- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Torture blasphemy
According to Jed Babbin's March 21 Op-Ed column, "The silence of the lambs," the good Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz declares himself in favor of "torture warrants" and, in his usual public-spirited style, even suggests an effective method
No surprise there, I'm afraid. Isn't that just where the leaders and lumpens of the left so often land? The slogans grow old, and then comes the guillotine, the concentration camp, the gulag and now, "sterile needles under the nails."
Franklin D. Roosevelt once reminded Americans that such horrors are not the transient tools, but "the very altars" at which totalitarian thugs worship. Our enemies may bow down there, but America has no need to be part of that blasphemy against God and mankind.

DAVID BURNS
Springfield



Senate right to block amnesty plan

We are pleased that Senate Democrats stood tall by opposing and postponing action on a measure initiated by the Bush administration that would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants ("Bush won't get bill giving aliens amnesty," March 22). These lawmakers have listened to the American people, who have flooded their telephone lines urging a vote against the Bush plan and have seen the proposal for what it is: political pandering of the highest level.
U.S. English has long said that such a move would incite resentment from immigrants who came to this country legally and would send a very dangerous message to those wishing to cross our borders. It is our hope that our federal lawmakers will forever halt action on this ridiculous bill.
We should reward immigrants who follow the rules, not those who break the law. The Bush plan is an attempt to create policy in order to pander to a politically powerful interest group, in this case the Mexican-American lobby, at the expense of fairness for all immigrants.

MAURO E. MUJICA
Chairman and chief executive officer
U.S. English
Washington



Predatory priests not 'pedophiles'

A March 22 front-page headline says, "Pope decries 'evil' of priests' pedophilia." Actually, the pope never used the word "pedophilia" because it does not correctly describe the sex scandals caused by Catholic clergymen, which are receiving worldwide notoriety.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, with which every nurse and doctor is familiar, defines pedophilia as "a preference for repetitive sexual activity with prepubertal children." Look at the ages of most of the victims who have come forward to accuse clergymen. They were normally not prepubescent children, but adolescent boys between the ages of 13 and 17. That doesn't constitute pedophilia, and the media should stop mislabeling it.
The victims we are reading about, almost all of whom were young male teens, were victims of homosexual molestation. Let us call it what it is.
Condemning pedophiles requires no courage because it assumes no risk. There is, however, a price to be paid for resisting the homosexual agenda.

THOMAS L. MCFADDEN
McLean

Torture blasphemy


According to Jed Babbin's March 21 Op-Ed column, "The silence of the lambs," the good Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz declares himself in favor of "torture warrants" and, in his usual public-spirited style, even suggests an effective method
No surprise there, I'm afraid. Isn't that just where the leaders and lumpens of the left so often land? The slogans grow old, and then comes the guillotine, the concentration camp, the gulag and now, "sterile needles under the nails."
Franklin D. Roosevelt once reminded Americans that such horrors are not the transient tools, but "the very altars" at which totalitarian thugs worship. Our enemies may bow down there, but America has no need to be part of that blasphemy against God and mankind.

DAVID BURNS
Springfield

Torture blasphemy

Torture blasphemy
According to Jed Babbin's March 21 Op-Ed column, "The silence of the lambs," the good Harvard professor Alan Dershowitz declares himself in favor of "torture warrants" and, in his usual public-spirited style, even suggests an effective method
No surprise there, I'm afraid. Isn't that just where the leaders and lumpens of the left so often land? The slogans grow old, and then comes the guillotine, the concentration camp, the gulag and now, "sterile needles under the nails."
Franklin D. Roosevelt once reminded Americans that such horrors are not the transient tools, but "the very altars" at which totalitarian thugs worship. Our enemies may bow down there, but America has no need to be part of that blasphemy against God and mankind.

DAVID BURNS
Springfield

Senate right to block amnesty plan

We are pleased that Senate Democrats stood tall by opposing and postponing action on a measure initiated by the Bush administration that would grant amnesty to illegal immigrants ("Bush won't get bill giving aliens amnesty," March 22). These lawmakers have listened to the American people, who have flooded their telephone lines urging a vote against the Bush plan and have seen the proposal for what it is: political pandering of the highest level.
U.S. English has long said that such a move would incite resentment from immigrants who came to this country legally and would send a very dangerous message to those wishing to cross our borders. It is our hope that our federal lawmakers will forever halt action on this ridiculous bill.
We should reward immigrants who follow the rules, not those who break the law. The Bush plan is an attempt to create policy in order to pander to a politically powerful interest group, in this case the Mexican-American lobby, at the expense of fairness for all immigrants.

MAURO E. MUJICA
Chairman and chief executive officer
U.S. English
Washington

Predatory priests not 'pedophiles'

A March 22 front-page headline says, "Pope decries 'evil' of priests' pedophilia." Actually, the pope never used the word "pedophilia" because it does not correctly describe the sex scandals caused by Catholic clergymen, which are receiving worldwide notoriety.
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, with which every nurse and doctor is familiar, defines pedophilia as "a preference for repetitive sexual activity with prepubertal children." Look at the ages of most of the victims who have come forward to accuse clergymen. They were normally not prepubescent children, but adolescent boys between the ages of 13 and 17. That doesn't constitute pedophilia, and the media should stop mislabeling it.
The victims we are reading about, almost all of whom were young male teens, were victims of homosexual molestation. Let us call it what it is.
Condemning pedophiles requires no courage because it assumes no risk. There is, however, a price to be paid for resisting the homosexual agenda.

THOMAS L. MCFADDEN
McLean


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