- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 7, 2006

‘Purge the evil’

“We Christians have our own dissenting minorities on this, but generally we get beaten up for ‘hypocrisy’ and worse every time we defend capital punishment. Please, then, allow me a concise but, I hope, reasonably precise basis for how I think mainstream Christians … generally come by their attitudes in these matters.

“Who was it who demanded of His chosen people ‘eye for eye, tooth for tooth, life for life’? Oh, yes … God. Is He heartless, uncaring, insensitive? Never. But he gave through Moses the reason for this harsh and final sentence: ‘You must purge the evil from among you. The rest of the people will hear of this and be afraid, and never again will such an evil thing be done among you. Show no pity; life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.’ (Deuteronomy 19:19-21) …

“It’s clear, biblically, that the Creator never intended to coddle the murderer.”

— Pat Boone, writing on “Death first-class,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Campus revolt

“In the old days, the way for a kid from the sticks to gain intellectual respectability was to earn a coveted Ivy League degree. The proven path to success could often result in his moral and spiritual undoing … if he had not already been corrupted by popular culture before getting to the university. Red-state students are not so vulnerable as they once were, however, to the morally debilitating assumptions of the culture. …

“The red-state students of today … are obviously not trying to cut a rap album or break into the Hollywood scene. They won’t be found in videos of girls and boys ‘gone wild’ during spring break. Nor do they mix easily with the jaded moral relativists or strictly careerist types. …

“The great-souled students of whom I speak are the heirs, some would say the fruits, of a growing moral reform taking shape in this nation, principally in the red states, inspired by traditional ideas of God, family, and country.”

— Terrence O. Moore, writing on “Not Harvard Bound,” in the May 2006 issue of Touchstone

New ‘Protocols’

“With less than three weeks before the May 19 release of the Sony Pictures version of Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code,’ worries continue to mount among Christians about both the book’s and the movie’s impact. But should non-Christians be concerned, too?

“Absolutely. Jews in particular need to be aware of the gift mega-selling Dan Brown has given, in all innocence, to anti-Semites. …

“Consider that the alleged conspiracy underlying the ‘biggest coverup in human history’ bears a remarkable resemblance to another phony conspiracy, the famous hoax called the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion.’ Apparently authored by Russian monarchist and anti-Semite Mathieu Golovinski in 1898, the Protocols tells of a secret society of Jewish elders that work to keep gentiles ignorant of a plot to rule the world through ‘Darwinism, Marxism, and Nietzscheism.” …

“[T]o the cause of conspiracy theorizing, [Dan Brown] has done a wonderful favor, training his readers in the habits of paranoia and gullibility. …

“As for Jews, we haven’t fared well when the culture we live in turns to entertaining fantasies and delusions at the expense of an unfashionable religion. The success of Brown’s book, now transformed into a movie blockbuster, is bad news.”

— David Klinghoffer, writing on “The Da Vinci Protocols,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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