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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 April 23, 2012/ 1 Iyar, 5772

Santorum's bid restored faith in politics

By Kathryn Lopez




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Rick Santorum was a warrior returning home from battle.

In Washington, D.C., earlier this week, 1,000 Catholics gathered for the eighth annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, which had everything to do with religious liberty this year. The former Pennsylvania senator, freshly retired from his upstart presidential-nomination campaign, was in the audience, and was welcomed with a standing ovation.

The crowd's embrace of Santorum stood as a paradox, in a way, to electoral reality. Santorum did not win over members of his own faith, after all. In state after state, he won with evangelical voters instead. A number of years ago, in fact, he had been named by Time magazine as an influential "evangelical." What was that about? People have told me that it's because he comes off "judgmental." But what does that mean? As best as I can tell, it means he has clear moral standards, tries to live up to them and has the courage to actually talk about what he believes.

"That makes me throw up," is how history may record Santorum's commentary on John F. Kennedy's historic speech on faith and politics, in which the future president outlined his stance on the strict separation he would maintain between his religious beliefs and his public actions. But that irresistible sound bite doesn't quite do justice to what Santorum has had to say on the topic.

In his 1960 speech to Protestant ministers in Houston, Kennedy tried to ease worries about the fact that he, if elected, would be the first Catholic president. He wanted to make sure people didn't think he would be taking orders from the Vatican. But in the course of doing something politically prudent, he also helped usher in a new era, the one we're still living in: an America in which, as then-Senator Kennedy put it, "the separation of church and state" is all too often considered "absolute."

Santorum, like Kennedy, is keen on the principle enshrined in our Constitution that presidents should not impose their religious views on the nation. And, like Kennedy, he believes that a candidate's religious affiliation shouldn't be a disqualification for office. But the Kennedy speech presented a model for pushing religion to the margins of our public life, a fact that has impoverished a nation that once prized religion as a civic good.

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has said that Kennedy was "sincere, compelling, articulate -- and wrong." The 1960 speech, Chaput said, "began the project of walling religion away from the process of governance in a new and aggressive way. It also divided a person's private beliefs from his or her public duties."

The archbishop made these comments on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy speech, in 2010. Fast forward to today. Religion is in the news, as the current White House shows an unprecedented hostility to the free practice of religion in America. And, as it happens, Catholics are in the driver's seat, or at least providing political cover: The federal mandate requiring all employers to pay for health insurance plans that include contraceptives, sterilization and even abortion, with only the narrowest of exceptions, was presented to us by a Catholic: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and has been defended by former Scranton altar boy Joe Biden.

Which presents the central question: Are we a people who think that truly living as believers -- being fully integrated persons whose actions are in accord with their religious views -- is a plus for society? One archbishop declared at the D.C. prayer breakfast that "merely tolerating religion with hostility is not religious freedom."

The word the current administration uses is "accommodation." A key question this election year is: When exactly did we become a nation that merely accommodates religious freedom?

Santorum and his primary campaign represented a renewal of the healthy integration of faith in our politics. He spoke as one who has confidence in a Constitution that protects the dignity of man. He spoke with the authentic populism of one who takes his duties as a public servant seriously.

At a time when the religion of secularism threatens to overcome our state, just as it has in many ways our culture, we're better for Santorum's run. We're more American for it -- if we, believers and nonbelievers alike, follow his lead in not only protecting but actually welcoming the flourishing of religion in America. Fifty years from now, Santorum's repudiation, in both word and political practice, of what was wrong with the Kennedy approach will be hailed as a game changer for the role of religion in American life -- or as a warning that we failed to heed.

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