- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Weird success

"Comics often have only moments of fame, so who would have believed that 'Weird Al' Yankovic would be doing pop-song parodies in three decades? …
" 'I thought by now I'd be an adult and have a real job,' he said last year. 'I never thought I'd be able to make a living out of being Weird Al.' Still surprisingly popular with kids and college students, his latest album, 'Running With Scissors,' went gold last year.
"Mr. Yankovic's comedy is cleaner than most FM morning show hosts these days and utterly devoid of socio-political content… . Yet every society needs a clown, and he's more than willing to play the role. And the absurdities of teen-age rock songs give him plenty of material."
Chris Stamper, writing on "Mocking Rock," in the Feb. 19 issue of World

'Normal' perversion

"Why more sex education? Much to the dismay of most parents, sex educators have put on another drive to sell their latest sordid game-playing programs on sex education to public schools… . In 1948 the Kinsey Report on male sexuality was published. It was followed by his female report in 1953. These reports formed the modern concept of human sexuality and marked the birth of a new sex-education industry… .
"The reports made Kinsey into an international 'expert' on human sexuality… . The fact that much of his statistical work was purposely skewed and some of it allegedly obtained through criminal acts against children seems to matter little.
"Kinsey's 'grand scheme' was to educate the world to his way of thinking on all matters sexual… .
"One must conclude that the real aim of sex education is to produce a morally and sexually disoriented society through human engineering; a society devoid of values and morality that is totally confused over sexuality; a value-free society that is nonjudgmental and willing to accept as normal, natural, and good anything sexual that sexologists teach. They promote sexual alternatives, sex without guilt, recreational sex and, in accordance with the Kinsey doctrine, they teach that who or what one has sex with is not important just as long as it is gratifying."
Jann Flurry, writing on "Why More Sex Education?" a Feb. 11 column in the on-line journal Education News (www.educationnews.org)

Demolished hierarchy

"I was speaking at Bates College and a young woman asked me, 'What about the hierarchies?' Perhaps you're not aware that your children are being taught in every university in America that there are hierarchies of race, class, and gender that oppress designated oppressed groups. So, I said to this young woman, where do you put Oprah Winfrey in your hierarchies? She was the daughter of a Mississippi sharecropper, and she was abused as a child. There was no affirmative action committee telling the television industry that we needed, for diversity purposes, a black female to do a talk show. She clawed her way up, and by her intelligence and ability, she basically drove Phil Donahue out of the business.
"So you can just compact the zillion words of text of all the women's studies courses in America and all of the African-American studies and put them to some better use, because the entire edifice of leftist theory on race and gender is completely demolished by the example of Oprah Winfrey. It's very hard to make a leftist see it, but that is the reality."
David Horowitz, writing on "Nobody Is Oppressed in America," in the January issue of Ex Femina

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