- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Old ‘choice,’ new lies

“Supporters of Roe v. Wade used to resent the label ‘pro-abortion.’ Now many of them embrace it. A T-shirt Planned Parenthood tried to hawk online in July reads, ‘I had an abortion.’ …

“Unable to fool Americans with ‘pro-choice’ euphemisms, abortion advocates are turning to a more direct strategy: outright pro-abortion pride. …

“The ‘pro-choice’ movement is now ‘Beyond Choice,’ the title of a recent book by Alexander Sanger, the grandson of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. The movement argues, more openly than ever, for killing unborn children with a clean conscience. This brutal frankness, however, necessitates new lies. …

“Sanger admits that ‘pro-choice’ rhetoric has failed. … So he calls on pro-choicers to … make an overt ‘moral’ case for killing unborn babies because they spoil the lives of women and undermine the welfare of children they do want.”

George Neumayer, writing on “Without Apology,” in the September issue of the American Spectator

Mainstream porn

“Jenna Jameson is famous for being famous. Plus naked. Even those who are unfamiliar with her body of work know Ms. Jameson as the biggest name in adult entertainment, which is how she bills herself and which undoubtedly she is, at least for the moment. …

“Ms. Jameson is celebrated by the biggest media outlets going. And while pornography was once shown in back-street theaters, it is now beamed into hotel rooms and living rooms, to say nothing of the Internet — all phenomena that put Ms. Jameson into a league of her own.

“Pornography is now big business … and, more important, part of mainstream culture. … Ms. Jameson … presents pornography as a means to ‘empowerment.’ She is a regular guest on Howard Stern’s radio show, which has helped her develop the kind of stardom that has made her a fixture on Hollywood’s A-list party circuit — and elsewhere, too. She showed up recently on a massive Times Square billboard and on CNN. … The culture doesn’t just shrug at her celebrity; it embraces it.”

—Dan Ackman writing on “A Star Is Porn,” Friday in the Wall Street Journal

Osama’s GOP?

“On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Bill Clinton preached a sermon from the pulpit of New York’s Riverside Church. … It was classic Clinton, and I’m sure the audience was moved. …

“Clinton drew for his listeners a contrast between the religious agenda of the Republicans — ‘anti-abortion, anti-gay rights, concentration of wealth and power’ — and that of the Democrats — ‘commitment to the common good, concern for the poor and vulnerable, the middle class families, the preservation of our God-given environment, unity over division, and … truth in campaign advertising.’ …

“The Republicans, he implied, have more in common with our enemies abroad than with their fellow citizens. Here’s his description of the foreign threat: ‘Terror is their tactic, but it is their ideas, their hatred, their absolute certainty that they are so right that they can kill people who disagree with them — that is our enemy.’ Religious conservatives allied with Republicans ‘believe … that all who disagree with them are somehow almost non-human, certainly not deserving of basic consideration. … These people really do believe they are in possession of absolute truths.’ There you have it; the question is settled: Osama bin Laden would vote Republican.”

Joseph M. Knippenberg, writing on “Bill Clinton and the Bully Pulpit,” for the Ashbrook Center at www.ashbrook.org

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