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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 17, 2010 / 7 Elul, 5770

Flim-flammery in the name of faith

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Barack Obama, like all flim-flam men, is a master of words. But unlike the best of the flim-flam men, he can't keep his stories straight.

Here he was on Friday night last, speaking about the Ground Zero mosque to a dinner at the White House celebrating Ramadan: "Let me be clear: As a citizen and as president I believe that Muslims have the same right …to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan …This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."

Who argues with that? But here he was the next day, when reporters accompanying him to his dip in the Gulf of Mexico asked him about his Ramadan remarks: "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there."

Here's the White House later in the day insisting that the president was not backing off the original remarks, or even backing off from his backing off: "The president is not backing off in any way from the comments he made [Friday night]."

We're glad we finally got that straight. If the president wanted to throw red meat (beef or lamb not pork) into the arena he certainly succeeded. Mr. Obama is either the clumsiest politician on the scene, stumbling over and over into remarks that couldn't be more calculated to irritate and outrage the America he just can't understand, or else he just can't resist throwing (non-alcoholic) wine and roses at Muslims and rotten eggs at Americans who cling to the Judeo-Christian God and guns. Most Americans neither share nor understand his obsession with repeatedly apologizing to Muslims for the sins and shortcomings of America, his bowing to the corrupt Saudi king, his hostility to Israel, his inability to stand up to the Muslim nuclear bomb proceeding apace in Iran. His remarks about the mosque are of a piece with the rest.

If the president had been looking for a teachable Ramadan moment, he could have said something like this: "To our Muslim friends and fellow citizens, I have both greeting and caution: our religious traditions are different from yours, but we each owe respect to the other. We respect your right to practice your faith as we respect all faiths. But you will succeed as American citizens if you respect our traditions, and one of those is a decent regard for the feelings of others. Islam in America is entitled to the same respect accorded Judaism, Christianity and other faiths, but no more than that. You have the right to build your mosque wherever you want, subject to local zoning ordinances, but you will get along better with your neighbors if you show them the respect that you demand for yourselves. Building this mosque near Ground Zero is regarded by most Americans as offensive to the memory of 3,000 Americans killed, however wrongly, in the name of Islam."

Tough stuff, but that's the message that Muslims who want to assimilate, must, like all previous immigrant groups, must hear, and preferably from a president. Nothing less will suffice.

Rebuke and scolding from this president or any other — and George W. Bush was guilty of pandering to Muslim entitlement, too — will not dissolve public wrath. The plain, skeptical unhyphenated Americans (the "little people" in the Obama formulation) recognize tripe and moonshine in the mouth of the president.

Mr. Obama and his fellow travelers — Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, the fearful editorialists and pundits of the "mainstream" press, the granny preachers to empty pews who are always eager to water their own professed faith to appease alien doctrines — have tried to frame the issue as freedom of religion vs. the bigot brigade. They tried to make criticism of the radical Obama agenda as the criticism of nativists, fanatics and bigots. They failed then, and they will this time, too.

Mr. Obama is no doubt sincere in his admiration of the Muslims eager to erect their mosque as a tribute to their faith in the shadow of the towers brought down by villains in the name of Islam. The president once described the Muslim call to prayer as 'one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.'" Those are pretty sentiments. Mr. Obama is entitled to believe them, and to say them. But he's a fool if he thinks many Americans share them.

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