- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 28, 1999

'Earthly paradise'

"[S]exual liberation has become nothing less than a worldview a vision of reforming human nature and creating a new society. Consider the writings of one of the key architects of the sexual revolution: Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood… .
"Sanger boldly borrowed religious language to describe her utopian vision: 'Through sex, mankind will attain greater spiritual illumination, which will transform the world, and light up the only path to an earthly paradise.' …
"This … helps us to understand why it is so difficult to reform sex education or to halt the sexualizing of the entertainment industry. Sexual liberation has become a moral crusade, in which Christian morality is the enemy, and opposition to it is a heroic moral stance.
"Film critic Michael Medved learned this the hard way. He once publicly praised the work of a couple who were both Hollywood film producers. They'd been together for 15 years, had two children, and he spoke of them as a married couple. Later, he heard from friends of the couple, who said that they were certainly not married and that they would be 'offended' to hear themselves described that way.
"Why such an indignant response? Because by rejecting marriage, the couple was taking a high-minded stand for freedom against an oppressive moral convention."
Nancy Pearcey, writing on "Century of Cruelty," in the on-line magazine Boundless at www.boundless.org

Not 'just a girl'

"In 1999, Julia Roberts had to do the impossible. She had to stand up, in front of $361 million worth of paying audiences worldwide, look into Hugh Grant's eyes, and say the line, 'I'm … just a girl … standing in front of a boy … asking him to love her.'
"No.
"Julia Roberts is many things to many moviegoers, but just a girl is something she will never be… . Julia Roberts, at 32, is a movie star from teardrop to toenails, from her gleaming surface to the marrow of her overphotographed cheekbones, from one end of that famous smile to the other… .
"Roberts is now the highest-paid actress in the world, and by any measure, the most popular; this summer, 'Notting Hill' and 'Runaway Bride' became her sixth and seventh films to top $100 million at the U.S. box office, a feat achieved by no other actress in history."
Mark Harris, writing in the Dec. 24 issue of Entertainment Weekly

Winking vulgarity

"Watching Donald Trump on television, I find myself mentally translating all his remarks into cockney. He has exactly the same chipper, cheerful, winking vulgarity in which working-class Londoners specialize …
"Donald Trump has something of this easy directness. He will discuss [women] without any of the polite restraints that either modesty or political correctness imposes on the rest of us …
"Trump cannot, of course, concentrate on sex the entire time. Every now and then, he has to say and do the things that regular presidential candidates do make speeches, meet potential donors, sketch out his politics for the curious. Some of his views are reasonable enough he favors missile defense against rogue states, thinks Ronald Reagan was a good president, and so on. Most of the time, however, the effect is unintentionally comic… .
"If there is a political theory that distinguishes Trump from the other candidates, it is the hoary old theory that a successful businessman will succeed where the place-servers of politics have failed."
John O'Sullivan, writing on "A Rake's Progress," in the Dec. 31 issue of National Review

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