- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2000

Boo on Georgetown?

"I started sending scathing faxes to [Georgetown University President] Father [Leo] O'Donovan about a year ago, which he never responded to.

"How can you criticize former basketball coach John Thompson because he wants to own a few slot machines in a Las Vegas airport, and keep your mouth shut about your pal Bill Clinton refusing to allow the passage of an anti-partial-birth-abortion bill?

We know now that infants in the womb experience pain. And the infant and he is an infant is being horribly tortured and mutilated and killed. It boggles my mind. It makes me absolutely crazy. He is the president of the oldest Catholic university in America. He is a disgrace… .

"It is so embarrassing to tell people I am a Georgetown graduate. It's just a sickening atmosphere there where students can yell, 'Keep your rosaries off my ovaries.' "

William Peter Blatty, author of "The Exorcist," interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez in National Review Online Sept. 16

Ted's 'joke'

"Some folks [in Gordon, Neb.] are grumbling over what they consider a too-stingy donation by billionaire Ted Turner following a huge fire on his bison ranch.

"Turner … the nation's largest private landowner, recently donated $500 to the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department after wildfires consumed 26,000 acres of grassland, mostly on his northwest Nebraska ranch, and cost an estimated $42,000 in equipment wear and tear to put out… .

" 'It's a slap in the face,' said Jan Grover, an assistant chief of the local rescue squad… . 'Considering who this is, it's just unrealistic.' …

"The griping comes amid the worst season for wildfires in Nebraska in years… .

"Turner is considered among the giants of charitable giving. His $1 billion pledge to the United Nations in 1997 is considered the world's largest gift, and his Turner Foundation has made a habit of giving money to communities near his bison ranches in Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana and New Mexico."

Paul Hammel, writing on "Ted Turner's Gift to Department Called 'a Joke,' " yesterday in the Omaha, Neb., World-Herald

Still legal, so far

"It has always been the custom at Roane County High School to say a prayer and play the national anthem to honor God and country. Due to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court, I am told that saying a prayer is a violation of federal case law.

"As I understand the law at this time, I can use this public facility to approve of sexual perversion and call it an alternate lifestyle, and, if someone is offended, that's OK.

"I can use it to condone sexual promiscuity by dispensing condoms and calling it safe sex. If someone is offended, that's OK. I can even use this public facility to present the merits of killing an unborn baby as a viable means of birth control… . I can designate a school day as Earth Day and involve students in activities to religiously worship and praise the goddess, Mother Earth, and call it ecology… .

"However, if anyone uses this facility to honor God and ask Him to bless this event with safety and good sportsmanship, federal case law is violated… .

"Apparently, we are to be tolerant of everything and anyone except God and His Commandments.

"Nevertheless, as a school principal, I frequently ask staff and students to abide by rules with which they do not necessarily agree. For me to do otherwise would be, at best, inconsistent and, at worst, hypocritical… . For this reason, I shall 'Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's,' and refrain from praying at this time. However, if you feel inspired to honor, praise, and thank God, and to ask Him in the name of Jesus to bless this event, please feel free to do so. As far as I know, that's not against the law yet."

Jody McLoud, principal of Roane County High School, Kingston, Tenn., in a statement read over the public-address system at a Sept. 1 football game, reported in Dateline Heaven at www.datelineheaven.com

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