This, sadly, has been one of those weeks. A week where, despite all of the tributes to the life and legacy of that great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, abject bigotry raised its ugly head more times than we wish to enumerate.
Many religious systems have borrowed various concepts from Judaism -- from Sabbath observance to dietary laws to moral code. If it is so easy to scam the masses, why wouldn't they borrow our revelation narrative?
Netanyahu has guided Israel to unprecedented international isolation, income disparity and diplomatic stasis. But it is necessary and sobering to recall that his presumptive partners for peace are hardly without blemish.
No one says that Buchanan is not bright and personable. He is, however, a bigot so far outside the American political mainstream that he should never have been given legitimacy by MSNBC in the first place.
At the death camps, the Muslims spoke out forthrightly against Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. This journey of reconciliation gives the lie to the caricatures of Islam that have become so prevalent.