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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 Oct. 8, 2012/ 22 Tishrei, 5773

Losing our religious freedom

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "Tyndale was left with no alternative but to go to court," Mark D. Taylor, president and CEO of Tyndale House Publishers, explains. On the day before the first presidential debate, the company, which Taylor's parents started when he was 11 years old, filed the 31st lawsuit over the Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces companies to pay for health insurance that covers abortion and contraception.

Tyndale publishes Bibles, but the company's not religious. Not in the federal government's book. Not anymore, anyway, as of Aug. 1. That was the day that the HHS mandate went into effect. Family-run businesses like Tyndale, which happen to be run by religious people who want to live their lives with some integrity, don't qualify for any kind of "accommodation" or exemption.

"The law does not give any religious-freedom exemption to faith-based operations like Tyndale," Taylor tells me. "Instead, it imposes crushing fines for employers who are doing nothing more than following their consciences ... The government is supposed to promote conscience protection, not attack it."

Tyndale exists "for an explicitly religious purpose --to publish the Bible and other Christian publications, and direct the proceeds to ministry and charity," Taylor says.

"The government's policy that publishing the Bible is not a religious activity is absurd and is disconnected from reality," he says, reflecting conversations I've had with other plaintiffs in recent months, including the president of the evangelical Wheaton College, who wasn't particularly animated on the issue -- like most Americans -- until he realized how fragile our liberties are, even here at home, if we're not vigilant.

"Never before has the federal government had the nerve to insist that all for-profit businesses are purely secular and cannot have a religious purpose," Taylor continues. "Americans today clearly agree with America's founders: The federal government's bureaucrats are not qualified to decide what faith is, who the faithful are and where and how that faith may be lived out."

"No organization could 'deal with' the crippling, draconian financial and legal penalties on faith that this mandate imposes. That is why we need relief in court," Taylor asserts.

Despite the concerns of people like Taylor, the Department of Justice has been arguing that Americans surrender their religious liberty when they choose to participate in "the marketplace of commerce" as an employer. And a judge in Missouri has announced in the case of another Catholic business owner, Frank O'Brien, that the HHS mandate is not a religious-liberty violation because O'Brien "is not prevented from keeping the Sabbath, from providing a religious upbringing for his children, or from participating in a religious ritual such as communion." That's a restrictive view of religious liberty.

Taylor is not deterred by the ruling or the administration's posture. "The Obama administration is simply wrong to argue that one's faith may only be exercised in private or in churches. We are confident that courts, all the way to the Supreme Court, will uphold and affirm our G0d-given religious freedom," Taylor says.

When, at the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney was asked how he defined the role of government, he brought up religious liberty, as he has on other occasions -- on the campaign trail, in speeches, and campaign commercials. When he first ran in the 2008 Republican primaries, he addressed the issue of "faith in America" in depth, remembering that our first president considered religion an "indispensable support" for the health of the republic, and our obligation to protect religious freedom as the first freedom, provided by G0d, not the government.

Tyndale is a reminder of why this is not just talk; the current administration has taken steps that are eroding Americans' religious freedom. And that ought to be a concern for all of us, regardless of whether or not we're Bible readers.

"According to the Declaration of Independence," Taylor reminds, echoing the Republican presidential candidate, "the role of government is to secure for the people those freedoms endowed to us by our Creator. The Bill of Rights enumerates many of those freedoms, including religious liberty. I would hope voters would evaluate whether the present administration is defending freedom or trampling on it." More of us need to be noticing this.

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