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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 Dec. 20, 2011 / 24 Kislev, 5772

When Shariah trumps free expression: Team Obama condones opprobrium for critics of Islamic extremism

By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | After all, at that shrine to our most fundamental civil rights, the delegates would have found an exhibit about freedom of speech that declares: "For better or worse, the First Amendment helps shelter the varied results of free expression even when they are considered by some to be offensive or distasteful."

Unfortunately, such shelter is precisely what the Organization of Islamic Cooperation wishes to eliminate when it comes to expression about its faith that the group's 57 member nations and other Islamists find "offensive or distasteful."

Advancing that agenda is the OIC's purpose in the "Istanbul Process" that it launched with Mrs. Clinton in July in Turkey. As the Hudson Institute's Nina Shea pointed out in a withering indictment of this diplomatic exercise published last week in the New York Post, "the gathering was folly."

Ms. Shea provides several reasons for that conclusion. Reduced to their essence, it is folly for America to be legitimating - let alone engaging in - a search for ways to "bridge" the gap between our First Amendment rights on the one hand and the Islamists' belief that any expression that "offends" their religion is a capital offense on the other. To do so is to affront the Constitution and threaten the free and tolerant society it has made possible in this country.

The Obama administration started down this ill-advised road by co-sponsoring in 2009 a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council, drafted by the OIC, that condemned "defamation of religion" - read: Islam. That initiative helped advance the Islamists' 12-year campaign to "prohibit and criminalize" such defamation in accordance with the "blasphemy laws" that are part of the totalitarian doctrine they call Shariah.


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Then, as more and more of the free world began awakening to the danger posed by such efforts to compel them to submit to Shariah, Team Obama helped engineer a document at the Human Rights Council. Adopted in March, Resolution 16/18 focused instead on getting the world's nations to combat "intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against persons based on religion or belief."

In Istanbul in July, Mrs. Clinton kicked off her "process" with a passing nod to free speech: "We ... understand that, for 235 years, freedom of expression has been a universal right at the core of our democracy." She went on, however, to declare: "So we are focused on promoting interfaith education and collaboration, enforcing anti-discrimination laws, protecting the rights of all people to worship as they choose, and to use some old-fashioned techniques of peer pressure and shaming, so that people don't feel that they have the support to do what we abhor."

In other words, the Obama administration believes it can silence those whose expressions are, in the words of the Newseum, "considered by some to be offensive or distasteful." Or, in the words of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, "Islamophobia." It's just that instead of criminalizing such behavior, Team Obama will use "peer pressure and shaming."

It gets worse. In the course of last week's three-day, mostly closed-door confab at the State Department called to "implement" Resolution 16/18, the OIC's focus seemed to be on how the United States and other non-Muslim, freedom-loving states would prevent "incitement." Mrs. Clinton asserted that we would be obliged to counter incitement only to "imminent violence." But this is a classic slippery slope, opening America to prohibitions on "hate speech" at the insistence of people who - irony of ironies - are more routinely engaged in incitement to imminent violence and religious intolerance than anyone else on the planet: the Islamists.

The appearance of U.S. submission to Shariah was exacerbated by the opening comments of Thomas Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights. As Ms. Shea put it:

"[Perez's] opening keynote address gave a one-sided historical depiction of American bigotry against religious minorities, including Muslims, without explaining our relatively exemplary achievement of upholding individual freedoms of religion and speech in an overwhelmingly tolerant and pluralistic society. He told the participants, some representing the world's most repressive states, that America can learn to protect religious tolerance from them."

It is particularly troubling that Ms. Shea has just been removed as a commissioner of the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom. That was the upshot of a compromise in which Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, abandoned his stealthy bid to deny the reauthorization of the commission, but only if Ms. Shea and nearly all of her colleagues lost their posts. Practically the only exception is Dr. Azizah al-Hibr, a woman who has espoused the creation of Shariah courts in the United States.

If you haven't been to - or, for that matter, been by - the Newseum lately, you might want to make a point of paying it a visit. See it before the diplomats decide that our pesky First Amendment condones "offensive or distasteful" expression that constitutes unacceptable "incitement" and is no longer applicable.


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