- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 12, 2003

White House AWOL on affirmative action

It is a shame that the Trent Lott fiasco has affected the White House's apparent decision not to submit a brief against affirmative action in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case ("White House set to stay out of affirmative-action case," Page 1, Thursday). Though Mr. Lott's comments were offensive and stupid, they should not sway the thinking that a colorblind college admissions policy is both correct and constitutional.
Almost 40 years ago, Martin Luther King declared that he wanted his children to grow up in a nation in which they would be judged "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." That principle of treating people as individuals and not as members of a particular racial group is as right today as it was when King spoke those words on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
President Bush can continue the legacy of a nation rooted in laws that ignore one's skin color by allowing his administration to submit a brief arguing against affirmative action. I hope that Mr. Bush will not allow his actions on this important issue to be swayed by the racial division fomented by demagogues over the Lott issue. Political concerns should not trump one of the basic tenets of this great country of ours equal treatment under the law.

MANUEL J. RIOS JR.
Rockville

A congressional exchange on Cyprus

I am writing in response to Rep. Dan Burton's Sunday letter, "Burden rests on Greeks to solve 'Cyprus problem.'"
In the past 30 years, the people of Cyprus have suffered from an illegal occupation that has divided their nation. On July 20, 1974, not even 14 years after the Republic of Cyprus gained its independence from Great Britain, an unlawful Turkish invasion caused a long-standing division between the Northern and Southern parts of the Island a division that still exists.
While the Greek Cypriots who inhabit the southern portion of Cyprus enjoy a high quality of living, the Turkish Cypriots of the north have faced many hardships. Citizens of the occupied area are not represented by a legitimate government and, as a result, they are unable to enjoy the benefits of international trade, political cooperation and worldwide travel. This troubling discrepancy, combined with several other factors, leads me to firmly believe that it is now in the best interest of all parties involved that the Republic of Cyprus be reunified as one sovereign nation.
Last month, Cyprus was officially invited to become a new member of the European Union. Through this process, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has worked diligently in an effort to unify the island of Cyprus before its signing of the EU accession treaty on April 16. Both the Greek and Turkish sides have agreed to negotiate, and for the first time in 29 years, a reunification of Cyprus appears to be a realistic possibility. It is clear to me that all sides the Greeks, Turks, Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots will benefit from reunification at the current time.
For Greece, reunification will serve to resolve the 29-year-old crisis, which has had a direct effect on many Greeks who have either lived in Cyprus or have relatives who have moved to the island. Reunification would be an excellent first step for Turkey to take in its efforts to prove itself worthy of EU accession. Many Greek Cypriot refugees who were forced out of their homes in the north during the Turkish invasion would be able to return home, and Turkish Cypriots would have a chance to enjoy the same high quality of living as their Greek counterparts.
The new Turkish government has proved to be very open to the negotiation process. It must continue to put pressure on Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash, who has been hesitant thus far, to cooperate. Mr. Denktash must also listen to the Turkish Cypriots whom he represents. Through their many demonstrations and consistent urgings, the Turks of northern Cyprus have made it clear that they desire reunification. As their representative at the negotiating table, it is Mr. Denktash's responsibility to listen to his constituency and put an end to the Cyprus problem.
Through all the complexities of the Cyprus issue, one thing remains clear: This opportunity must not be wasted. It has taken nearly 30 years for reunification to become a realistic possibility, and the people of Cyprus should not have to wait 30 more.

REP. ROBERT E. ANDREWS
New Jersey Democrat

Corrections and observations about pedophilia

As faculty adviser to the Regent University Law Review, I write to correct a misimpression left by Richard J. Rosendall of the Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington ("Homosexuals pooh-pooh pedophilia," Letters, Wednesday).
In characterizing certain articles published in our journal, Mr. Rosendall implied that our journal published them only after they had been rejected by "peer-reviewed" journals. In fact, the journal that rejected the articles in question was the student-edited Stanford Law and Policy Review. (Student-edited journals, rather than peer-reviewed journals, are the norm in the law-review world.)
The Stanford journal had at first undertaken to publish multiple viewpoints in a homosexual-rights symposium. However, it ended up publishing no articles that would have given Mr. Rosendall a moment's unease. (Please see 12 Stan.L.Pol.Rev. 1, 2001.) It thus fell to our review to restore the balance. (See 14 Regent Univ.L.Rev. vol. 2, 2002.)

DAVID M. WAGNER
Associate professor
Regent University School of Law
Virginia Beach



It is perhaps not surprising that homosexual activists such as Andrew Sullivan ("The Weekly Dish," Op-Ed, Dec. 20) and Richard J. Rosendall ("Homosexuals pooh-pooh pedophilia," Letters, Wednesday) would attempt to deflect attention away from the disturbing connection between homosexuality and the sexual abuse of children. It is, however, simply false to claim that there is no evidence of this connection in scientific, peer-reviewed journals. The following facts are thoroughly documented from such sources in the report published by the Family Research Council, titled "Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse":
n Pedophiles are invariably males. The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children reports: "In both clinical and non clinical samples, the vast majority of offenders are male."
Significant numbers of victims are males. A study in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy of 457 male sex offenders against children found that "approximately one-third of these sexual offenders directed their sexual activity against males."
A recent study in Demography magazine estimates the number of exclusive male homosexuals in the general population at 2.5 percent.
Accordingly, homosexuals are overrepresented in child sex offenses. Individuals from the 2 percent to 3 percent of the population that is sexually attracted to the same sex are committing up to one-third of the sex crimes against children. The Journal of Sex Research found that, although heterosexuals outnumber homosexuals by a ratio of at least 20 to 1, homosexual pedophiles commit about one-third of the total number of child sex offenses.
Even more telling than the social science research is the blatant promotion and glorification of sexual relations between men and underage boys within much of the homosexual subculture itself. Indeed, the International Lesbian and Gay Association, which Mr. Rosendall says rejects pedophilia, was again in 2002 denied recognition by the United Nations as a nongovernmental organization because, as The Washington Times reported on April 29, "the group has refused to provide a list of its members for independent verification of claims that pro-pedophile members have been expelled."
As lesbian journalist Paula Martinac (unlike Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Rosendall) candidly admitted in the Seattle Gay News: "The lesbian and gay community will never be successful in fighting the pedophilia stereotype until we stop condoning sex with young people."

TIMOTHY J. DAILEY
Senior Fellow for Culture Studies
Family Research Council
Washington

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