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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A syndicated columnist since 1984, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at

Columns by Cal Thomas

Illustration on love, forgiveness and racial harmony by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

CAL THOMAS: Fight campus racism with education

Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly's Fox News program, was so remarkable. Published March 16, 2015

Illustration on African-American progress and challenges by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

CAL THOMAS: Fifty years after Selma, progress is remarkable, incomplete

I liked the movie "Selma," though it could have done without the rap song during credits that referenced "hands up, don't shoot," a slogan that emerged from the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer whose actions the Justice Department recently determined did not "constitute prosecutable violations" of federal civil rights law. Published March 9, 2015

Failing New York Schools Illustration by Nancy Ohanian

CAL THOMAS: Taylor Swift’s poor investment in New York City schools

Pop star Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the New York City public school system. Miss Swift, who was named the world's sixth most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, has commendably performed numerous acts of charity since moving into her $20 million Tribeca residence last year, including visits with sick children at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Published March 4, 2015

Illegal immigrants sit in a group after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press) **FILE**

CAL THOMAS: Stop the immigration flood

It's long past time to stop the influx, to seal the border and to cease allowing immigrants from nations where terrorism thrives. Published February 25, 2015

Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani comments on a lawsuit filed against video game giant Activision by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega outside Los Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Noriega claims his likeness was used without permission in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and he was portrayed as a murderer and enemy of the state. Activision attorneys said allowing the case to proceed would make it difficult to include historical figures in games, books and other creative works. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William F. Fahey did not signal during an hour long hearing Thursday how he might rule. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

CAL THOMAS: Love, American style

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat — and winning praise in some quarters — for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obama's love for America. Published February 23, 2015

Nerobama Illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

CAL THOMAS: Barack Obama, America’s Nero

President Theodore Roosevelt said, "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." More than a century later, President Obama speaks loudly (and incessantly) and carries a twig. Published February 16, 2015

Illustration on Obama's prayer breakfast failure to criticize militant Islamists by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

CAL THOMAS: Obama should have condemned Muslim atrocities at prayer breakfast

There was a time when the 63-year-old National Prayer Breakfast was a rather mundane affair. It rarely made news. Speakers — evangelist Billy Graham spoke at most of the early ones — talked about Jesus and salvation. Presidents, beginning with Dwight D. Eisenhower, would follow with unremarkable comments mostly ignored or relegated to the religion page by the secular press. Published February 9, 2015

Illustration on caveats connected with political candidates' professions of faith by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

CAL THOMAS: The faith factor in the 2016 election

We are one year away from the Iowa caucuses and already several Republican presidential candidates are trying to secure an advantage by talking about their faith. Published February 2, 2015

A New York City snowplow, loaded with salt, sits parked in midtown Manhattan as light snow falls, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Northeast residents are girding for a heavy snowstorm that could bury communities from northern New Jersey to southern Maine in up to 2 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

CAL THOMAS: Another snow job

Today, politicians and their ideological fellow travelers in the media use the normal cycles of the seasons to promote "climate change." Published January 28, 2015

Illustration on the effectiveness of sonograms in deterring the choice to abort by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

CAL THOMAS: Republican abortion bill shouldn’t be a ‘war on women’

As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual March for Life, the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an anti-abortion bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure. Published January 26, 2015

Illustration on The State of the Union Address by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

CAL THOMAS: Obama’s State of the Union same old song

Here's a suggestion for Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa, who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Get a chorus together and open with this old Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number: "It seems to me I've heard that song before; it's from an old familiar score, I know it well, that melody." Published January 19, 2015

Illustration on France's response to Islamic terrorism by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

CAL THOMAS: Paris burning for failing to modernize radical Muslims

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad, frequently used religious symbols to illustrate his point of view. Conrad drew the ire of some readers whenever he used the Star of David or a cross in his drawings. Letters to the editor denounced him, but to my knowledge no one showed up at the newspaper to kill him. Published January 12, 2015