Thomas in February 2012
John Calvin Thomas|
December 2, 1942
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Alma mater||American University|
|Occupation||Radio commentator, political commentator, author, columnist|
During the 1960s and early 1970s he worked as a reporter at NBC News. During a hiatus in his undergraduate education, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served at the Armed Forces Radio in New York. His program on CNBC was nominated for a CableACE Award in 1995. His column, which began in 1984, is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency. Thomas joined Fox News as a political contributor in 1997. He was a panelist on Fox News Watch, a Fox News Channel program critiquing media coverage, and until September 2005 hosted After Hours with Cal Thomas on the same network. He also gives a daily radio commentary, syndicated by Salem Radio Network.
Thomas has written extensively about political issues and he supports, among other things, many American positions related to Israel.
He has written 10 books, including Blinded By Might, that discussed, among other things, the role of the Moral Majority in American politics of the 1980s. Thomas was vice president of the Moral Majority from 1980 to 1985. Thomas is an evangelical Christian.
In his article "Mumbai Explained", published in the Chicago Tribune, Thomas writes that "no new [mosques] should be built" in Western countries following the Mumbai terrorist attacks. He further claimed that Muslim immigration posed a danger to the UK and United States.
Following the June 2016 massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub by ISIS sympathizer Omar Mateen, Thomas called for a moratorium on construction of mosques in the United States until Radical Islamist ideology could be defeated.
After Bill Clinton became the first sitting United States president to address a gay rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign, Thomas published a column in November 1997 opposing homosexuality, in which he said:
God designed norms for behavior that are in our best interests. When we act outside those norms--such as for premarital sex, adultery, or homosexual sex--we cause physical, emotional, and spiritual damage to ourselves and to our wider culture. The unpleasant consequences of divorce and sexually transmitted diseases are not the result of intolerant bigots seeking to denigrate others. They are the result of violating God's standards, which were made for our benefit.-- Cal Thomas, Immutable Morals
We will get more of what we tolerate. Sexual behavior is an important cultural and moral issue. Mr. Obama won the election with just 52 percent of the popular vote and a margin of 7 percent over Sen. John McCain. This should not be seen as a mandate for him and his administration to make over America in a secular and liberal image. Neither should it be seen as an invitation to give blanket approval to homosexuality, considered by some to be against the best interests of the people who practice it as well as the nations that accept it.-- Cal Thomas, Don't Ask, Tell or Legitimize
|Booknotes interview with Thomas on The Things That Matter Most, July 10, 1994, C-SPAN|
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