- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2005

PC dream

“The Crusades are hot, and [British director Sir] Ridley Scott … is about to make them hotter. ‘Muslims,’ gushed the New York Times after an advance showing of the new blockbuster [‘Kingdom of Heaven’], ‘are portrayed as bent on coexistence until Christian extremists ruin everything.’ …

“Bent on coexistence, eh? That’s right: the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ script invents a group called the ‘Brotherhood of Muslims, Jews and Christians.’ A publicist for the film elaborated: ‘They were working together. It was a strong bond until the Knights Templar caused friction between them.’ Ah yes, everything was all right until those ‘Christian extremists’ spoiled everything.

” ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ is designed to be a dream movie for those guilt-ridden creatures who believe that all the trouble between the Islamic world and the West has been caused by Western imperialism, racism, and colonialism, and that the glorious paradigm of Islamic tolerance, which was once a beacon to the world, could be re-established if only the nasty white men of America and Europe would back off. A dream movie for the PC establishment, except for one little detail: it isn’t true.”

Robert Spencer, “Crusading Against History,” May 3 in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Evil force

“Some evil force is causing people to stop reading newspapers. … At the current rate of decline, the last newspaper subscriber will hang up on a renewal phone call that interrupts dinner on Oct. 17, 2016. And then it will be over.

“This alarming possibility threatens all of us, because reading newspapers is, in the end, what makes us Americans. We are prudent, practical, common-sense people. And what could be more common-sense — more downright American — than chopping down vast acres of trees, loading them onto trucks, driving the trucks to paper mills where the trees are ground into paste and reconstituted as huge rolls of newsprint, which are put back onto trucks and carted across the country to printing plants where they are turned into newspapers as we know them? …

“Newspapers are essential to every American, and none more so than the fools and ingrates who have stopped buying them. It is up to us, as members of the last generation that experienced life before computer screens, to make sure that future generations of Americans will know what to do when it says ‘Continued on Page B37.’ ”

Michael Kinsley, writing on “Remember: You Can’t Swat a Fly With a Computer,” Sunday in the Los Angeles Times

Fat politics

“Commentators across the political spectrum recently joined in celebration of a report that fat doesn’t really kill — at least, not as much as we used to think. …

“To many conservatives and libertarians, the idea of government-prescribed healthy eating seems like ‘the nanny state’ at its worst. …

“Partly, the backlash on the right is also an adolescent rebellion against politically correct authority: If the liberal do-gooders say Big Macs are bad for you, let’s stuff ourselves with Big Macs just to spite them.

“Meanwhile, some on the left regard health-based concerns about obesity as a smokescreen for antifat prejudice. … These attitudes are compounded by the radical feminist belief that women are oppressed by patriarchal ideals of beauty and thinness, and that ‘fat liberation’ is a corollary of women’s liberation.”

Cathy Young, writing on “The Fatophobia Backlash,” Monday in the Boston Globe

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