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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
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 Feb. 4, 2013/ 4 Shevat, 5773

Sadly, Scouting seems poised to give up the fight

By Christine M. Flowers

Christine M. Flowers


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Perhaps it's not a done deal. There's still a chance - a slim one - that the Boy Scouts will straighten their spines and stare the bullies down. They've done it before, when Philadelphia tried to evict them from their stone palace. I was so proud -- yes, pride is the operative word - when the Scouts refused to let some prominent members of the LGBT community shame them into surrendering their constitutional rights to assembly and expression. For once, the tidal wave of manufactured tolerance had been held back by a principled few.

But now it seems that the fight may have gone out of them. Next week, the Scouts will vote on whether local chapters will be allowed to accept members who need to make their sexual orientation (even that of 7 and 8 year olds) troop business. It's not enough to be happy in your own skin, now you need to force the rest of the world to accept you on your own uncompromising terms. You need to search the landscape for bigots, shame members into agreeing that homosexuality is as much a part of a person as race or religion. And Heaven help those who don't agree.

Private clubs make their own rules in a democracy, and this is no exception. So some are saying that it's completely just that the Scouts make this decision "on their own." But let's be real: the club is on the verge of changing its rules not because it sees the error of its ways but because the LGBT community has done -- through threats and boycotts -- what it could not do in the courtroom. A community that has fought so long and so valiantly against the evils of bullying has found that arm-twisting is effective when all other avenues of relief are closed off by constitutional principle.

If the Scouts do vote to accept openly gay members and leaders, there will no doubt be rejoicing. Culture warriors who clamor for marriage "equality," who ridicule tradition and who have little use for orthodoxy and certain "intolerant" religions will declare victory, planting their flag on newly-won terrain. This will be a significant triumph, the Gettysburg in the gay rights battle that moves them one step closer to where they need to be but leaves some bloodied bodies in its wake.

I suppose that you can't expect people to fight forever, particularly when each year brings new and louder reinforcements for the other side. The Boy Scouts have been struggling against a hostile media for more than 10 years, even before the Supreme Court handed down the Dale decision that recognized their right to make their own rules. Some of them disagreed with a ban on homosexuals, others were glad to have it in place, but all of them thought that this battle was less important than serving the boys who flocked to them for guidance and fellowship.

As a local Scout Master told me, "I do not agree with everything that is done, but gays in Scouting should be allowed as long as they do not bring their sexuality into the program."

The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was a perfect compromise between shouting your sexual orientation from the mountaintop and being shunned because of it. But silence came to be considered the enemy, and so the bullying campaign began. Now, it seems to be over.

When a group or person decides to make a change out of a sincere belief that change is necessary, you have to trust their judgment. If some feelings are hurt along the way, and some friendships lost, that's the price you end up paying. But you still have hope that the embrace of change is genuine and happens because, at their core, the group or person feels that this is the just thing to do. Many will try and convince the world that this new development from the Scouts springs from that sincere and honest place.

And yet, anyone who has been watching this tragicomedy from the 700 Section in Philadelphia knows - whether they care to admit it or not - that a vote to end the ban on gays is the last, sad gasp of an attempt to keep traditional values alive in an organization that never talked sex, never cared about it and never wanted it to be a line in the sand.

If the ban does fall, so too does any pretense that bullying was not at the heart of the crusade to make sexual orientation a badge of honor, one that now trumps all the other badges handed out by the Scouts.

Ultimately, I don't think it's going to make a difference whether a gay Eagle Scout comes running back to the group he left in protest.

Ultimately, it won't matter if a Scout Master decides to bring his "husband" to a jamboree. What will matter is what will be lost: a sense that you can't be forced to disavow a core belief. That, ultimately, is the definition of intolerance.

Christine M. Flowers is a lawyer and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Comments by clicking here.

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Previously:



01/15/13: Reflections from Gettysburg
01/02/13: The mentally ill vs. those who love them
12/27/12: Rapper learns he's just another guy on probation
12/20/12: Cold, hard truth about the killer
12/10/12: When a warm heart meets a cold manipulator
11/22/12: Some women don't know how good they have it


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