The Celebrate Israel Festival on May 31 at Pier 94, slated to be the largest gathering to date of Israeli-Americans in New York.
The world hardly needs a Jewish Press commentary on the affirmative action and gay rights rulings handed down by the United States Supreme Court last week. There have already been
millions of words written about them, and there will certainly be millions more.
We do, however, urge our readers to sit back and contemplate how it came to pass that the custodian of a Constitution requiring all Americans to be treated equally under the law endorsed the principle that public decisions may be made based on race. Or, after all these years of legislative history to the contrary, how our nation’s highest court was able to find
authority in the Constitution to effectively bar our federal and state governments from restricting conduct simply because it’s consensual.
We do however, think it important to draw attention to the spin these decisions were subject to in the pages of The New York Times, which attempted to portray them as eminently logical and unremarkable.
In its editorial roundup this past Sunday on the Supreme Court Term – matter-of-factly titled “A Moderate Term of the Court” (emphasis ours) – the Times cited in its opening paragraphs the Court’s “endorsing the consideration of race” in college admissions and that “gay sexual relations are constitutionally protected” because they are consensual.
Yet on Tuesday, in a front-page story headlined “In a Momentous Term, Justices Remake the Law, and the Court” (emphasis ours), the Times’s longtime Supreme Court reporter and resident constitutional law expert, Linda Greenhouse, wrote:
The Supreme Court term that ended last week will leave as big an imprint as any in recent memory – not only on the country, but on the court itself in ways few would have expected when the term began….
In an amazing final week, the court preserved affirmative action in university admissions, providing a safe harbor for a policy that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s majority opinion described not as something to be grudgingly tolerated but as close to a moral imperative. Then the court found in the Constitution’s due process guarantee a demand for gay men and lesbians to be accorded dignity and respect for their private sexual behavior.
The Times – and the Left for which it speaks – may think all of this is no big deal. But it is really a very big deal for millions of Americans who refuse to be swayed by ideological trends and political fashions.
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Many books have supported the preferability- not to be confused with desirability- of the status quo
Consider the Pope’s desperation, reading daily reports of the slaughter of Christians by Muslims
The contrast between a Dem pretending to love Israel & a Dem who truly loves Israel is CRYSTAL CLEAR
U.S and European demands for the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank is world hypocrisy.
We take a whole person approach, giving our people assistance with whatever they need.
During my spiritual journey I discovered G-d spoke to man only once, to the Jewish people at Sinai
20 years after the great Ethiopian aliyah, we must treat them like everyone else; no better or worse
Connecting Bamidbar&Shavuot is simple-A world without Torah is midbar; with Torah a blessed paradise
Many Black protesters compared Baltimore’s unrest to the Palestinian penchant of terrorism & rioting
She credited success to “mini” decisions-Small choices building on each other leading to big changes
Shavuot 1915, 200000 Jews were expelled; amongst the largest single expulsions since Roman times
Realizing there was no US military threat, Iran resumed, expanded & accelerated its nuclear program
“Enlightened Jews” who refuse to show chareidim the tolerance they insist we give to Arabs sicken me
Somewhat surprisingly, the Vatican’s unwelcome gesture was diametrically at odds with what President Obama signaled in an interview with the news outlet Al Arabiya.
“Let’s get something straight so we don’t kid each other…[the Iranians] already have paved a path to a bomb’s worth of material,” said Mr. Biden. “Iran could get there now if they walked away in two to three months without a deal.”
The president is unwilling to cede any of what he considers his exclusive powers in the area of foreign policy and has struggled mightily to keep the Senate away from any role in the kind of deal to be negotiated.
A committed Religious Zionist, he was a sought-after adviser on Zionist affairs around the world.
More important, Mr. Obama is simply acceding to Iran’s position on the timing of the lifting of sanctions.
For our community, Mrs. Clinton’s foreign policy record will doubtless attract the most attention. And it is a most interesting one.
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