Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Jun 2018 13:08:20 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/dennis-prager-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager d39f8be35e744c451475a943dce55d4e Miss America: The Latest Institution Destroyed by the Left for 06/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/06/18/miss-america-the-latest-institution-destroyed-by-the-left Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As I have documented repeatedly, the left ruins just about everything it touches: the universities, the arts, the elementary schools and high schools, religion, sports and ordinary, everyday interactions between human beings &#8212; especially human beings of different races. The latest examples &#8212; in just the last few weeks &#8212; are the Boy Scouts, sculpture and the Miss America pageant.</p> <p>The left's decadeslong attempt to radically change the Boy Scouts has ended in triumph. Now that the Boy Scouts is admitting not only older girls but also younger girls &#8212; as Cub Scouts &#8212; it is dropping "Boy" from its name and becoming Scouts BSA. Thanks to the left, the Boy Scouts, one of the most socially and morally constructive organizations in America, is no longer the Boy Scouts.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 12, 2018</p> 6bcb28a8bb4ed918ff930ad737229fa5 Google's New Slogan for 06/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/06/18/googles-new-slogan Tue, 05 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The original slogan of Google was "Don't be evil." When Google changed its corporate name to Alphabet in 2015, it changed the slogan to "Do the right thing."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">If it were to be true to its values, Google should have changed its slogan from "Don't be evil" to "Don't fight evil."</span><p>Updated: Tue Jun 05, 2018</p> e8c000ff856ad177976b1a4560c607a9 Why the Left Won't Call Anyone 'Animals' for 05/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/05/18/why-the-left-wont-call-anyone-animals Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you want to understand the moral sickness at the heart of leftism, read the first paragraph of the most recent column by Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne:</p> <p>"It's never right to call other human beings 'animals.' It's not something we should even have to debate. No matter how debased the behavior of a given individual or group, no matter how much legitimate anger that genuinely evil actions might inspire, dehumanizing others always leads us down a dangerous path."<p>Updated: Tue May 22, 2018</p> f30f5f33aba9f19f55a6d68d85c52875 Cornell Student Presents Senior Thesis in Her Underwear for 05/15/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/05/18/cornell-student-presents-senior-thesis-in-her-underwear Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The most remarkable thing about the title of this column is that not one reader will think it's a joke. That, my friends, is further proof of the low esteem in which most Americans hold our universities.</p> <p>The left has rendered our universities, in the description of Harvard professor Steven Pinker, laughingstocks.</p> <p>As reported in The Cornell Daily Sun and then around the world, this is what actually happened last week at Cornell University, one of our "Ivy League" universities: Senior Letitia Chai presented a trial run of her scholar senior thesis wearing a blue button-down shirt and cutoff jean shorts. Her professor, Rebekah Maggor, asked her, "is that really what you would wear?"<p>Updated: Tue May 15, 2018</p> 783d8dfbb1f2b7967175481b6245af98 The War on Wisdom for 05/08/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/05/18/the-war-on-wisdom Tue, 08 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There is more knowledge available today than ever before in history. But few would argue people are wiser than ever before.</p> <p>On the contrary, many of us would argue that we are living in a particularly foolish time &#8212; a period that is largely wisdom-free, especially among those with the most knowledge: the best educated.<p>Updated: Tue May 08, 2018</p> c3bedd654fab7242c5ad26cb762df16e Fear of the Left: The Most Powerful Force in America Today for 05/01/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/04/18/fear-of-the-left-the-most-powerful-force-in-america-today Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The dominant force in America and many other Western countries today is fear of the left.</p> <p>This is a result of the fact that the most dynamic religion of the past 100 years has been neither Christianity nor Islam. It has been leftism. Whoever does not recognize this does not understand the contemporary world. <p>Updated: Tue May 01, 2018</p> c782b3d74fa1dc98e3a0f31faa8c4ee6 The New York Times Best-Seller List: My Response to the Times' Response for 04/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/04/18/the-new-york-times-best-seller-list-my-response-to-the-times-response Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In my last column &#8212; "The New York Times Best-Seller List: Another Reason Americans Don't Trust the Media" &#8212; I used my recently published book as evidence that The New York Times best-seller list is not a best-seller list.</p> <p>I pointed out that the book, "The Rational Bible: Exodus," the first volume of my commentary on the first five books of the Bible (the Torah), did not appear on The New York Times best-seller list even though it was:<p>Updated: Tue Apr 24, 2018</p> 4075dcd2bc4ea0694aa292278037f896 The New York Times Best-Seller List: Another Reason Americans Don't Trust the Media for 04/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/04/18/the-new-york-times-best-seller-list-another-reason-americans-dont-trust-the-media Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>About half the American people do not believe the mainstream media tell the truth. They believe the media are more interested in promoting their left-wing views than reporting the truth.</p> <p>I am, I note with sadness, a member of that half.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 17, 2018</p> 2659b16f2c0a4e09c7c266ac61c104e2 Whatever the Left Touches it Ruins for 04/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/04/18/whatever-the-left-touches-it-ruins Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The only way to save Western civilization is to convince more people that leftism &#8212; not liberalism &#8212; is a nihilistic force. Quite literally, whatever the left touches it ruins.</p> <p>So, here is a partial listing of the damage done by the left and the Democratic Party:<p>Updated: Tue Apr 10, 2018</p> 0b8afefd2f46492efa68c2bbd4c25332 Conservatives, Too, Undergo Secular Indoctrination for 04/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/04/18/conservatives-too-undergo-secular-indoctrination Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Many years ago, I attended a dinner at a wealthy man's New York City condo with, among others, one of the most prominent and influential conservatives in American life. I admired this man then and I admire him now (he has since passed on). He was a major force for good in America.</p> <p>At one point, the subjects of God and religion came up, and I mentioned how essential God is to morality &#8212; that without God, morality is subjective, a matter of personal or communal opinion. Having debated atheist scholars, all of whom agreed with this not-very-audacious observation, I was quite surprised when this prominent conservative took strong issue with me: God is morally unnecessary, he stated with some passion &#8212; why would any educated person think otherwise?</p> <p>This was my first confrontation &#8212; I was a young man at the time &#8212; with the unsettling realization that to be a conservative did not necessarily mean being religious. Until that time, I had naively assumed that it did. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 03, 2018</p> 385ecfe389559470550ff32d0484e53a Trump, Adultery, Morality for 03/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/18/trump-adultery-morality Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some years ago, I wrote a column about adultery and politicians. In light of the Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal interviews concerning their alleged (and probable) affairs with President Donald Trump, it is time to revisit the subject.</p> <p>I do not agree with those &#8212; right or left, religious or secular &#8212; who contend that adultery invalidates a political or social leader. It may invalidate a pastor, priest or rabbi &#8212; because a major part of their vocation is to be a moral/religious model, and because clergy do not make war, sign national budgets, appoint judges, run foreign policy or serve as commanders in chief. In other words, unlike your clergyman or clergywoman, almost everything a president does as president affects hundreds of millions of Americans and billions of non-Americans. If a president is also a moral model, that is a wonderful bonus. But that is not part of a president's job description.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 27, 2018</p> 5ffa38573d555f95264d841f46d4b96e Thoughts on Parents Whose Children Have Died for 03/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/18/thoughts-on-parents-whose-children-have-died Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In decades of writing columns, I have taken risks but perhaps never one as big this: writing a column to and about parents who have lost a child. I can well imagine that the first reaction of any parent who has lost a child will be: Why does this guy, who hasn't gone through what I have, think he has something to say about the death of a child? What does he know about the unspeakable pain I live with?</p> <p>Nevertheless, having talked to many parents who have lost children over the course of 40 years &#8212; on my radio show and in private consultations (largely because of my religious writings and talks) &#8212; and given the possibility that I might be able to say something that will help some parents, I feel it is a risk worth taking.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 20, 2018</p> c0988a68157636a9f3ec43f209897ed5 Who Are the Luckiest Jews, Blacks and Latinos? for 03/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/18/who-are-the-luckiest-jews-blacks-and-latinos Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At The City College of New York in the late 1930s, my father, an Orthodox Jew, wrote his senior class thesis on anti-Semitism in America. He delineated common realities of the era, such as Jews' admission to law firms, country clubs and colleges being denied or restricted, and various other manifestations of popular and institutional anti-Semitism.</p> <p>Yet he taught his two sons &#8212; my older brother and me &#8212; to believe that we, as Americans, were the luckiest Jews in Jewish history. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 13, 2018</p> 1503a9c61b69aab48352b38848bf6d92 Why Christians Support Israel for 03/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/03/18/why-christians-support-israel Tue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In speeches to fellow Jews around America, I often point out that many American Jews are experiencing cognitive dissonance. The institution Jews most admire &#8212; the university &#8212; turns out to be the most significant source of Israel hatred in America and the rest of the West. At the same time, the people many Jews most distrust &#8212; Christians (especially evangelical and other conservative Christians) &#8212; turn out to be the Jews' and Israel's best friends.</p> <p>Given that these two facts are undeniable, <span class="column--highlighted-text">how do many American Jews deal with this dissonance? They largely ignore the Israel hatred on campuses, and they dismiss the authenticity of the Christian support.</span> They dismiss it by denying it is genuine. Christians who support Israel, they (and non-Jews on the left) argue, do so for two deceptive reasons. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 06, 2018</p> c9d644a87d416a47d8503568d30a4afb Why the Left Opposes Arming Teachers for 02/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/02/18/why-the-left-opposes-arming-teachers Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Why does the left oppose allowing a small number of highly trained teachers and other adults who work at schools to arm themselves?</p> <p>When asked, their response is consistent: "It's a crazy idea." And "We need fewer guns, not more guns."</p> <p>A New York Times editorial offered the following argument against having any armed teachers: "Nationwide statistics on police shooting accuracy are not to be found. But if New York is typical, analyses show that its officers hit their targets only one-third of the time. And during gunfights, when the adrenaline is really pumping, that accuracy can drop to as low as 13 percent."<p>Updated: Tue Feb 27, 2018</p> 68c1bb026aeefb9b1199e0af5e99d023 Liberals and Conservatives Are Unhappy for Different Reasons for 02/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/02/18/liberals-and-conservatives-are-unhappy-for-different-reasons Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One of the most important differences between the right and the left &#8212; one that greatly helps to explain their differences &#8212; is the difference between unhappy liberals and unhappy conservatives.</p> <p>Unhappy conservatives generally believe they are unhappy because life is inherently difficult and tragic, and because they have made some unwise decisions in life. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 13, 2018</p> ea21c3a898561fd3aa6e1b6212ef2753 In Defense of Evangelicals Who Support Trump for 02/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/02/18/in-defense-of-evangelicals-who-support-trump Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is usually easier for an outsider to defend a person or a group that is attacked than for the person or group.</p> <p>In that vein, this Jew would like to defend evangelicals and other Christians who support President Donald Trump. They are regularly attacked as religious hypocrites who give Christianity in general, and evangelical Christianity in particular, a bad name.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 06, 2018</p> 4e506a4cff3b969423f0271c8e4ae47d 3 Reasons the Left Wants Evermore Immigrants for 01/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/18/3-reasons-the-left-wants-evermore-immigrants Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On one thing we can all agree: The left wants more and more immigrants &#8212; including immigrants who enter or are in the country illegally &#8212; to come to America and become American citizens.</p> <p>The question is, why?<p>Updated: Tue Jan 30, 2018</p> 07d79e3153b28dccf047f27299013820 Male Sexual Nature: A Primer for the College-Educated for 01/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/18/male-sexual-nature-a-primer-for-the-college-educated Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Few subjects elicit as much confused, or even nonsensical, commentary as sex.</p> <p>There are three major reasons for this. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 23, 2018</p> 547422fd1d8693f345ea1eb1194ed3fd 10 Thoughts on the President and the 'S---hole Countries' for 01/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/18/10-thoughts-on-the-president-and-the-s-hole-countries Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Here are ten thoughts on the president's alleged use of the word "s&#8212;-hole" in describing Haiti, a Central American country and African countries: </p> <p>1. There are few filters between President Donald Trump's mind and mouth. That is his appeal and his weakness. It is very common that a person's strengths are also weaknesses. I wish Trump's tweets and comments were as forthright &#8212; as un-P.C. &#8212; as they are now but stated in a sophisticated way. I also wish that cheesecake were not fattening. <span class="column--highlighted-text">But just as cheesecake comes with sugar, Donald Trump comes with unsophisticated rhetoric. People are packages, not a la carte menus.</span><p>Updated: Tue Jan 16, 2018</p>