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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 23, 2012/ 28 Teves, 5772

Perry, now gone, made an important contribution

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Back when he was just another Republican running for his party's presidential nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry condemned the Obama administration's "war on religion." The man had a point: The left is markedly hostile toward religion that does not conform to liberal views.

And liberalism has become, in some respects, sexual libertinism. For liberals, it's no longer just saying 'anything goes,' but that we have a fundamental right to an 'anything goes' lifestyle and the taxpayer-funded tools needed to sustain it.

Perry had one of his best debates during a tumultuous night in New Hampshire, during which moderators insisted on repeatedly asking questions about contraception and homosexuality, seemingly hoping to force a candidate to crack and admit harboring secret plans to issue a federal directive that would confiscate birth control. A conversation about the power of the government to override religious organizations on conscience issues -- such as gay couples adopting children and publicly funded abortion -- ensued, taking in numerous candidates from a variety of religious backgrounds.

Perry didn't mince words about what he felt was a bias toward Christian values on the part of the Obama administration. "When we see an administration that will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act … When we see this administration not giving money to Catholic Charities … because they don't agree with the Catholic Church on abortion, that is a war against religion. And it's going to stop under a Perry administration."

He was talking about senior officials in the Department of Health and Human Services killing a deal to help international victims of sex trafficking, merely because the church's views on contraception and abortion clash with the government's.

A certain man in Rome would likely be appreciative of Perry, even though the Texan is a Protestant. "It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church's public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres," Pope Benedict XVI said during a routine visit of American bishops to the Vatican. The pontiff went on to warn of "certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion."

"At the heart of every culture," he said, "is a consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good, and thus about the conditions for human flourishing." Paying tribute to our nation's origins, he praised America's grounding "in a worldview shaped not only by faith but a commitment to certain ethical principles deriving from nature and nature's G0d."

Now, according to the pope, that consensus has been "eroded significantly in the face of powerful new cultural currents" that are ?not only directly opposed to core moral teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, but increasingly hostile to Christianity as such."

The pope wasn't endorsing the Republican field, needless to say, but around the world, people are noticing our culture coming undone. It's rare that a prime-time broadcast takes note, as well. But that Saturday night on ABC, there the candidates were, discussing just such an unraveling.

Perry's late entrance into the presidential primary field was marked with controversy over his involvement in a prayer rally in Texas. The rally was an affront to those who insist that religion and politics can never mix. Perry knows that belief in a creator is part of the American narrative as we've known it. And while you're free to not pray, as I am to do so, we'd better be careful about manipulating faith for the sake of politics and ostracizing faith because of our politics, trampling on conscience rights in service to a phony tolerance.

When history remembers Rick Perry's time on the campaign trail, it ought to remember this. He saw some of these things clearly and helped advance a conversation, keeping religious freedom out in the open and protected.

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