- The Washington Times - Friday, November 26, 2004

Lost wisdom

“Boomers have structured our identities around the idea that we invented sex. …

“Once people did what came naturally, experimenting and discovering each other and keeping things, as they say, intimate. Today intimacy is blasted; we are compelled to talk about sex incessantly, to hear about it endlessly, and it becomes ever more artificial. Overexposure has turned sex into another bleached and packaged commodity. …

” ‘Kinsey’ depicts the confusion the researcher encountered due to his dullness at understanding the emotional and relational aspects of sex, but not the outcome of his blundering opacity. He did not expand our knowledge, but contracted it, reducing an experience that had been private, holistic, and rich into solitary or mutual mechanics. There’s a lot of wisdom we’ve lost, whole generations of it. But when we finally admit we’re not having fun, we can begin to discover it again.”

Frederica Mathewes-Green, writing on “Kinsey Confusion,” Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

The American way

“Many Europeans must wonder why religion has been so important in American politics. …

“The traditional social-science argument that modernization implies secularization may be true in Europe, but not in the United States (or in much of Africa and Latin America). In economics and technology, America may be the most modern country in the world, but it is also among the most religious. Why?

“The answer, I think, was given by Adam Smith more than 200 years ago. He suggested that if a political system never endorsed a religion, it would tend to deal ‘equally and impartially with all the different sects’ resulting in a ‘great multitude’ of them. Each religious leader, like every business in a competitive economy, would be induced to use ‘every art both to preserve and increase the number of his disciples.’ With two or three hundred sects, the public order would be secure because no one could disturb it. …

“America has countless sects. As a result, it has religious freedom. Those who say otherwise are imagining a world that does not exist.”

James Q. Wilson, writing on “America passes the religious test,” Nov. 19 in the Times of London

Not on our side

“Are the media on our side, or are they rooting for a bunch of thugs who enjoy lopping off innocent people’s heads? We are once again getting the answer loud and clear — to the media what the United States does in Iraq is always wrong, and the enemy is usually shown, not as a terrorist, but as a victim of unwarranted U.S. aggression.

“Consider the firestorm that erupted when a young U.S. Marine, wounded the day before, was videotaped in the act of shooting a so-called insurgent who may or may not have been armed or booby-trapped, waiting for a chance to blow Marines and himself to kingdom come.

“The video … has now replaced the Abu Ghraib pictures as proof of American brutality even though the film doesn’t begin to explain the circumstances behind the incident. …

“Yet few networks or newspapers bothered to show photos of the Fallujah slaughter pens, which graphically revealed the true nature of the enemy — they were all too busy showcasing the photo of the Marine engaged in what any fair-minded person would see as a fully justifiable action.

“Whose side is the media on? Not ours.”

Michael Reagan, writing on “Get off their backs,” Monday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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