1. Rabbi D.B. Ganz: Is it Moral or Smart to Attack Syria?
2. Joe Messina: One Nation "Under God?"
3. John LeBoutillier: Will the Syrian Debate in D.C. Cause an American Political Revolution?
4. James Hirsen: Hollywood Mostly Silent on Syria
Is it Moral or Smart to Attack Syria?
The world reacted with justified moral indignation to Syria's use of poison gas on humans. The Obama administration apparently feels that the USA is therefore morally obligated to attack Syria. It may at first seem counter-intuitive, but an ancient Jewish principle is that when one group of people is being massacred by another group, an unaligned third nation should NOT dispatch their own soldiers, some of whom will die, in order to save many more of the victims. Accordingly, America should NOT send even a few of its soldiers to their deaths in Syria in order to save many more Syrian lives. Doing so is not morally righteous. [more on 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'...]
One Nation "Under God?"
By Joe Messina
We've become a nation that pushes its citizens to trust in the government and not God. The phrase "under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance means about as much as telling your wife you love her as you beat and abuse her. They are just lies and empty words. As an example, the Massachusetts Supreme Court will be ruling on Doe v. Action-Boxborough Regional School District and whether the pledge violates students' rights. The battle over the Pledge has been lost several times around the country in many federal courts. Previously, they have used the non-existent separation of church and state law. This time they are using the infringement of student rights. Well, guess what? "Under God" has been settled in court many times now. [more...]
Will the Syrian Debate in D.C. Cause an American Political Revolution?
Syria: is this the issue that is going to change American politics for years to come? Are we witnessing a game-changing pre-revolutionary moment in our political history – a time when the elites have so alienated the American people that our politics will never again be the same? [more...]
Hollywood Mostly Silent on Syria
By James Hirsen
As President Barack Obama continues to push for a military strike on Syria, the Hollywood community's most vocal anti-war celebrities seem to be taking a hushed approach when it comes to discussing the issue. When George Clooney was recently asked about a possible U.S. military intervention by a reporter at the Venice Film Festival, the actor responded, "I actually thought you would ask me about Ben Affleck playing Batman, but no, it's Syria." The long list of notables, who had previously made it a point to let the world know their viewpoints regarding war when a Republican president was serving in the Oval Office, include Clooney, Sheryl Crow, Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, and Danny Glover, among others. All seem to be AWOL this time around when it comes to voicing anti-war comments. [more...]