'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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soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Joe413


    March 15, 2012 at 2:18 am |
  2. fernace

    This man is as serious about becoming a politician as Roseanne or Joe the Plumber! This is mainly a bid for media attention, as was his "friendship" w/Michael Jackson! It's sad to see so many egocentric people throwing their 2 cents around, being arrogant enough to think their "2 cents" is somehow different & has elevated status from all the other "2 centers"! 2 cents is 2 cents, I think y'alls 15 minutes are up!!

    March 15, 2012 at 12:14 am |
    • Mirror Time

      Thanks for putting in your two cents on the matter.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:20 am |
  3. LadyJ

    Wow! Where to begin. Botech is a hack, a liar, a pompous fool who betrayed his "friend". With those credentials he should run and win. Now, for Mr Jackson. When will some of you stop taking cheap shots. Mr Jackson was INNOCENT. Snide remarks make you look small and jealous. Move on. Do your research – some honest research – and learn the truth about this remarkable man. Until then, stop being so snarky. It's unattractive.

    March 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
  4. Bob Hope's Big Comeback . . . As A ZOMBIE!!!!!

    I'm sure this guy was to spirituality what Michael Jackson's doctor was to medicine.

    March 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  5. fernace

    Well, why the heck should Christians; Catholic & Protestants alike, get to have all the fanatical/political fun! Why not the Jewish fanatics who want to force feed us their fundamental religiosity in the name of "returning to Conservative values!" Where are the Hindu, Bhuddist & Muslim religious politician wannabes? They're missing the party! Of course while they argue, cry & throw fits over who practices the 1 True Religion, which we all must convert to, the adults in the room will continue to support gay rights, legal abortion & contraception covered by insurance for all! We will also continue to support the separation of church & state & freedom to choose our own religion; when & how to worship! Get y'alls religion out of my government! It is Not a natural mash-up, like chocolate & peanutbutter! It's more like a natural disaster!!

    March 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  7. Charge Nurse Betty of the Paranoia Nut Ward

    Who would name their baby Shmuley ?

    March 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • Bippy the Lesser Squirrel God of Punk Mime

      Their first choice of names was "Throbby Pubert Botox", so really, "Shmuley Boteach" is a big improvement.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  8. Anon

    Oh goody it's the shrieker that was Hitchslapped many times, LOL

    March 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  9. Ungodly Discipline


    March 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  10. lol

    nothing says "sexy" like scraggly beards and archaic sacrificial cult beliefs!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
  11. VOA

    Rabbi , Wish you success in your pursuit of being the 'values voice'. Sounds like a uphill task but sure has to start somewhere...

    March 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      But trim your beard, ick.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  12. A Whiter Shade Of Pale

    Michael Jackson was whiter that a jew from New Jersey?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      MJ had vitiligo, after his death the autopsy confirmed it.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Ungodly Discipline

      That doesn't explain his transformation from human to freakzoid. Is that a nose or a potato peeler? Where are his lips?

      March 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
    • Tom

      @Ungodly Discipline and gotpot and the like:
      Shouldn't some of his "victims" be the ones doing all the bleating? After all they are adults now and can speak for themselves and any kind of "agreement" they might have signed with Jackson died when he did so they could speak up now and not have to worry. In fact, they could probably make money. The reason no one has spoken up is because there are no "victims". Of course if you have proof after 19 years of non-proof bring it on; otherwise go pound sand.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  13. The Amazing Tap-Dancing Wombats of Jerusalem!!

    There sure are a lot of religious people selling sex books these days. This must be the fourth or fifth mentioned on this blog in the last month.

    Religion is getting more and more like a carnival freak show with each passing day. Then again, that may be a terrible insult to carnival side show freaks.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
    • North Dallas Atheist

      In North Dallas there appears to be a Christian book store every couple of miles! And every normal book store (left) has a large religious section.

      March 14, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  14. Ungodly Discipline

    How come the rabbi doesn't have to wear one of those little pancakes on his head?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  15. Ungodly Discipline

    This really feels like a Tosh.O moment......

    March 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • sam

      I'm afraid so.

      March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  16. Ungodly Discipline

    Wait, shouldn't MJ be a Catholic, considering....

    March 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • GodPot

      I'm pretty sure he was serving those kid's Jesus juice wasn't he?

      March 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  17. Ungodly Discipline

    Who is the burn victim walking next to the rabbi?

    March 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • Loceth

      You're so jealous of MJ it's funny.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • @youignantdotcom

      lol yeah, Id be willing to bet he is jealous of a deceased, pedophile, drug addict. SMH #youignant

      March 15, 2012 at 10:22 am |
  18. J.W

    Kosher S3x makes not sense at all. S3x isnt food.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • GodPot

      No, but if you drain all the life out of it like you would the blood from an animal I suppose you could package and sell it as kosher...

      March 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  19. Ungodly Discipline

    Please tell me why when I read this headline my first thought was dill pickles.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  20. sam

    Oh God.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
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