- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Dreadful 'Hours'
"'The Hours' is a feminist movie that has been praised to the skies by critics, took home some major Golden Globe awards, and is expected to do well in upcoming Academy Award nominations. I think the movie is pure poison, and am going to tell you why. … Then again, Gloria Steinem figured I'd react that way.
"In a Los Angeles Times essay lauding the film, Steinem wrote, 'Some male moviegoers emerged bewildered about why Laura wasn't happy with just her nice house, nice marriage, and nice son as if they would have been.'
"Well, call me a caveman, but yes, I did wonder why Laura (Julianne Moore), a 1950s suburban housewife with a loving husband and a small boy who adores her, was made so miserable by her existence that she came close to killing herself, even though she was pregnant, and ultimately abandoned her husband and two young children to run off to Canada. It's telling that Steinem, who probably still thinks the National Organization for Women speaks for the entire female population, assumes that all women naturally understand Laura's decision (guess what, they don't).
"To sharpen the point, it's not that Laura's unhappiness is hard to grasp, though she never talks to her nice-guy husband, or anybody else, about what she's feeling. The objectionable thing is the film's view that Laura owed nothing to her husband and children, not even an explanation, and that her pursuit of happiness should trump everything else and that this should be obvious to any fair-minded viewer."
Rod Dreher, writing on "Apologia for Evil," Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com
'The least of these'
"The great tragedy of the last 30 years is not ultimately that the heathen, those who the Bible tells us 'love death,' are killing their children. Rather, the great tragedy is that those who have been bought by the blood of the Lamb just don't care. Of course the heathen kill their children. They, after all, are the heathen. But we who were dead in our trespasses and sins, but who have been made alive, who have been set free by the death of the One Innocent, ought not to give up.
"The Christian Right stands now at a crossroads. Our choices are these: Either we can play the game and enjoy the honor that comes from being players in the political arena, or we can become fools for Christ. Either we will ignore the silent screams of the unborn so that we might be heard, or we will identify with the suffering and speak for those who are silenced. In short, either we will speak for the least of these, or we will continue to sell our souls for a mess of political pottage.
"For all the phony wars politicians foist on us, this is the issue of our day: What will we do for our neighbors for the inconvenient, politically-insignificant unborn bearers of the image of God?"
R.C. Sproull, writing on "War and Peace," Jan. 21 in Vision Forum at www.visionforumministries.org
Showbiz kid
"I started dance lessons at age 4. … I was always singing and dancing and performing. Obviously it was a show-off thing. I was a bit of a clown. I liked to make my dad laugh. I was Little Miss Showbiz, you know? Anything to get a laugh or a bit of attention.
"School would end, and I'd come home, do my homework, eat something, go to dance class, go to rehearsals. But it never felt like a chore. I loved it. I always wanted more. … When I was 11, I won the British national tap-dance championship.
"The first time I got paid, I did 'Annie' in the West End. It was four hours by train from Mumbles, the little fishing village where I grew up in South Wales. … I grew up pretty quick 12 going on 22. It was bound to happen. I had responsibilities, you know? I had to do my schooling. I had to turn up at the theater on time and remember my lines. Eight shows a week. We were all the same blinkin' one-track-mind kids, all of us dreaming about being stars someday."
Catherine Zeta-Jones, interviewed by Mike Sager, in the February issue of Esquire

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