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Cult Conformity is Un-American

April 2024:This cultural export—the Hollywood Western—framed a perception about the people who lived on the opposite shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It was an image of frontiersmen of quiet dignity, a people who could think for themselves and possessed the self-sufficiency to go it alone. Rugged nonconformists.
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Is Israel Committing Genocide in Gaza?

April 2024:Hamas, as a triumphalist idea of ridding the world of Israel and Jews, may never be defeated. But it’s at least possible that it can be roundly defeated as an armed entity aiming its Iran-supplied weapons at the heart of Israel. Hamas as an idea, like the Hydra, may grow more heads when its head is cut off. But those heads, without a body—a functional infrastructure of war—will be de-fanged.
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The 10/7 Feminist Silence

February 2024:I did not hear these pro-Hamas marchers, especially the lesbian, “queer,” and feminist ones, calling for an end to rape, woman-battering, or the persecution of homosexuals and “queers” in Gaza. I saw no signs that condemned honor killing or polygamy. No one called for reproductive freedom for American women or for an Equal Rights Amendment.
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An Introduction to the Civil War within Islam

December 2023:It is overly simplistic to refer to “the Israel-Palestine conflict.” Hamas belongs to the Islamist “resistance” camp, whose ideology began to leave its stamp on the Islamic world in general, and Palestinian society in particular, during the first half of the 20th century.
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Silence is Indeed Complicity

November 2023:Is there any other identity group about which it would be acceptable to celebrate their mass slaughter, and campaign to bring that slaughter to your campus? What exactly are all those diversity and inclusion administrators paid to do, if not to prevent this?
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Uncivil War

September 2023:Hopes for America are problematic, since there isn’t much brotherhood (or sisterhood) around now. With civilized avenues for debating issues closing down, the prospects for both American and Israeli society are indeed grim.
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Instaporn at Auschwitz

July 2023:The callousness of making a pilgrimage to the site of so many innocents’ suffering in order to glorify oneself is a form of narcissism perhaps unprecedented in the history of human barbarism.
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Neo-Nazis: Still Here + Targeting Jews

March 2023:The increasing culture wars in schools have placed a target on Jewish students. Throughout the past four years, Jewish students have increasingly reported being victimized by anti-Semitism coming from both their peers and educators. Teachers and administrators are failing our kids, either minimizing or completely ignoring anti-Jewish bigotry or outright embracing it.
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Houses of Worship: Safety Checks

March 2023:Houses of worship are intended to be open places where people feel welcome to enter. Some also might minister to people with mental health conditions, making it hard to know which people are in need and which are a danger to the congregation. Turning the place into a fortress defeats the purpose of having such a place. However, that doesn’t mean we can ignore security concerns.
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What’s So Neo About Nazis?

March 2023:If a marketplace of ideas truly exists with rational actors serving as discerning consumers, then, as we have been assured by free speech absolutists, good ideas will cancel out bad ones. If that’s true of how this marketplace works in practice, then how can the resurgence of Nazism be explained? These ideas should have been flushed away with the Fuhrer. And yet pernicious attitudes about racial superiority and Jewish sub-humanity are still being peddled in far too many circles.
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Wisdom Eternal

July 2022:Eternity before Wisdom implies some divine involvement, which is above humanity and above us; that was the concept our ancestors believed, from Moses to Jesus to Plato.
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Of Pharaohs and Patriarchs

July 2022:Many voices vie for our attention claiming to teach wisdom. In our current point on the Information Age continuum, we would do well to remember Biblical flesh and blood archetypes and the Source from which their wisdom stories flow.
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The Silent Time

July 2022:Since the moment they were liberated, many of the survivors bore within them a constant awareness that, like it or not, they were witnesses to one of the most monumental horrors in human history.
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Eternal Wisdom

July 2022:The cultivation of wisdom requires dialogue. That can be dialogue between self and others. Or it can be dialogue between present self and past self. And that requires a bit of time travel and self-awareness.
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Thoughts and Prayers

June 2022:For nearly a decade now, there has been a growing pushback, especially among partisans from the left, against the utterance of the phrase “thoughts and prayers.” According to these voices, thoughts and prayers do not constitute appropriate action nor drive effective change.
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SJP: Lies and Toxic Radicalism

May 2022:Because they have been relentless in promulgating activism that attacks the Jewish state and anyone who supports it, SJP often finds itself defending its rhetoric and tactics from understandable criticism it receives from pro-Israel individuals and groups—invariably with SJP claiming to be victimized by “Islamophobic” Zionists who, SJP contends, are trying to silence “criticism of Israel.”
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THE HOLOCAUST: ON MEMORY AND WITNESS

January 2022:In our time, it is more important to be hard and relentless than genteel and unobtrusive lest history repeat itself. Today, January 27th, is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945. For this reason, this date was chosen as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Several years ago, the World Jewish Congress […]
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The Misogyny of Woke Porn

February 2022:It’s ironic that this is a generation of parents who will insist that every morsel of food that passes their little darling’s lips must be pure in origin while effectively presenting that child the key to a chamber of horrors disguised as a gadget.
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Rewarded with Paradise?

January 2022:After Akram’s death was announced, the Blackburn Muslim Community Facebook page posted an announcement expressing the hope that: “May the Almighty forgive all his sins and bless him with the highest ranks of Paradise.” Keep in mind, Akram came from their community. He wasn’t just a terrorist to them; they knew him personally.
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Jewish Leaders Must Counter Islamist Supremacism

May 2022:If the Jewish community’s greatest allies within Muslim and Arab populations are in fact the “modern,” “liberal” reformers who stand up within our own faith and ethnic communities against the anti-Semitic, Islamist, and Arabist demagogues—then they must be supported and augmented, not marginalized.
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The Pinch Point is Upon Us

May 2022:Things have gotten worse. That’s undeniable. The spirit of Haman has gotten stronger over the years and it’s a stain on the honor of the American republic and a threat to our future. We’re at a ‘We know not Joseph’ moment.
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How Feminists in the West Lost the Plot on Freedom

February 2022:“Freedom to me means having the option to choose your own path”—said Madina Hamidi, an Afghan-Belgian model, refugee, and human rights activist, speaking on a panel about women’s rights in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return. Hamidi’s father had been killed by the Taliban, and the family fled to Europe. The hope was that in the […]
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Aafia Siddiqui: Jihadi or Martyr?

March 2022:On the morning of Saturday, January 15, 2022, 44-year-old British national Malik Faisal Akram stuck a gun in the face of Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker in Colleyville, Texas. Akram entered Reform synagogue Congregation Beth Israel, took four hostages, and demanded the release of, as he said, “my sister,” Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani Jihadist held in federal prison in Fort Worth.
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The Toxic Denial of Womanhood

April 2022:One of the self-contradictory agendas of the non-liberal progressive-left is in insisting upon women’s rights while simultaneously throwing the very notion of “women” and “men” entirely to the winds. How does a person stand for women’s rights if that person (a Supreme Court nominee, no less) is not sure what a woman is?
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What is Truth?

July 2021:What has become obvious in this new era of truth decay is that the press is more interested in shaping stories than telling truths. News stories are now simply "narratives," in which readers and viewers are directed what to think. Best practices now include moralizing. The distinction between news and editorial is now forever blurred.
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Disinformation is Power

Jonathan Rauch
July 2021:The American founders, like Plato, predate modern psychological jargon, but they possessed deep psychological insight, and they recognized that the problem of sociopathic behavior challenges every social order.
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Equity, Equality, & MLK: Interview with Glenn Loury

May 2021:Glenn C. Loury is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has been an outspoken neo-liberal intellectual for decades, defending free speech and academic freedom.  Cancel culture is about a lot of things, but it is substantially about race. Lisa Schiffren: Let’s jump right in. How […]
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Why Martin Luther King Jr Stood With Israel

May 2021:In Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King used the analogy of Hitler’s persecution of the Jewish people to explain his willingness to disobey unjust laws. In his analogy, he also revealed his empathy for the Jewish people and his assurance that he would have tended to their plight.
  We should never forget that everything […]
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California, The Racist State

July 2021:In every case, schools will be teaching California children that white people are inherently bad. That black people are victims. That illegal immigrants need our acceptance. That capitalism is bad. That hard work is “white.” That Jews and Asians and Indians are actually “white” because of their success in America and are to be despised. That the American constitutional republic was created to support slavery and must be dismantled.
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The Big Lie

May 2021:Words are anything but harmless. There are always consequences to choosing them. The stakes can be high—even lethal. A figure of speech is easily weaponized.
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Shattered Journalism

August 2021:“It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.” Joseph Goebbels Journalism in the United States has always been a bit of a mess. Not as worrisome as it is now, but it always had its rogues, liars, and scoundrels.  Likewise, it always had its biases. In the nineteenth […]
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The Self-Destructive Politics of Deception

September 2021:Years from now, historians may still be arguing about what were the root and the proximate causes of the botched Afghanistan withdrawal by the United States. Was it incompetence? Corruption? Lack of accurate information? Political miscalculation? Some combination of the above? While all these factors may have contributed to the disturbing chain of events that […]
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Greenlight Chaos: Biden’s Foreign Policy

May 2021:Our adversaries are hearing a loud and consistent message coming out of the Biden administration. This message is being interpreted across the globe as a greenlight – a permissive environment – to “get all you can!” It may be too early to judge the foreign policy successes of an administration after only the first 100 […]
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Israel + Hamas: The Facts

White Rose Staff
May 2021:Hamas and its allies have launched more than 2,300 rockets aimed at murdering Israeli civilians since the fighting began. Israel has responded with hundreds of strikes aimed at stopping terrorists in Gaza from killing its people.
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