over the past decade.
On the Death of My Father
My father, Max Prager, died last week.
Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent.
Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children ...
In order to justify killing Jews, Jew-haters throughout history made up libels about the Jews that were so awful that they justified, at least for the Jew-hater, the mass murder of Jews. The charge that the Jews of every age — ...
The Jewish State in a Morally Sick World
Let’s drop the names “Hamas” and “Israel” and make a list of the characteristics of two imaginary warring entities. We’ll call them Entity A and Entity B.
Declares that its raison d’être is to annihilate ...
Given how much evil there is in the world, given how many signs of moral, intellectual, and economic decline there are here in America; and given the increasing irrelevance of America to world events, it is fair to ask why ...
The Pope Is Right about Pets
Pope Francis said something so important last week that it will either be widely ignored or widely disparaged.
The pope criticized “these marriages in which the spouses do not want children, in which the spouses want to remain without fertility.”
Leftists Don’t Care about Bad Economic News
Most conservatives and just about all independents have a huge misperception of the Left. They think that the gulf between conservatism and leftism is primarily about means, not goals. This perception is wrong. It is their goals that are irreconcilable. ...
A private recording of racist remarks by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, in a telephone conversation was released last week. Among other comments, Sterling said to his former mistress, a black Mexican woman known as V. ...
What the Left Did Last Week
In his column last week, Charles Krauthammer crossed a line. He declared the American Left totalitarian.
He is correct. Totalitarianism is written into the Left’s DNA. Krauthammer wrote about a left-wing petition “bearing more than 110,000 signatures delivered to the [...
Judaism, Christianity, Environmentalism
As I have often noted, the most dynamic and influential religion of the past hundred years has not been Christianity, let alone Judaism, the two religions that created the Western world. Nor has it been Islam. It has been Leftism.
Noah: One of the Most Moral Stories Ever Told
Next week, the film Noah opens.
Having taught the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) from the Hebrew for more than 40 years (hundreds of hours are available by download through my website), I consider the Biblical flood story one of ...
A Note to ‘Fiscal Conservatives’
If there were as many “fiscal conservatives” as there are people who claim to be, it is hard to see how Republicans would lose as many elections as they do.
One frequently hears this political self-identification: “I’m socially liberal, ...
In 2006, 57 percent of Virginia’s electorate voted to amend their state’s constitution to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Last week, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen ruled the amendment unconstitutional.
In 2004, 76 percent ...
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama, on four occasions, mentioned the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq coming to an end:
1. “And in tight-knit communities across America, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an ...
The Immorality of Leaving Iraq and Afghanistan
On every level and from every perspective — from pure national interest to the purely moral — the decision by the Obama administration and the Democratic party to withdraw American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan is indefensible.
Let’s begin with Iraq.
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 ...