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What kind of a G-d wants teenage boys dead and teenage girls forcibly married?

What kind of a G-d wants teenage boys dead and teenage girls forcibly married?

The Islamic G-d of Boko Haram.

This Islamic terrorist group apparently recruited the suicide bomber who murdered boys in a school in northeastern Nigeria. Forty-seven died. This Islamic terrorist group kidnapped 276 teenage girls from a school in Nigeria last April. Its leader, Abuakar Shekau, who fancies himself a caliph, boasted in a video that the girls had been married off and converted to Islam. Welcome to the religion of peace, Nigeria style.

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For the new US Senate, Priority #1: Iran

On the cusp of finalizing a deal that will let Iran keep its nuclear weapons infrastructure in place, the US administration has explicitly elected to “close out” Congress from the decision. This high-handed, weak-kneed approach of the Obama administration is among the policies soundly rejected in this week’s mid-term election that saw control of the US Senate change hands. To be sure, the Senate will not change hands until next January, while the deadline for a deal with Iran is at the e...
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Veterans Day, 2014

Next Tuesday we mark Veterans Day, honoring everyone who has served in the US Armed Forces. The annual Veterans Day national ceremony at Arlington Cemetery takes place at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month, the moment the major hostilities of WW I officially ended in 1918. This year’s ceremonies should not remain in the realm of honorable remembrance. This year’s ceremonies should not only harken back to the past. What began this summer at the Phoenix, Arizona Veterans Health Adminis...
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Jerry Grossfeld, 1924-2014

Jerry Grossfeld kept the faith. He headed Jewish Family and Children’s Service (as JFS was then known), 1976-1989, when the nuclear Jewish family was dropping from the vision of American Jewry. Besides the intricate and intimate problems brought to his attention, his agency operated in a climate of opinion that challenged its basic presupposition: the centrality of family. Which made the job Jerry Grossfeld did all the more remarkable.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 November 2014 09:21 )

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‘Genetically modified’ label protection a myth

It sounds simple enough: Affirm that the food one buys has not been genetically modified. Require it on the nutrition label, right alongside the counts for cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, etc. This is anything but simple. Counterintuitively, in fact, a GMO label will likely achieve the opposite of its purpose. How so? Right now, organic foods that are produced with every effort not to introduce genetically modified seeds or ingredients affirm the GMO-free process of production. What the GMO...
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