- The Washington Times - Monday, April 24, 2006

Soon enough?

“‘Too soon!’ some New York filmgoers recently yelled after seeing the trailer for ‘United 93,’ the new movie about the Boeing 757 that crashed September 11, 2001, in Shanksville, Pa. …

“Islamofascists do not know the words ‘too soon.’

“‘United 93’ arrives just in time. As we bicker over Donald Rumsfeld’s job security by day and obsess over ‘American Idol’ by night, writer-director Paul Greengrass offers a harrowing reminder of what’s in play on Earth today.”

— Deroy Murdock, writing on “Not Soon Enough,” Thursday in National Review Online

Secular apocalypse

“Discussions about the future increasingly tend to focus on whether humans will survive. …

“In the media there are alarming stories about a mass ‘die-off’ in the near future and of cities engulfed by rising oceans as a consequence of climate change.

“Today, we don’t just have Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but an entire cavalry regiment of doom-mongers. It is like a secular version of St John’s Revelations, except it is even worse — apparently there is no future for humanity after this predicted apocalypse. Instead of being redeemed, human beings will, it seems, disappear without a trace. …

“Today, the future of the Earth is said to be jeopardized by human consumption, technological development or by ‘man playing God.’ And instead of original sin leading to the Fall of Man, we fear the degradation of Nature by an apparently malevolent human species.

“All of today’s various doomsday scenarios — whether it’s the millennium bug, oil depletion, global warming, avian flu or the destruction of biodiversity — emphasize human culpability. Their premise is that the human species is essentially destructive and morally bankrupt.”

— Frank Furedi, writing on “Confronting the New Misanthropy,” April 18 in Spiked Online at www.spiked-online.com

Yale’s stance

“In ‘God and Man at Yale,’ William F. Buckley Jr. reasoned, ‘A responsible, reflective man must, soon in life, cast his lot with the Communists or against them. … If he and others like him embrace certain values, as civilized men who recognize that they are ‘involved in mankind,’ they must cherish and advance them with fervor.’ While Communism may have receded from the international stage … 1951, evil and intolerance have not, and Buckley’s prescription for the responsible, reflective man involved in mankind still holds true today. …

“Although Yale’s stance on various issues might vary according to the wishes of the alumni to whom it’s held accountable, it’s relatively safe to say that most of Yale’s past and present students would take for granted that the administration would have made its choice as responsible, reflective men and come out as anti-tyranny. But then why would it have admitted Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the unrepentant mouthpiece and propagandist for a bunch of would-be Nazis? … Personally, I would prefer the Yale administration to be anti-Taliban, just as it should be anti-Nazi, but if Hashemi’s admission … is any indication, it seems the heads of our University don’t think they need to choose a position at all.”

— Sam Heller, writing on “Yale’s Mission Impossible,” Thursday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

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