- The Washington Times - Friday, January 14, 2000

Hollywood women

"At 52, I'm not interested in the idea of [casual sex]. I'm always looking for the bigger picture or at least the possibility of that in someone… .
"Women in Hollywood want sex and yet they're conflicted about it… .
"Women in Hollywood are like gunslingers, making notches on their garter belts. It's insane, and the way I see it, they're pretty miserable with their fate… .
"Actresses are very conflicted about a lot of things, like being mothers, for instance. They keep thinking, Is my body going to change? Am I going to lose my beauty? In Hollywood, the appeal lies in being a young hottie that's where the employment is."
actor James Woods, interviewed by Stephen Rebello, in the February issue of Movieline

Bad dads? No God

"After studying the lives of more than a dozen of the world's most influential atheists, [author Paul] Vitz discovered that they all had one thing in common: Defective relationships with their fathers. By defective, Vitz means the fathers were dead, abusive, weak, or abandoned their children.
"For example, Friedrich Nietzsche, a philosopher whose writings influenced everyone from Adolf Hitler to the Columbine killers, lost his father when he was not quite 5 years old… . 'Nietzsche often spoke positively of his father and of his death as a great loss which he never forgot,' Vitz explains. But 'he also saw him as weak and sickly.' It is not hard, Vitz says, 'to view Nietzsche's rejection of God and Christianity as a rejection of the weakness of his father.' …
"French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre also fits the defective-father theory: His father died when Jean-Paul was a baby. 'Jean-Paul was obsessed with fatherhood all his life,' Vitz says. 'His father's absence was such a painful reality that Jean-Paul spent a lifetime trying to deny the loss and build a philosophy in which the absence of a father and of God is the very starting place for the 'good' or 'authentic' life.' "
Anne Morse, writing on "Atheism and Its Link to Bad Dads," in the Internet journal Boundless at www.boundless.org.

Pity the homeless?

"Now that New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has declared plans to arrest the homeless who break quality-of-life laws and to take away the children of homeless mothers who won't comply with homeless-shelter work requirements, homeless advocates, with a supporting cast that includes Senate hopeful Hillary Clinton and professional loudmouth Rosie O'Donnell, are spouting all the theories about homelessness that had seemed to be as discredited as the flat-earth theory.
"Jesus was homeless, the First Lady tells us, with an equally shaky grasp on theology and sociology… .
"We now know beyond a shadow of a doubt as indeed we have known since Andrew Cuomo's surprisingly candid 1992 study for then-Mayor David Dinkins that at least 80 percent of the single homeless are drug abusers or drunks or both and at least one-third of them (and probably more) suffer from serious mental illness.
"The drunks and druggies are what we used to call bums, and they need no housing … but instead the kind of public disapproval that tells them this is not the right way to live and should get their lives in order.
"As for the mentally ill, they really are victims of exactly the same civil-liberties advocates who once pushed for deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill and now push for their right to starve and freeze to death on the streets, as if mental illness were a valid form of alternative consciousness, and the mentally ill were a species of flower children."
Myron Magnet, writing on "More Humbug on Homelessness," in the winter issue of City Journal.

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