- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Wrong worries
"Looking at dominant feminist concerns now, you might think that abortion is illegal, that Muslim women are being arrested in the U.S. for wearing head scarves, that girls are unfairly kept out of college, and that women's fears about crime have more to do with right-wing nuts attacking lesbians than street rapists or wife beaters.
"The women's movement remains deeply rooted in the soil of the orthodox left. Betty Friedan belonged to the Communist Party, Gloria Steinem is honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Patricia Ireland wrote about her support of the Communist Party.
"A woman may need hate crime legislation like a fish needs a bicycle, but feminists never seem to worry that demanding stronger punishment for 'hate' crimes risks a return to the bad old days of men getting light sentences for 'love' crimes.
"The sad fact is that far more women are killed by angry husbands or boyfriends 1,218 in 1999, according to the U.S. Department of Justice than gays are killed because they are gay. The FBI reported 17 'hate-motivated' murders of any type in 1999, the last year for which data are available."
Catherine Seipp, writing on "You've Lost Your Way, Baby," in the October issue of Reason magazine
'Lethal mix'
"Most Americans have a benignly positive attitude toward religion, one that holds faith to be a good thing for the commonweal, regardless of sectarian particulars.
"I don't know many non-Muslims who believe President Bush's proclamation that, 'Islam means peace.' But there are many more who take comfort in the belief that the threat to America comes not from Islam itself, but from an extremist form of the religion espoused by terrorists and their small but vocal band of supporters. That's certainly the line taken by the mainstream media, who seem so afraid of sparking American bigotry against Muslim citizens that they have largely resisted critical analysis of Islamic writings, practice, and history.
"What if they are wrong? What if the threat is not extremist Islam, but Islam itself? That's the view set out by author Robert Spencer in his new book, 'Islam Unveiled,' a relatively short, plainspoken analysis of the Islamic faith and the challenge it poses to pluralist democracy. Warns Spencer, 'The culture of tolerance threatens to render the West incapable of drawing reasonable distinctions. The general reluctance to criticize any non-Christian religion and the almost universal public ignorance about Islam make for a lethal mix.'"
Rod Dreher, writing on "Not Peace-Loving, After All," Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com
God and Hollywood
"Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Bruckheimer don't know me, but I've been praying for them and their staff. I belong to a group called Hollywood Prayer Watch. For five years, we've been bombarding Hollywood with intercessory prayers. We pray for its children and families. We pray for its drug addicts and dealers and prostitutes and homeless. We pray for people in the entertainment industry. We pray for law enforcement officers who patrol Hollywood and politicians who represent it.
"We do this in the belief that prayer can transform Hollywood's world-wide influence. On the first and second Saturday of each month, 150 of us from the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood arrange our schedules so that someone is praying every minute of those days, in half-hour segments.
"Some who pray for Hollywood say they have seen results: more PG movies, they suggest; great receptivity to the Bible among Hollywood's homeless and prostitutes, say others. The International Prayer Council's John Robb says that in January, 175 people in the entertainment world rededicated their lives to Christ after hearing the Rev. Bruce Wilkinson, the author of "The Prayer of Jabez," speak in Hollywood. Robb says a powerful industry figure gave up a $6 million deal involving distribution technology for pornography after his conversion to Christianity."
Los Angeles Times staff writer K. Connie Kang in "Praying for Hollywood," a column that originally appeared in the Times and was reprinted in the September/ October issue of Good News magazine


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