Archive for October, 2016


Haaretz »

Curt Schilling, Want to Know Why U.S. Jews Vote Democrat? Because They’re Secular Liberals

October 27, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last week, born-again Christian, gay marriage opponent, former all-star pitcher and likely senate candidate Curt Schilling poured out his bewilderment to CNN host Jake Tapper. “I don’t understand how people of Jewish faith can back the Democratic Party,” Schilling declared, “which over the last 50 years have been so clearly… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Trump’s Worst Answer Will Also Be His Downfall

October 19, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

At times during tonight’s debate, Donald Trump seemed controlled, succinct, even prepared. It didn’t matter. In an instant, he lost the debate and blew his chance of using it to turn around his sinking campaign. That instant came when Trump refused to say he would respect the outcome of next… Read the Rest »

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Liberal Jews Should Condemn Denial of Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

October 18, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When you deny a people’s identity, you deny that they have rights. That’s why it’s so dangerous that powerful American Zionists — from billionaire Republican donor Sheldon Adelson to former presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum — have claimed that the Palestinian people do not exist. If Palestinians don’t… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Trump’s Indifference to the Constitution

October 10, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

During Sunday night’s debate, Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton that, “if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your [email] situation.” That would constitute an abuse of power. Presidents are not supposed to “instruct” their attorneys general to appoint… Read the Rest »

Haaretz »

The Real American Jewish Tragedy

October 5, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the coming days, many American Jewish parents will take their children to synagogue for the only time all year. And the kids will be bored out of their minds. From a child’s perspective of the High Holidays, Rosh Hashanah offers only one attraction: the blowing of the Shofar. Yom… Read the Rest »

The Atlantic »

Mike Pence Embraces the Foreign Policy That Republican Voters Rejected

October 5, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Pundits say that Mike Pence performed better in his debate than Donald Trump did in his. I’m not so sure. Yes, Pence was better stylistically. He spoke more crisply. He more deftly pivoted away from uncomfortable subjects. But on both trade and national security, Pence hewed to the established conservative… Read the Rest »

Haaretz »

How Not to Speak About Islam

October 2, 2016 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Earlier this month, a search committee proposed that Yeshiva University, the citadel of American Orthodox Judaism, choose as its next president Rabbi Ari Berman. I’ve met Berman only once. I debated him at his former synagogue, The Jewish Center in Manhattan, and although we profoundly disagreed, he couldn’t have been… Read the Rest »