Archive: Nathan Diament
The U.S. Constitution provides that there "shall be no religious test for office." But it is certainly appropriate for voters to be informed of a candidate's faith in order to better understand the candidate and what animates him.
By Nathan Diament | February 9, 2011; 03:52 PM ET | Comments (13)
Our society should ensure that those who need a lawful medical procedure can access it. But in these cases, the law embodies not only legal rights, but rights that indeed have a basis in moral values - to respect and protect the religious liberty and character on American individuals and institutions.
By Nathan Diament | January 24, 2011; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (6)
I am not offended by Ms. Palin's resort to this response, I think her to be a friend of Israel and the Jewish people. But to my ears, her response keeps our political and civic discourse in the gutter.
By Nathan Diament | January 12, 2011; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (1)
we must also be mindful of those who acted heroically - and succeeded - to save the lives of the victims; and saved entire worlds....including all of us....as well.
By Nathan Diament | January 12, 2011; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)
Politicians who use - and abuse - religion in politics in a way that is not true and consistent with who they will be seen, correctly, as disingenuous and worse.
By Nathan Diament | November 9, 2010; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (4)
The faith lives of candidates "are up for debate" in the closing weeks of a hard-fought midterm election because it is in this final stretch that campaigns become more desparate if they think they are about to lose.
By Nathan Diament | October 19, 2010; 09:36 AM ET | Comments (2)
The challenge at hand for those pursuing peace is not to deny the role and demands of Judaism, Islam and Christianity as they relate to the Israeli-Arab conflict; but to acknowledge the roles and demands of the faiths and find ways to being them into the conversation and quest for solutions.
By Nathan Diament | September 14, 2010; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)
To that I would add that the President demonstrated an appreciation for the Jewish approach to the advent of a new year as a time for renewal and reflection. He even commented on how much he likes hearing the sound of the shofar from the synagogue he lived across the street from in Chicago.
By Nathan Diament | September 8, 2010; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (1)
An honest and accurate discussion about values and choices is important and can uplift the nation.
By Nathan Diament | August 31, 2010; 12:43 PM ET | Comments (3)
There is a difference between rights, which must be protected under the law, and courtesies, the mutual respect and common decency that neighbors owe to one another.
By Nathan Diament | August 17, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (1)
It's a wonderful testament to the freedom we enjoy in the United States that one can be invited to a dinner event with the President and decline on the grounds of one's own religious commitments and receive complete understanding.
By Nathan Diament | August 13, 2010; 09:13 AM ET | Comments (0)