- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2002

Hollywood PC
"Why is Hollywood shying away from al-Qaeda-like villains?
"[I]n the about-to-be-released film version of 'The Sum of All Fears,' based loosely on [Tom] Clancy's 1991 novel of the same name, Paramount pulled a switcheroo. Clancy's original baddies were a motley crew of unreconstructed German Communists, a Sioux convict and the stumbling block Hamas-like Palestinian terrorists opposed to the peace process. Long before September 11, these were replaced with slickly dressed, easy-to-hate European neo-Nazis. [T]he movie is, for obvious reasons, far less relevant than the novel. It is also far more acceptable both to Hollywood sensibilities and the Arab ethnic lobby.
"Though a staple of political thrillers since the days of the Ayatollah Khomeini, the number of Muslim terrorists on-screen has been dwindling since the mid-1990s. Since then, groups like the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the Council on American-Islamic Relations have condemned movies which featured violent, fanatical Muslims.
"By the time 'The Sum of All Fears' movie was being developed, CAIR launched a pre-emptive campaign to rid the adaptation of the novel's Muslim terrorists. Early script treatments cast Timothy McVeigh-style 'superpatriots' as the heavies behind the bomb plot, not Muslims a PC move par excellence."
Reihan Salam, writing on "The Sum of All PC," Tuesday in Slate at www.slate.com

'Pure insanity'
"The New York Times Magazine published a sympathetic piece on transgendered teen-agers. The article, 'About a Boy Who Isn't,' was written by Benoit Denizet-Lewis.
"Denizet-Lewis' latest article in the Times is yet another effort to normalize the abnormal and to position so-called 'transgendered teen-agers' as individuals in need of 'safety' in our nation's public schools. The author describes the life of 'M,' a 13-year-old girl who has secretly lived as a boy for four years. 'M' is being aided and abetted in her deceit and sexual confusion by a school teacher who shields her from exposure in gym classes. The teacher says that he's only providing a 'safe' environment for 'M' at school.
"This puff piece for sexual confusion is simply one in a growing number of propaganda efforts to actively promote the notion that there's no such thing as 'male' or 'female' and that if you think you're the opposite sex, you really are. This is pure insanity. A person may think he's Napoleon or a German shepherd, but that doesn't make him either."
Louis P. Sheldon, chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition, writing on "New York Times Promotes Transgender Mental Disorder," Tuesday at www.traditionalvalues.org

'The heart of man'
"Probably by now more than enough has been written about the 1972 conversation between President Nixon and evangelist Billy Graham in the Oval Office.
"Probably some of the indignation that Jewish people felt at learning of the 1972 Nixon-Graham conversation came because they never expected anything like that from Graham. None of those who reacted with disillusionment or anger at the publication of those old remarks seems to have dealt with the question of whether they in any degree reflected the truth. Is it correct to say that Jewish interests have a 'stranglehold on the media,' or that that was the case in 1972?
"No one who takes the Bible seriously should be surprised at such remarks from politicians, spiritual leaders, or anyone else, for, as you recall, 'The heart of man is deceitful above all things.' Rather than get involved in a discussion of how much those remarks reflected the state of Nixon's or Graham's hearts at the time, or how much they have redeemed themselves since, let us simply take note of the vehemence of the reaction in the media to them."
Harold O.J. Brown, writing on "Racism, Intolerance, and the Human Condition," in the May issue of the Religion and Society Report


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