Tag: Muslims

September 11: George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump

September 11:  George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump
George W. Bush gave the first 9/11 address on that very date back in 2001. His composure, reassurance and resolution struck exactly the right tone for a nation reeling from the attack earlier that day. Donald Trump gave his 9/11 speech yesterday and his tone could not have been more discordant, self absorbed and detached.... Read more »

Pope Frances is going to have to say a few more Hail Marys and a heartfelt mea culpa

Pope Frances is going to have to say a few more Hail Marys and a heartfelt mea culpa
Friday’s piece on the Pope’s punch brought the Pope a lot more consternation than it did me.  Whew!  Apparently, I went too easy on the guy. “How dare he say that it’s OK to slug someone if you don’t like what he says?”   “How dare he think he has the right to put limits on... Read more »

The Pope would think me a provacateur if I told him what to do to himself and the horse he rode in on

The Pope would think me a provacateur if I told him what to do to himself and the horse he rode in on
I know what you’re thinking.  The end of the title should read, “the horse on which he rode.”  Sorry, syntax was never my forte. As Ed Schultz likes to say, “Let’s get to work.” On an airplane somewhere over the Pacific Ocean yesterday, Pope Francis told journalists that he would punch a man-specifically, his friend,... Read more »
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"Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences"

The title quote is from 19th Century writer Robert Louis Stevenson.  As you may have noted from your own life or from watching the news, not much has changed in the last two centuries. In reality, that observation of the human condition goes back much farther than Robert Louis Stevenson.  One could argue that his... Read more »

Abdulrahman Zeitoun changed the way I think about Muslims

Abdrulrahman Zeitoun-Zeitoun to his family and friends-is a naturalized American citizen who emigrated to the United States from Syria.  The trials and tribulations he experienced in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are documented in Dave Eggers’ book, Zeitoun. As an American Jew, I have a natural antipathy toward the Arab world.  That... Read more »