- The Washington Times - Monday, April 16, 2001

Hef's 'liberation'

"Our media have strange priorities. They ooze with compassion over people getting AIDS, a mostly sexually transmitted disease, but they celebrate the father of the sexual revolution Hugh Hefner, who just turned 75 years old. HIV and AIDS are the legacy of Hugh Hefner and his sexual revolution. News reports celebrated his birthday as if he's someone to be honored, respected and admired. In truth, he's a sick and dirty old man.

"The CBS 'Early Show' with Bryant Gumbel went further than most, assigning a female correspondent, Hattie Kaufman, to go to Hefner's Playboy mansion and do a feature about him. Gumbel called it 'a birthday visit.' Kaufman called the mansion 'a pleasure dome for singles and celebrities.' She called him 'Hef.' There he was in his bathrobe with his Playmates, bunnies and centerfolds, smiling and describing how he had liberated America from its Puritanism.

"Liberation? The head of a Pentagon health committee says the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, in the military has reached such epidemic proportions that it is a real threat to military readiness. He says there are 15.3 million new cases of STDs in America every year. In the civilian and military population today, one out of five Americans has an STD."

Cliff Kincaid, writing on "How to Spread More Disease and Death," Thursday in Toogood Reports at www.toogoodreports.com

'Bizarre' dynamics

"An honest assessment of sexual dynamics in this country is in order. It is bizarre that possibly 50 percent of marriages fail. It is bizarre that so many abortions are deemed necessary. It is bizarre that pregnancy has been logically disconnected from sex. It is bizarre that broken relationships are the standard experience of modern people. It is bizarre that commitment seems irrational. It is bizarre that it is so hard for young folks to fall in love, promise themselves to each other, get married and stick it out. You've got to wonder about a society when the most natural thing in the world has turned into the most unnaturally difficult thing in the world… .

"There is only one place where a man and a woman can really come to terms with each other, without the games, without the hostility, without the pretense and without the clothes. That is in marriage, operated on trust, and formed in love… . This is where equality happens, friends: married, vowed, naked before the Lord. It is also the only place where abortion is not necessary."

Sarah E. Hinlicky, writing on "What the Choice Is All About," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

Boring killer

"Timothy McVeigh strikes me as a really angry White Man. Say what you will about your Crips and Bloods or your Islamic fanatics, nothing freaks America out like White Man on a rampage… .

"How could this Average White Man get so worked up that he could murder 168 men, women and children in one stroke? Fanatical Muslim martyrs on a global jihad, sure. But this tire rotator, this phone-jack installer? And if this White Man could be himself so worked up, how many others are out there walking around with their corks about to pop? …

"Then again, the conspiratologists would say that the fact McVeigh is so boring only proves that he could not have acted alone in Oklahoma City. A guy this dull could only have been a soldier in some larger terrorist organization. McVeigh's own lawyer, Stephen Jones, has always disputed McVeigh's claim that he acted alone. Jones' 1998 book [about the Oklahoma City bombing] … is being updated and re-released next month just in time for McVeigh's execution."

John Strausbaugh, writing on "Average White Man," in Tuesday's New York Press

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