- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 21, 2003

My son, the rapper
"As a mom and a humanitarian, I like to explore just what America's teen-age boys are thinking about, and how we can stop them. I saw '8 Mile,' which stars Eminem as the nicest, most downtrodden boy in his trailer park, the one with dreams of becoming a big-time rapper; he's the Fanny Brice of hip-hop.
"After seeing '8 Mile,' I asked myself, would I be upset if my child wanted to be a rap star? On his CDs, Eminem raps about how hard it is to be idolized by deranged fans and how he's always misunderstood by the press; he also goes after other pop stars like Moby and Christina Aguilera.
"Eminem's issues are basically those of any platinum-selling multimillionaire, so I'm telling my kids to start rhyming immediately Mama needs a condo in South Beach. My daughter pointed out that Eminem also does songs about wanting to murder his mother because she was so neglectful, but I replied that this could all be worked out on 'Dr. Phil.'"
Libby Gelman-Waxner, writing on "Eminem Makes Friends," in the February issue of Premiere
Bad consequences
"Ideas have consequences, and bad ideas have bad consequences. The ideas behind sex education have done more to destroy biblically based moral values than any other secular force in America.
"[T]he result has been rampant premarital sex among students leading to unwanted pregnancy, abortion, single parenthood, sexually transmitted diseases, physical abuse and even murder of sexual partners, increased sexual perversion, children living in poverty without fathers, emotional turmoil, drug addiction, depression, the proliferation of pornography.
"What's the solution? According to the sexologists, we need more sex ed, not less. And so politicians have decided to help by injecting federal funds into sexuality programs for schools. The result is that sex ed has become raunchier, more disgusting, and more blasphemous of traditional values.
"The only solution for parents is homeschooling or private schools. That's the only way they can protect the innocence of their children."
Samuel Blumenfeld, writing on "Sex ed and the destruction of American morality," Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com
High honor
"People get honorary degrees for lots of reasons, including wealth and celebrity. This week, though, someone's getting the award whose story can teach lessons you can't get at a lot of universities.
"The man's name is Roy Moore, and he's had a colorful life that includes brief stints as a professional karate fighter in Texas and a cattle wrangler in Australia. But on Jan. 21, when he steps onto the campus of Georgetown University to get his honorary degree a Doctorate of Divinity from National Clergy Council Board of Scholars and the Methodist Episcopal Church USA it'll be because of a much more prominent role.
"Moore happens to be chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He also happens to be a Christian who's convinced that, historically, our nation's laws have been built on a biblical foundation. So when he got appointed as a circuit court judge in 1992, he took a homemade plaque of the Ten Commandments and posted it in his courtroom.
"Then he ran for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, pledging that he'd acknowledge God as he administered the laws of Alabama. He won, and a few months later he planted a 5,000-pound monument (paid for with private money, not tax dollars) in the court's rotunda bearing those same Ten Commandments, as well as a collection of quotes from prominent historical figures testifying to God's role in government."
Matt Kaufman, writing on "Standing His Ground," Thursday in Boundless at www.boundless.org


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