- The Washington Times - Monday, July 15, 2002

Red menace
"Supporters of taking out the phrase 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance have come up with a new twist in their arsenal of arguments: It was part and parcel of the McCarthyite witch-hunt of the 1950s, when America faced a phony Red menace and the real dangers came from right-wing proponents of a new conformity.
"Historian David Greenberg, for example, writes of a time when 'Billy Graham rose to fame as a Red-baiter,' not as an evangelical Christian. The words added to the Pledge went 'hand in hand with the Red Scare, to which it was inextricably linked.'
"In reality, the Communist insistence on 'atheism' was part and parcel of their totalitarian ideology: Marxism-Leninism, itself a state religion, could not sanction a free society based on freedom of religion and tolerance for competing systems of faith or belief.
"At home, moreover, there was a very real Communist threat, as scores of revelations from the Soviet archives since the collapse of the USSR have shown.
"When we look over the history of our recent past, it turns out that the Red-baiters, and not the Reds, were right."
Ronald Radosh, writing on "The Red 'Scare' Was Real," July 10 in the New York Post

Making sex boring
"Call it life imitating art or at least television. For the past four years, HBO's 'Sex in the City' has told the story of four single professional women living in New York. The central character is Carrie Bradshaw, a columnist who writes about sex and dating.
"Given the show's popularity, it was inevitable that young women would copy more than Bradshaw's fashion sense. As the June 14 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education tells us, 'a small but growing number of women' are writing advice columns on love and sex in college newspapers.
"Reading their columns I'm struck by how, well, un-erotic it all is. There is little or nothing of this understanding of love and sexuality in any of these columns.
"There is a profound irony at work here. The sexual revolution was supposed to be about more than allowing people to have sex without guilt. The theory was that people, liberated from the sexual inhibitions derived from the old sexual ethic (which was the product of Christianity), would be free to explore and express their sexual nature in its entirety, to the benefit of their sex life.
"It didn't work out that way. The price we paid for sexual freedom was a diminishment of sex itself and a corresponding dehumanizing of our sexuality."
Roberto Rivera y Carlo, writing on "Talking About Sex," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org

Destructive youth
"In American university cities such as Berkeley and Seattle we have thousands of alienated young people who have been educated at their parents' expense, and our economy is booming with opportunities. These youths often seem to be loving, but many of them pursue not love, but hedonistic sex and drugs that ruin their health. They speak loudly of political ideals, but all they actually do is taunt police and smash windows to protest globalization for some reason they cannot articulate.
"I recall Alexander Solzhenitsyn's prophetic words at the 1978 Harvard commencement: 'When the government earnestly seeks to root out terrorism, public opinion accuses it of violating the terrorists' civil rights.' It is as if he foresaw the loony pundits who pick away at every detail of the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, seeming to treat mass murder as a matter of comparatively little account.
"Young people need not just education or the prospect of material success, but a spiritual vision that motivates them to make sacrifices to build good things, not to delude themselves that the remedy to injustice is destruction."
Phillip E. Johnson, writing on "Right Sacrifice," in the July/August issue of Touchstone

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