- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 2, 2004

Global boring

“[I]f I had to catalog all the moronic plot turns in ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ we’d be here until the next ice age. It’s just so very bad.

“You can have a pretty good time snickering at it — unless, like me, you think there’s something to this global warming thing, and you shudder at the irony of a movie meant to warn people about a dangerous environmental trend that completely discredits it. …

“The sad part is that [director Roland] Emmerich really thinks he’s making a political statement, and he and his producers and actors are making the rounds blabbing about the movie’s message to the world. … It’s too Jimmy Carter.

“Meanwhile, global-warming experts I know are already girding themselves for a major PR setback, as everyone involved in this catastrophe becomes a laughingstock. Is it possible that ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ is a plot to make environmental activists look as wacko as anti-environmentalists always claim they are? Al Gore stepped right into this one, didn’t he?”

David Edelstein, writing on “The Ice Age Cometh,” May 27 in Slate at www.slate.com

Declining faith

“Because so much of the traditional understanding of marriage rested upon religious doctrines, eroding popular commitments to those doctrines could only undermine marriage and family life. …

“Sociologists predictably see a close linkage between declining church attendance among young Americans and a rising willingness to engage in premarital sex. … Thus many heterosexual couples had made a bad cultural joke of the traditional symbolism of the white wedding dress long before homosexuals tried to make optional a wedding dress of any sort. …

“But the ‘60s meltdown in religious orthodoxy harmed and de-natured wedlock by destroying more than sexual restraint. As defined by religious tradition, marriage demanded — and taught — a deep capacity for self-sacrifice and selfless service. … But self-sacrifice disappeared from the cultural catechism written by the Woodstock Generation of the ‘60s. … This insistent emphasis on self could only weaken and deracinate wedlock …

“By the end of the 20th century, many Americans no longer worshipped the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob … but rather adored only the sovereign self, unfettered by religious or moral restraints.”

Bryce Christiansen, writing on “Why Homosexuals Want What Marriage Has Now Become,” in the April issue of the Family in America

Democratic prayer

“O God, your world needs people who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take chances; who will not lose their identity in a crowd; who will be as honest in small things as in great things; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it ‘because everybody else does;’ who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity; who do not believe that shrewdness and cunning are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed for the truth when it is unpopular; who can say ‘no’ with emphasis, although the rest of the world says ‘yes.’ God, make me this kind of person.”

Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan Democrat, during a National Day of Prayer ceremony May 6

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