Home
In this issue
December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 19, 2010/ 9 Elul, 5770

An Unholy Alliance of Radicals

By Arnold Ahlert




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | With regard to the Ground Zero mosque, I am truly fascinated by the progressive elitists' newfound enthusiasm for religious tolerance. Aren't these the same people who have spent the last few decades doing their best to exorcize virtually any expression of religion from the public square? Aren't these the same people whose fellow-travelers in Hollywood have done their utmost to debase Christianity and its adherents at every opportunity? Aren't these the "lovable" folks doing their best to turn the Christmas season into a "Winter Solstice" celebration? Didn't the president himself ridicule Americans who "cling" to religion? So why are progressives suddenly gung-ho regarding religious freedom?

One can only speculate, but I suspect it has far more to do with the particular religion under discussion than it does religion per se. For example, if progressives held the expression of Islam to the same standard as they do Christianity, one would be at a total loss to explain how the public school system in California mandates the teaching of Islam in the seventh grade, including the study of Koranic scripture. One would be at a loss to explain why a public school in Nyssa, Oregon required seventh-grade students to dress-up as Muslims as part of a four-week course on Islam.

When the former case went to litigation, it got as far as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that such manifestations of Islam in the California curriculum--including the wearing of Islamic religious symbols, or shouting "Praise be to Allah" when prompted by teachers-- didn't violate the First Amendment's establishment clause.

Can anyone imagine the same court permitting students to say, "Praise be to Jesus?"

So why the double-standard? The most plausible explanation centers around an old Arabic expression: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Nothing threatens the status of progressive elitists, largely secular and leftist, more than American Christians, largely religious and right-leaning. It irks the progressives to no end that the "Religious Right" feels accountable to a "higher power"--one that isn't government controlled by progressives.

What other group of people have an even greater contempt for Christians? Islamic radicals--and more than a few so-called "moderate Muslims." It is also no secret that vast numbers of Muslims around the world consider Christian "infidels" second-class citizens (dhimmis) at best, and utterly beneath contempt at worst.

Both groups see Christianity as the foremost obstacle to their remarkably similar ambitions: for Muslims, the permanent entrenchment of a world-wide religious caliphate. For American progressives, the permanent entrenchment of big-government run by the Democrat party.

Thus, the ruling element within both groups has embraced marriage of convenience, with each group using the other--until such time when the inevitable showdown between them occurs.


FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO INFLUENTIAL NEWSLETTER

Every weekday NewsAndOpinion.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". HUNDREDS of columnists and cartoonists regularly appear. Sign up for the daily update. It's free. Just click here.


In the meantime, this temporary alliance explains many things. It explains the deafening silence of American feminists with regard to the often brutal treatment of women in Muslim countries. It explains the Obama administration's determination to expunge any reference to a "war on terror" or Islamic participation in same from our national vocabulary. It explains why idiot celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell, who said radical Christianity is "every bit as dangerous" as radical Islam, and Bill Maher, who said that the 9/11 murderers were "warriors," still get gigs on TV. It explains why Christian-bashing is a regular Hollywood staple, even as Islam remains studiously off limits. It explains why the Army's top officer, Gen. George Casey, was seemingly more concerned about the death of "diversity" than 13 American soldiers murdered at Fort Hood. It explains why so many progressives push the idea that America's foreign policy "justified" the 9/11 atrocity.

And it most assuredly explains the all-out effort by progressive elitists to tar anyone opposed to a mosque near Ground Zero as a bigot.

Both progressive and Islamist elitists--and it is important to make the distinction between the political operators in both groups and ordinary liberal Americans and genuinely moderate Muslims--know that an America guided by even the most temperate expressions of Christianity, such as the reference to a "Creator" in the Declaration of Independence, is one which will not succumb to their grandiose ambitions. At least not all at once. This is precisely why the strategy of incrementalism--the bit-by-bit undermining of American customs, language and culture--has been adopted by both groups.

Incrementalism explains why American religious traditions, such as Christmas creches in a town squares, considered an expression of religious freedom for the better part of two centuries, are now deemed violations of the church-state separation doctrine--which is nowhere to be found in the Constitution. It is why the "live and let live" nature of such traditions has been usurped by the "One Whiner Rule," which deems any expression of religion in the public arena, even one supported by the vast majority, will be forbidden, or litigated against by the ACLU, if it "offends" even a single individual.

Incrementalism explains why Americans are expected to unquestioningly accept the idea that the Ground Zero project's leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, is a "moderate" Muslim, despite the fact that he refuses to condemn Hamas as a terrorist group and referred to America as "an accessory" to the 9/11 atrocity. It is this incrementalism that allows progressive elitists to insist the "majority of Muslims are on America's side," absent any convincing evidence--and much evidence to the contrary. And it is the more advanced version of incrementalism found in Europe that has resulted in the creation of wholly-segregated Muslim enclaves that police in England and France refer to as "no go zones"--and the Archbishop of Canterbury to comment on the "unavoidability" of Sharia Law in the UK.

Both progressives and the so-called moderate Muslims attached to the Ground Zero mosque know this project is deeply offensive to almost seventy percent of Americans. They also know it has nothing to do with freedom of religion, which most of the people opposed to this project have made crystal clear. Ever since this incident reached national proportions, both points have been made over and over again. Only one question remains unanswered to this point: what is the reason that it is necessary to build a mosque in that precise location?

Not why can you, but why must you?

Radical Islam and progressive elitism are all about establishing beach heads. Establishing those beach heads requires unstinting assaults on traditional values, be they assaults on Christianity, internationally-accepted rules of war, the concept of assimilation, or the difference between freedom of religion and freedom from it. Neither group will be satisfied until their power becomes absolute, or at the very least, until they're the only two dogs left in the fight for the civilized world. Until then their alliance will resemble America's alliance with Josef Stalin's Russia during WWll: a marriage of convenience designed to defeat the greater evil of Nazism.

Right now, the "greater evil" is conservatism and Christianity. Both must be brow-beaten into submission. And while much of this endeavor has been ongoing, much of it has occurred "beneath the radar" of average Americans. It took 9/11 to make us realize that radical Islamists had indeed declared war on America. It took the election of the most radical president and Congress in history to make Americans realize that progressive elitists are every bit as intent on "re-ordering" America as the Islamic radicals are. The Ground Zero mosque is nothing more the latest flashpoint in this sorry saga. It is an attempt to push the envelope of "tolerance" for two entities both determined to impose their worldview--by any means necessary.

It won't be the last one.

Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.

Comment on JWR Contributor Arnold Ahlert's column, by clicking here.



Previously:


08/16/10:
You've Lost America, Mr. President
08/13/10: The Twin Towers of Progressive Disconnect
08/11/10: A Far Better ‘National Discussion’
08/09/10: It's ‘Only’ One Dead Nun
08/06/10: Incremental Tyranny
08/04/10: Ground Zero Mosque: Context Counts
08/02/10: The Arizona Ruling: a Gift for November
07/29/10: The United Cities of America
07/26/10: JournoList: ‘Coordinated’ Ideological Bankruptcy
07/20/10: Go For Broke Or Get Out of the Way
07/14/10: You're a Liberal/Progressive if You Believe…
07/12/10: $33-an-hour--For Sleeping On the Job
07/08/10: Extortionist Government
07/06/10: ‘Commerce Clause’ Totalitarians
07/01/10: Another Public School Travesty in MA
06/30/10: Calling YOUR Bluff, Mr. President
06/28/10: A Trifecta of Progressive Corruption
06/23/10: Plug the Darn Hole --- In Our Border
06/21/10: Our Empty-Suit-in-Chief
06/16/10: Betraying Our Children
06/14/10: Who Gets the Benefit of the Doubt?
06/07/10: Politically Correct Warfare
06/01/10: Bill Maher's ‘Black’ President
05/25/10: A Mosque At Ground Zero
05/23/10: Libs Stand Tall --- For Mexico
05/19/10: The 'Unintended Consequences' of Liberalism
05/17/10: 'Los' Suns: Stuck on Stupido
05/12/10: Union Audacity: Yes We Will!
05/10/10: Greeks, Leaks and and Double-Speak
05/05/10: Twelve Million Illegals --- or Thirty?
05/02/10: Republicans: Playing Not to Lose Doesn't Cut It
04/28/10: Arizona: Progressivism's Waterloo?
04/26/10: Son of Amnesty
04/22/10: Mortgages and Moral Meltdowns
04/20/10: Bashing Christians — Or Gays?
04/15/10: Personal Integri-‘tea’
04/12/10: Fools, Tools and Ghouls
04/08/10: (Tea) Party On
04/05/10: The Triumph of Mediocrity
04/02/10: Two For the Road
03/29/10: The Innate Immorality of Liberalism
03/24/10: The Art of War
03/22/10: I Want My Country Back
03/18/10: A Perpetual Process
03/17/10: American Exhibitionists
03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
03/10/10: Little Things Mean A Lot
02/03/10: Budgetary Fork in the Road
02/01/10: Liberal Economic Illiteracy
01/27/10: ‘Roe-ing and Wade-ing’ Back to Reason
01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
01/20/10: Connecting the Educational Dots
01/19/10: The Next Tea Party?
01/15/10: The Myth That Keeps on Giving
01/13/10: Airport Security Begins Away From the Airport
01/11/10: Secrets and Lies
01/08/10: Embracing Bigotry — or Rejecting Bullying?
01/06/10: Hanging by an Ideological Thread
01/04/10: Our ‘Wonderama’ Bureaucracy
12/30/09: A Day Off
12/28/09: Dangerous Myths
12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
12/21/09: My Opinon
12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
11/23/09:The Trial (Travesty) of the Century
11/04/09: American Vampires and Their Political Enablers
11/01/09: ‘Opting Out’ of Insanity?
10/28/09: Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer. Brain Required
10/26/09: Communism: Nazism With Better PR
10/21/09: Just Asking
10/16/09: Cost Projections vs. Actual Costs, or Hope and Change vs. Reality
10/14/09: News you can use …
10/07/09: Incremental Insidiousness
10/05/09: MIA: Common Sense and Common Decency
09/30/09: Iran: Bad Options and Unpreparedness
09/21/09: Crying Racism: the Last Refuge of Scoundrels
09/11/09: 9/11 Cannot Be Sanitized
09/08/09: ‘Truthers’ and Consequences
09/01/09: A ‘Paper Trail’ Challenge for the Mainstream Media
08/31/09: Drowning in Amorality
08/26/09: The Republican Recovery Program

© 2010, Arnold Ahlert

Columnists

Toons

Lifestyles