Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas
Cal Thomas by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Thomas in February 2012
Born John Calvin Thomas
(1942-12-02) December 2, 1942 (age 75)[1]
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Alma mater American University
Occupation Radio commentator, political commentator, author, columnist

John Calvin "Cal" Thomas[2] (born December 2, 1942) is an American syndicated columnist, pundit, author and radio commentator.

Life and career[edit]

Thomas was born in 1942 in Washington, D.C. He attended the American University for his undergraduate education. 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.[3] His program on CNBC was nominated for a CableACE Award in 1995.[4] His column, which began in 1984, is syndicated by Tribune Media Services.[5] Thomas joined Fox News as a political contributor in 1997. He was a panelist on Fox News Watch, a Fox News Channel program criticizing the media, 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, which is heard on more than 300 stations.

From 2005 until the end of 2015, Thomas had been a columnist for USA Today, where he wrote articles with friend and political opposite, Bob Beckel, in the style of "point–counterpoint".[6]

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.[citation needed]


Iranian nuclear negotiations[edit]

In a 2014 Washington Times article, Thomas claims, "Iranian nuclear negotiators joined with Holocaust deniers, 9/11 truthers and anti-Semites from across the globe."[7]

Barack Obama[edit]

In 2014, Thomas criticized the U.S. President Barack Obama for, "treating Israel as an enemy."[7]

Donald Trump[edit]

In January 2016, Thomas criticized Donald Trump during an interview with Alan Colmes: "He's on his third marriage. He's a phony, he doesn't have substantive answers to any of the problems we have." However, Thomas also said that Trump would be less bad than a victory of the Democratic Party candidate.[8]


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.[9]

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.[10]

LGBT rights[edit]

After Bill Clinton became the first sitting United States president to address a gay rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign,[11] Thomas published a column[12] 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

Thomas published a similar column[13] on October 16, 2009, after Barack Obama became the second sitting United States president to address the Human Rights Campaign.[11] Thomas said:

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


External video
Booknotes interview with Thomas on The Things That Matter Most, July 10, 1994, C-SPAN

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Television News. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Last Word". MSNBC. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Cal (26 September 2017). "The Vietnam War Revisited". Washington Times. Retrieved 2017-09-26. 
  4. ^ "Cal Thomas". Fox News. 13 January 2011. 
  5. ^ " >> Cal Thomas - Cal Thomas". Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Common Ground: It's time to say goodbye". USA Today. 2015-12-29. 
  7. ^ a b "CAL THOMAS: Iran nuclear talks like bargaining with the devil". The Washington Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  8. ^ Cal Thomas Reluctantly Backs Trump Despite His Many Faults, Crooks and Liars, January 28, 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  9. ^ "THOMAS: Mumbai explained". The Washington Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ a b Roxanne, Roberts (6 October 2009), "Obama to Keynote Gay-Rights Dinner With Lady Gaga", The Washington Post 
  12. ^ Thomas, Cal (22 November 1997), "Repealing Morality?", World Magazine, Asheville, North Carolina 
  13. ^ Thomas, Cal (16 October 2009), "Don't Ask, Tell or Legitimize", The Washington Times 

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