I not only write for The American Spectator but also am among its most voracious readers. Throughout my years at The American Spectator, I always found George Neumayr to be among the very, very best contributors amid a collection of great and intelligent writers, impressive voices and presences all of whom have something to say and say it without gobbledygook. There was a time when RealClearPolitics seemed to link to every second or third column George published. He wrote with clarity and passion. Especially passion.
The American Spectator readers know that I am a rabbi in Orthodox Judaism — i.e., Judaism — but I regularly was deeply moved by George’s intense and passionate Roman Catholic devotion to G-d, faith, and belief. He was a true warrior for truth and for religious honesty. He had no patience for political correctness, and he clearly was quite vexed by how wokeness had inveigled itself into the Church under Pope Francis.
George’s values, beliefs, and faith in a loving G-d will always be in fashion.
I strongly believe it is not — and never would be — my place as an Orthodox Jew to engage in the polemics advanced by those Catholics who found that Pope Benedict XVI represented the Church in a way that was more consistent with their faith than that advanced by Pope Francis. Therefore, I stood aside and admired George’s courage in calling the spades as they were, without mealy-mouthed equivocating. He was a warrior for religious devotion in a horribly compromised era of relativism, when it seems as though no one stands unequivocally for Truth, but instead each person speaks of “My Truth.” For George it was not about “My Truth” but The Truth.
This remembrance is being published on the first Sunday since George’s passing because I often looked forward to his Sunday columns on religion. We live in a time when people who know the truth cannot speak it about LGBTQIA+ or about efforts to inject transgenderism into elementary schools. Nor can they safely address godless efforts to remove all vestiges of religion from our society. In truth, America does not impose religion nor ban religion, but our country is built on religion. The currency says, “In G[o]d We Trust.” Congress and so many state Houses begin their days with a sermon by clergy. For so many years, “Blue Laws” facilitated Sabbath observance.
The Religious America of two centuries has changed, sadly and to our detriment. Abortion on demand — a frontal sin against G-d and a crime against humanity — has gained widespread favor. House Democrats will not even vote to protect the lives of babies born out of their mothers’ wombs and into the world after failed abortions. Particularly shamefully, leading abortion advocates claim preposterously that they are motivated by their religion. Characters like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden have claimed to do what they do because they are Catholics. I have written here previously on the hypocrisy of a Nancy Pelosi justifying her most despicable actions and policies by telling the media she is motivated “as a Catholic.”
Of course, as an Orthodox Jew I feel limited by propriety in how far I can opine on that score. On the one hand, I have my own religious phonies and apostates to keep me busy: Ben and Jerry, Reform rabbis who do not believe in G-d, who eat non-kosher and openly and regularly transgress the Sabbath, and some who are not even Jewish. If Biden or Pelosi would convert to Judaism, then I could write that they should be put in cherem (excommunicated). But no dice there. My group is stuck with Soros and Bonnie; others are welcome to keep Biden and Pelosi.
George Neumayr was a voice for religious truth and an inspiration to all religious people that it is OK and indeed praiseworthy to fight the good fight and to advocate proudly for religious principles. Those values, beliefs, and faith in a loving G-d will always be in fashion. Trends will pass. For example, someday Blacks will contemplate whether abortion really is their cause, given that more than 20 million Black babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. Not surprisingly, 79 percent of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are located within walking distance of neighborhoods that have proportionately higher populations of black or Latina women. White Supremacists could not be more effective in wiping out Black America’s numbers if they tried.
Alongside his passionate writing on his Catholic faith, George was a powerful political commentator, a no-holds-barred conservative who never allowed his principles to be trounced by political expedience. Although his readers had no problem anticipating how he would come out on Obama, Hillary, and Biden outrages, he also was honest and straightforward when Republicans he admired compromised on social issues, including abortion and transgenderism and homosexual marriage. His political pieces were reliably sharp and spot on always.
George Neumayr’s voice was a powerful one, a counterweight to the secularism and cultural relativism that have rotted key aspects of American society and culture. His untimely passing leaves a void that will be felt sorely by all who revere the One G-d.