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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Sept. 8, 2010 29 Elul, 5770

Polls Lie About Obama

By Roger Simon




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Polls lie. All the time. And that is because people lie to pollsters.

Take the recent polls that have dominated talk radio, talk television and the blogosphere for weeks now.

These are the polls that say a surprising percentage of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Pew did a poll about a month ago saying that 18 percent of Americans said he was a Muslim, up from 11 percent in March. Time magazine put the figure at 24 percent.

Maybe those figures should not have been too startling. I found a column of mine from April 21, 2008, quoting an AP-Yahoo poll as saying that 15 percent of Americans thought Obama was a Muslim.

That was almost two and a half years ago. We should know Obama and his true beliefs a lot better now, but we don't seem to.

On Aug. 23 of this year, an Iowa member of the Republican National Committee, the ruling body of that party, said "she believes President Barack Obama is truly a Muslim, contradicting his earlier statements that he's a Christian," the Des Moines Register reported.

Nor is it now enough for Obama to once again proclaim that he is a Christian. He has to undergo questioning — an inquisition, if you will — as to the nature of his Christian beliefs.

The RNC member, Kim Lehman, said Obama should be asked: "Are you a Christian? Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, because that's what the Christian faith believes?"

(Iowans were not unused to the dispute. In December 2007, just before the critical Iowa caucuses, two Hillary Clinton volunteers sent out e-mails accusing Obama of being a Muslim intent on destroying the United States. When the story surfaced, both volunteers were asked to resign.)

The White House has done what it can to handle the recent polls and stories. Deputy press secretary Bill Burton said: "The president is obviously a Christian. He prays every day. He communicates with his religious adviser every day. There's a group of good pastors that he takes counsel from on a regular basis. And his faith is very important to him, but it's not something that is a topic of conversation every single day."

Oh, yeah? Says who?

On Aug. 25, the supermarket tabloid the Globe ran a picture of Obama in Somali garb, wearing a white turban, from his visit to Africa in 2006, with the headline, "Obama IS a Muslim!" (The huge headline dominated the cover, though the smaller cover story headlined "Demi Moore's WILD ROMP — With Another Woman!" might have drawn more readers.)

A few days ago, Glenn Beck of Fox News continued the theme that even if Obama is some kind of Christian, he is not the right kind of Christian.

"People aren't recognizing his version of Christianity," Beck said, describing Obama's version as "Marxist."

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about this and replied, "The president is a committed, mainstream Christian."

You can make the argument that it is beneath the dignity of the White House to address such matters, but when you refuse to answer questions, no matter how ridiculous, you get accused by the press of "not controlling the message." (It used to be that controlling the message was looked upon askance by the media, but now the media bash you when you don't try to control them.)

Also, when your approval rating is about 46 percent, it is risky to go around ducking anything.

But Obama has been pretty definitive on the subject, telling Christianity Today in 2008: "I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life."

You can bet, however, that the Pew poll and other polls regarding his religion are going to come up at the president's news conference on Friday.

But what did I mean at the top of this piece when I said that polls lie? Gary Langer, the longtime polling director for ABC News, who now polls and consults for the network, said in his blog a few days ago:

"It's quickly mushroomed into the summer's hottest data point: A boatload of Americans believe Barack Obama's a Muslim.

"Except that, maybe, they don't. Consider this, instead: They're just willing to say it."

According to Langer, people tell pollsters stuff that people don't really believe as a way of bashing a person they don't like.

"It's human nature," Langer wrote. "Some people who strongly oppose a person or proposition will take virtually any opportunity to express that antipathy."

According to Langer, "calling Barack Obama a Muslim is — for people who see this as a negative attribute — a handy way to say you don't like the guy."

In other words, we should not get into a tizzy about religion when we read such polls.

It is not about Christian vs. Muslim, it is about people vs. Obama.

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