• Correcting Mistakes About Hanukkah

    Correcting Mistakes About Hanukkah

    Despite extensive media coverage and rising levels of public partying, the upcoming holiday of Hanukkah (that begins Tuesday night, December 16th) still causes confusion among both Jewish and non-Jewish Americans. No, it's not a festival of tolerance or a good-natured celebration of freedom of religion. In fact, the authentic meaning…

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  • “GODS AND KINGS”: A MATTER OF CHOICE

    “GODS AND KINGS”: A MATTER OF CHOICE

    Religious believers, both Jewish and Christian, feel inevitably intrigued by the release of the spectacular new movie EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, featuring Oscar-winner Christian Bale as Moses, and directed by Ridley Scott. The question of whether it's worth seeing depends on your tolerance for liberties with the Biblical text. Scripture…

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  • If White Racism Causes Inequality, Why Do Whites Lag?

    If White Racism Causes Inequality, Why Do Whites Lag?

    If white racism counts as the primary cause for the painful problems of people of color then why do white people themselves lag behind some other racial groups in every measure of success and health? Census figures show that “non-Hispanic whites” still comprise a big majority of the American population…

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  • DON’T SHUN THE M-WORD

    DON’T SHUN THE M-WORD

    To succeed with the most decisive group of swing voters Republicans should stop treating “moderate” as a dirty word. Since modern exit polling began in 1976, self-described moderates have comprised the biggest portion of the electorate every time; conservatives have never amounted to more than 35 percent. Republicans therefore can't…

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  • MEDIA OBSESSIONS HIDE BLACK SUCCESS

    The media frenzy about a purported race “crisis” due to white cops killing of young black males ignores basic facts. There is no evidence at all of a dramatic surge in police violence against blacks: Justice Department numbers show a steady average of less than 100 such deaths per year.…

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  • ONE FORM OF INEQUALITY TO QUICKLY REDUCE

    Some measures of racial inequality will be difficult to change but others could improve more readily. For instance, new numbers from Nielsen show most Americans spending far too much time watching TV, but black families are facing an especially acute problem. Overall, Americans devote 5 hours a day to television,…

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  • Excusing—and Celebrating—Savagery

    Excusing—and Celebrating—Savagery

    In efforts to explain the savage, senseless butchery of the Jerusalem synagogue massacre, left-leaning commentators referred to “provocation” and a so-called “cycle of violence” involving both sides. Even the president of the United States strained to sound even-handed in the face of a shameless display of Islamist barbarity. “Too many…

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  • BEWARE THE STATUS QUO

    President Obama's proclamation of executive amnesty for illegal immigrants amounts to an outrageous power-grab and sets a dangerous trap for the GOP. Republicans can't come across as stubborn defenders of the dysfunctional status quo: even if they rolled back every detail of the new White House initiative, our broken immigration…

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  • WHEN DISCRIMINATION IS APPROPRIATE

    Islamic extremists in Kenya complain about harsh treatment from the government, even as they perpetrate horrific attacks that make such discrimination logical and necessary. In late November, militants fired on a bus with bullets and rocket propelled grenades. They then separated non-Muslim passengers and forced them to lie on the…

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  • PROUD TO SHOW THE WORLD CELEBRATIONS OF BUTCHERY

    Beyond the unspeakable brutality of the crime itself, the most shocking aspect of the Jerusalem synagogue massacre involved the reaction of Palestinian mobs throughout Gaza and the West Bank. Crowds surged into the street in celebration, handing out candies, setting off firecrackers, and wielding axes to honor the killers who…

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