- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 31, 2000

Ted's history

Obviously, when most of the great religions were started thousands of years ago, people didn't travel very much. We didn't have television. We didn't have the United Nations.

"We didn't even know who lived 20 or 30 miles away a lot of times. People didn't go very far. So we lived in little enclaves and what we did didn't affect people or the whole world.

"We didn't have nuclear weapons and all of these other things that we have today. And we could afford to have fights with each other… . And in those days, fighting wasn't that big a deal. No weapons of mass destruction. No civilians getting hurt. Not very much anyway. And then as the technology advanced, particularly in the last few generations not even in the last 100 years, the last 50 years everything changed… .

"A lot of terrible things have been done in the name of religion over the past thousands of years. Christianity went to war with Islam. Islam went to war with Judaism. Judaism went to war with Islam. And all the other places over the world have been fighting… .

"It's time to get rid of hatred. It's time to get rid of prejudice. It's time to have love and respect and tolerance for each other."

Ted Turner, addressing the Millennium Peace Summit for Religious and Spiritual Leaders, Tuesday at the United Nations

Denying reality

"I believe passionately that greater opportunity for women is probably the most significant gain for human freedom in the last century. But with this advance came a problem: a denial of biological or psychological differences between the sexes… .

"A gay man is a man before he is gay, and a gay woman is a woman before she is a lesbian. To say this in the gay community, however, is taboo … .

"But anybody who has spent any time in the gay community will be struck by how different the cultures of lesbians and gay men are. All the stereotypes about men show up in gay male society; all the stereotypes about women show up in lesbian society.

"There is a famous joke: What does a lesbian bring on her second date? A U-Haul. What does a gay man bring on a second date? What second date? …

"One of the problems in this culture is our inability to talk about difference without implying inequality… .

"I have always believed and still do in the rights of women to be in any field of activity they want on equal terms with men … . But I don't want to deny the reality that men and women are different and the data on the subject is enormous and fascinating and utterly ignored."

Andrew Sullivan, writing on "Testosterone Power," in the Summer issue of the Women's Quarterly

Political themes

"The big question on everyone's mind at our political conventions is: What music are they going to play? …

"When Ronald Reagan entered a hall, they usually used 'California, Here I Come,' which was a little awkward, because at least in 1976, 1980, and 1984 he was trying to get to, or return to, Washington, D.C., not wanting to be sent 'right back where I started from.'

"This year, too, contained its share of musical fun. At the Republican convention, [Arizona Sen.] John McCain strode out to the theme from 'Star Wars,' reminding people that he had used imagery from this movie during the primaries … .

"And the GOP, bless its flag-waving heart, has found a bona fide anthem: Lee Greenwood's 'God Bless the U.S.A.' They have used it for the past five presidential campaigns, and it holds up surprisingly well, especially in emotion-charged settings… .

"If the Republicans play their cards right, they will be firing up 'God Bless the U.S.A.' for another generation at least."

Jay Nordlinger, writing on "American Sounds," in the Sept. 11 issue of National Review

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