In response to protests by Princeton’s Black Justice League, that Ivy League university may soon start purging the name and likeness of President Woodrow Wilson from the campus of the school he once led.
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Secretary of State John Kerry’s claim that the Charlie Hebdo attacks had “a legitimacy” – he quickly corrected himself to say “a rationale” – has been widely condemned by conservatives, and widely ignored by the media. (For example, The New York Times ran an 11-paragraph Reuters story about Republican reactions to the remarks, but did not cover the comments themselves.)
A gaffe is “when a politician tells the truth,” as per Michael Kinsley’s apt definition. Yesterday’s gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry claiming that the Charlie Hebdo attacks had “a legitimacy” – he quickly corrected himself to say “a rationale” - reveals such gross misunderstanding of the threats our country faces that he simply must resign.
Fierce debates this month over women clergy represent the most fractious internecine conflict in the Orthodox Jewish community in a generation. After the progressive movement known as Open Orthodoxy ordained its first women, denunciations by centrist and right-of-center Orthodox rabbis alike were inevitable.
Brace yourselves for more bathroom battles after last week’s smash 22-point repeal of Houston’s equal rights law. Traditionalists on gay issues, long stymied at the polls and elsewhere, finally see a winning path in the Houston campaign’s near-exclusive focus on the specter of predatory males lurking in women’s facilities. LGBT advocates are undeterred in their demand that the government treat a person’s gender identity as equivalent to biological sex in every way.
The Internet is in a tizzy over allegations that Republican frontrunner Dr. Ben Carson fabricated details of a troubled, hostile youth for political gain. CNN interviewed nine of Carson’s childhood friends, classmates, and neighbors about the claims in the surgeon’s 25-year-old memoir Gifted Hands (which he later repeated on the stump) of violent, even homicidal episodes, but none could recall any.
Last week, Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) head Matthew Brooks told The Hill, “We as a Jewish community have to take a long, hard step back and acknowledge the reality … that today there is one pro-Israel party and that is the Republican Party.”
Yesterday’s overwhelming repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was a shocking repudiation of lesbian mayor Annise Parker, the face of the campaign who worked tirelessly and desperately to keep the law on the books. A major refrain from supporters of the law was that repeal would lead to boycotts of the city, and maybe even a loss of the Super Bowl planned for Houston in 2017.
Questions were raised on the Internet today regarding three Democratic members of the United States Senate who may or may not have been convicted or suspected of pedophilia.
In the four decades since Congress passed Title IX (the federal law against sex discrimination in education), the measure’s results have grown increasingly perverse. From its inception, the law started to weaken men’s athletics in the name of the great goddess Equality – despite the fact that sports matter much more to men than they do to women. After Obama’s election, the Department of Education began using Title IX to mandate date rape courts of injustice. And just this month, liberal groups have begun screaming “Title IX” to try to purge America’s campuses of speech that offends them.
On Friday, President Obama compared the 2016 Republican presidential candidates to the Internet’s Grumpy Cat, calling them “gloomy” and repeating the question he asked at an October 10 speech: “Why are so many Republican politicians so down on America?”
When conservatives argue against full integration of illegal immigrants, those on the left like to warn against creating “second-class citizens.” Leading Democratic figures from Hillary Clinton to Mayor Bill deBlasio of New York to HUD Secretary Julian Castro have all used the phrase with derision.
Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a “motor voter” law automatically registering eligible voters who obtain a driver’s license. While ostensibly a simple measure to increase the voter rolls, the law is discriminatory and threatens cherished American notions of equality of the franchise. It should be repealed immediately.
As is now well-known, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing marriage licenses after the Supreme Court ruled in June that states are required to recognize same-sex nuptials. But the fury aimed at Davis has been disproportionate to the actual facts of the situation, and shows galling – and revealing – inconsistency on the part of her critics.
In recent weeks, presidential candidate Marco Rubio has defended his opposition to abortion in all cases, even to save the life of the mother, by claiming a scientific consensus that life begins at conception. As such, the argument goes, a law protecting the mother’s life over that of her fetus would be criminal.
Yesterday’s announcement that the Obama administration supports bans on “conversion therapy” for LGBT youth represents an understandable response to a deceptive and harmful practice. Since 2003, I’ve been one of the Jewish community’s most outspoken critics of reparative therapy. While I’m nervous about the government ever trying to regulate our minds, I share the president’s impulse against forced conversion therapy for gay and lesbian youth.
Lost in the clamor of the recent debate over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is the fact that most of America’s gay-marriage laws have “religious freedom” in their titles – sometimes even in the first two words:
Last month, the Iranian mission at the United Nations wrote the International Atomic Energy Agency an “explanatory note” protesting resolutions by the organization had questioned Iran’s nuclear aims. The document asserts that “nuclear material in Iran has never been diverted from peaceful purposes.” In fact, it uses the word “peaceful” 11 times.
The indictment yesterday of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on eight counts of bribery raises the intriguing possibility that the blue-state seat could flip red if the GOP’s sole rock-star politician in the Garden State enters the race. That public servant, of course, is Gov. Chris Christie, who’s a little busy right now running for president.