- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2002

'Subversive' scholar
"The newest hero to enter the pantheon of free-speech warriors in our time is the University of Missouri's Harris Mirkin, author of an article intended to undo our culture's delusion that there is something innately wrong with adults engaging in sex with children.
"It is Dr. Mirkin's view that the 'panic over pedophilia' is much like the way people once viewed female sexuality and homosexuality. Pedophilia, he notes, has been permissible or obligatory in some cultures in certain periods of history. We might point out that the same could be said of human sacrifice.
"Dr. Mirkin says his article was meant to be 'subversive.' This would seem obvious. As for making people think, the professor's views did that all right, particularly in the Missouri Legislature. State Senators and Representatives voted to reduce taxpayer funding to the university by $100,000. As far as the learned elite was concerned, that was the only outrage; the Legislature's action provoked far more consternation than did Dr. Mirkin's article. If a university can't give society's standards a voice, it's not surprising if a legislature should try to do so."
from "Pedophiles and Progressives," in the May 5 issue of the Wall Street Journal

The gift of freedom
"The tradition you inherit is not confined within the walls of Catholic institutions. It has formed and shaped principles that resonate far beyond the Catholic Church and the faithful these are the universal principles, truths, about the nature of life, the essentiality of truth and the unique gift of human freedom.
"Today, we are a nation called to a better understanding of these ideas a deeper comprehension than that which is conveyed by our popular culture and even many of our academic institutions. The values we hold truth, human dignity, freedom these are the values that are under assault in the world. And in the midst of this assault, we have learned that our values are neither self-executing nor self-sustaining. They must be defended, not just with military might, but with deeper devotion.
"To defeat a culture of death, we must cultivate a culture of life.
"To expose the great lie of nothingness, we must embrace the great truth of being.
"Above all, to conquer tyranny, we must understand the nature and source of our freedom."
John Ashcroft, in his Saturday commencement speech to graduates at Catholic University in the District

Sharpton's party
"After two decades of rumbling rhetoric and ruined lives, Al Sharpton, New York City's master of radical street theater, remains a subject of media attention far disproportionate to his accomplishments. Like Zsa-Zsa Gabor, Sharpton is famous because he says he is, and for giving good camera. And now he's taking his act nationwide preparing to run in the 2004 Democratic primary for president of the United States.
"As Hillary Clinton ran for Senate, she visited Sharpton, once in jail and once at his headquarters. When Al Gore and Bill Bradley debated in Harlem, Sharpton asked the first question. Recently, Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe proclaimed that anyone criticizing Sharpton wasn't welcome in the party.
"Sharpton has met with Janet Reno, and shared the stage with President Clinton. He has taken these repeated images of powerful liberals making pilgrimages to genuflect before him and skillfully turned them into genuine political capital. Now he thinks he's saved up enough to run for president."
Harry Siegel, writing on "Rabble Rousing King," in the June issue of the American Enterprise

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