- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2003

America alone

“Back in 1940, the publicly funded City College of New York offered a professorship to the English philosopher, free thinker, and atheist Bertrand Russell. When news of the appointment got out, prominent local clergymen objected on the grounds that as a ‘propagandist against religion and morality,’ Russell would corrupt the youth of the city. …

“Since the overwhelming majority of Americans in 1940 were Christians, we were in that sense a Christian nation. Even people who did not go to church were inclined to believe in a Deity who imposes moral order on the universe. …

“The English people, wrote George Orwell in 1941, ‘have retained a deep tinge of Christian feeling, while almost forgetting the name of Christ.’ Sixty years further on, we see what happens to a once-Christian nation when that forgetting is complete. Britain is in a state of utter moral squalor. …

“The United States is alone, as never before — alone with our values, alone with our patriotism … alone with our determination to take on evil lunatics in foreign parts, alone in our religious faith.”

John Derbyshire, writing “The Last Christian Nation,” Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

Latest experiment

“The left’s latest experiment with segregation has certainly started out with a bang. This September, New York City opened the nation’s first taxpayer-funded school for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered teens — Harvey Milk High School — and a crime wave is already under way.

“Last week, police arrested five cross-dressing Harvey Milk students who posed as female hookers and robbed men who approached them for sex. …

“Last month, three Harvey Milk students were charged with gang assault after a group of teens stabbed a man in the back … across the street from the school. …

“It’s not as if Harvey Milk, named after a slain gay San Francisco politician, is so big that the arrests of eight students in three months can be considered inconsequential. The brand-new school has just 100 pupils. …

“When news broke this summer that Harvey Milk would become the first public school of its kind, Principal William Salzman said, ‘This school will be a model for the country and possibly the world.’ If the early results are any indication, let’s hope not.

Joel Mowbray, writing on “Is Homosexual High breeding a gay crime syndicate?” Monday in Jewish World Review at www.jewishworldreview.com

Rattling cages

“Jesus was married, Pocahontas was a ‘medicine woman’ and a spy, Ronald Reagan was a foul-mouthed, anti-homosexual simpleton, and Nancy Reagan was the brains and manipulator of the presidency.

“Oops. I got the tense wrong. It’s past tense for the first two people. For the last two, it should be ‘is’ … those two people are still alive.

“[T]hat … is one of the reasons why there was such an uproar about ‘The Reagans,’ the CBS miniseries … of the presidency of Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan. …

“Just as the Reagan controversy was soiling the skirts of CBS, another piece of dreck was foisted on us by ABC. It was a news special on speculation that Jesus married Mary Magdalene. …

“But, Jesus was crucified, Mary M is dead, and dissing Christians and their beliefs is fair game today. …

“It’s easy when dealing with historical dead. But with living people, contemporaries will rattle cages until someone pays attention.”

Barbara Simpson, writing on “Dis ‘em when they’re dead,” Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com


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