- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Truth and fiction
"A few months ago, newsman Dan Rather declared that, despite his habit of willful lying, Bill Clinton is an honest man. Such bullheaded misrepresentation of the facts has become fashionable today. Britney Spears can bump and grind in her videos and be portrayed as wholesome. And terrorism designer Yasser Arafat can authorize abject terrorism and be depicted as an agent of peace.
"We live in an era of smoke and mirrors. Up is down. Left is right.
"Thankfully, on Thursday President Bush issued a muscular statement condemning Arafat and his role in the savage attacks on innocent Israeli civilians. It appears our president realizes that the time for political correctness and sympathetic sentiment is past.
"Arafat is a murderer and a liar; it's time he is treated as such."
Jerry Falwell, writing on "No time for mollycoddling," Saturday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

New Christendom
"In the year 2025 there will be around 2.6 billion Christians, of whom 633 million will live in Africa, 640 million in Latin America and 460 million in Asia. Europe, with 555 million, will have slipped to third place. Soon, the phrase 'a white Christian' may sound like a curious oxymoron, as mildly surprising as a 'Swedish Buddhist.' The era of Western Christianity has passed within our lifetimes, and the day of Southern Christianity is dawning.
"The denominations that are triumphing all across the global South are stalwartly traditional or even reactionary by the standards of the economically advanced nations. [Soon] we really will be speaking of a new Christendom, based in the Southern Hemisphere.
"Muslim and Christian communities will both grow within the same country. Based on recent experiences around the world in Nigeria and Indonesia, Sudan and the Philippines we face the likelihood that population growth will be accompanied by intensified rivalry, by struggles for converts, by competing attempts to enforce moral codes by means of secular law."
Philip Jenkins in "A New Christendom" in the March 29 Chronicle of Higher Education

Hereditary principle
"[W]e might as well acknowledge that the principles behind the modern monarchy are not peripheral to our current culture.
"The royals serve two fundamental and sometimes conflicting social needs: the need for celebrity and the need for continuity. Living in a culture without a monarchy, like the United States, it's perhaps clearer to see the real alternatives to the monarchy in fulfilling these needs. In America, Hollywood, for the most part, fulfills the celebrity quotient. The whole point is to fill the culture with familiar figures to whom we can relate in this atomized culture and with whom we can sympathize.
"It's almost as if the more democratic a country becomes, the more it creates an aristocracy to balance out its colorful egalitarianism. [T]oday, the Bush dynasty has pulled off the amazing feat of a father-and-son presidency. This wasn't just a fluke.
"One of the key factors, I think, in generating George W. Bush's early success as a candidate was the fact that he reassured a country exhausted by tacky scandal that some kind of class was returning to the Oval Office. The hereditary principle, in other words, is not self-evidently an anachronism. It answers a very deep need in rootless, modern culture for a sign of continuity, a human link between the past and the present a connection that reassures as well as anchors."
Andrew Sullivan, writing on "Two Cheers for the Royals," in the Sunday Times of London

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