- The Washington Times - Monday, March 1, 2004

Science and sex

“Ironically, the same people who promote gay marriage and anticipate the discovery of a gay gene also believe evolution is an unassailable fact. In fact, if you believe evolution, you cannot logically believe that homosexuality is a genetically driven advancement. It does not promote the propagation of our species or lead to any other. To the contrary, it would lead to the extinction of the human race. What’s more, homosexuality does not even represent social or cultural progression. Growing support that homosexuality is a result of poor family dynamics or criminal abuse is also inconsistent with advancing the human race.

“The plain fact is science does not favor homosexuality and its focus du jour of same-sex marriage.”

Kelly Hollowell, writing on “Homosexuality: Evolution of the human race?” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Mind readers

“In the years following the mid-1950s publication of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ author J.R.R. Tolkien was often plagued by interpreters who wanted to read his three-volume epic as an allegory of World War II or the Cold War, with the disembodied villain Sauron standing in for Hitler or Stalin, and the fiendishly powerful One Ring representing nuclear weapons or space-age technology or whatever.

“Though he detested these interpretations, Tolkien offered a truce by drawing a line between ‘allegory,’ which placed responsibility on the author, and ‘applicability,’ which left readers free to find parallels of their own without pretending to read the author’s mind. However, the worldwide success of Peter Jackson’s film version of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ has produced a whole new generation of mind readers claiming to understand Tolkien’s motives and has opened up another front in the culture war that has long simmered around Middle-earth’s frontiers.

“When the book’s original paperback editions became campus best sellers in the 1960s, conservatives wrote it off as hippie-dippie pablum. Religious conservatives were suspicious of the book’s popularity with rock groups such as Led Zeppelin and its connection to the seminal role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. But what a difference a generation makes! With ‘The Lord of the Rings’ firmly ensconced in popular culture, Catholic theologians and evangelical activists alike are trumpeting the book’s hidden Christian messages.”

Steven Hart, writing on “Who’s Sauron — bin Laden or Bush?” Saturday in Salon at www.salon.com

Class struggle

“As Orwell himself recognized, even slavery could be sold if labeled ‘freedom.’ In this vein, who could ever conscientiously oppose the pursuit of ‘social justice’? …

“Karl Marx formed and detailed the popular concept of ‘social justice.’ …

“‘The history of all existing society,’ he and Engels declared, ‘is the history of class struggles.’ …

“The unbroken line from ‘The Communist Manifesto’ to its contemporary adherents is that economic inequality is the monstrous injustice of the capitalist system, which must be replaced by an ideal of ‘social justice’ — a ‘classless’ society created by the elimination of all differences in wealth and ‘power.’”

“To maintain the illusion that classes still exist under capitalism, it cannot be conceded that the ‘haves’ are responsible for what they have or that the ‘have nots’ are responsible for what they have not.”

Barry Loberfeld, writing on “Social Justice: Code for Communism,” Friday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

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