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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan 21, 2014/ 20 Shevat, 5774

Conservative Latinas Need Not Apply Here

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The Hollywood blacklist, according to Wikipedia, is the term for "the mid-20th-century practice of denying employment to screenwriters, actors, directors, musicians, and other U.S. entertainment professionals because of their suspected political beliefs or associations." The blacklist spirit is alive and living in San Francisco, but here and now the enemies of free thought have a new question: Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Republican Party?

Last week, actress Maria Conchita Alonso resigned her role in a Mission District Spanish-language production of "The Vagina Monologues," after pro-illegal immigration activists threatened a boycott.

They protested because Alonso, best-known for her debut film, "Moscow on the Hudson," had appeared in a video supporting the gubernatorial candidacy of GOP Assemblyman Tim Donnelly -- aka, to La Opinion, "un ultra conservador republicano." Donnelly is a former member of the Minutemen, a group that is pro-border enforcement, and he opposes California's DREAM Act, which, to Telemundo, makes him anti-immigrant.

"We really cannot have her in the show, unfortunately," producer Eliana Lopez told KPIX-TV. And: "Of course she has the right to say whatever she wants. But we're in the middle of the Mission. Doing what she is doing is against what we believe."

Allow me to state the obvious. Just as Alonso has a First Amendment right to her opinions, critics had a right to call for a boycott. Producers of the play would have had the right to fire her if they so chose. Would-be patrons have a right not to buy tickets.

But in a tolerant society that values open debate, critics don't go after someone's acting career because they want to muzzle her point of view. It is, after all, fair play for partisans to vote against Donnelly because they disagree with him. It's fair play to give money to his opponents. It is fair play not to pay to hear Alonso or Donnelly lecture on politics.



These boycott threats, however, had nothing to do with honest debate. They were an attempt to marginalize an actress because of her conservative political views and impede her ability to make a living outside politics. Just like the blacklist.

It's also guilt by association. Alonso, a Cuban-born, Venezuelan-raised naturalized U.S. citizen, says she supports Donnelly because of his small-government views on the economy and energy. She told La Opinion that she supports deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records but supports a path to legalization for some immigrants who have been in the country illegally but have no criminal records.

Thus, pro-illegal immigration groups are going after Alonso, a legal immigrant who is sympathetic with some of their goals, because she supports a white guy who is a gung-ho opponent of illegal immigration.

Make no mistake about it; activists who are pro-illegal immigration and Spanish-language media are particularly committed to marginalizing Alonso precisely because she is a Latina. They have a stake in portraying the Latino vote as monolithic. Nuance is not welcome in this controversy, as the war against Alonso signals that good Latinos must not distinguish between legal and illegal immigration. The strategy works. A 2010 Pew poll found that 31 percent of Latinos viewed illegal immigration as a negative; by 2013, that viewpoint had shrunk to 21 percent.

Perhaps if Alonso renounces Donnelly, activists will welcome the actress to the San Francisco stage, where she can engage in oh-so-tolerant progressives' favorite form of political discourse -- the monologue, of course.

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