- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2001

'Intrinsic evil'

"The communist system of the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. The world was stunned.

"Many people believe that Alexander Solzhenitsyn did more to bring down that system than any other Russian… .

"Alexander Solzhenitsyn has a strong belief in God. In [his 1978] Harvard speech, 'A World Split Apart,' he showed that we are condemned by our own history. 'The humanistic way of thinking, which had proclaimed itself our guide, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man, nor did it see any task higher than the attainment of happiness on Earth. It started modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend of worshipping man and his material needs.

" 'Thus gaps were left open for evil, and its drafts blow freely today.' …

"What happens when we make a foundational change in our belief about the evil in man? As we put more and more trust in man, we push our responsibility to God aside."

Gerald Flurry, writing on "Nobel Prize Winner Warned America," in the December issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet

'Par for the course'

"The Rev. Jesse Jackson's been in the news lately for some unsavory business regarding a mistress, a baby and a pile of money. I can't honestly say I'm surprised. Unsavory business has been par for the course for Jackson's career, ever since his college days at my alma mater, the University of Illinois… .

"Jackson attended the University of Illinois on a football scholarship for one year (1959-60), and for years thereafter told the story of how he left school because racism prevented him from playing quarterback. The story had a problem … the starting quarterback for most of that year, Mel Meyers, was black. In 1987 … the local newspaper … started digging. It found evidence that Jackson, who was already on academic probation, had plagiarized a term paper; it even found the woman who said she typed the paper from a slightly marked-up article in Time magazine. It was in the midst of these accusations that Jackson withdrew from school.

"Jackson has spent decades telling stories about his past that play well as racial politics, but don't jibe with the facts… . He's claimed to have grown up poor as the son of a maid and a janitor, when in fact his family was relatively middle class: his mother … was a beautician and his father a postal worker."

Matt Kaufman, writing on "Jesse Jackson's True Colors," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

'A noble death'

"While I am saddened by the death of racing great Dale Earnhardt, I do not mourn him. After all, who among us is blessed to die in front of millions of fans, without pain, engaged in an activity that produces wealth, fame and immortality?

"Earnhardt was at the peak of his considerable power [Feb. 18] when, in the final lap of the Daytona 500, his Chevrolet stock car veered into the wall at 185 mph. A few yards ahead, his son, Dale Jr., was battling with Michael Waltrip for victory. I'd like to think Earnhardt crushed the throttle in one final banzai charge off the corner, hoping for a one-two-three finish for his cars. Who could go out on a more soaring emotional high? …

"Earnhardt, like the 42 other men on the track Sunday, understood the risks. The chance of a debilitating crash or a fatal accident was the price of doing business… .

"Thomas McGuane once wrote: 'The essence of sport is courage.' If that is true, the late Dale Earnhardt represented the essence of sport. He died a noble death."

Brock Yates, writing on "Life and Death in the Fast Lane," in Thursday's Wall Street Journal

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