- The Washington Times - Monday, August 9, 2004

No surprise

“In a New York Times op-ed last week, Bruce Springsteen explained why he was participating in the Vote for Change Tour, dedicated to defeating President Bush in November. He also tried to portray his political involvement as a new development, claiming that ‘I have always stayed one step away from partisan politics.’ For an artist who usually shows respect for his audience’s intelligence, such a claim was surprising. Springsteen has been a dedicated liberal his entire career. In the ‘70s, he played at the No Nukes shows. In the ‘80s, he spoke out, albeit obliquely, against President Reagan and was infuriated when the Reagan campaign tried to use his ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ as a theme song (He has not objected to the Kerry campaign’s use of ‘No Surrender’). In the ‘90s, he disparaged Newt Gingrich. … And on his most recent tour, he talked of impeaching President Bush.

“Springsteen may not have endorsed a candidate before now, but you don’t have to be a pundit to guess how he votes.”

Paul Beston, writing on “Q&A; for Bruce Springsteen,” Monday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Godless England

“At the end of the 19th century, there were comparable levels of religiosity in Britain and the United States. The British lived in a culture in which the assumptions of Protestant Christianity were taken for granted. Few people believed strongly, but everyone believed a little. Throughout the population, there was a somewhat vague general acceptance of central Christian beliefs, a strong respect for sacred things … a moral code of helping others that was rooted in Christian ethics and a liking for and ability to sing hymns, both of which had been learned in Sunday School. … Regular attendance at Sunday School was a standard part of most people’s youth, and it was the place where standards of respectability were inculcated. …

“This is the world Britain has lost. … [B]y the millennium, Britain was one of the most thoroughly irreligious countries in the world. Less than half the population believes in God. …

“One consequence of this … is the collapse of respectable Britain. By the standards of 1905 or 1925 or 1955, Britain is a criminal society, a society with a substantial minority of violent people and an even larger minority willing to indulge in planned dishonesty.”

Christie Davies, writing on “The death of religion and the fall of respectable Britain,” in the summer issue of the New Criterion

PC villains

“Apparently there are no Manchurians in ‘The Manchurian Candidate,’ a Hollywood remake that has just been released, starring Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. But there is a white South African, cast as the villain. …

“‘Hollywood wants to find villains that won’t get them heat from racial-ethnic advocacy groups and who will still “work” with audiences. White South Africans are a safe bet because they are not racial minorities, and they can be presented as racist,’ says Stephanie Larson, a political-science professor at Dickinson College. …

“As for our not being a racial minority, it suffices to tell you that there are 600 million blacks in sub-Saharan Africa and only 5 million whites still clinging onto the South of the continent, while their kin have been expelled from most African countries. The latest example having been a place called Zimbabwe, ruled by the African dictator Robert Mugabe who confiscated all land belonging to white farmers.”

Dan Roodt, writing on “Hollywood lunges for white South Africa,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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