- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 14, 2002

Horowitz at Harvard
David Horowitz is taking his campaign against slavery reparations to the bastion of elite liberalism Harvard University.
The radical-turned-conservative author speaks at Harvard today about his new book, "Uncivil Wars: The Controversy Over Reparations for Slavery." His 4 p.m. appearance is sponsored by Harvard Republicans an endangered species in Cambridge, Mr. Horowitz notes.
"The red-and-blue electoral map shows that this nation is almost evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats," he says in a full-page ad in the Harvard Crimson. "But at Harvard, a Republican professor is as rare as a unicorn. … Diversity at Harvard obviously does not reflect the diversity of America."
According to "the leftwing worldview" at Harvard, "white Christians are a demonized group and discriminating against them is 'social justice,'" Mr. Horowitz says. "White Christians and I say this as a Jew myself built Harvard and created America's freedoms. But while white Christians make up 73 percent of the American population, they are only 17 percent of the population at Harvard.
"Like the exclusion of conservatives from Harvard's faculty, this does not happen by accident, but by ideological design," Mr. Horowitz says. Citing a survey commissioned by his Center for the Study of Popular Culture, he noted that only 3 percent of Ivy League faculty identified themselves as Republicans.
"Not even Sen. [Joseph] McCarthy was able to repress ideas he opposed as effectively as Harvard's hiring committees have suppressed the conservative viewpoints they despise and fear."

No babies, please
"[On Tuesday], as expected, the House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act," Kathryn Jean Lopez notes at National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com).
"The bill is as simple as they get. It gives legal status to a baby who is born, literally, alive. The baby, in the circumstances the bill covers, is 'alive' in anyone's dictionary; as the bill defines it: The 'complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother' of a baby who 'breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut, and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion.'
"But if you get your news from the Associated Press wire, as a good portion of the news-reading … world does, this is what you found [Tuesday] after the vote: Headline: 'House OKs Fetus Protection Bill.' First sentence: 'The House voted Tuesday to define a fetus that is fullyoutside a woman's body as having been "born alive," which would give the fetus legal protection.'
"But, wait, you say, didn't [National Review] just report this was about babies born alive? What's this about a fetus?
"Well, evidently the AP stylebook defines all babies as fetuses. Maybe Peter Singer wrote the handbook?" Mr. Singer is a Yale University philosophy professor who has argued in defense of infanticide.

Consistently unhinged
"Say this much for filmmaker Michael Moore: His fury at George W. Bush is not only consistent, it is consistently unhinged," writes Vincent Carroll, editor of the editorial pages at the Rocky Mountain News.
"At his book signing Saturday at the LoDo Tattered Cover [in Denver], Moore actually referred to Bush as 'bin Bush,' according to the News' Jeff Kass. Get it? Apparently you had to be there to savor a comparison between the president and a mass-murdering terrorist, as well as appreciate the many other crude, off-the-wall observations from Moore," Mr. Carroll said.
"The large crowd in attendance reportedly reveled at Moore's insights. And they will no doubt also love Moore's new book, 'Stupid White Men … And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation,' whose title pretty much sums up its level of thigh-slapping sophistication. Want to sample another teaser from the cover? 'George W: The thief in chief. A trespasser on federal lands. A squatter in the Oval Office. Send in the Marines!'
"See what I mean?
"As I write this, Moore's book is perched at No. 1 on Amazon.com and No. 3 on the New York Times list. Even after September 11, there obviously remains a huge market in America for juvenile left-wing screeds."

Gun-rights momentum
Around the country, gun-rights groups are waging what some portray as a deliberately gradual, one-step-at-a-time effort to ease state laws governing the carrying of a concealed weapon, the Associated Press reports.
Organizations such as the National Rife Association and Gun Owners of America say their efforts under way in more than half the states are no greater this year than before. But they say the September 11 attacks may have provided some momentum.
"Since September 11th, people feel the need to protect themselves and their loved ones," said Randy Kozuch, the NRA's chief state and local lobbyist. "Nobody knows what future attacks will happen."
Alarmed by the effort, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which traditionally has focused on Congress, has expanded its staff for state legislatures and teamed up with the Million Mom March to fight attempts to loosen concealed-gun laws, the wire service said.
"We are seeing a very large effort by the NRA to weaken concealed-weapons laws across the country," said Luis Tolley, the Los Angeles-based state legislative director for the Brady Campaign. "They want to let anybody carry any gun they want, anywhere they want, any time they want."
In the 1980s, at least 40 states prohibited concealed weapons, according to the NRA. The movement to relax concealed-gun laws began in 1987 in Florida and picked up steam in the mid-1990s.
Now just six states all in the Midwest prohibit concealed weapons. A dozen others allow them, but sharply restrict the permits.

Don't look back, Al
New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is gaining on Al Gore as the presidential favorite of Democratic voters, according to a new Zogby America poll.
Mr. Gore was still the top choice among likely Democratic voters at 27 percent, with Mrs. Clinton the clear second choice at 22 percent.
In August, Mr. Gore led Mrs. Clinton 40 percent to 24 percent.
Mrs. Clinton is followed in the race for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (8 percent) of South Dakota, with House Minority Leader Richard A. Gephardt of Missouri and former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley both at 7 percent.
The poll of 414 likely Democratic voters nationwide was conducted March 8-10. Margin of sampling error is 5 percent in either direction.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry garnered 3 percent in the poll, while former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerry, Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh, and Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. were at 2 percent.

About-face
The Orange County, Calif., chapter of the Red Cross has apologized for barring a junior high school chorus from performing songs that include the words "God" and "prayer."
The local Red Cross, which sponsored the program Sunday to honor its volunteers, had objected to the songs "America the Beautiful," "Prayer of the Children" and "God Bless the U.S.A." The words "God" and "prayer" were deemed too controversial.
The Orange County chapter, in a statement posted at www.redcross.org, said that "the judgments we made in this case in applying our principles clearly offended some in our community. Principles should remain inviolate. But like many things in life, it is important to use reasonable judgment in applying principles to the everyday circumstances we confront. So, while our principles remain sound, the judgment we made to exclude certain songs from the Sunday program was a mistake.
"We want to apologize to the community and to any people who were hurt or disappointed by our actions."


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