- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 6, 2000

Mobilizing ranks

"Gays are increasingly turning to religious organizations to press their views with religious leaders and to mobilize their ranks on political matters… .
"After years of clashes with the Religious Right, major gay-rights groups are promoting the gay faithful. For example, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in the past year helped organize the National Religious Leadership Roundtable … [which] aims to spread the views of pro-gay religious groups to their churches and to political leaders… .
" 'It's an attempt to fool the secular world into thinking that Christianity is divided on this subject, when in fact there is a 2,000-year track record here which cannot be contravened by fringe groups,' says Robert H. Knight, the cultural studies director at the Family Research Council… . Knight said he has noticed a definite uptick in the efforts by gay-rights groups to challenge religious denominations. 'Homosexual activists realize that the greatest impediment to their success is a vital, active church resistance. [Gay religious activism is] entirely tactical. I don't believe it's sincere in any fashion,' Knight added."
Shawn Zeller, writing on "Finding Their Religion," in the Jan. 1 issue of National Journal

New face of hate

"Around the country, but especially evident in southern California, an underclass of white youths, in many cases buffeted by the winds of huge social changes and dislocations, is altering the face of American hatred… .
"Many are alienated, middle-class kids who are led to neo-Nazism through Web hate sites or other propaganda. But a far larger and, apparently, growing crop of white supremacist youth has sprung from the soil of socioeconomic discontent… .
"They inhabit a bleak suburban world the so-called 'edge cities' of aging strip malls and fast food restaurants. It is a world peopled, in part, by the downwardly mobile, those who are struggling to remain in the lower middle class and are often characterized by one-parent or dysfunctional families. Many of the children of these families have experienced racial conflicts in their schools, racially changing neighborhoods, reduced expectations and fears that the modern economy is leaving them behind."
excerpts from "Youth at the Edge," in the Fall 1999 issue of Intelligence Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Killer idea

"The communists' ability to strip their subjects of freedom, their dignity, and their ability to control their own lives is just as important a part of the communist legacy as the sheer number of dead. It was the communists' ability to use fear as an instrument of rule, not their ability to kill large numbers of people, that kept them in power for decades. This is where they differ from the Nazis, who only ruled for 13 bloody years… .
"In the beginning was the Idea that of a communist utopia which served to legitimate the ruthless seizure of power. Lenin and the Bolsheviks began in Petrograd in 1917 and expanded outwards, city by city, province by province, country by country. Communism spread about the globe like a virus. The model is an evolutionary one, except this is survival of the unfittest, of an Idea that Kills… .
"Leninism was the triumph of means over ends, the application of physical force unchecked by law or morality. Key techniques were assassination, execution, imprisonment, deportation, hostage-taking and famine. Wherever communists took power, food quickly disappeared (Russia, Cuba, Ethiopia). Men with guns controlled the food supply, and through food, controlled the people."
Peter Rutland, writing on "The Arithmetic of Atrocity," in the Winter issue of the National Interest

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