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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...