Dennis Prager In Quotes — June 24, 2003 — June 22, 2004

“As a graduate student at Columbia University’s Russian Institute, my field of study was totalitarianism. I learned that a major characteristic of Soviet and other totalitarian regimes was their frequent rewriting of history. As a famous Soviet dissident joke put it: In the Soviet Union, the future is known; it’s the past which is always changing.”

“One can only pray that Muslim institutions will realize the immensity of damage done to the name of Allah and to Islam by those Muslims who preach or practice evil in the name of Allah and Islam — and the even greater damage done by the rest of the Islamic world’s failure to protest against this evil. If only they realized that they could go a long way in mitigating this damage by publicly announcing over and over that evil preached or committed in the name of Allah and Islam is the greatest sin and its practitioners will go to hell. For if there is a hell, those who murder and torture the innocent while praising God are surely the first to go there.”

“I have contempt for “the world.” I cherish and admire countless individuals, but I have contempt for “the world” and “world opinion.” “The world” has never cared about evils inflicted on human beings. The Communist genocides meant nothing to humanity. The Holocaust meant nothing. With almost no exception, the mass atrocities since World War II have likewise absorbed humanity less than the Olympics or the Miss World Contest.”

“In their hearts, many Americans on the left do regard blacks as somewhat inferior, meaning, in other words, that they harbor racist views. That is the only explanation for the nearly universal leftist belief that all whites are racist, a libel that your child has probably been taught at college in some diversity or racial sensitivity seminar. When a white liberal says or writes this, we presume he is including himself. Unless he is saying “all whites except me” are racist — a claim so megalomaniacal that the claimant risks dismissal as a crackpot — he obviously means that this includes himself. And in this he is right. One reason that so many liberals believe that all whites are racist is that they are projecting their racism onto all other whites.”

“Palestinian Muslim terror emanates from a desire to destroy Israel, not to end Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. Other Muslim terror is aimed at weakening the West, America in particular, so that militant theocratic Islam can dominate Muslim-majority societies and then take over other societies, as it is slowly doing in Western Europe.”

“Just as the German nation, fairly or not, has had to grapple with the moral legacy of Nazism, and the name of Christianity still suffers (unfairly) because of medieval persecutions of non-Christians, so, too, Islam, Arabs and Palestinians will have to struggle for generations to shed their identification with murdering innocents. While it is Americans, Israelis and other targets of terror who most suffer individually from Palestinian and other Muslim terror, those with the most to lose are Palestinians, Arabs and Islam.”

“Just as many liberals and secularists can only imagine a religious person being brainwashed, not a liberal or a secular one, they likewise can only imagine religious extremism, never secular extremism. One can easily be too religious, but never too secular. Yet, we have far more secular extremism than religious extremism in our society.”

“One can tolerate gay couples, move next door to them, invite them over for a barbecue, love them as fellow family members or just as fellow human beings, and still fight for the preservation of marriage as every civilization has known it.”

“There is nothing in mainstream Christianity or Judaism that supports same-sex marriage. There is nothing biblically supportive — and there is much biblically opposed — and there was not one major religious leader or thinker in Jewish or Christian history prior to the present generation who argued for same-sex marriage.”

“Western naifs like to believe platitudes such as “Deep down, all people are really the same,” “All people want peace,” and the great untruth of multiculturalism that no culture is morally superior to another. That is why they choose not to face the truth about the Nazi-like hatred that permeates the Arab/Muslim world and the consequent moral gulf that exists between it and Israel. It shatters too many of their illusions.”

“Making New Year’s resolutions is a great idea. Even if we violate them before February, it is good to resolve to improve one’s life. It is far better to try and to fail than never to try.”

“Of course, both sexes want many of the same things — love, respect, attention — but the ways they want them expressed are often very different. The moment men and women realize this and act upon this realization, their relations will dramatically improve.”

“America is the greatest force for good on the planet. America, with the support of Britain and some other countries, and against the rest of “world opinion,” liberated Iraq from evil. If it were up to the U.N. or the EU, or the editorial boards of most major American newspapers, Saddam would still be happily making palaces for himself and torture dungeons for his people.”

“Not everyone is happy about Saddam’s capture. Palestinians, for example, are weeping. Saddam was their hero. Iraqis were forced to march with his posters, but Palestinians did so voluntarily. Many on the Left are also not particularly happy. Saddam’s capture is a victory for American force and for George W. Bush, and the Left hates both more than it hates Saddam.”

“As a New York-born and raised Jewish liberal, when I am asked when I left liberalism, I answer that I never left it. It left me — first and foremost over the issue of communism. At one time, to be a liberal meant being anti-communist as well as anti-fascist. Shortly after the death of John F. Kennedy, however, liberalism ceased being anti-communist. Instead it became anti-anti-communist.”

“When watching “The Passion,” Jews and Christians are watching two entirely different films. For two hours, Christians watch their Savior tortured and killed. For the same two hours, Jews watch Jews arrange the killing and torture of the Christians’ Savior.”

“The Left believes that opposing race-based college dorms, graduation ceremonies, congressional caucuses or professional organizations is racist. The Right believes that race-based college dorms, graduation ceremonies, congressional caucuses and professional organizations are racist.”

“It takes a particularly noble Democrat to promote marriage and family. The strengthening of these institutions is not in the Democratic Party’s self-interest. The more people marry, and especially the more they have children after they marry, the more likely they are to hold conservative values and vote Republican.”

“The Democratic Party, for a pot of gold (Latino votes), is debasing American citizenship. Why become an American citizen if you can get a free education, free health care and a driver’s license (with which you will be able to then vote) without becoming a citizen? Why identify as an American when this country officially celebrates your cultural identity at least as much as it celebrates American cultural identity? Why learn English, when America will do everything possible to make that language unnecessary to the vast numbers of Spanish-speaking immigrants, legal and illegal?”

“When I grew up (I became a teenager in the early 1960s), “liberal” was not only not the same as “left,” it was often anti-left. My boyhood idol (whose presidency I still admire) was President John F. Kennedy. His liberalism is my liberalism to this day. Kennedy advocated four major positions — lower taxes, expanded military, the use of American power to fight evil, and the centrality of God to American life and to morality. Liberals and their political party, the Democrats, have since rejected each of these positions, all of which are now considered conservative.”

“Liberals are certain that they know more, understand more, are more tolerant and more compassionate than anyone else. Therefore, there is no inclination for a liberal judge to allow democracy to determine society’s values.”

“That is one reason “feelings” and “compassion” are two of the most often used liberal terms. “Character” is no longer a liberal word because it implies self-restraint. “Good and evil” are not liberal words either as they imply a moral standard beyond one’s feelings. In assessing what position to take on moral or social questions, the liberal asks him or herself, “How do I feel about it?” or “How do I show the most compassion?” not “What is right?” or “What is wrong?” For the liberal, right and wrong are dismissed as unknowable, and every person chooses his or her own morality.”

“A good example of liberal narcissism is the liberal position on abortion. For the liberal, the worth of a human fetus, whether it is allowed to live or to be extinguished, is entirely based on the feelings of the mother. If the mother wants to give birth, the fetus is of incomparable worth; if the mother doesn’t, the fetus has the value of a decayed tooth.”

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