In this issue

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 April 20, 2010/ 6 Iyar 5770

Bashing Christians — Or Gays?

By Arnold Ahlert

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | As I watch the left pile on the Catholic Church, I am fascinated by the priorities of the critics: they much prefer to attack the institution itself, even as they blatantly ignore the essence of the crimes committed. In virtually every case of sexual molestation that has been reported, a young boy was violated by an older man. In other words, it was homosexual adults talking advantage of their stature as religious figures to abuse young boys.

Perhaps pointing this out to liberals, who have long championed every aspect of the militant homosexual agenda, is indelicate. These are, after all, the very same "enlightened" folks who have excoriated the Boy Scouts of America for that organization's refusal to allow gays to become troop leaders. In light of what occurred in the Church over the last several decades, one wonders if putting young boys in potentially compromising situations remains acceptable — so long as the organization is secular in nature.

Judging by what I've seen in the media, one could be forgiven for thinking that the acts of molestation themselves are far less important than the Church's refusal to deal with the perpetrators of those acts. That's not to say that the Church's behavior is in any way defensible. It's not. But the media's virtually unanimous indifference to such an integral component of the scandal is quite revealing.

As most Americans know, Christianity in general has been the American left's whipping boy for decades. Much like the Godfather of Godlessness, Karl Marx, progressives assume that anyone who believes in something greater than themselves is to be pitied for their lack of intellectual prowess. Religion, aka "the opiate of the masses," is self-medication for the brainless set. The irony that liberals also worship something bigger than themselves — government, gaia, or the "science" of global warming to name a few — is apparently lost on our intellectual betters.

And let's be perfectly clear here. Unlike my progressive brethren who prefer to tarnish an entire religion for the sins of a small number of its adherents, I will not accuse all homosexuals of being child molesters. Yet neither will I ignore the reality that there is no remotely comparable scandal of heterosexual pedophiles in the Catholic Church — or anywhere else for that matter.

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We can only wonder why. According to the psychiatric community, homosexual behavior is perfectly normal, and "statistical anomalies" such as this one, are apparently irrelevant. Yet Americans themselves are less confident of such assessments. While the majority tolerates gays and their behavior, they draw a line in the sand when it comes to approval of such, as their overwhelming resistance to gay marriage indicates. What do they know that the shrinks don't?

Here's what they know: for a variety of reasons, some fair and some not, homosexuality per se still makes a lot of Americans uncomfortable. What's unfair? Being uncomfortable with someone for no other reason than his gayness. What's fair? Being uncomfortable with an agenda determined to re-write the definition of marriage, one which has been commonly understood by every country and culture in the world for thousands of years.

And while the left would like Americans to focus on Christianity itself as the bad guy in the Catholic Church's scandal, the bet here is that the abhorrent behavior of the individual priests, coupled with the despicable cover-up by the Church's hierarchy is what concerns most people. And like it or not, predatory homosexuality is a big part of the picture.

Yet as sure as there are stars in the sky, I will be excoriated for pointing out that reality.

Can the Catholic Church rehabilitate itself? Of course. But it will be interesting to see if its detractors, invariably willing to forgive similar behavior on other occasions — a certain president, a certain intern, and a certain attempted cover-up come to mind — are equally sanguine when it comes to an institution they have demonstrably despised for quite some time.

I suspect not. Those who have grown used to bashing all of Christianity, even as they hector the rest of us not to make generalizations about Islam and its relationship to worldwide terror, are immune to hypocrisy. It is the hypocrisy of those who relish using the term "pedophile priest," even as they go along with the term "Islamic jihadist" being officially scrubbed from our federal lexicon. It is the hypocrisy of those who call for the resignation of the Pope even as they demanded forgiveness for movie director Roman Polanski. Perhaps measured by some inscrutable progressive behavioral scale, secular, heterosexual predators are more "reasonable" than religious, homosexual predators — unless you're a victim of either.

There are no good guys in this sordid tale. There are only those who perpetrated despicable acts, those who covered for them, and those who see both as a golden opportunity to bash Christianity into oblivion.

The bashers might want to temper their bashing: I'm not the only one who can see the gay connection in this scandal, and those intent on perpetrating all-purpose, generalized demonization might not realize exactly how inadvertently wide they're casting their net. Adding the word "gay" to the phrase "pedophile priests" changes the focus quite a bit: it adds a bit more accuracy to the story.

Whether anyone likes it or not.

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03/15/10: A Light Bulb Moment of Clarity
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01/25/10: Arrogance When Up, Denial When Down
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12/25/09: I, Me, Mine
12/23/09: A Very Harry Christmas
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12/18/09: The Party of Repeal
12/15/09: Privileged Exemption
11/30/09: ‘Settled’ Science and Unsettled Children
11/30/09: American Sharia Law
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10/21/09: Just Asking
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