- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 4, 2000

Radical victory

"[Wednesday's Supreme Court partial-birth abortion] decision demonstrates yet again the clash of basic values in America today. The Court's majority opinion has less to do with applying the Constitution than with using the cover of law to win a battle in the culture war.

"Let us be clear about what has happened today. This decision is not about abortion rights… .

"So what was at stake? Traditional values versus secular liberalism. The people of Nebraska merely wanted to maintain a bright line between abortion and infanticide. The vast majority of Americans even most of those who want to keep abortion legal also think our society must be dedicated to a higher moral principle than unlimited personal autonomy. Americans believe that human life is sacred, and they want their laws to reflect that belief."

"[Wednesday's decision] is one more victory for radical secularism. And it comes at the expense of laws, crafted through the democratic process, that represent the deepest convictions of the American people."

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of Toward Tradition, in a Thursday press release

More to come

"In spite of last week's tragedy, in which 58 illegal Chinese immigrants were found dead in the back of a sealed truck in Dover, England, people in China say that illegal migration to the West is becoming easier and more popular. Moreover, increasing prosperity in some parts of China is leading to an increase, not a decrease, in illegal migration, reports the New York Times… .

"Illegal immigration from China is beginning to take on the characteristics of the flow from Mexico. Initially, men came alone with the intention of sending money home. Now we are beginning to see entire families follow. 'Of course I plan to join my husband' in Florida, said a woman from a Chinese village in which 80 percent of the working-age men have left for the West. Increasingly, women and children are eschewing the smugglers and coming by more conventional means, hoping to take advantage of the political asylum process. 'The women say they are fleeing China's family planning system … another popular method is to say you're a member of Falun Gong … and your family is being persecuted,' explained one resident of Fujian Province."

Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, writing on "Chinese prosperity brings more, not less, illegal immigration," June 27 in the Stein Report at www.fairus.org

Moral violence

"In the 1980s, when [Hollywood] seemed more troubled by Ronald Reagan describing the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' than by actual Soviet expansionism, dovish propaganda movies like 'The Day After' and 'Testament' were being churned out by most of the industry. [Writer/ director] John Milius, however, was busy making 'Red Dawn,' a picture about how a Soviet invasion and occupation of the U.S. plays out in the heartland… .

"During the 1970s, when the 'experts' were arguing that criminals needed to be 'understood' because society was to blame for their crimes, Milius put utterly contrary words into the mouth of Clint Eastwood as he cracked heads as police inspector Dirty Harry: 'Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?' …

"A longtime supporter of the National Rifle Association, Milius is now on its board. He says Hollywood has increasingly become a factory for mind-numbing violence, the kind that is partly responsible for Columbine… .

" 'I make violent films and I'll continue to make them,' answers Milius. 'But mine have a strict code of morality… . There's a tremendous consequence for any action, good or bad.' "

John Meroney, writing on "Milius the Moviemaking Maverick," in the July/August issue of the American Enterprise

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