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, 20 Aug 2018 06:48:13 -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 880ab85060b23c3753f527f0dc718439 Pope Francis Rewrites Catholicism ... and the Bible for 08/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/08/18/pope-francis-rewrites-catholicism-and-the-bible Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had changed the Catholic catechism. After 2,000 years of teaching that a moral use of capital punishment for murder is consistent with Catholic teaching, the pope announced that the catechism, the church fathers and St. Thomas Aquinas, among the other great Catholic theologians, were all wrong.</p> <p>And God and the Bible? They're wrong, too.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 07, 2018</p> 74dd37c7ca0cecca5c9b0dde783b2956 What Are Your Child's Passions? for 07/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/07/18/what-are-your-childs-passions Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you ask most young people today if they have any hobbies, you will receive one of four answers: </p> <p>1. "No."</p> <p>2. "What do you mean?" <p>Updated: Tue Jul 31, 2018</p> 3ad372e14c1f54d8d2e9b8cf801f1cbd The Greatest Hysteria in American History for 07/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/07/18/the-greatest-hysteria-in-american-history Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You and I are living through the greatest mass hysteria in American history. For many Americans, the McCarthy era held that dubious distinction, but what is happening now is incomparably worse.</p> <p>For one thing, any hysteria that existed then was directed against the greatest evil in the world at the time: communism. Then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee notwithstanding, there really were Americans in important positions who supported communist regimes enslaving their populations and committing mass murder. McCarthy was on to something (<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1996/04/14/was-mccarthy-right-about-the-left/a0dc6726-e2fd-4a31-bcdd-5f352acbf5de/?utm_term=.5ceff4706b65&noredirect=on" target="_blank">https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1996/04/14/was-mccarthy-right-about-the-left/a0dc6726-e2fd-4a31-bcdd-5f352acbf5de/?utm_term=.5ceff4706b65&noredirect=on</a>).<p>Updated: Tue Jul 24, 2018</p> acb65c7b82557015e6fe48d1f63ece55 Immigrants Change Cultures -- Whether New Yorkers in Florida or Latinos in America for 07/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/07/18/immigrants-change-cultures-whether-new-yorkers-in-florida-or-latinos-in-america Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The most frequently used description of America by those who advocate for large numbers of immigrants &#8212; those here legally or illegally &#8212; is "America is a nation of immigrants."</p> <p>The statement sounds meaningful. But in reality, it's meaningless. What else could America be? If no one had come to America from elsewhere, the North American continent would have remained populated only by its indigenous people &#8212; which is what many on the left wish had happened. As the late Howard Zinn, author of "A People's History of the United States," the most widely used American history text in high schools and universities, said to me, the world was not better off thanks to the founding of America. </p> <p>So, the statement "America is a nation of immigrants" tells us nothing about the only questions that matter: Should be there any limits to immigration? And what should we do about illegal immigration?<p>Updated: Tue Jul 17, 2018</p> 66ede2ba22a933091199e2f351d8020e Explaining American Leftists: Part I for 07/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/07/18/explaining-american-leftists-part-i Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As I watch a great number of my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria &#8212; regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop and live; ending family ties and lifelong friendships with people who support the president; declaring their opposition to Trump and the Republican Party the "Resistance," as if they were American reincarnations of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II; and so on &#8212; I ask myself: What is going on? How does one explain them?</p> <p>Here are some answers:</p> <p>1. Naivete<p>Updated: Tue Jul 10, 2018</p> df818bfef0b34d7906248e677b9bff1b If We're Nazis, Expect More Violence for 07/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/07/18/if-were-nazis-expect-more-violence Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Because of the ever-descending moral and intellectual state of the mainstream news media, there has been no outcry against the leftists who call President Donald Trump and all Americans who support him Nazis. Indeed, members of the media now regularly do so.</p> <p>Without that outcry, this labeling will only increase; and this steadily increasing drumbeat of hysteria is likely to lead to one result: violence against conservatives.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It is not plausible to foresee any other outcome of left-wing normalization of the terms "Nazi" and "white supremacist."</span><p>Updated: Tue Jul 03, 2018</p> 3a39990006c3b6b6178a76c509970a0c Donny Deutsch, Michael Hayden and the Moral Collapse of American Jewish Institutions for 06/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/06/18/donny-deutsch-michael-hayden-and-the-moral-collapse-of-american-jewish-institutions Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week, on the MSNBC TV show "Morning Joe," MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said that every American who votes for President Donald Trump is a Nazi. His exact words: "If you vote for Trump, then you, the voter &#8212; you, not Donald Trump &#8212; are standing at the border like Nazis going, 'You here. You here.'"</p> <p>Now, as virtually every Jew of Deutsch's generation knows, a Nazi saying, "You here. You here," refers to guards at Nazi extermination camps sending Jews to gas chambers or to work the barracks.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 26, 2018</p> 62853c6a6b09eb7de70504be56489de7 The Bad Hate the Good: The Southern Poverty Law Center Vs. Prager University for 06/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/06/18/the-bad-hate-the-good-the-southern-poverty-law-center-vs-prager-university Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Antifa" is to violence what the Southern Poverty Law Center is to words. In short, it is a hate group on the left (<a href="https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/anti-hate-group-hate-group" target="_blank">https://www.prageru.com/courses/political-science/anti-hate-group-hate-group</a>).</p> <p>The SPLC smears individuals and groups it differs with by labeling them as some form of "hater": "racist," "white supremacist," "extremist" and the like. That it is cited and even relied upon by The New York Times, Facebook, Amazon, Google, CNN and others, and that Apple gave the organization a million dollars, is testimony to the moral state of mainstream media and corporate culture in America today.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 19, 2018</p> 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>