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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 Jan 10, 2012/ 14 Teves, 5772

Santorum not bad, just drawn that way

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rick Santorum is after your birth control, according to a recent article in Salon, which speculates that the surging candidate for the Republican nomination could make contraceptives of any kind illegal, if he were elected president.

The piece has whipped up a predictable frenzy on the Internet, with one commenter labeling the Catholic Church a "cult." The problem with these headlines and comments is that they are untrue.

What Santorum has said is that the 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut Supreme Court decision was a bad precedent, bad law. It declared a constitutional right for married persons to use contraceptives. Writing for the majority, Justice William O. Douglas declared that "specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance" and that "various [of these] guarantees create zones of privacy."

Santorum's is a perfectly sound opinion, as evidenced by the opaque verbiage quoted above. What is it about his views that always cause the left to mount a hysterical scare campaign?

It has something to do with courage of conviction and public witness. In this age of overhyped faux tolerance, those who use the word tend to harbor an enthusiasm only for the tolerance of their own views. Santorum is a threat because he not only believes countercultural things, he not only lives them, but he will talk about them publicly and defend them.

Many of these headline foofaraws were fueled by his words to a blogger earlier this week, when he said that as president, he would talk about the "dangers of contraception." But when pressed on what exactly that meant, he has made expressly clear that he believes this is not an issue for legislation.

Some of us were keen on hearing President Obama talk more about the crucial role of fatherhood, given that it forms such a compelling part of his biography. Not shockingly, a president Santorum would be a friend to sex- education programs that provide something other than condom handouts, that are not so much about naively pretending teens will never have sex if lectured to enough, but about giving them a healthy respect, as one program puts it, for themselves and others.

And there's something else worth noting: While it wouldn't be wise for the president to launch a national lecture campaign (we get way too much of that from the current commander in chief) on so intimate an issue, it must be said that his view is not as fringe-oriented as it is portrayed. Obviously, he is informed by his Catholic faith here. But in recent years, we've seen the testimony of women who realize the damage that contraception has done in their lives, in their relationships. One New York magazine cover story marking the anniversary of oral contraceptives included the following: "The Pill didn't create the field of infertility medicine, but it turned it into an enormous industry. Inadvertently, indirectly, infertility has become the Pill's primary side effect."

The family unit is one that can help keep us out of poverty and keep us healthy and happy. It's worth boosting, and the changes that law and technology have made in our lives are part of that discussion. Contraception may not be the priority of the commander in chief, but let's not pretend it's irrelevant to who we are and where we are going as a people. This president's administration, mandating health-care coverage for contraception and sterilization, certainly hasn't taken this into consideration.

During his near-victory speech in Iowa, Santorum said: "God has given us this great country to allow his people to be free, has given us that dignity because we are a creation of his. We need to honor that creation. And whether it's the sanctity of life in the womb or the dignity of every working person in America to fulfill their potential, you will have a friend in Rick Santorum."

His career has been characterized by a mix of approaches: He has used the levers of government and the powerful platforms available to those in the public square, highlighting and encouraging others to bolster that God-given dignity. It's not the creepy thing it's portrayed as; what's unsettling is the insistence on caricaturing him as some sort of shrill Puritan bogeyman.

In this campaign, Santorum has not been lecturing about so-called social issues. But he gets asked about them, and he answers honestly. Can't we be honest too?

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