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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

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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

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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

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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

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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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

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Jewish World Review June 16, 2008 / 13 Sivan 5768

Exorcism threatens Jindal's candidacy

By Kathryn Lopez

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A poisonous cloud has been circling the Republican presidential nomination this season. First, it was "the Mormon question" raised against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, which was used as a political sledgehammer by one of his primary opponents. Now, it's religious writing from the youth of the still-young Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Can we please not go there again? Can we please not use religion against another candidate this cycle?

As the media twitters about recently elected Jindal being considered as a possible choice for John McCain's vice presidential running mate, a buzzkill arrives. On the Left blogosphere, an article Jindal wrote as a young convert to Catholicism has resurfaced, presumably to serve as disqualifying evidence.

As it happens, I don't want McCain to pick Jindal for his ticket, but not because of this. Jindal is a young, bright light of the Republican Party. He's a whiz kid, an authentic conservative, and a man who loves his country, his family and his G-d. Jindal has quite a job before him in Louisiana. As a fan of his, I want to see him do it. Then we can talk about electing him president, after he's done the impossible and changed the face of Louisiana politics — a job he is already hard at work doing.

This is not the first time Jindal's religious writings have surfaced. They were used against him during his campaign for governor, as Democrats tried to take Protestant voters from him, accusing him of being "anti-Protestant." As it happened, their accusation was based on a quote from John Calvin that Jindal used in one of his pieces. In defeat, I hope the Dems hold remedial reading classes for their political consultants.

Now, the insinuation appears to be that Jindal is a weirdo. The article that is circulating revolves around an "exorcism" Jindal experienced as an undergraduate at Brown University. While exorcisms should not be tried at home or in your dorm room, it is not breaking news that there is evil in the world. That a young man recognized this while in college is not a scandal.

Although calling the then-23-year-old's story "bizarre," the "Talking Points Memo" Web site concedes, it's not a "blockbuster." Writers there warn, "Jindal's battle with the dark forces may become an issue should his Veep candidacy proceed. While it's hardly a blockbuster revelation, it could provide fodder for bloggers and late-night comics to turn his candidacy into a media sideshow."

How lovely would it have been if these liberal bloggers had added, "While all are free to do so, that, of course, would be silly and antithetical to the spirit of our founding."

As I said, I don't think now is the time for Jindal to go national. But that these writings would yet again be used against him leaves me daydreaming about a Romney-Jindal ticket. Romney, of course, knows all too well that there is religious intolerance in this country.

As Romney said in his speech on "Faith in America" during the primary campaign last year: "It is important to recognize that while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it's usually a sound rule to focus on the latter — on the great moral principles that urge us all on a common course. Whether it was the cause of abolition, or civil rights or the right to life itself, no movement of conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the convictions of religious people."

He emphasized in a follow-up speech to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty this spring "that non-believers have just as great a stake as believers in defending religious liberty."

The freedom whether to believe is a fundamental one. We all should recognize it and defend it. Democrats, Republicans, religious persons and atheists ought to stand united.

In his New Oxford Review piece on encountering the devil at college, Jindal concluded, "I learned a lasting lesson in humility and the limits of human understanding. Was the purpose of that night served when so many individuals were inducted into the Church? Did I witness spiritual warfare? I do not have the answers, but I do believe in the reality of spirits, angels and other related phenomena that I can neither touch nor see."

While we're all likely to hear more details about what Jindal described in his "exorcism" piece, most stories will skip over the bottom line. Jindal knows there is good and evil, and prays for the wisdom to know difference and to stay away from the evil. That's a confidence-inspiring moral compass. The essay in question demonstrates an impressive core to Jindal. If only more politicians had such humility — and Jindal had it before he was 25!

As George Washington put it, "No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States." Bring on the public servants who so believe and their defense of the right not to.

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