- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Mystery solved

“The mystery of why Hollywood is so left-liberal does have a solution. Let’s ponder the obvious: Hollywood is a place where people come from near and far to devote themselves to the pursuit of conspicuous public career accomplishment. …

“[T]o live your young adult life willing to wait tables and perform unpaid in showcases or work on music or film productions ‘on spec,’ you must put aside the focus on financial stability that more traditional young adults practice in their family-formative years. …

“So, Hollywood ends up being home to disproportional numbers of the more self-absorbed, who lack a bit in the way of family bonds and often ‘have a problem with commitment’ in their personal lives. …

“Family values are more negotiable if you don’t value family a heck of a lot more than you value conspicuous public career accomplishment. So, merging the duties of individuals and families into those of politicians and governments makes easy sense.



“And to favor such collective caring lets you avoid feeling yourself not a fully functional community member. You can feel like an altruist, not a narcissist.”

— Pat Boone, writing on “Why Hollywood is leftist,” Saturday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

No room for God

“Only a small percentage of the American people support the evolutionary claim that life arose through purely material causes. Consequently, many Darwinists, recognizing that they need to win new converts lest they completely lose control over the debate, now loudly argue that Darwin’s theory harmonizes with religion. … But this PR strategy … is running into a problem: Darwinism’s most celebrated experts — that is, the scientists who understand the theory most purely and deeply — admit that it is an intrinsically atheistic theory.

“Edward O. Wilson … argues very straightforwardly that the attempt to reconcile Darwinism with religion is ‘well meaning’ but wrong. The theory excludes God as a cause of nature, he writes. …

“Wilson reminds readers that Darwin rejected Christianity, and that this ‘shedding of blind faith gave him the intellectual fearlessness to explore human evolution wherever logic and evidence took him.’”

— George Neumayr, writing on “The Origin of Speciousness,” Friday in the American Spectator Online

Johnny’s women

“Someone watching ‘Walk the Line,’ the immensely enjoyable … movie about Johnny Cash, would gather the impression that Cash had something to do with music. Yes, we see him on stage frequently, and are treated to numerous song fragments. But music isn’t what the movie is about. Instead, it’s chiefly about his relationships with women — a first marriage troubled by his infidelity and addiction, a descent to the depths, a long yearning for another woman, and her eventual consent. …

“The relationship between [June] Carter and Cash, and between Cash and his first wife Viv … is thoroughly explored. But the role music played in Cash’s life, and the role he played in music, is left unexplored. Instead we get a conventional biopic, with color-by-number scenes. …

“We see Cash at rock bottom, and see June leading him on a bright Sunday morning into a white clapboard First Baptist Church. After that, he starts to get his life together. The scene is whisked from the screen almost before it has time to register. Yet — is it possible there’s a connection there?”

— Frederica Mathewes-Green, writing on “Cash’s Walk with Women,” Friday in National Review Online at www.national review.com

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