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David Benkof
David Benkof
Freelance Writer

Colorado And Iowa Are More Important Than You Think

10:32 AM 10/31/2014

The Senate races in Colorado and Iowa are key contests in Tuesday’s midterms, say reporters and pundits alike. Indeed, if one party wins both elections, it will very likely control the Senate in the 114th Congress.

How MIT Grossly Overestimated Campus Sexual Assault

6:14 PM 10/28/2014

The MIT survey released yesterday with the alarming statistic that more than 17 percent of campus undergraduate women say they have been sexually assaulted is so poorly designed, analyzed, and reported that no reasonable person who examines it carefully can give any credence to its results.

Is Pope Francis A Model For Our Rabbis?

3:08 PM 10/14/2014

The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – but also those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in the world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff (literally, “bridge builder”) deserve attention, including among Jews. In fact, I think even our most outstanding rabbis could learn from Pope Francis.

Actually, The Court Just Undercut Gay Marriage’s Inevitability

5:52 PM 10/07/2014

Yesterday, the Supreme Court announced it will not review rulings from several lower courts that had found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The news has been widely interpreted as an auspicious signal for gay marriage – if not the nail in the coffin for man-woman marriage in America.

The Conservative Case Against Voter ID Laws

11:28 AM 09/16/2014

Friday’s decision by a federal appeals court to uphold Wisconsin’s voter ID law requiring proof of identification at polling booths has pleased many of my fellow Republicans who feared the measure would be declared a violation of federal law or even the Constitution.

Demagogue Ted Cruz Is A Danger To The GOP

1:44 PM 09/12/2014

For 48 hours now, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been celebrated as a gutsy hero for walking out of a Christian gathering after some attendees booed his pro-Israel remarks. His comment, “If you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you,” drew widespread attention and admiration.

Two Can Play The Gay Vigilante Game

12:02 PM 09/04/2014

Strangely, an important detail was omitted from the recent news coverage of the shuttering of an upstate New York farm that would not rent its venue to a same-sex wedding.

Same-Sex Rape In The Military On The Rise

3:45 PM 08/27/2014

An article in the September issue of GQ discuses the recent increase in same-sex rape in the military. It reports, with many examples, that most victims of sexual assault in the armed forces are men, and that their rapists are nearly always other men.

What Was Racist About Ferguson?

3:22 PM 08/22/2014

Millions of Americans are angry over charges of racism in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, at the hands of a white police officer. Thousands of Americans have rallied in protest.

Silence Klinghoffer? The ADL Should Silence Itself Instead

5:23 PM 06/19/2014

The newest nonsense from the Air-of-Desperation League (ADL) is their declaration of victory, having convinced the Metropolitan Opera to cancel its plans for a worldwide simulcast of its production of John Adams' opera The Death of Klinghoffer. Under the terms of the “compromise” the ADL worked out with the Met, the show will only be offered to those few who happen to be in New York and are able to pay hundreds of dollars for a ticket to the live version.

On the Brendan Eich witch hunt: Pushing people into any closet is wrong

5:56 PM 04/07/2014

The blogosphere is bursting with critiques of Mozilla’s ouster of tech pioneer Brendan Eich as CEO. Customers, employees, and members of the public objected to his $1000 donation to California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between two opposite-sex people, in 2008. Gay and straight writers have attacked the move with a variety of imagery. It’s:

Why I won’t be a witness in the New Jersey ex-gay therapy trial

3:03 PM 04/01/2014

My recent Daily Caller essay, which explained how the totality of the scholarship on homosexuality demonstrates that homosexuality cannot be inborn, received a lot of attention. One of the more interesting E-mails I received was an invitation by the lawyer representing "Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality" (JONAH) to testify as a defense witness in the New Jersey lawsuit that it committed fraud by promising gay people that their homosexuality could be “cured.” I wrote them back with the following letter:

All the gay parenting studies are flawed

5:52 PM 03/25/2014

Friday’s federal district court ruling that struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage was the first such decision to center on same-sex parenting research. Judge Bernard Friedman utterly dismissed the testimony of University of Texas Sociology Prof. Mark Regnerus, whose controversial research purports to show disadvantages for children being raised by lesbian and gay couples. Friedman called Regnerus’s testimony “entirely unbelievable and not worthy of serious consideration.”

How to avoid baking a gay wedding cake and get away with it

11:07 AM 03/12/2014

In the debate over the right of  same-sex marriage opponents to refuse working gay weddings, LGBT advocates have consistently emphasized that one person’s religion must never override someone else’s civil right to public accommodation. I’m OK with that.