Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:32:06 -0700 Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate 76077fcead42536feeb3f044a83f1d01 Even on COVID-19, Left and Right Are Divided for 03/31/2020 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If there is one thing on which you'd think left and right could agree, it would be the proper response to the present coronavirus. After all, COVID-19 doesn't distinguish between left and right: Conservatives and liberals are just as likely to contract and even die from it.</p> <p>Yet, it's amazing how consistently left and right differ on even this issue. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 31, 2020</p> 8ffdbdb273277f3e6273b73dcbc42e2e Suggestions for This Difficult Time for 03/24/2020 Tue, 24 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Since we are all stuck at home for weeks, here are some suggestions to help you and help America.</p> <p>Watch less news. Interview and opinion shows on TV and talk radio shows that add to one's understanding of the situation can be valuable. But watching depressing, panic-inducing news about COVID-19 24/7 will only make you jittery, anxious and depressed. It's good for the news networks' ratings, but it's bad for your mental health. </p> <p>Instead, you can read, talk to friends, watch movies, learn a language, listen to music, start a journal, walk outside, garden or engage in hobbies. Do that project you've never had time to get to. In short, don't preoccupy yourself with the virus. My wife and I watched a James Bond movie a few nights ago, and I loved the total escape it provided. And I'm getting more work done on the third volume of my Torah commentary ("The Rational Bible") than I could have under normal circumstances.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 24, 2020</p> 69b9eabbaa7a2ab7b90e1529f4e0bc0c Why the Remedy May Be Worse Than the Disease for 03/17/2020 Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As of this writing, 6,400 people all over the world have died from the coronavirus. In the United States, 68 people have died. </p> <p>Some perspective:</p> <p>Chinese deaths (3,217) account for half of the worldwide total. If you add Italy (1,441) and Iran (724), two countries where many Chinese were allowed in until recently, that totals another 2,165. In other words, outside of China, Italy and Iran &#8212; with 5,382 deaths collectively &#8212; 1,018 people have died. There are 7.8 billion people in the world. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 17, 2020</p> aa90ecd2a010dce739ef7852ebf7827c We Go From Hysteria to Hysteria for 03/03/2020 Tue, 03 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>We go from hysteria to hysteria.</p> <p>And even that's not quite accurate. We now endure multiple hysterias at once.</p> <p>The latest, of course, is COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus. In addition to China, where the virus originated, major cities in Italy and Japan are in lockdown mode, and Japan has closed all its schools. In the United States, where, as of this writing, six people &#8212; most, if not all, of whom were already ill &#8212; have died, the states of Washington (where all six deaths occurred) and Florida and the city of San Francisco have declared states of emergency.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 03, 2020</p> 6eb1b431d0dbf28310d32f49cf1a2c8a Why the Left Calls Good People Racist for 02/25/2020 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A few weeks ago, I devoted my column to an article about me published in Newsweek under the headline "Conservative Radio Host Ridicules Anne Frank." As the full context of my comments in the video made clear, it was a lie. </p> <p>To its credit, after its editor was notified of this fact, Newsweek changed the headline and made revisions to the article and issued a correction.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 25, 2020</p> 43396486eaca6a6b09e0d05371200289 A Response to 2 Secular Conservatives I Adore for 02/18/2020 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In the latest edition of "The Rubin Report" podcast, two people I adore, Dave Rubin and Heather Mac Donald, dialogue about some of the great issues facing America. Interestingly, though both are secular, Dave opened the interview asking Heather about God and religion.</p> <p>She began by saying that she is not conservative because of religion but because of her commitment to empirical truth. It is empirical truth that leads her to affirm, for example, "the necessity of the two-parent family" and "most traditional values."<p>Updated: Tue Feb 18, 2020</p> e0e788d755537f72e69e0bf8e9aefd8b Why Private Speech Doesn't Tell Us About a Person's Character for 02/11/2020 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Very few things I have said have elicited as much negative attention as this: What people say in private tells little, if anything, about their character. Left-wing critics have had a field day mocking me (mockery is the left's substitute for argument), but even some religious conservatives have taken issue with me (without the mockery) &#8212; don't I know that it is precisely how we act in private that most clearly reveals our character?</p> <p>This issue, of course, originally arose as a result of what then-reality TV host Donald Trump said in private to then-"Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush in 2005. I thought then, as I do now, that people greatly overstated the importance of the remarks &#8212; because they were made in private.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 11, 2020</p> 9fdf29ba17454068b18c746b4e8571e3 The Question That Explains Almost Everything for 02/04/2020 Tue, 04 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you want to understand a human being or the human condition, what is the single most important question you should ask?</p> <p>Most religious people would probably ask, "Do you believe in God?" <p>Updated: Tue Feb 04, 2020</p> 40487a06315ad238f78c913c6794195b Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy? Part 2 for 01/28/2020 Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I began part one of "Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy?" with data showing the apparently unprecedentedly high rate of unhappiness among young people in America (and elsewhere, but I am focusing on America). The rates of suicide, self-injury, depression, mass shootings and loneliness (at all ages) are higher than ever recorded. It seems that Americans may have been happier, and certainly less lonely, during the Great Depression and World War II than today, even with today's unprecedentedly high levels of health, longevity, education and material well-being.</p> <p>There is, of course, no single explanation, and I listed a number of possible explanations: "Increased use of illicit drugs and prescription drug abuse, and less human interaction because of constant cellphone use are two widely offered, valid explanations. Less valid explanations include competition, grades anxiety, capitalism and income inequality. And then there are young people's fears that because of global warming, they have a bleak, and perhaps no, future."<p>Updated: Tue Jan 28, 2020</p> 6d76c47a80131b8aee61a391dde18f9b Why Are So Many Young People Unhappy? for 01/21/2020 Tue, 21 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Here are some unhappy statistics:</p> <p>&#8212; In America between 1946 and 2006, the suicide rate quadrupled for males ages 15 to 24 and doubled for females the same age.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 21, 2020</p> 6caeef40fea25661c8f25e1511ce694c Newsweek Changed Its Article About Me. But ... for 01/14/2020 Tue, 14 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In my last column, "Newsweek Hits a New Low," I wrote about Newsweek's dishonest description of what I had said on one of my weekly PragerU "Fireside Chats." A viewer had asked me to respond to a statement Anne Frank made in her epic Holocaust diary. Frank said, "Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." </p> <p>The Newsweek headline, "Conservative Radio Host Ridicules Anne Frank," was simply a lie. In order for readers to appreciate the level of mendacity, I had my entire response transcribed and placed it in the column.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 14, 2020</p> da1f6eac88ae78fc818e02a21dbd3322 Newsweek Hits a New Low for 01/07/2020 Tue, 07 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>If decent people working in mainstream American media want to know why many Americans do not trust them and are willing to use the term "fake news" to describe the mainstream media, I offer one of the most glaring examples of a lie in my lifetime.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 07, 2020</p> 84e155fb00c0df716484754fec562a1e Greta Thunberg: A Living Explanation of the Left for 12/31/2019 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It is not easy to understand what the left &#8212; as opposed to liberals &#8212; stands for. If you ask a Christian what to read to learn the basics of Christianity, you will be told the Bible. If you ask a (religious) Jew, you will be told the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. If you ask a Mormon, you will be told the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Ask a Muslim and you will be told the Quran. </p> <p>But if you ask a leftist what one or two books you should read to understand leftism, every leftist will give you a different answer &#8212; or need some time to think it over. Few, if any, will suggest Marx's "Das Kapital" because almost no leftists have read it and because you will either not finish the book or reject it as incoherent.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 31, 2019</p> 3c5bc344c6e3c761e910309de5a30efb A Response to the Editor of Christianity Today for 12/24/2019 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.</p> <p>In my view, this editorial only serves to confirm one of the sadder realizations of my life: that religious conviction guarantees neither moral clarity nor common sense.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 24, 2019</p> 3be08782983e54a6e23c674d09ddc939 Why the Left Doesn't Like Christmas for 12/17/2019 Tue, 17 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Many on the left (as opposed to liberals) have been warring on Christmas for more than a generation. Leftists always deny there is a war on Christmas and mock those who claim there is. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">There is a mind-blowing chutzpah or lack of self-awareness when people do something and yet deny that they are actually doing it.</span> But the evidence is overwhelming. The left has stopped schools from calling Christmas vacations by that name &#8212; the name schools called them throughout American history until the last couple of decades. Almost every non-Christian school in America now calls Christmas vacation "winter break." Fewer and fewer Americans, stores, companies or media wish people "merry Christmas," preferring the neutered "happy holidays" (despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Americans celebrate Christmas). And in but one generation, virtually every American business has gone from having a "Christmas party" to having a "holiday party."<p>Updated: Tue Dec 17, 2019</p> 6b44035c058e6aa56043009403f1f969 What Is Judaism? for 12/10/2019 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">If you've ever wondered what Judaism is, here is a list of its principal beliefs. This is not not an official list, but these beliefs have been widely held by religious Jews for thousands of years.&#160;</span><br></p> <p>As for my background, I have taught Judaism all of my life including two years as a member of the Brooklyn College Department of Judaic Studies; written two books and hundreds of articles on Judaism; and written two volumes &#8212; Genesis and Exodus &#8212; of a projected five-volume commentary on the Torah (called "The Rational Bible").<p>Updated: Tue Dec 10, 2019</p> ebd3f44d22a3b9ec4de478c048765167 The Left Hates The Salvation Army. That's All You Need to Know About the Left for 12/03/2019 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>We all know some individuals who are so obviously good and kind that we are certain if anyone were to dislike them, that's all we would need to know about the person. We would immediately assume he or she is a bad person. To hate the manifestly good is a sure sign of being bad.</p> <p>Such is the case regarding the left's hatred of The Salvation Army. You don't have to be a Christian &#8212; I am not &#8212; to appreciate the goodness of the people who run and work for The Salvation Army. They devote their lives to helping the poorest, the saddest, the loneliest and the most troubled among us &#8212; completely irrespective of race, gender, transgender identity, faith or no faith. And they do it for almost no money. They do it because of their Christian faith. <p>Updated: Tue Dec 03, 2019</p> 716d6c47cc31badbfb9c7111da35bc55 Fiona Hill Should Be Condemned by Jewish Groups. She Won't Be for 11/26/2019 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The former senior director for European and Russian affairs for the Trump administration, Fiona Hill, testified last week in the House impeachment hearings.</p> <p>At one point, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., asked her: "Would you say that these different theories, these conspiracy theories that have been targeting you, spun in part by folks like Mr. Stone as well as fueled by Rudy Giuliani and others, basically have a tinge of anti-Semitism to them at least?"<p>Updated: Tue Nov 26, 2019</p> 6f18f9e588acd136a45fea7e08a26153 Does the Left Hate America? for 11/19/2019 Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Whenever leftists are charged with not loving or even with hating America, they respond angrily, labeling the question absurd, mean-spirited and an example of right-wing McCarthyism.</p> <p>But there can be little doubt that the left has no love for America, just as there can be little doubt that liberals and conservatives love America. Love of America is one of the many dividing lines between liberalism and leftism. (For a description of six differences between liberalism and leftism, please see my PragerU video&#160;<a href="https://" target="_blank">"Left or Liberal?"</a>)<p>Updated: Tue Nov 19, 2019</p> d6f155d5f3507b5b19ed1c78fb8526b7 The Left-Right Divide Is About Reality Itself for 11/05/2019 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">The left-right divide in America is, unfortunately, unbridgeable.</span><br></p> <p>There are three reasons.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 05, 2019</p>