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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 April 5, 2011 / 1 Nissan, 5771

When nuthood was in flower

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Who could blame Pastor Terry Jones for thinking he's the most famous man in the world? In his 15 minutes of fame, he's right up there this week with Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy, Prince William, Osama bin Laden and Charlie Sheen.

Not many preachers with only 30 parishoners can set off riots in Afghanistan, provoke a president to choke on the first cup of coffee of the morning, get a beseeching call from the secretary of defense, and reduce the very model of a modern general to pleading for the preacher's help in surviving the maw of war.

Terry Jones is a certifiable nut, but nuthood in flower is not a crime in America, where the First Amendment protects a nut's right to say anything that comes to a deranged mind, though it is true that Pastor Jones is coming close to shouting fire in a crowded theater. There's something distressing and faintly pathetic about Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, having to appeal to the better angels of Pastor Jones' nature, to persuade him to stop provoking the Muslims with cheap circus tricks, like burning copies of the Koran. Whatever better angels got the assignment (talk about company punishment) to leave heaven to take up residence in the preacher's conscience have long since packed up and gone sadly home.

The general holds the preacher responsible, but the preacher, like the devil quoting Scripture, demurs and actually gets it right. The rioters in Afghanistan, who have killed seven foreigners to appease Allah for the preacher's circus in Florida, are solely responsible for their own deeds, just like the rest of us. All the general and his men can do is soldier on, hope the preacher will find another way to confront a religion he regards as false, and wait for the Muslim nuts to find something else to be offended by, as they will. It's how Muslim mobs "keep the faith."

Pastor Jones, who is 58 and looks 68 with a lush crop of white facial hair, is smart enough to find the buttons to press on the Islamic body politic. Though his congregation numbers only about 30, his grandly named World Dove Outreach Center has five pastors, including his son. He worked for 30 years as a "missionary" and lived in a mostly Turkish, and Muslim, neighborhood in Cologne. Though he is usually described as a "fundamentalist" in the press, Pastor Jones seems more driven by hostility toward Muslims than as an evangelist "on fire for Christ." His son Luke, one of the associate pastors who speaks with a thick German accent, tells the Daily Beast, a Web site, that he holds a certain admiration for Muslims because they're proud of their beliefs.

Pastor Jones is described by an associate as "addicted to being famous." This certainly puts him in the mainstream of American ambition, if not mainstream religious belief. His rival for celebrity infamy is the Rev. Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, so called. Pastor Phelps, like his rival in Florida, is obsessed not with Islam but with homosexuals and their boudoir rites, and he's determined to upset the funerary rituals of strangers. He has populated the hell of his imagination with Jews, homosexuals, Catholics, Protestants and other Baptists, Billy Graham, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and almost anyone whose name has appeared in the newspapers. Since anyone can rent a storefront, call it a Baptist church and worship an eggplant, a carrot or a dead mule if they wish and no one will do anything about it, Baptists in particular are embarrassed by Pastor Phelps and his 70 or so followers. Few if any Baptist churches regard Westboro as an authentic Baptist congregation, and thus shun it.

Pastor Phelps, now 80, was born in Mississippi and was appointed to West Point at 16, but after he was converted in a Methodist camp meeting he declined West Point for Bob Jones University. He dropped out in his freshman year and drifted through several Bible colleges and finally earned a law degree from Washburn University. He established a law firm to specialize in racial-discrimination cases, and the Phelps law firm at one time held a third of all civil-right cases on the Kansas dockets. The NAACP awarded him a prize.

When the broken-hearted father of a Marine whose funeral the Westboro wackos tried to ruin sued the Phelps clan for damages, the Supreme Court ruled the only way it could, that the First Amendment guarantees free speech, not just responsible speech.

This sometimes enables rogues and scoundrels to hit a jackpot with someone else's nickel.

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