‘Never Again’ Requires Promoting Religious Freedom For All

  For a conference that wasn’t primarily about Jews or anti-Semitism, the Holocaust featured fairly prominently at the U.S. State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom last week — and not in a Godwin’s Law sort of way. Perhaps that reflected survivors of religious violence visiting the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum last Monday, but “Never … Continue reading

Do It For G-d (and Country)

Sorry, New York Times, but wealth inequality cannot explain every societal trend. Culture is powerful, and understanding various groups’ cultural habits helps us understand those individuals’ behavior. A case in point is an article The Timesrecently ran about Cuba’s population, observing: By almost any metric, Cuba’s demographics are in dire straits. Since the 1970s, the birthrate has been in … Continue reading

Jane, the (Charming, Pregnant) Virgin

Imagine a show about the adventures of a young, comely virgin. Doubt it’d exist? Jane the Virgin, adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela, is a new CW abshow that’s original, affable, and surprisingly respectful of religious believers. The show offers a new twist on traditional mores—provocatively and comically—asking: What happens when the wrong woman is artificially … Continue reading

On TV, Is Nasty More Compelling Than Nice?

Is nastiness more dramatically compelling than niceness? I wondered about that recently as I considered my TV watching habits. A number of my regular TV dramas have been on an extended winter break, and their absence has not made my heart grow fonder. In fact, I’ve realized that I can live quite comfortably without them. … Continue reading