Last week, the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. In conversation with Jonathan Silver, Mitchell Rocklin argues that Kavanaugh’s record suggests he will be inclined to defend religious liberty, particularly on issues pertaining to education. Rocklin goes on to discuss the current public conversation concerning freedom of religion, the American left’s abandonment of its once-solid commitment to this freedom, and the legacy of Justice Kennedy.
Anthony Kennedy, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Future of Religious Freedom
The American Jewish Establishment Has Failed to Grapple with the Threat of Anti-Semitism
When the White House released its plan for the creation of a Palestinian state that also gives due consideration to Israeli security, writes Seth Mandel, a number of major Jewish organizations rushed to condemn it. The self-styled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group J Street lambasted the plan for being too pro-Israel, as did the Israel Policy Forum—founded in the 1990s at the behest of Yitzḥak Rabin. Even the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) responded equivocally. To Mandel, this attitude is only a symptom of a deeper problem: