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Shmuley Boteach

Shmuley Boteach's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Shmuley Boteach
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Debbie; 9 Children
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Shmuley Boteach refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shmuley Boteach. Question: How should we address these issues? 29 June 2012. "I mean that's terrible to exclude people based on any kind of choice like that. Or abortion. Why have we made abortion into such a profoundly divisive issue which is a debate on the origin of life? We really should have made it an inclusive issue, which is a debate about feminine dignity. Ninety-nine percent of all abortions are women who are bedded by men who don't love them, who impregnate them, and then shedding any kind of responsibility, just leave them by themselves. That's not a religious issue; that's an issue of social responsibility. Radical left-wing feminists and right-wing Catholics should be on the same page about this one. Again not about abortion, but in telling women don't let men take advantage of you. Value yourself. Go into a relationship where you demand and expect real intimacy, real love, and real commitment." (bigthink.com)
  • Shmuley Boteach. The Republican Primary Trifecta of Abortion, Contraception and Gay Marriage 23 February 2012. "Abortion has also become a major distraction ignoring the values that underlie it. Ninety-nine percent of all abortions are single women who have been impregnated by men in an out-of-wedlock relationships. Yet where is the national conversation on the part of pastors about a culture that degrades woman and portrays them as the libidinous man's plaything, which is responsible for the high rate of abortion in the first place? Tim Tebow is pilloried for the unseemly act of prayer in the secular cathedral of the stadium. But women jumping up and down in lycra to the accompaniment of pompoms and cleavage creates no offense. From the 4.2 million porn websites in the United States, to the female recording industry becoming soft porn itself, to wafer-thin models on magazine covers indirectly affecting 7 percent of all American girls with eating disorders, the dream of women being appreciated as much for the their brains as for their bust is being strongly undermined. Yet we see no push to mandate school uniforms that would inculcate the value of modesty and respect for the body among teenagers at America's public schools. In the African-American community nearly seventy percent of all marriages are out-of-wedlock births resulting in single mothers raising children on their own. But aside from Bill Cosby's courageous speeches on the subject, pastors largely ignore men's obligations to their children in favor of the Supreme Court's obligation to the unborn." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Shmuley Boteach. Obama, Israel, and the Jewish Values that Can Heal America. 8 October 2011. "Those who criticize Eric for refusing to raise taxes accuse him of harming America over a financial issue. They forget that the American revolution was a call to resistance against unfair taxation. And while the circumstances were, of course, different, and the British levied taxes without giving us elected members of parliament, the principle remains the same: fair taxation, by the will of the people, inspires citizens to live by the sweat of their brow. [¦] We Americans are taxed up the wazoo. We are taxed when we wake up and we are taxed when we sleep. We are taxed when we breathe and we are taxed, ironically, when we stop breathing. We are taxed when we work and we are taxed when we rest. Yet still, our government is bankrupt." (wishididntknow.com)
  • Shmuley Boteach. America's Problems Not Caused By Poverty And The Economy, America's Problems Are Caused By A "Values Erosion," Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Says. 6 February 2012. "As a father of a large family, I wish to champion the fiscal accountability necessary for working parents to survive this economic downturn through a lessening of the outrageous tax burden and allowing them to keep more of their money and spend it on their families. We need a flat tax and a simplification of the tax code that addresses both Warren Buffet's point, that billionaires should not be paying taxes that are lower than their secretaries, but that is consistent with bringing taxes way down." (failedmessiah.typepad.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shmuley Boteach. America's Problems Not Caused By Poverty And The Economy, America's Problems Are Caused By A "Values Erosion," Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Says. 6 February 2012. "I will promote policies that lessen the size of government so that citizens can take both moral and financial responsibility for their own future." (failedmessiah.typepad.com)
  • Shmuley Boteach. Obama, Israel, and the Jewish Values that Can Heal America. 8 October 2011. "The national debt has increased by a third in the two-and-a-half years since Barack Obama became President. Is the solution to closing this gap really to tax us more rather than to finally reign in spending?" (wishididntknow.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shmuley Boteach. Why I want to be the values-voice in the US Congress. 6 February 2012. "When it comes to education, parents have a right to choose who educates their children and to which schools they send their kids and, as such, vouchers for parents empowering them with school choice are a must. It is outrageous that one of the most important decisions of a parent's life, namely the people and environment that will influence their kids, is made by the government." (www.jpost.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Shmuley Boteach. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "Our society must have compassion. Let's bring everyone together, Democrats and Republicans, to find the best ideas that produce real results. Let's work to replace this bureaucratic health care reform that is an unwanted tax in a bad economy with a patient-centered approach. One that focuses on providing Americans with the care they need at a cost they can afford. Let's provide catastrophic care to those who need it and introduce managed health care accounts that will allow citizens to have real skin in the game when it comes to making the best decisions for their families." (www.facebook.com)
  • Dan Klein. Boteach To Run, Citing Marriage, Drugs. 14 March 2012. "Today, he extended his argument about Jewish values fitting Republican positions. He criticized Obamacare " albeit politely, saying he believe President Obama genuinely wants to help people " as placing a drag on business creation and reducing the choices available to patients. 'The essence of the Jewish religion is freedom of choice,' he argued. 'It makes it a scary religion. In other religions, salvation comes from someone else, but in Judaism it only comes from what you do. That's scary, but I think it's what America is built on.'" (www.tabletmag.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shmuley Boteach. Pushing for Post-Partisan Political Parties: A Personal Vision. 23 March 2012. "America must close its border and finally deal seriously with the illegal immigration issue. But there is a substantial difference between a man who illegally crosses the Rio Grande because he loves America, believes in its opportunity, and wants to send money home to his babies, to a terrorist who hates America and comes into this country to blow up babies. [¦] Deporting twelve million people is not rational and it is not human. Giving them a path to residency or citizenship, while imposing penalties for having come here illegally, is workable." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shmuley Boteach. Rabbi Shmuley announces his candidacy for Congress on CNN. 15 March 2012. "I may be for civil unions, but do I think gay marriage is the end of the republic? Of course not! That's ridiculous." (youtu.be)
  • Shmuley Boteach. The Republican Primary Trifecta of Abortion, Contraception and Gay Marriage 23 February 2012. "And given the American people's strong disposition to family, what could account for the inability of approximately one in two couples to stay married? Every four years the presidential election cycle lends a glimpse as to the answer, and we saw it the past few weeks especially. It lies with the American religious obsession with gay marriage and abortion to the exclusion of all other values. Yes, America is a religious nation but it is one whose religious convictions have been hijacked by sexual morality issues that have dominated the political landscape for decades. While approximately seven percent of the American population is gay, more than fifty percent of all marriages end in divorce. And this was happening years before gays came out in significant number, let alone demanded the right to marry. In fact, gays seem to be the only men in America who are still passionate about marriage. While 74% of heterosexual couples choose to live together before marriage and a Pew Research poll recently found that the average age for an American straight man to marry has climbed to 30 from 23 in the 1950's, homosexual men are marching in the streets and petitioning the United States Supreme Court for the right to tie the knot. Straight people don't need help from gays to destroy the institution of marriage, having a done a mighty fine job of it ourselves, thank you very much." (www.huffingtonpost.com)
  • Shmuley Boteach. Question: How should we address these issues? 29 June 2012. "We've barely made a dent in the divorce rate in the United States. We continue to talk about, you know . . . So many of my religious friends tell me, "Oh, gay marriage . . . These gays are gonna ruin heterosexual marriage." And I say to them, "Oh don't worry about that. There's nothing left to ruin. We straight people have done a fine job of destroying marriage already." I know that religion needs rules, because without rules religion becomes a mockery; but the love and the rules have to co-exist. So for example here in the United States, the two great religious battlegrounds have been abortion and have been gay marriage. There are so many ways to make those issues inclusive without religion compromising its stance. For example, you can tell gay men and women that because the Bible says that homosexuality is unacceptable that we can't necessarily condone homosexuality. Having said that we love you. You're equally God's child, and there are so many other virtues that you have that we probably don't have. Come to church and pray. We love you. Come to synagogue and pray. No one's going to judge you by your lesbianism. We're not even going to talk about it. Instead we say, "If you're gay, should you be coming to church?" That's terrible. I mean that's terrible to exclude people based on any kind of choice like that." (bigthink.com)
  • Shmuley Boteach. Gays as the New Religious Bogeymen. 17 November 2008. "What do you think would do more to save heterosexual marriage in America? Making sure gays cant get hitched, or changing the tax code so that marital counseling among heterosexual couples becomes tax-deductible so that couples can actually afford the help they need? What should religion be devoting its energy to? Opposing gay marriage in California, or supporting an effective national campaign for school vouchers so that parents can afford to send their children to schools that teach religious values like male respect for women and the sanctity of a loving relationship?" (www.shmuley.com)
  • Michael Daly. Shmuley Boteach: Michael Jackson's Rabbi Is Running for Congress. 16 March 2012. "On the question of homosexuality and Jewish tradition, Shmuley noted that there are 614 commandments in Judaism and only three concern being gay. 'If you decide not to keep those, you have 611 commandments left,' he told The Daily Beast. 'That will keep you very busy.' As for same-sex marriage, he said, 'One commandment is not to engage in gay sex. Another is to marry.'" (www.thedailybeast.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Shmuley Boteach. Overwhelming Force is the Only Way to Fight Terrorists. 5 January 2009. "Witness the constant stream of statements coming out from the Hamas leadership. Every day we hear how they're ˜going to make Gaza an Israeli graveyard,' they're transform their streets into ˜rivers of Israeli blood,' or some such other blather than connotes their perception of themselves as all-powerful deities with the power to strike millions at their command. Which is why there can be no compromise with terrorism and the only proportionality that can be used in fighting cold-blooded killers is overwhelming, maximum force. They can only be fought to the death. Their megalomaniacal sense of power precludes the possibility of compromise." (www.shmuley.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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