December 17, 2005
Re "Religious zealots, arranged right to left," Current, Dec. 11 We at the Union for Reform Judaism thank Dennis Prager for reminding the American public that there exist religious voices other than those of the religious right. We hope that his article is the beginning of greater media attention to liberal religious perspectives on economic, social and political matters. We believe that the religious truths of Judaism call on us to speak out on the great issues of our day. If Prager disagrees with that, he had better take it up with Isaiah, Jeremiah and Amos.
October 15, 2005
Re "When young Jews major in anti-Semitism," Current, Oct. 9 I am a proud and practicing Jew. I am also against governments that torture, discriminate and are founded on ethnic cleansing. My anti-Zionism is not, as Dennis Prager would have it, "a form of anti-Semitism" based on the idea "that only one country in the world is unworthy of existence." I believe a number of governments throughout the world are illegitimate, including Sudan, Uzbekistan, Iran and Israel. Yet I remain hopeful.
September 18, 2005
Re "The left finds an avenging angel in Katrina," Current, Sept. 11 Conservative apologist Dennis Prager sets up a false argument: that some people find the Bush tax cuts and ignoring of global warming akin to sin. He then attributes that position to a mysterious entity he dubs the "secular left" (as if liberals cannot be religious), ties it to Hurricane Katrina and smugly knocks it down. Truly an exercise in futility. As usual, his piece ignores the only fact that matters: The Katrina disaster finally exposed a staggering level of mendacity and ineptitude at the federal level, and people no longer feel safe.
August 17, 2005
Re "Why God hates terrorists more than gamblers," Current, Aug. 14 Dennis Prager says that if Jews, Christians and Muslims cannot see that killing in God's name is a greater sin than most, they deserve the contempt the secular world already has for them. He says belief in God is the only hope for spreading goodness on Earth: "Without a God-based moral code, morality becomes a euphemism for personal preferences and humanity sinks into moral anarchy." He just doesn't get that the world over, without input from the gods, people have concluded that thou shall not murder, steal, bear false witness or covet.
July 12, 2005
Re "Evil targets God's chosen," Current, July 10 Dennis Prager writes that without the Jews there would be no Christianity and no Islam, but if this were true then he neglects to mention another thing there would not be: war. As a Jew, I find it disturbing to live in a world where we hail our own spiritual faith as somehow more important than another's. Millions have paid the ultimate price for this spiritual arrogance with their suffering at the hands of someone else's belief system.
June 26, 2005
Re "Our Father Is No 'It' or Gal God," Opinion, June 19: Kudos to Dennis Prager for acknowledging the artificiality of his God's masculinity, that mask being a mere psychological convenience. Prager admits that the Bible characterizes God as "sexually neuter" and "entirely devoid of sexual characteristics," and, obviously, a biological trait such as gender cannot be possessed by a being who is neither biological nor material. In order to qualify as supernatural, God must, tautologically, transcend the properties of nature.