- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2006

‘Prior conclusions’

“[Betty] Friedan founded modern feminism; she rescued women from the ‘50s; she pioneered the brave ‘new woman’ who now strides through society. …

“Some of the ‘facts’ and assumptions about her life advanced in the eulogies demand closer examination. …

“The New York Times sums up its eulogy with the observation that Friedan will ‘be forever known as the suburban housewife who started a revolution with The Feminine Mystique,’ her best-selling book published in 1963. …

“From her college days through to her mid-30s, Friedan was a consistent and committed Marxist. She was a veteran labor journalist and union activist/pamphleteer with extensive publishing savvy.

“Rather than suddenly drawing political conclusions from her domestic experience, Friedan clearly brought prior conclusions to her experience, which she interpreted through them.”

— Wendy McElroy, writing “A Different Look at Betty Friedan’s Legacy,” Wednesday at www.ifeminists.com

One flesh

“Marriage is a function of God’s creation. Seeing that ‘it is not good for man to be alone,’ God made woman — not another man, nor any other creature — as ‘helper,’ with whom he is to leave his old family to start a new one. The couple is to be ‘one flesh’ and ‘be fruitful and multiply.’ …

“‘What therefore God has joined together,’ said Jesus Himself, ‘let not man separate.’ … God is thus the author of every marriage. …

“Marriage is God’s provision for the biological imperative: engendering children and caring for them. It is also God’s provision for the cultural imperative: That we were not created ‘to be alone’ entails not only the personal companionship of marriage, but the formation of larger societies of which the family is the basis. So those societies, with their God-ordained governments … do have a legal interest in marriage.

“But the state cannot change the reality by changing the law. Nor can churches. The liberal denominations that are performing homosexual weddings — whether or not state law allows them — are not creating marriages. … Marriage itself, as God built it into His creation, cannot be revised.”

— Gene Edward Veith, writing on “Present at the Creation,” in the Feb. 11 issue of World magazine

Mobs of peace

“I’ve long been skeptical of the ‘Religion of Peace’ moniker for Muslims — for at least 3,000 reasons right off the top of my head. I think the evidence is going my way. …

“The culture editor of a newspaper in Denmark suspected writers and cartoonists were engaging in self-censorship when it came to the Religion of Peace. …

“So, after verifying that his life insurance premiums were paid up, the editor expressly requested cartoons of Muhammad from every cartoonist with a Danish cartoon syndicate. …

“In order to express their displeasure with the idea that Muslims are violent, thousands of Muslims around the world engaged in rioting, arson, mob savagery, flag-burning, murder and mayhem, among other peaceful acts of nonviolence. …

“Muslims think they can issue decrees about what images can appear in newspaper cartoons. Who do they think they are, liberals?”

— Ann Coulter, writing on “Calvin and Hobbes — and Muhammad,” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

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