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America, Not Keith Ellison, Decides What Book A Congressman Takes His Oath On

Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, has announced that he will not take his oath of office on the Bible, but on the bible of Islam, the Koran. He should not be allowed to do so—not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines […]


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Why I Smoke (Cigars)

There are few personal confessions more likely to alienate many Americans than to admit to smoking. Singles ads are filled with people who will never even go on a first date with someone who smokes. I strongly suspect that more women would date a millionaire who earned his money disreputably than a millionaire who smoked. […]


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The Smugness Of The War’s Opponents

In this week’s New York Times Book Review, a historian reviewing a major new work of 20th-century history, Oxford and Harvard Professor Niall Ferguson’s “The War of the World,” notes that “Ferguson argues that the Western powers should have gone to war in 1938, which would most likely have avoided much of the horror of […]


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Is A Gay Who Opposes Same-Sex Marriage A Hypocrite?

Why did a gay prostitute tell the media about the homosexual behavior of a leading Christian opponent of same-sex marriage on the weekend before an election, an election in which eight states vote on whether to maintain the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman? Because he knew, first of all, that […]


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Note To Angry Republicans: Stay Angry, But Vote Republican

One repeatedly hears that some conservatives and Republicans will either vote Democrat or not vote at all—out of anger at the Republican Party. According to these Republican holdouts, the Republicans have governed as Democrats-lite by greatly increasing government spending and doing little about illegal immigration. Accordingly, it is better to have liberal government under liberals […]


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A Vote For Patty Wetterling Can Hurt Children

I do not live in Minnesota. Nor have I ever written a column about any congressional race. But what Patty Wetterling, Democratic congressional candidate in Minnesota’s sixth district, just did is so wrong, so dishonest, so low even for the generally negative tone of political advertising, and so injurious to children, that I am breaking […]


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Some Sobering Lessons From Muslim Taxi Drivers

Understandably, those troubled by the contemporary Muslim world point to the amount of gratuitous violence emanating from it and the apparent absence of Muslim anger against it. In response, Muslim defenders of their faith—and Western defenders such as Karen Armstrong and John Esposito—inform us that the terror, suicide and cruelty that emanate from a portion […]


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The Best Are Killed In Every Generation

Have you ever heard of Anna Politkovskaya? She was a Russian journalist who regularly reported on Vladimir Putin’s undermining of press and other freedoms in Russia. This past weekend she was murdered. If you are debating whether to be optimistic or pessimistic about humanity’s future, here is a point to consider: In every generation, especially […]


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Five non-religious arguments for marriage over living together

I have always believed that there is no comparing living together with marriage. There are enormous differences between being a “husband” or a “wife” and being a “partner,” a “friend” or a “significant other”; between a legal commitment and a voluntary association; between standing before family and community to publicly announce one’s commitment to another […]


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Pius Attacked For Not Confronting Evil, Benedict Attacked For…

Among the most heated debates of the last 40 years has been the debate over Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust. What did he do when the greatest evil of his day engulfed Christian Europe? Was he “Hitler’s Pope,” as the name of a widely read book about him charged? Was he too reticent in […]


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What The Left Thinks: Howard Zinn, Part II

This is the second part of my radio dialogue with an icon of the Left, Howard Zinn, professor emeritus of Boston University, author of “A People’s History of the United States.” The intention of this ongoing series of what major leftists think is to enable people to see clearly what they believe. Then people can […]


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What The Left Thinks: Howard Zinn, Part I

What The Left Thinks: Howard Zinn, Part I Every so often, one hears the argument that “Left and Right” are outdated terms, or that there really aren’t enormous differences in the ways the Left and Right view America, the world, men and women, and just about every other important aspect of life. I wish this […]


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Does Religion Make People Better Or Worse?

I have devoted much of my life to arguing that religion is the finest vehicle for individuals and societies to become decent, good, moral (you choose the term you prefer). For example, in 2005, I devoted 24 columns to making the case for Judeo-Christian values as the finest system of values ever devised. However, this […]


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Just A Reminder About Who And Why We Are Fighting

Last year at UCLA, I debated a professor who argued that Israel and the Palestinians were moral equivalents. He is not alone (especially on college campuses) in his lack of understanding of the immoral nature of the Islamic enemies of America and Israel. Thus it is important to remind people once again about the moral […]


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CBS Is Now Officially The Communication For Barbarians Service

A little over three years ago, CBS sent Dan Rather to Baghdad to ask meaningless questions to, and provide a propaganda vehicle for, Saddam Hussein. Last night, Communication for Barbarians Service broadcast Mike Wallace’s equally meaningless interview with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s fanatical leader. Interviews with evil leaders are meaningless at best and destructive […]


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