Cal Thomas

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Thomas in February 2012
John Calvin Thomas

(1942-12-02) 2 December 1942 (age 79)[1]
Alma materAmerican University
OccupationPolitical commentator, author, columnist

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

Early life and education[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 joined 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 Content Agency.[5] 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.

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,[7][8] and a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland, affiliated with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.[9]

Political views[edit]

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."[10]

Barack Obama[edit]

In 2014, Thomas criticized the U.S. President Barack Obama for "treating Israel as an enemy."[10]


In his article "Mumbai Explained", published in the Chicago Tribune,[when?] Thomas wrote 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.[11]

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".[12]

LGBT rights[edit]

After Bill Clinton became the first sitting United States president to address a gay rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign,[13] Thomas published a column[14] 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[15] on 16 October 2009, after Barack Obama became the second sitting United States president to address the Human Rights Campaign.[13] 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"

Personal life[edit]

Thomas was married to Charlotte Ray Thomas for 51 years until her death in 2017.[16] Thomas married CJ Berwick, a classmate from Walter Johnson High School, in 2018.[17] The couple now reside in Key Largo, Florida.[18]


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Thomas on The Things That Matter Most, July 10, 1994, C-SPAN
  • 2020, America's Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires and Superpowers… and the Future of the United States (ISBN 0-310-35753-5)
  • Thomas, Cal (2014). What works : commonsense solutions to the nation's problems. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-33946-5. LCCN 2013041232.
  • 2008, "Mumbai Explained" Cal Thomas Chicago Tribune/Daily Yomiuri
  • 2007, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America with Bob Beckel (ISBN 978-0-06-123634-1)
  • 2001, The Wit & Wisdom of Cal Thomas (ISBN 1-58660-299-3)
  • 1999, Blinded by Might with Ed Dobson (ISBN 0-310-22650-3)
  • 1994, The Things That Matter Most (ISBN 0-06-017083-2)
  • 1988, The Death of Ethics in America (ISBN 0-8499-0638-5)
  • 1983, Book Burning (ISBN 0-89107-284-5)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Television News. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1999. p. 254. Retrieved 11 January 2015 – via Internet Archive. cal thomas born dec 1942.
  2. ^ "The Last Word". NBC News. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
  3. ^ Thomas, Cal (26 September 2017). "The Vietnam War Revisited". The Washington Times. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Cal Thomas". Fox News. 13 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Tribune Content Agency >> Cal Thomas columns". Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Common Ground: It's time to say goodbye". USA Today. 29 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Evangelical Columnist Cal Thomas Blasts Church-Based Electioneering". Americans United for Separation of Church and State. December 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  8. ^ Thomas, Cal (2 February 2018). "A Message for My Evangelical Friends". (Lynchburg, VA) News & Advance. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  9. ^ Jumper, Mark A. (2017). "Fourth Presbyterian Church (Bethesda, Maryland)", Demy, Timothy J.; Shockley, Paul R. (eds.). Evangelical America: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religious Culture. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781610697736 p. 165.
  10. ^ a b "CAL THOMAS: Iran nuclear talks like bargaining with the devil". The Washington Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  11. ^ "THOMAS: Mumbai explained". The Washington Times. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  12. ^ Thomas, Cal. "Needed: A Declaration of War". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b Roxanne, Roberts (6 October 2009), "Obama to Keynote Gay-Rights Dinner With Lady Gaga", The Washington Post
  14. ^ Thomas, Cal (22 November 1997), "Repealing Morality?", World Magazine, Asheville, North Carolina
  15. ^ Thomas, Cal (16 October 2009), "Don't Ask, Tell or Legitimize", The Washington Times
  16. ^ Howell, Tom (12 February 2017). "Charlotte Ray Thomas, wife of Times columnist, dies at 78". The Washington Times.
  17. ^ Java, Theresa (18 July 2018). "Love is patient". Keys News.
  18. ^ "Cal Thomas: The Fall of Empires, the Future of US". O'Brien Communications, Shaping Opinion. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 10 March 2021.

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