DENNIS PRAGER

RADIO TALK SHOW HOST

 
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AFFILIATIONs

JEWISH POLICY CENTER: Member of the Board of Fellows (Currently)

KRLA: Radio Show Host (Currently)

Prager University: Member of the Board of Fellows

Funded by:

The Wilks Family

BIO

Dennis Prager is a syndicated radio talk show host, syndicated columnist, author, and public speaker. He is known for his far-right political views which emanate from conservative Judeo-Christian values. Prager alleges that the U.S. is engaged in a "second non-violent civil cultural war" over the fundamental moral values on which he believes American society was built. Prager argues that many influential American institutions (including universities, trial lawyers, labor unions, the ACLU, civil rights groups, and most large newspapers and television networks) are dominated by "secular leftists," who, he says, attack and misrepresent Judeo-Christian values and their positive historical effect upon America and the world. Prager is an unabashed critic of Islam. He denies that the term Islamophobia has any meaning, contending that it is merely a creation by the “liberal left” to badmouth critics of Islam. He also asserts that the root of the Israeli conflict is pure, unadulterated racism on the part of Muslims worldwide.

Prager argued that Ellison should not be able to use the Quran to be sworn into Congress. He also implicitly compared the Quran to Mein Kampf.

Prager thinks that the “veil,” referring to the religious garments some Muslim women choose to wear, is a morally retrograde and misogynistic article of clothing.

Prager thinks that Islam and multiculturalism are evil forces that seek to dismantle Western Civilization.

RECENT ACTIVITY

PragerU’s Youtube channel is very active, uploading videos from some of the most well-known conservative thinkers in America--including Islamophobes like Dinesh D’Souza and Ben Shapiro. It’s incredibly successful, with their videos garnering millions of views.

In total, Prager University has received $6,550,000 from the Wilks family [emphasis added]. Fifty thousand dollars came from the Heavenly Father’s Foundation. Run by Dan Wilks and his wife, Staci, Heavenly Father’s Foundation usually limits its contributions to churches and local crisis centers—including a drug and rehabilitation center and one crisis pregnancy center. The rest came from Farris and JoAnn Wilks through the Thirteen Foundation, with $250,000 in 2013 and $6,250,000 approved for future payments...According to recent 990s from the Thirteen Foundation and Heavenly Father’s Foundation, the Wilks family has continued to provide millions to their usual anti-choice groups and anti-LGBT organizations. Combined, their foundations contributed $11,325,270; with an additional $21,575,913 scheduled in future payments. A majority of the contributions from the Thirteen Foundation go to extreme religious right groups. Groups such as Online for Life (Media Revolution Ministries), Liberty Counsel, Life Dynamics, Focus on the Family, and the American Family Association have all benefited from the generosity of the Wilks.
— - Brie Shea, 4/30/15, ReWire News

Islamophobia

Prager argued that Ellison should not be able to use the Quran to be sworn into Congress. He also implicitly compared the Quran to Mein Kampf.

“He [Ellison] should not be allowed to do so -- not because of any American hostility to the Koran, but because the act undermines American civilization.”

SOURCE: Dennis Prager (Townhall) (November 2006)

“Devotees of multiculturalism and political correctness who do not see how damaging to the fabric of American civilization it is to allow Ellison to choose his own book need only imagine a racist elected to Congress. Would they allow him to choose Hitler's "Mein Kampf," the Nazis' bible, for his oath? And if not, why not? On what grounds will those defending Ellison's right to choose his favorite book deny that same right to a racist who is elected to public office?”

SOURCE:Dennis Prager (Townhall) (November 2006)

Prager thinks that the “veil,” referring to the religious garments some Muslim women choose to wear, is a morally retrograde and misogynistic article of clothing.

“In the long history of women's inequality, it is difficult to name almost anything more anti-woman, dehumanizing and degrading than the veil.”

“Indeed, the veiled woman is intended to be invisible. That is precisely the goal of the veil.”

“Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of fundamentalist Muslim culture -- whether in the Muslim world or in the West -- knows that, given the social, religious and familial pressures on women to wear a veil, the veil is not worn voluntarily in any meaningful sense of the word.”

SOURCE: Dennis Prager (DennisPrager.com) (September 2007)

Prager thinks that Islam and multiculturalism are evil forces that seek to dismantle Western Civilization

“There are a billion Muslims in the world. How is it possible that essentially none have demonstrated against evils perpetrated by Muslims in the name of Islam? This is true even of the millions of Muslims living in free Western societies. What are non-Muslims of goodwill supposed to conclude?”

SOURCE:Dennis Prager (Los Angeles Times) (November 2005)

“Those who deny this and ascribe the conflict to other reasons, such as ‘Israeli occupation,’ ‘Jewish settlements,’ a ‘cycle of violence,’ ‘the Zionist lobby’ and the like, do so despite the fact that Israel’s enemies regularly announce the reason for the conflict. The Iranian regime, Hizbollah, Hamas and the Palestinians — in their public opinion polls, in their anti-Semitic school curricula and media, in their election of Hamas, in their support for terror against Israeli civilians in pre-1967 borders — as well as their Muslim supporters around the world, all want the Jewish state annihilated.”

SOURCE: Dennis Prager (DennisPrager.com) (July 2006)

“But little exemplifies the moral decay of the religious left as does its replacing Judeo-Christian moral standards with multiculturalism and tolerance. It has led to one of its leading clergy announcing that the veil is worthy of respect.”

SOURCE:Dennis Prager (DennisPrager.com) (September 2007)

“While it is not an accredited institution of higher learning, Prager University is most definitely an education. Scrolling through its 300-odd videos yields a survey of almost every divisive national issue in the United States today: racism, sexism, income inequality, gun ownership, Islam, immigration, Israel, police brutality, and, of course, speech on college campuses...These ideas — each one expressed in a five-minute video with titles like ‘Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings,’ ‘Black, Millennial, Female and… Conservative,’ ‘Why I Left the Left’ and ‘Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism?’ — have found an enormous, and growing, audience. According to PragerU’s annual report, in 2017 the organization’s videos received 625 million views between Facebook and YouTube, up from 250 million the year before, and 75 million the year before that. Individual videos frequently garner more than a million views; at least 10 PragerU videos gained more than 5 million views in 2017, and at least six gained more than 10 million.”

SOURCE:Joseph Bernstein (Buzzfeed) (March 2018)