- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Rear-guard battle’

“[W]ith every passing week, it seems more and more apparent that those who argue for a more-or-less traditional view of marriage are fighting a rear-guard battle. We may, for the time being, even have the polls on our side in some important venues. But time is not on our side. The permissiveness that is so pervasive in our culture today … will almost certainly sometime in the next generation gobble up any gains we might achieve in the next year or two. …

“I’m all for the Federal Marriage Amendment, but we shouldn’t pretend that even it is likely to prevent some pretty sobering changes in our culture down the road a bit. For the problem isn’t so much that we have the wrong views on homosexual marriage; the problem is that, as a society, we have the wrong views about where we get our views. So, only a tiny minority in our society today really has any well-defined, specific idea why they’re against homosexual marriage. And when the shallow thoughts and trivial convictions of the other folks pass away — even many who say they oppose homosexual marriage — they’ll give way all too easily to a totally alien mindset. …

“This mindset is a point of view that does not simply seek permission to engage in certain kinds of behavior. It seeks instead to ensure that everyone else in society also engages in that same behavior, or at least gives it tacit approval.”

Joel Belz, writing on “A totally alien mindset,” in the March 20 issue of World

Mystic ‘mishmash’

“Over the past few months, I’ve written a bit on Dan Brown’s blockbuster [‘The Da Vinci Code’] that completely reconceptualizes the origins of Christianity in the context of a turgid not-very-suspenseful novel. …

“And so, I get letters. …

“That a negative review of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ can only be the fruit of a closed, fearful mind, is a constant theme in these letters. …

“‘The Da Vinci Code’ posits an entirely alternative history of the Christian faith: Christ not only chose Mary Magdalene as the first of the apostles, he married her, and sired a child before his crucifixion. Peter was jealous, and sought to elevate his own role by suppressing Mary’s story and the true gospel, which was focused on retrieving and celebrating the ‘Sacred Feminine.’ …

“It’s all a mishmash of some hoary esoteric hypothesizing. …

“So you can see where these correspondents are coming from: the Truth is out there, and it can’t possibly be in orthodox Christianity.”

Amy Welborn, writing on “Kook Bestseller,” March 11 in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

Geriatric moms

“Hold onto your ovaries, ladies: Those wacky researchers at Harvard U. are about to rock your world. … A study … suggests that … women’s bodies may produce new eggs well into adulthood.

“If it holds, the discovery is expected to transform female fertility, allowing scientists to slow, and eventually to rewind, women’s biological clocks. …

“[I]t’s bad enough to see Larry King prancing about with offspring young enough to be his great-grandchildren. Do we really want to live in a world where Barbara Walters can do the same? Forget gender equality. Just picture Baba eight months pregnant and tell me you aren’t terrified. …

“I’m wondering what life will be like for the coming mass of kids who’ll be raised by moms and dads old enough to be their grandparents.”

Michelle Cottle, writing on “Late Bloomers,” March 12 in the New Republic Online at www.tnr.com

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