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'Kosher Sex' author and rabbi running for Congress
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, once an advisor to Michael Jackson, announced he is running for congress.
March 14th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

'Kosher Sex' author and rabbi running for Congress

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the bestselling author of "Kosher Sex" and one-time spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson, announced Wednesday he was running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The self-proclaimed "America's Rabbi" launched his bid for New Jersey's 9th Congressional district as a Republican, saying in a statement it was the first time a Republican rabbi has run for Congress. He pledged to work for conservative values if elected to the House.

"The values that have dominated the American political landscape for decades include an obsession with gay marriage, abortion, and now contraception," Boteach said. "If elected, I pledge to be a 'values voice' in Congress, and focus on issues that have largely been ignored; it is time to expand the values conversation and agenda, and once again make them the center of our country. Let's begin with saving the institution of marriage by making family a priority again."

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  1. The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

    Michael Jackson was a God and Prophet in the entertainment world and that was good gospel of Michael Jackson. Jackson was a better God than Christ or Muhammad since Jackson cared about the world and wanted the world to live right. Jackson was Christ in Hollywood, California which was good gospel of Jackson. Any questions on how to create new Christs for the world, call us at 240–274-5156 and/or 240–632-1189 for details. Thank you for your service!

    March 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  2. CosmicC

    Hmm, a pleuralistic theocracy, joining Evangelical Christians and Orthodox Jews. Why not include Orthodox Muslims. There is a HUGE amount of common ground between the three.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Robyn Houp

      There is NO common ground between devout Muslims and any other religion. Read the Koran. There is certainly no common ground between 'Evangelical Christians' and Orthodox Muslims. And as for 'leaving religion out of our goverment', get Obama out of office. Afterall, he's a confessed devout muslim, when he's not professing or pretending to be a devout Christian.

      By the way, how's that hope and change thing working for ya?

      March 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  3. @youignantdotcom

    Exactly what this country needs, more bigoted, self-centered ideology. Leave your religion out of our government.

    March 15, 2012 at 10:19 am |
    • just sayin

      For over 200 years we have been a country that places God at the forefront of our governing and we have done well. Why now should we change what works for some half assed atheist?

      March 16, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • CosmicC

      Yes, we've had so much success with our history of crosses being burnt on the lawns of Catholics and Jews, Muslims being persecuted for their beliefs, and Hindus and Sihks being brutalized because our ignorant citizens think they are Muslims.

      March 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

      Religion is good for the government if Obama becomes God because Michael Jackson was God in Hollywood, California and that is good gospel of Jackson and Obama along with Christ.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Just lyin', again, eh? This "religious nation" nonsense is getting old, and is a farce.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    March 15, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • @youignantdotcom

      chemicals in your brain maybe.....#youignant

      March 15, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Jesus

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!!!~ .....

      March 15, 2012 at 10:44 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven,

      March 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things.
      Proven,

      March 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • @youignantdotcom

      Prayer is #ignant

      March 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Things change prayer...has anyone seen my OCD meds?

      March 15, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things. Need proof? A name thief steals and posts the reply under "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things." Stupid is as stupid does.

      March 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Terre08

      christian taliban troll!

      March 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Jesus

      "Prayer changes things,
      Proven ."

      You've been proven a LIAR over and over again on this blog.

      March 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • just sayin

      When you post a wonderful Truth like "prayer changes things, proven" the lies you follow it with pale in comparison. God be praised !

      March 16, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • Jesus

      "When you post a wonderful Truth like "prayer changes things, proven" the lies you follow it with pale in comparison. God be praised !"

      More lies on top of mores lies, the experts have proven you WRONG!

      March 16, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • CosmicC

      Prayer is an act of faith. As such it is a belief that does not require proof (that's what faith is). If you believe in it, fine, that's your choice. I don't subscribe to that belief.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

      The world needs to worship and praise president Obama since Obama will be God on October 21st of this year and that the world will be christian if they make Obama God in their hearts. We need to read the gospels of Obama and Christ real good!

      March 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  5. AGuest9

    Sure he is. Running for an office? Write a controversial book to get your name out there.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

      Come to the nation's capitol to make our good president your God in your hearts since he will rule the world on October 21st of this year.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  6. Reality

    Putting the kibosh on anything kosher:

    origin: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20E1EFE35540C7A8CDDAA0894DA404482 NY Times review and important enough to reiterate.

    New Torah For Modern Minds

    “Abraham, the Jewish patriarch, probably never existed. Nor did Moses. The entire Exodus story as recounted in the Bible probably never occurred. The same is true of the tumbling of the walls of Jericho. And David, far from being the fearless king who built Jerusalem into a mighty capital, was more likely a provincial leader whose reputation was later magnified to provide a rallying point for a fledgling nation.

    Such startling propositions - the product of findings by archaeologists digging in Israel and its environs over the last 25 years - have gained wide acceptance among non-Orthodox rabbis. But there has been no attempt to disseminate these ideas or to discuss them with the laity - until now.

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents the 1.5 million Conservative Jews in the United States, has just issued a new Torah and commentary, the first for Conservatives in more than 60 years. Called "Etz Hayim" ("Tree of Life" in Hebrew), it offers an interpretation that incorporates the latest findings from archaeology, philology, anthropology and the study of ancient cultures. To the editors who worked on the book, it represents one of the boldest efforts ever to introduce into the religious mainstream a view of the Bible as a human rather than divine doc-ument.

    The notion that the Bible is not literally true "is more or less settled and understood among most Conservative rabbis," observed David Wolpe, a rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and a contributor to "Etz Hayim." But some congregants, he said, "may not like the stark airing of it." Last Passover, in a sermon to 2,200 congregants at his synagogue, Rabbi Wolpe frankly said that "virtually every modern archaeologist" agrees "that the way the Bible describes the Exodus is not the way that it happened, if it happened at all." The rabbi offered what he called a "LITANY OF DISILLUSION”' about the narrative, including contradictions, improbabilities, chronological lapses and the absence of corroborating evidence. In fact, he said, archaeologists digging in the Sinai have "found no trace of the tribes of Israel - not one shard of pottery."

    March 15, 2012 at 8:16 am |
    • .....

      hit report abuse on all reality ill informed bull sh it

      March 15, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

      Our church here in Damascus, Md. is the only true gospel church since it is based on the Muslim Christian Gospels of Obama and Christ. Call us at 240–274-5156 and/or 240–632-1189 for details. Thank you for your service!

      March 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
  7. Allison

    Um ... we don't need another religious figure to legislate our morality. I'm an independent voter, leaning toward Libertarian, and I don't like the idea of anyone voting on what should be private concerns like marriage and family planning where the state has no business intruding.

    March 15, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  8. jack leddy

    A spiritual advisor to Michael Jackson. Yep! Thats what we need in congress. LOL LOL LOL LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 6:23 am |
    • CosmicC

      So much potential material I don't know where to start.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • The Obama Christian Muslim Church in Damascus, Maryland

      Michael Jackson was good and he was a better God and Prophet than any other. Jackson is in heaven with the good guys.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
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