Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:01:06 -0700 Dennis Prager from Creators Syndicate 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></p><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>Updated: Tue Jun 30, 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> ea5ed70886cbd21c4e5a9e345d15bd0c The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History for 05/05/2020 Tue, 05 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The idea that the worldwide lockdown of virtually every country other than Sweden may have been an enormous mistake strikes many &#8212; including world leaders; most scientists, especially health officials, doctors and epidemiologists; those who work in major news media; opinion writers in those media; and the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people who put their faith in these people &#8212; as so preposterous as to be immoral. Timothy Egan of The New York Times described Republicans who wish to enable their states to open up as "the party of death."</p> <p>That's the way it is today on planet Earth, where deceit, cowardice and immaturity now dominate almost all societies because the elites are deceitful, cowardly and immature.</p> <p>But for those open to reading thoughts they may differ with, here is the case for why the worldwide lockdown is not only a mistake but also, possibly, the worst mistake the world has ever made. And for those intellectually challenged by the English language and/or logic, "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>Updated: Tue May 05, 2020</p> 91cf9ffaa77079e8fc6c183209bed17b Our Dress Rehearsal for a Police State for 04/28/2020 Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All my life, I have dismissed paranoids on the right ("America is headed to communism") and the left ("It can happen here" &#8212; referring to fascism). It's not that I've ever believed liberty was guaranteed. Being familiar with history and a pessimist regarding the human condition, I never believed that.</p> <p>But the ease with which police state tactics have been employed and the equal ease with which most Americans have accepted them have been breathtaking.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 28, 2020</p> 35b407de20e9d46fc21b8340bdcc10f1 If Half the Country's Deaths Were in Montana, Would New York Shut Down? for 04/21/2020 Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to The New York Times coronavirus report, as of Sunday, April 19, 2:48 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, there were 35,676 COVID-19 deaths in the United States. Of those deaths, 18,690 were in the New York metropolitan area.</p> <p>(The New York metropolitan area is generally regarded as consisting of the five boroughs of New York City, the five New York State counties surrounding New York City &#8212; Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange &#8212; and the populous parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.)</p> <p>That means that more than half (52%) of all deaths in America have occurred in the New York metropolitan area. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 21, 2020</p> e90db579c4b6e843f16141f22ede206b Has the Lockdown Worked? for 04/14/2020 Tue, 14 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Why are governments the world over rendering hundreds of millions of their citizens jobless, impoverishing at least a billion people, endangering the family life of millions (straining marriages, increasing child and spousal abuse, and further postponing marriage among young people), bankrupting vast numbers of business owners and workers living paycheck to paycheck, and increasing suicides?</p> <p>The reason given is that we must lock down virtually all human social and economic activity in order to prevent millions of people from dying of the coronavirus and overwhelming hospitals.</p> <p>But is it true? Was this lockdown necessary? <p>Updated: Tue Apr 14, 2020</p> 747439b8b9a1c11c90c622e27ddd8a4e Maybe Nature Shouldn't Be Worshipped After All for 04/07/2020 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>A statement widely attributed to the great British thinker G. K. Chesterton describes the modern period as perfectly as any single idea can: "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing; they believe in anything."</p> <p>One of these substitute gods has been nature. </p> <p>Indeed, of all the false gods, nature is probably the most natural for people to worship. Every religion prior to the Bible had nature-gods &#8212; the sun, the moon, the sea, gods of fertility, gods of rain and so on.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 07, 2020</p> 76077fcead42536feeb3f044a83f1d01 Even on COVID-19, Left and Right Are Divided for 03/31/2020 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <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> <p>Virtually every opinion piece in The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other mainstream, i.e., left-wing, journal share two characteristics: a sense of foreboding (millions will die) and an unshakeable conviction that to prevent mass death, the world's economy must be shut down. <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>