- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 25, 2002

'Tyranny of youth'
"In the history of the movies, there have always been revelatory performances by young people James Dean was 23 when he made 'East of Eden'; Natalie Wood was 22 when she shot 'Splendor in the Grass'; Elizabeth Taylor was only 18 when she did 'A Place in the Sun.' The picture business has always fed on young flesh as if it hadn't had a proper meal in days.
"[M]any young actors are naive, inexperienced, callow, inept, brash yet our films too often celebrate them for those shortcomings. They do not know enough to deliver a proper sense of life. We are therefore seeing more and more movies (and movie magazines) in which that tyranny of youth is excluding the fuller range of human feelings.
"Meanwhile, the picture business in America fixes more and more narrowly on that 15 to 25 range. Older people know a lot, and any culture that makes a practice of rejecting or ignoring that wealth is locking itself into immaturity."
David Thomson, writing on "Youth Kills," in the May issue of Movieline

Anti-everything
"Washington hosted a demonstration against the extreme left's new favorite villain: Israel. The immediate impetus was a conference by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, being held at the Washington Hilton just north of Dupont Circle.
"For many, it was just another cause to squeeze into their anti-Western protest rubric.
"In fairness, many of the protestors were from Arab American and human rights organizations. And based on my short conversations with them, many appeared genuinely knowledgeable about Mideast affairs. But there was another group about equal in size for whom the Palestinian cause was apparently just another button to pin on a crowded backpack. For example, one young man, a 19-year-old from Rochester, N.Y., explained to me that the protest wasn't really just about the Palestinians. Rather, he said, it's about the 'Colombians, Indigenous Mexicans the Zapatistas the Mayans in Guatemala, the indigenous Alaskans. It's solidarity. It's human rights. It's all interrelated with the evil neoliberal global order. It's [anti] World Bank and IMF!'"
Sarah Wildman, writing on "Protesting Too Much," Tuesday in the New Republic Online at www.tnr.com

Today's anti-Semitism?
"[M]any Washington and New York leaders speak of Bible-believing Christians the way earlier establishments spoke about Jews.
"The original 'Fundamentalists' were not uneducated folks, as reporters assume, but literate leaders who adhered to the 14-point creed of the Niagara Bible Conference of 1878, the five-point statement of the Presbyterian General Assembly of 1910, and the 12 volumes of essays ('The Fundamentals') written from 1910 to 1915 by 64 British and American ministers and theologians.
"Scholars today know that 'fundamentalist' is not a particularly useful definer.
"The term makes even less sense in regard to Judaism, and it makes no sense regarding Islam. Muslims believe the Koran was not only inspired by Allah but directly dictated by him.
"Equation of Islamic and Christian fundamentalists is mindless for several other reasons as well. The former applaud the killing of Israelis, the latter these days are extraordinarily pro-Israel. The former embrace terrorism, the latter tend to support John Ashcroft's tough actions against it."
Marvin Olasky, writing on "Media Christophobia," in the May/June special issue of World


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