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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. 29, 2010 / 22 Teves, 5771

Fitting free speech into elite ‘context’

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It can be dangerous to make free with free speech in modern America, lest you offend someone with a perfectly harmless remark. Agents of the Thought Police are lurking everywhere, searching for something to be offended by.

Juan Williams, once a distinguished commentator for National Public Radio (NPR) and now a distinguished flinger of opinions for Fox News, learned this when he made the commonsensical observation that he gets nervous when he sees a group of men in Muslim regalia follow him aboard an airliner. A sense of self-preservation, after all, is the strongest human impulse, stronger even than hunger. Why should we expect Mr. Williams to react any differently than any other American insuch a situation? But he was fired nonetheless for making free with his free speech.

What we suffer in America, observes Michael Kinsley in Politico, the Capitol Hill political daily, is an excess of umbrage, the demand for apology when someone is insulted, thinks he has been insulted, or when someone says something he doesn't like. "Umbrage," Mr. Kinsley writes, "is the engine that moves election campaigns and the fodder that feeds the media's politics maw."

But umbrage must be selective. There is a definite order governing who is entitled to umbrage. You can, for example, say anything about white people, and indeed the practice of good citizenship in certain circles requires you to occasionally throw out an insult of white Christians. Insulting Jews, once a violation of one of the most inviolate taboos, has become fashionable once more. A careful insulter usually clothes his anti-Semitic remark as merely an insult of Israel, and counts on perceptive listeners to get the point.

Few members of the chattering class, usually eager to pounce on "gaffes" and the outrageous remark, took notice the other day when a fresh dump of Nixon White House tapes from four decades ago revealed an astonishing remark by Henry Kissinger, Mr. Nixon's secretary of state. "Let's face it," Mr. Kissinger, a Jew himself, said to the president, "the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern." Then, as if to give himself cover if such a remark became public, he added: "It may be a humanitarian concern."

Careless remarks about black folks - or African-Americans as they must be called, lest you insult the progeny of an entire continent - are easy to make, by even the most well-meaning innocents. Some years ago a white bureaucrat in the D.C. government almost lost his job when, in a budget discussion, he decried a certain cut in benefits as taking a "niggardly" approach to budget-making. After it was pointed out in a brouhaha lasting several days that "niggardly" is an ancient word with no linguistic connection whatever to either "Negro" or the bastard "n-word," the villain of the piece was told that, well, OK, but since the word "niggardly" sounds similar to the naughty word, it could nevertheless offend the uneducated. Umbrage taken, and no one north of the Potomac has been heard using the word in public since.

Offending Muslims is the least forgivable offense. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. can go on for hours about the threat to American lives and limbs by "radical" terrorists, as he did a fortnight ago, without once so much as hinting as to who these terrorists might be, or what dark and bloody interpretations of doctrines from the eighth century might be driving them to acts of malignant evil.

Our elites are fond of looking to Europe for tips on living, and what some people need are clearly tips on how to practice their free speech. The undiluted First Amendment can be too robust for the very model of the modern American.

Political Correctness, or self-censorship, governs the conduct of these elites, who would be more comfortable with the European model of free speech, as set out in Germany, where talking about certain subjects is against the law. The Germans nevertheless insist that they, too, practice free speech: You can say anything you like as long as you say only what the government says you can say.

Americans could once laugh at such concepts of "free," given our constitutional guarantee of the right to say anything. There were only natural limits: "Your rights end," went the schoolyard warning of yesteryear, "where my nose begins." This is the only "context" for free speech we've ever needed, and it's the only one we need now.

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