- The Washington Times - Friday, October 26, 2007

Witchcraft closet

“Just when you thought it was safe to immerse kids in books about witchcraft, J.K. Rowling has to succumb to political correctness and ‘out’ Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

“This is well after the fact, of course. Her seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies and made her a billionaire. So why make Dumbledore, a beloved authority figure to millions of kids, out to be homosexual?

“No one can plumb Rowling’s motives except God Almighty. Some suggest that her announcement last Friday at Carnegie Hall is merely a promotional ploy. …

“The media are acting in concert, barely able to disguise their cheerleading.”

Robert H. Knight, writing “Dumbledoring Down the Culture,” Wednesday in

HumanEvents.com

Islamic ‘taboo’

“As an American woman of Muslim Arab origin, I cherish the freedoms America has given me; a right all too scarce in the Middle East where speaking for human rights, women’s rights, democracy and even peace with Israel is a taboo with serious consequences.

“In America, I learned that no ideology or religion is beyond questioning. Ideologies that don’t answer the hard questions will face intellectual bankruptcy. … Radicals have made the slightest criticism, critical thinking and free inquiry an insult to Islam. Arab feminists, reformers and intellectuals are intimidated, threatened or killed. Even the late Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, was stabbed in Cairo in 1994 by a radical Muslim who claimed he insulted Islam. That is why we all must welcome an open discussion. The best weapon in the war on terror and Islamo-Fascism is the truth.”

Nonie Darwish, in a speech Monday at the University of California at Berkeley, published Wednesday at FrontPageMagazine.com

Female future

Where have all the boys gone? College admissions officers would sure like to know. Less than three decades ago, men dominated the nation’s campuses. Today, they are significantly outnumbered by women, meaning that administrators have to choose between skewed male-female ratios and affirmative action for the Y-chromosome. But colleges are merely the first responders to what could be an unprecedented societal event. That’s right: Women are taking over.

“Already, traditionally male occupations from medicine to bartending are heavily populated by women. We have our second female secretary of state, our first female Speaker of the House, and the first viable female presidential candidate in the nation’s history. …

“What really happens when women rule? History offers few clues. The great female rulers we read about in grade school — Cleopatra, say, or Elizabeth I — are too anomalous to offer much insight. Most mainstream scholars don’t believe that matriarchies have ever even existed in human civilizations, despite the feminist appeal of the Amazons and other mythologized creatures.”

— Sara Sklaroff, writing on “A Woman’s World,” in the summer issue of the Wilson Quarterly

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