- The Washington Times - Friday, January 24, 2003

Pro-life children
"Kids ask the darndest things. …
"'Was I ever this little?' They hold their little fingers together to show a tiny size.
"Yes, you were once. And they're delighted at the concept that they were once just 'this little.'
"So how do we explain to them that some people consider a developing baby 'this little' to be only a clump of cells, a pregnancy condition, disposable and forgettable?
"For kids, abortion would never be a choice that they could conceive of on their own. …
"Kids don't want to hear about a woman's right to choose. As far as they know, mothers were put here to care for them … and it's not about what makes a woman's life easier. …
"Finally, in a few short years, these children will be able to have abortions, without parental consent if a judge deems them to be mature enough. So before the judge gets to make the decisions for our children, while we still have them in our control, we'd better figure out a way to explain this 30-year-old decision.
"Is it our pride or our shame? Bet a kid could tell you."
Susan Konig, writing on "Impossible Task," yesterday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Too busy to think
"For students with packed schedules on many elite campuses, dinnertime and weekends are more for blowing off steam than for discussing Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' or lessons that the Yuan Dynasty might hold for modern globalization.
"The Chronicle of Higher Education hosted a vigorous online debate in 2001 about whether most colleges were overlooking the way students ignore campus intellectual life. At the center of the discussion was an article by Duke University's Prof. Stuart Rojstaczer entitled, 'When Intellectual Life is Optional for Students.'
"'The hardest thing for students at Duke and at most elite institutions is getting in,' he wrote. 'Once admitted, a smart student can coast, drink far too much beer, and still maintain a B+ average.'
"At Harvard University … the undergraduate curriculum is undergoing a top-to-bottom review.
"The rich mix of lectures outside of class do seem well attended, but the hectic pace can sometimes work against deeper learning, says Sujean Lee, president of Harvard's undergraduate council.
"'There is no reflection time whatsoever,' says the senior biology major. 'I don't even account for reflection in my schedule. … I have a journal I rarely write in.'
Mark Clayton, writing on "Deep thinkers missing in action," in the Jan. 21 issue of the Christian Science Monitor

Gospel zeal
"By the 1950s, evangelicals had created many organizations, some targeting young people, such as Youth for Christ and Young Life. …
"As Billy Graham began his remarkable ministry in the 1950s, he propounded the power of the gospel to prevent juvenile crime and defeat communism.
"Not until the 1960s, however, did evangelicals start to engage the culture. They did so, [historian D.G. Hart] explains, in response to well-known secularizing trends. Evangelicals made protecting the family and opposing secular humanism high priorities. Starting in 1980, they pushed for the election of conservatives (meaning Republicans) and the adoption of conservative social policies. They penetrated the popular culture as well: Among other examples [in his new book, 'That Old Time Religion], Mr. Hart cites evangelical fiction (the 'Left Behind' series) and contemporary Christian music (Amy Grant). …
"By failing to distinguish between the religious and the nonreligious (the sacred and the secular, the temporal and eternal), evangelicals put too much of their energy into trying to make America into the Kingdom of God and too little into the church."
Terry Eastland, writing on "Saving Souls And Society," Jan. 14 in the Wall Street Journal

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