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  • ANALYSIS: Sarah Palin . . . and the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    August 29, 2008 | 4:36 pm

    When Sen. John McCain tapped Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate today, the Jewish political blogosphere -- as loud and fast and opinionated as (for lack of a better word) the Gentile Web -- came to a screeching halt.

    After all, you can fight about John McCain, and...
  • On the sly, abortions up in Mideast

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 7, 2008 | 3:08 pm

    Borzou Daragahi, the LA Times’ ace in the Mideast has one of those story that is, understandably, really hard to quantify:

    BEIRUT—Unmarried and pregnant, Ranya gathered up her courage and confided to a friend that she was considering a drastic step: an illegal abortion.

    She braced...

  • Bishop knew about abortion for Catholic Charities ward

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 2, 2008 | 2:01 am

    Two weeks ago, Julia Duin, the religion reporter for the Washington Times, dropped a bombshell: Commonwealth Catholic Charities of Richmond arranged for a 16-year-old immigrant girl in its care to receive an abortion. These action clearly violated Catholic doctrine and also possibly...

  • School allegedly threatened boy wearing pro-life shirts

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 4, 2008 | 12:55 pm

    When I was at UCLA, students were constantly bombarded by activists and evangelists on Bruin Walk. I remember only one. It was an anti-abortion organization that showed up with the most disturbing supersized posters I had ever seen: the explicit images of blotted-out babies. I can...

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  • Why the Religious Right won’t forsake McCain

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 29, 2008 | 10:25 am

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    John McCain is a lucky man. He’s alienated what has become an important part of the Republican Party—conservative Christians—by shoving aside the Revs. John Hagee (Hitler remarks) and Rod Parsley (general nuttiness) and staying mum on California’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage. And yet he appears at worse in a dead heat with Barack Obama, maybe better.

    How can this be? Well, Ed Stoddard writes for Reuters that McCain has a trump card guaranteeing the Religious Right’s vote:

  • The anti-abortion generation

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 23, 2008 | 9:18 am

    Stephanie Simon at the LA Times is always worth reading. And her article yesterday about the anti-abortion generation was no exception.

    Looking specifically at teens, a Gallup survey in 2003 found that 72% called abortion morally wrong, and 32% believed it should be illegal in all...

  • ‘Abortion isn’t a religious issue’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 27, 2007 | 8:49 am


    Gary Wills, whose book “Head and Heart: American Christianities” was just published, recently had an opinion piece in the LA Times arguing that “abortion isn’t a religious issue.”

    But is abortion murder? Most people think not. Evangelicals may argue that most people in Germany...

  • Rudy not pro-choice?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 30, 2007 | 6:08 pm


    I don’t think it would make Rudy Giuliani any more popular with social conservatives if he dropped his support for abortion—he’s still pro-gun control and, man, talk about a lack of family values.

    But Mark Kleiman, a professor at UCLA who writes at the insightful, and way left,...

  • Conservative Supreme Court rulings vex Jewish advocacy groups

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Following a string of conservative rulings in the closing weeks of this year's Supreme Court session, some Jewish officials are suggesting that they may be forced to abandon their decades-long strategy of relying on the courts to protect liberal gains on a host of issues.

    For...

  • Which ones would you keep?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 24, 2007 | 10:25 am

    It’s called “selective reduction”—the choice IVF patients make to abort one or more fetuses when several embryos take. GetReligion has a good wrap-up of a few stories published recently about fertility treatment and this medical procedure, and on Tuesday, I heard Washington Poster...

  • Briefs: Hier scolds Carter, and vice versa; StandWithUs distributes “Israel 101”

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Hier scolds Carter, and vice versa

    Former President Jimmy Carter has implicitly accused the Simon Wiesenthal Center of "falsehood and slander," after the center mailed Carter some 25,000 signed petitions protesting his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid."

    In a brief but...

  • Abortion Doc’s Son Weighs Thorny Past

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City and the Conflict That Divided America" by Eyal Press (Henry Holt and Co, $25).

    Every father should be a hero to his child. But a child's hero and an adult's hero are often two different people, even when they inhabit the same body. Eyal...

  • Alito Would Erode Minority Protection

    By Phyllis Snyder

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "But is it good for the Jews?" That was the question many of our grandparents voiced when they perused the morning papers -- a question we may have dismissed, even with affection, as a narrow or parochial expression.

    Today, we know that what's "good for the Jews" extends beyond...

  • Prop. 73: The Devil’s in the Details

    By Angela J. Davis

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Californians go to the polls on Nov. 8, many will read Proposition 73 as a proposal to require that health care providers perform the seemingly logical task of informing parents before performing abortions on underage girls.

    But the considered opinions of doctors and Juvenile...

  • We Must Heal Divide Over Life Views

    By Rabbi Eliyahu Stern

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The first half of the 20th century saw Americans locked in a fierce ideological debate surrounding economic class and the distribution of wealth.

    In the second half of the century, the cultural wars addressed issues of race and gender.

    As we stand at the dawn of the 21st century, a...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel School Teaches Peace Lesson

    Racially motivated brawls at Jefferson High School this spring made the school appear, at times, like a miniwar zone. Which makes it especially interesting that L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) officials are learning lessons from Israeli and...

  • Analysis - Leftists Try to ‘Take Back God’ in 2008

    By Sue Fishkoff

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The 2008 election may be more than three years away, but one group is hoping to press the Democratic Party to infuse spirituality into its platform for that campaign.

    "The right is correct; there is a huge spiritual crisis in America," said Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun...

  • Todd Solondz, Provoking Again

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "People call me a provocateur," filmmaker Todd Solondz said. "I'd say that's fair."

    Peering out from his oversized thick green glasses, dressed in rose-colored pants, a nubbly gray sweater and yellow sneakers, Solondz looks the part of independent cinema's presiding nerd...

  • Anti-SemitesPlead Guilty to Firebombing

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two brothers, both self-proclaimed anti-Semites and white supremacists, pleaded guilty Sept. 7 to firebombing three synagogues in the Sacramento area two years ago.

    Benjamin Matthew Williams, 33, considered the instigator in the attacks, faces 30 years in federal prison. His...

  • Jewish Law and RU-486

    By Francesca Lunzer Kritz

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    How do Jews and how does Judaism view the recent approval of Mifeprex, a drug combination that can replace surgical abortion in many women?

    Well, that depends on whom you ask.

    Mifeprex, popularly call RU-486, can be used to terminate pregnancies for up to 49 days, counting from the...

  • The Stealth Politics of Dr. Laura

    By Sarah Blustain

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    She's mean, she's popular. And she's more political than her shocked listeners realize. Pat Buchanan has floated her name for running mate. Gay activists have made her a target in the battle for marriage rights. And Christian lobbyists and proselytizers are carrying her flag high.

    She...

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