- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 16, 2004

Masculine spirit

“So why do most men avoid church? For the majority of men, it is an exercise in unwanted effeminacy. … Hanging out in church … seems unmanly and most men more than anything want to be masculine. The current lack of strong men within the church, both in the numeric and leadership sense, has crippled our cathedrals and has helped devastate our nation ethically.

“The masculine spirit being absent from the pulpit, the pew and subsequently the public square has not only slowed down the forward progress of the church, but it has also weakened our nation’s morality, increased our country’s secularity and has assisted the lascivious Left’s redefinition of life, sex, marriage and law.

“So how do we regain the masculine spirit in our houses of worship? Put an end to preaching by cheesy, whiny, quiche-eating, preening Nancy Boys right now. Hire a pastor who throws off a good John Wayne vibe instead of that Boy George feeling.”

Doug Giles in his new book “Political Twerps, Cultural Jerks, Church Quirks”

Dangerous idea

“In this post-ideological age, anti-Americanism fills the void left by defunct belief systems. It has become a powerful trend in international politics today — and perhaps the most dangerous. …

“Political scientist Francis Fukuyama was right when he noted that the collapse of the Soviet Union also meant the collapse of the great ideological debate on how to organize economic and political life. The clash between socialism and capitalism created political debates and shaped political parties and their agendas across the world for more than a century. Capitalism’s victory left the world without an ideology of discontent, a systematic set of ideas that are critical of the world as it exists.

“There is always a market for an ideology of discontent — it allows those outside the mainstream to relate to the world. These beliefs usually form in reaction to the world’s dominant reality. … Today, the dominant reality in the world is the power of the United States,”

Fareed Zakaria, writing on “Hating America,” in the September/October issue of Foreign Policy

PC Columbus

“In a press release issued late last month titled ‘Islamic Influence Runs Deep in American Culture,’ Phyllis McIntosh of the State Department’s Washington File burbles that ‘Islamic influences may date back to the very beginning of American history. It is likely that Christopher Columbus, who discovered America in 1492, charted his way across the Atlantic Ocean with the help of an Arab navigator.’

“Rewrite the history books, indoctrinate the children, and you can own the future. The bit about the Arab navigator is not just being put out by State, but will also be taught in Massachusetts public schools this year. Some lucky Massachusetts teachers were recently treated to a week-long workshop called ‘The Genesis and Genius of Islam.’ It featured professors from Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, Harvard, and Bridgewater State College, including Ibrahim Kalin, assistant professor of religious studies at Holy Cross. … Kalin said that ‘Islamic sailors were the best seamen of the day,’ and ‘noted that even Christopher Columbus had several Muslim sailors on his voyage that wound up in the New World.’ ”

“Unfortunately for … the schoolchildren of Massachusetts, there is not a shred of historical evidence for this.”

Robert Spencer, writing on “Christopher Columbus, Multicultural,” Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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