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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 Nov. 10, 2012/ 24 Tishrei, 5773

MLK's niece vs. Obama

By Nat Hentoff




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I was struck by this headline on LifeNews.com on Sept. 26: "Poll: Obama's Abortion Record Hurts Him in Battleground States."

Why? As I've written previously, the reason now that "a majority of swing voters (54 percent) are less likely to vote for President Obama" in crucial states is "after learning that he voted against a law (three times as an Illinois state senator) to give equal treatment and constitutional protections to babies born alive after a failed abortion (35 percent much less likely)" (Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com, Sept. 26).

The poll was carried out by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend and, significantly, was authorized by one of the nation's most influential pro-life organizations, the Susan B. Anthony List.

Anthony was a major force in having finally enabled, after her death, the ultimate passage of the 19th Amendment, permitting women to vote. And in 1876, on learning that her sister-in-law had had an abortion, Anthony wrote in her diary, "She will rue the day she forces nature" ("Susan Palin Is No Susan B. Anthony," Ann Gordon and Lynn Sherr, newsweek.washingtonpost.com, May 21, 2010).

The president of the Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, makes what may turn out to be a crucial point: "Today's poll confirms: Pro-life voters make up a sizable voting bloc capable of achieving victory in close elections" ("New Poll Reveals Swing Voters Repelled by Obama's Extreme Abortion Record," sba-list.org, Sept. 26).

In any case, the president left absolutely no doubt of his passionate dedication to abortion when, as an August Washington Times headline clearly stated, he assured a meeting of liberal bloggers in New York City that he wouldn't "give 'any ground' on abortion rights" ("Obama to women bloggers: I won't give 'any ground' on abortion rights," Susan Crabtree, washingtontimes.com, Aug. 2, 2012).

Among those with a determinedly opposite view is Alveda C. King, an influential force among our nation's many strong pro-life women. She is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and works for Roman Catholic organization Priests for Life as its pastoral associate and director of African-American Outreach.

She speaks and writes with direct, penetrating clarity and is not intimidated by forceful personages whom she thinks need educating about abortion when she often says:

"How can the dream survive if we murder our children?"

Here she is quoted in a 2007 Priests for Life press release: "Rev. (Al) Sharpton says he's concerned about the dignity of African-American women; so am I ... I would suggest to Rev. Sharpton that he look at the greatest assault on the dignity of black women today -- abortion. We are three to four times more likely to have abortions as white women" ("Dr. Alveda King to Rev. Al Sharpton: 'Look at the Greatest Assault on the Dignity of Black Women,'" priestsforlife.org, July 13, 2007).

On May 26, in remarks before the World Congress of Families VI in Madrid ("The World's Largest Gathering of Pro-Family Leaders, Scholars and Activists"), King said:

"I stand before you as part of the greatest civil rights struggle facing the world in the 21st century -- the battle to end discrimination against the unborn ... Blacks in the 1950s and babies in the womb today were and are considered to be less than fully human ...

"Now, you may have heard that pro-lifers in the United States have been successful in passing state laws that give a pregnant woman the right to view an ultrasound image of her baby before an abortion. The culture of death is opposing these laws with all their might. They know the power of an image ...

"Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life in the United States, always says, 'America will not reject abortion until America sees abortion.' It's harder to kill a baby than a blob of tissue. And the culture of death knows this."

Turning to the late Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood (before which President Obama has approvingly appeared), King sa

id of this icon of pro-abortion feminists: "When she said she wanted more children from the fit and fewer children from the unfit, it didn't take much imagination to figure out what she meant. I'll just say that I don't think she would have wanted me, and African-American women, to have more children."

Alveda C. King has six children.

Before the World Congress of Families, Martin Luther King Jr.'s forthright niece came to her deadly point: "Since 1973, 14 million black babies have been aborted in the United States. That's one-third of the current number of blacks in the U.S. It's as if a plague swept through black neighborhoods and killed one of every four people. That plague was real, though, and it came in the form of abortion clinics."

Whether or not Barack Obama is re-elected president, I'd love to see him debate King on how abortion has affected black Americans. Anyway, with the election almost upon us, King did comment on Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, saying, "She looked beautiful and proves that she's nearly as much a consummate skilled politician as her husband."

But Alveda C. King could not resist adding -- as emblazoned in the headline of her press release -- "She almost makes you forget that her husband supports killing babies ..." ("Mrs. Obama Almost Makes You Forget That Her Husband Supports Killing Babies and Killing Natural Marriage. Almost ...' Says Alveda King," christiannewswire.com, Sept. 5).

But as impressed as she was by the first lady, King did not forget those deaths for a second, nor will those black Americans on the Susan B. Anthony List who are "less likely" to vote for Obama because of the most indomitably insistent civil rights conflagration of our time.

I am not a black American, but King speaks for me too. She recalls that her legendary uncle and her father, the Rev. A.D. King, "were often called 'the sons of thunder!'"

For some of us pro-lifers of all backgrounds, Alveda C. King reverberates loud and strong against killers of babies.

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Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights and author of several books, including his current work, "The War on the Bill of Rights and the Gathering Resistance". Comment by clicking here.

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