On Dr. Laura's Tirade — and Her Defection From Orthodoxy

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, the heavy-handed conservative radio host, is in the news for using the n-word 11 times during her Tuesday show. Schlessinger told an African-American woman, who is married to a white man and who called in for advice about dealing with her in-laws’ racist remarks, that if she doesn’t have a sense of humor, then she should not “marry outside your own race.”

The tirade recalled this 2003 Forward story about Dr. Laura, as she is known — specifically about the Jewish convert’s defection from Orthodox Judaism. Here is an excerpt from that piece:

Dr. Laura has been dispensing advice on the radio for more than 20 years, during which time the tenor of her counsel has become less nuanced and empathic, and more ideological and doctrinaire. That shift has made her a darling of the Christian right, and earned her the title “Dr. Laura Sledgehammer” from some on the left. Apologies are not generally part of Dr. Laura’s repertoire, but she apparently made an exception in the wake of the uproar over her slur-filled comments. On Wednesday, she issued this apology on her website.

The Los Angeles-based talk show host is the the author of 12 books, including “The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life” (Harper, 1999), written with Rabbi Stewart Vogel.

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