- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 26, 2002

Tide of Islam
"To start with, here are two evangelical, proselytizing faiths, that have been for nearly 14 centuries rivals for the allegiance of the world. No one can believe that the Christian accounts of God and Christ are essentially true, and simultaneously believe that Islam's account of Allah and Muhammad are equally true. The contradictions are too large to be avoided.
"And yet, being a Christian gives me a sympathy for the believing Muslims that is not available to the 'secular humanists,' or whatever we shall call them, who dominate the Western world today, and who lie especially thick over its university campuses. For the believing Muslim may be a rival in the propagation of faith; but he is also my fellow religious.
"What we have today is the progress of Islamism in two, naturally converging, forms. There is the so-called moderate form Islamicization of the laws and bureaucracy, even in the old civil courts. And also, in its so-called radical form, in the growth of a terrorist underground, feeding on trouble in Afghanistan and Kashmir, and feeding off the huge sums of oil money arriving courtesy of the puritanical, Wahhabi sheiks of Arabia.
"By both means, by both routes, and floating on the tide of Gulf oil money, the same, very international ideology is being imposed, overlaid, on a traditional and very particular society, already shaken off its tree by a catastrophically failed socialism."
David Warren, in Nov. 21 lecture at St. Michael's College Alumni Hall in Toronto

Hollywood stooges
"I have a few choice words for Sean Penn, Danny Glover and Harry Belafonte.
"Congratulations. You are the moral equivalents of people who gave aid and comfort to Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin.
"Hollywood's latest three stooges' act made news last week. Sean Penn went off on a 'fact-finding mission' to Iraq to determine if we really needed to overthrow Saddam Hussein. And, Belafonte and Glover went to the totalitarian prison island of Cuba to praise Fidel Castro's ministry of propaganda and blast the U.S.
"First, let me deal with Penn. I wonder if anyone has pointed out to him that the man he is helping to promote with his visit has killed more Muslims than anyone else on the planet probably more than anyone who has ever lived.
"Enough said about Penn. Let's talk about Larry and Curley now and their trip in support of the Cuban film school and film 'industry.'
"Castro kills people who disagree with him. He lines them up against the wall and shoots them. He locks others up in dungeons where they never see the light of day.
"Worst of all, perhaps, is the way Castro uses Hollywood stooges to make him look like a hero to the rest of the world."
Joseph Farah, writing on "Hollywood goes Havana, Baghdad," Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

New Revolution
"There's a sexual revolution going on in America, and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with Christina Aguilera's bare-it-all video 'Dirrty.' The uprising is taking place in the real world, not on 'The Real World.'
"Rejecting the get-down-make-love ethos of their parents' generation, this wave of young adults represents a new counterculture, one clearly at odds with the mainstream media and their routine use of sex to boost ratings and peddle product.
"According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control, the number of high school students who say they've never had sexual intercourse rose by almost 10 percent between 1991 and 2001. Parents, public-health officials and sexually beleaguered teens themselves may be relieved by this 'let's not' trend. But the new abstinence movement, largely fostered by cultural conservatives and evangelical Christians, has also become hotly controversial.
"At the center of it all are the young people themselves, whose voices are often drowned out by the political cacophony."
Lorraine Ali and Julie Scelfo in "Choosing Virginity" in the Dec. 8 Newsweek

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