Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 01 Oct 2020 12:01:41 -0700 Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate c7a07f717b96012b5c02f851d3357494 A Reminder to American Jews: Civilization Is Fragile for 09/29/2020 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. It is meant to be a time of intense self-examination. In light of that, I offer this column.</p> <p>The question I receive more than any other from non-Jews is: Why are so many Jews on the left?</p> <p>Before addressing it, I should note that the same question could be asked of Christians and other non-Jews. Why have so many mainstream Protestants and Catholics (up to and including the pope) embraced the left? Why have nearly all blacks, the majority of Hispanics and Asian Americans, the most successful ethnic group in America, embraced the left? And outside of the United States, why have most Germans, French, Canadians, Australians and others in the West embraced the left?<p>Updated: Tue Sep 29, 2020</p> a6ace64d014d4bcbc368770e9ae7daec Why Are They Capitalizing 'Black'? for 09/22/2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A few months ago, I noticed that my published column spelled "black" "Black." As I had submitted the column with "black" spelled with a lower case "b," I contacted my editor to find out why what I had written was changed. She responded that the syndicate was following the Associated Press' rules of style, a common practice in journalism and book writing.</p> <p>On July 20, 2020, the AP published "Explaining AP style on Black and white," in which it explained:</p> <p>"AP's style is now to capitalize Black in a racial, ethnic or cultural sense, conveying an essential and shared sense of history, identity and community among people who identify as Black, including those in the African diaspora and within Africa. The lowercase black is a color, not a person. AP style will continue to lowercase the term white in racial, ethnic and cultural senses."<p>Updated: Tue Sep 22, 2020</p> ea864bdc681e45f3ac32f58d6b290553 The Left's Moral Compass Isn't Broken ... for 09/15/2020 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All of my life, I have said that the left's moral compass is broken.</p> <p>And all of my life, I was wrong. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 15, 2020</p> 9e6d04430e89861a2f1a3f6733aa232c Leftists Blame America. Decent People Blame Themselves. for 09/08/2020 Tue, 08 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>As long ago as the 1970s, I came to a major realization. While watching fellow students at Columbia University demonstrate not just against the war in Vietnam but against America &#8212; "Amerika," as many spelled it, the "imperialist," "colonialist," "mass-murdering" country &#8212; I kept wondering what made these people so hostile to the freest country in human history.</p> <p>Then, one day, as a result of my having attended a yeshiva (an Orthodox Jewish day school) through high school, the reason became clear. Half of each school day was devoted to religious studies in Hebrew, and the other half was devoted to secular studies in English. This meant that I had been immersed in a religious worldview until college. </p> <p>Though it was Jewish, this worldview could also be called "Judeo-Christian." Students at traditionally Christian schools were immersed in essentially the same worldview. We were all taught that the most important battle we need to wage in life was with our own nature. Jews and Christians learned from the same Scripture that "the will of man's heart is evil from his youth" (Genesis 8:21).<p>Updated: Tue Sep 08, 2020</p> 0a671d8a4307a826360323f3bb919c1d The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime for 09/01/2020 Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Four months ago, I wrote a column titled "The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History." I explained that "'mistake' and 'evil' are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people."</p> <p>Regarding the economic catastrophe in America and around the world &#8212; especially among the world's poor who are dependent upon America and other first-world countries for their income through exports and tourism &#8212; I wrote, "It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe."</p> <p>Unfortunately, I was right.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 01, 2020</p> 7f252b95d6225ce35257da8781ab80d5 A Demagogue Named Barack Obama: His DNC Speech for 08/25/2020 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On the day Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, I announced on my national radio show that, "While I did not vote for Barack Obama, he is my president, and I wish him well." I added that I was delighted a black man had been elected president of the United States, that perhaps this would not only help black-white relations get even better than they were but also help put to rest the notion of a racist America. </p> <p>As it turned out, neither hope was achieved. In fact, in large measure due to Obama, race relations deteriorated during his presidency. Obama turned out to be Black Lives Matter Light. As Politico wrote in 2014, Al Sharpton, perhaps the most consistent race-baiter of the last half-century, "became Obama's go-to man on race." According to The Washington Post, Sharpton visited the Obama White House 72 times.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 25, 2020</p> 5750372ac85c7770ddadad277e74249e Everything the Left Touches It Ruins. Now Add Science. for 08/18/2020 Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>More than two years ago, I wrote a column titled "Whatever the Left Touches It Ruins." I listed eight examples:</p> <p>&#8212; The universities.</p> <p>&#8212; The arts: music, art and architecture.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 18, 2020</p> 89ea457d4ac12462c97a331f8ca6f6ea Why America Is in Real Danger for 08/11/2020 Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Americans have long been proud of the fact that, unlike European countries, America never went the route of totalitarianism as embodied in communism, fascism and Nazism.</p> <p>This achievement may be coming to an end.</p> <p>In order to understand why, it is first necessary to understand why European countries embraced &#8212; or fell victim to &#8212; totalitarian doctrines.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 11, 2020</p> 00fa68e61f3d1dec4cdb17217910735b Anti-Americanism: The New Anti-Semitism for 07/28/2020 Tue, 28 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What are the two most hated countries in the world? </p> <p>America and Israel.</p> <p>Who hates both America and Israel?<p>Updated: Tue Jul 28, 2020</p> e95b8f6a5cde190e559163c5d7ae8599 The Dehumanization of Blacks for 07/21/2020 Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If you take black and white left-wing rhetoric seriously, blacks are not human beings like members of other races. They are first and foremost black; they are human beings defined before anything else by their color &#8212; not their humanity, their personality, their character, their mind or their heart. So much so that, according to white and black leftists, if you dissent from this racist view, you are now labelled racist.</p> <p>The idiocy and inhumanity (literally) of this, the "progressive" view of black people, is easily demonstrated. Do any blacks see themselves first as black? When a black man, let's call him James, looks into the mirror, does he first see a black person, or does he see James? When a white woman, let's call her Karen (I'm playing with the left here), looks into the mirror, does she first see a white person, or does she see Karen? Does any human being first see his or her color?</p> <p>Of course not. Yet, we are supposed to believe that the most important thing about a black individual is that he or she is black. And if we do not honor that fact &#8212; if we aim to be "colorblind" &#8212; then we are labelled racist.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 21, 2020</p> f0b350500e3b2f1b88aeb79a822024ec 5 Arguments Against 'America Is a Racist Country' for 07/14/2020 Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The left-wing charge that America is a racist country is the greatest national libel since the Blood Libel against the Jews. America is, in fact, the least racist multiracial, multiethnic country in world history.</p> <p>Neither the claim that America is a racist society nor the claim that it is the least racist country can be empirically proven. Both are assessments. But honest people do need to provide arguments for their position. I have found every argument that America is racist, let alone "systemically" racist, wanting. For example, the police almost never kill unarmed blacks, and on the rare occasions they do (about 15 times a year), there is almost always a valid reason (as in the infamous 2014 case in Ferguson, Missouri); police kill more unarmed whites than blacks; the reason there are proportionately so many more blacks in prison is that blacks disproportionately commit violent crimes; and so on.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 14, 2020</p> 779fbaacb20f9abbe7974b27c0466160 If America Is So Racist, Why Are There So Many Race Hoaxes? for 07/07/2020 Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As I wrote nearly three years ago: "Perhaps the second greatest libel &#8212; and certainly the most widespread &#8212; is that America is a racist country that oppresses its minorities and women. We can call it the American Libel." (The greatest libel was the infamous blood libel, the fabricated charge spread in Europe for hundreds of years by Christian anti-Semites that Jews kill Christian children to use their blood to bake matzos &#8212; unleavened bread &#8212; for Passover.)</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">But if America is so racist, why are there so many race hoaxes? </span>Virtually every time we read about a swastika painted on a door, or a noose hanging from a tree to taunt blacks, it turns out to be either a false alarm or, more frequently, a hoax.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 07, 2020</p> 138cae3a802118f23d68b8c3737d3957 The Present Moment Has Set Blacks Back a Half-Century for 06/30/2020 Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to the make-believe world of the left, we are experiencing a great moment in American racial history. For the first time, the story goes, more whites than ever are coming to realize how racist America is, how racist cops are and how systemically racist everything in America is. Only now do many Americans understand just how racist Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, Ulysses Grant, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, "whitening" agents, meritocracy, Western culture, Christianity, jailing blacks and the NFL are. The bestselling book in America is about alleged "white fragility" &#8212; the term for any rational response to the irrational charge that all whites are racist.</p> <p>All this is supposed to be good for America's blacks.</p> <p>But none of it is. In fact, it is all destructive.<p>Updated: Fri Jul 17, 2020</p> 6ffa3d94068a49b2b5395ac3e85d1378 America's Jews and Christians Are Failing the Test of Their Lives for 06/23/2020 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you are a Jew or Christian in America, the seriousness of your Judaism or Christianity is now being tested.</p> <p>People look back in time and wonder how religious people, especially religious leaders &#8212; specifically, the clergy &#8212; could have failed in times of moral crisis. The failure of most rabbis, priests and pastors to speak out today &#8212; when the risk to personal safety is so much less than it was in communist and fascist countries &#8212; should provide the answer: Religion doesn't have all that much impact on most religious people. During comfortable times, it provides two essentials to a happy and fulfilled life &#8212; community and meaning &#8212; but when tested, it often fails like an umbrella that fails to expand just as it starts to rain.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 23, 2020</p> 00fe0ba22069a67cb8e8d95e9b39ceb1 Will Jewish and Christian Schools Teach the Truth About America and Racism? for 06/16/2020 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Do not follow the majority to do evil." &#8212; Exodus 23:2.</p> <p>When I went to yeshiva day schools, America was celebrated. America was regarded, in the description of Menachem Schneerson (the Lubavitcher rebbe), the most influential rabbi of the 20th century, as a "medina shel chesed" &#8212; "a country of kindness." </p> <p>He knew, as all American Jews knew, that there were many anti-Semites in America, that America should have done more for the Jews of Europe, that universities like Harvard limited the number of Jewish students, that prestigious law firms and country clubs barred Jews, etc. So, then, why did he describe America as a country of kindness? Why did my yeshiva in Brooklyn put on plays honoring George Washington? Why did my Orthodox Jewish day school utilize texts not only celebrating America but affirming America as a "melting pot"? Why did a Jew, Irving Berlin, write "God bless America"?<p>Updated: Tue Jun 16, 2020</p> 7efadf307c28d40e1eb6d50d7f92802a The Four Horsemen of America's Apocalypse for 06/09/2020 Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It takes a lot to build a civilization, and though it is much easier to destroy a civilization, it takes a lot to do that, too.</p> <p>But now we have four roots of evil that are guaranteed to do so. </p> <p>No. 1: Victimhood.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 09, 2020</p> 023702c37026679ae8d0ab105c96e9e6 The Left Couldn't Care Less About Blacks for 06/02/2020 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Virtually every conservative in America knows the title of this column is true. Virtually every leftist knows it, too, but lying for the cause is what the left does (think "Russian collusion"). And those liberals who have become increasingly indistinguishable from leftists know it's probably true but won't say so &#8212; lest they side with conservatives and, more importantly, be branded "racist" by the left. How the left brands a person now determines many people's moral and political positions. </p> <p>If the left cared about blacks, leftists would work to raise blacks to universal academic standards, not lower and abolish standards as they have done for decades, most recently in abolishing the SAT exam at the University of California. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 02, 2020</p> d420d46ffcc177bf3ee077c23d896b4c The Lockdown, Evangelicals and the Afterlife: A Response to Steven Pinker for 05/26/2020 Tue, 26 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Harvard professor of psychology Steven Pinker tweeted last week:</p> <p>"Belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, since it devalues actual lives and discourages action that would make them longer, safer, and happier. Exhibit A: What's really behind Republicans wanting a swift reopening? Evangelicals."</p> <p>Before responding to Pinker's remarkably ignorant tweet, I want to praise him. He is one of the few professors in America to call out the left's destruction of our universities. Most human beings lack courage, but no group is more cowardly than academics. This has been true for 100 years. From the German universities to today, professors have almost never taken a position that required courage. Indeed, one might say that when you send your child to college, your child is taught to be a coward by the cowardly.<p>Updated: Tue May 26, 2020</p> e8c89a151feec74fbd15822eb149832f Some Thoughts About Being Safe for 05/19/2020 Tue, 19 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p><i>In a recent "Fireside Chat," my weekly talk show on the PragerU platform, I commented on society's increasing fixation on being "safe." The following is a condensed version of what I said:</i></p> <p>We have a meme up at PragerU: "'Until it's safe' means 'never.'" </p> <p>The pursuit of "safe" over virtually all other considerations is life-suppressing. This is true for your own individual life, and it is true for the life of a society.<p>Updated: Tue May 19, 2020</p> 34e62e91f20cdb92d8a5374fff72255d Truth, Not Politics, Is at the Root of the Left-Right Divide for 05/12/2020 Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Three years ago, I wrote a column explaining left-right differences on&#160;<a href="" target="">35 different subjects</a>&#160;. Any one or two of them would make for a major political/cultural divide. Thirty-five make the divide unbridgeable.<p>Updated: Tue May 12, 2020</p>