- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 1, 2000

'Intolerant extremists'

"This is only the latest example of secular liberal intolerance… . Dr. Laura [Schlessinger] is one of America's most forceful and persuasive advocates for traditional marriage and family. She opposes the radical project of gay activists, and the secular Left in general, to eliminate religious values from public life. That is why these intolerant extremists are determined to silence her… .
"Eighteen states and the federal government have anti-sodomy laws on their books, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that such laws are constitutional. Are the people of Texas and Massachusetts, and the members of Congress, thereby guilty of 'hate speech?' …
"While it's understandable that [Procter & Gamble] would want to avoid controversy, their withdrawal [as sponsor of the Schlessinger TV show] not only sets a dangerous precedent of a major corporation bowing to undue pressure, but it is also an example of how often ideology trumps business judgment. P&G; has always marketed its products to families. Very few homosexuals buy Pampers.
"P&G; gains little in the short run by being politically correct, and stands to lose a great deal in the long run by failing to defend the core values of its own customer base."
Rabbi Daniel Lapin, president of Toward Tradition, in a Tuesday press release

50 years of the NCC

"The National Council of Churches (NCC) is the Hugh Hefner of the religious world: aging and not dealing well with it, trapped in the fashions of the 1960s and 1970s, financially troubled, still offensive but no longer shocking, blissfully unaware of obsolescence, and feebly trying to disco at a time where retirement might be in order.
"Of course, Hefner's Playboy still has 3 million readers, and his financial empire is still solvent, if stagnant. In contrast, the NCC is nearly bankrupt fiscally and, according to its conservative critics, spiritually bankrupt as well.
"All of this was evident when the NCC recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in Cleveland. Many thousands of people braved a snowstorm to attend the NCC's founding there in 1950. Not even a thousand bothered to celebrate its anniversary, despite the balmy weather.
"Established as an outgrowth of America's postwar optimism, the NCC once embodied the liberal mainstream… . Fewer than one in three American church members now belong to an NCC denomination."
Mark Tooley in "The Growing Irrelevance of the NCC" in the June issue of Chronicles

Unseen revolution

"The great contribution of Roger Kimball's important new book, 'The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America,' will be to remind a generation of Americans who would not know Beat poet Allen Ginsberg from Monica Lewinsky's lawyer William Ginsburg, or Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver from Leave It to Beaver's Wally Cleaver … that their lives have been indelibly marked by these long since forgotten countercultural icons and not for the better… .
"The 'long march' of Kimball's title refers to the radical Left's takeover of the most important institutions in American society over the last half century… .
"The universities, the media, the churches, the courts the hated 'Establishment' were turned into a Countercultural Establishment… .
"The effect is all the more insidious and complete because it is unseen and leaves few traces. There are no burned capital buildings to give witness to the revolution that took place. Many on the left even deny that such a revolution in mores and values occurred, accusing conservatives of making up the 'culture wars' for partisan advantage."
Adam Wolfson, writing on "Still Marching," in the June 5 issue of the Weekly Standard

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