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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 August 31, 2009 / 11 Elul 5769

Obama's unholy attack

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The mix of politics and religion can be an intoxicating cocktail. Just now, you can smell the incense everywhere, from Martha's Vineyard to Washington. For a left that obsesses over a wall of separation between church and state, when death comes and health care bills need rallies, there is little hesitation to break out the devotional smells and bells. But the loss of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, one of the most prominent Catholic politicians in the United States, a leading proponent of health care reform and major supporter of the president's agenda, should not obscure a pivotal fact: Barack Obama has put himself at war with the Catholic Church.


In one of the most overlooked news stories of the health care debate, the president said, during a conference call organized by liberal religious activists: "I know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate. And there's some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness."


It's doubtful that the president actually wants to engage in a public examination of political conscience. Because bringing up the eighth commandment inevitably makes one meditate on the fifth, which deals with human life itself. Obama's accusation was made in direct reference to the debate about abortion and the health care bill. "You've heard this is all going to mean government funding of abortion," the president said. "Not true."


According to Obama, "fabrications" "have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation"; in other words, that most righteous and noble of ideas: socialized medicine.


And with that, the president inadvertently began to pull away the vestments from the eyes of Catholics who think he is a perfectly acceptable representative of their views.


On August 11, Cardinal Justin Rigali sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives about the health care legislation under consideration. He highlights legislative language that would open the door to taxpayer-funded abortions. He points out that when amendments were introduced this summer that would protect against this — protect life — they were shot down. That's a bad precedent. If that's how life fares when the C-SPAN cameras are on, what happens when it comes time for the final closed-door compromises?


Not only is Rigali the archbishop of Philadelphia, he also engages in the health care debate in his position as chairman of the Pro-Life Activities Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaking on behalf of all of the Catholic bishops in the United States. He's also far from the only bishop who has taken to writing and speaking out against some of the harmful details that have turned up in some versions of the legislation. Denver's Archbishop Charles J. Chaput put it bluntly: "Killing or funding the killing of unborn children has nothing to do with promoting human health, and including these things in any 'health care' proposal, no matter how shrewdly hidden, would simply be a form of lying."


The Catholic coalition against the president and his reckless claque gained an unlikely ally in liberal preacher and Obama collaborator Jim Wallis (author of "G0d's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It") recently. In a CNN interview, Wallis admitted what the president wouldn't: that current iterations of ObamaCare are not clear "yet" on abortion funding. Is Wallis bearing false witness too?


There are many complex, legitimate issues that blur the lines between moral obligations and political choices. But sometimes the choices are crystal clear. For Catholics, any expansion of legal abortion — and taxpayer-funded abortion —speaks to the most profound obligation: to protect vulnerable human life.


So the president's casual and patronizing invocation of a commandment was the ultimate in unholy political disses. And while the coverage may pale in comparison to the ubiquitous coverage of the Kennedy funeral Mass, it is significant as a practical, moral, and political matter.


If Obama didn't care about the mere moral factor, if he could put aside the political aspect, a very practical facet still remains: there are over 600 Catholic hospitals in the United States. The bishops speaking out against ObamaCare represent the largest health care provider in American history, one that has been vital to the American story. And they are, by the way, on board with the idea of reforming health care. But as another bishop, William Murphy of Rockville Center, N.Y., put it in an earlier communication with Congress, "Genuine health care reform that protects the life and dignity of all is a moral imperative and a vital national obligation."


President Obama is treading on multiple commandment violations. And while that is a matter for his eternal and political soul, as a policy matter, it's unconscionable.

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