- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 21, 2006

Whose country?

“The man whose songs helped shape the minds and hearts of America’s Baby Boom generation turns 61 this year. [This month] his latest album ‘Living With War’ hit record stores, featuring his politically fashionable song ‘Let’s Impeach the President.’ In this crotchety indictment, Neil Young accuses President George W. Bush of ‘leading our country into war.’

“Our country? Although Neil Young is married to an American and has long lived south of San Francisco in rural La Honda, California, he has always carried only the passport of a Canadian citizen. ‘I’m a Canadian,’ Young told Time Magazine in 2005. ‘I guess I could be a dual citizen, but if I ever had to give up my Canadian citizenship to become American I wouldn’t do it, because I wouldn’t want to hurt Canada. I love Canada. As I get older, more and more I start singing about Canada.’ Except when he is singing in favor of ousting a president of the United States.”

— Lowell Ponte, writing on “Neil Young Gets Old,” Friday in Front Page at www.frontpagemag.com

Mystery myth

“In the three years since the publication of Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ a best-selling suspense novel with pretensions to serious scholarship, the work has inspired a vast literature of refutation, including dozens of books and numberless essays disputing the story’s core contentions. …

“If, in retrospect, Hollywood seems to have been oblivious of the risk of the film’s arousing religious ire, it was only reflecting the attitude that had greeted the publication of the book. Reviewers had generally praised the novel, calling it a brainy entertainment and, as sales piled up, marvelling at its broad appeal; somehow, the provocations at its heart were almost uniformly overlooked. …

“While secular critics and Hollywood producers plainly saw Brown’s story as a mystery that happened to have some religious material in it, the Church saw the book as an anti-Christian (and, particularly, anti-Catholic) polemic disguised as a beach read.”

— Peter J. Boyer, writing on “Hollywood Heresy,” in the May 22 issue of the New Yorker

Exiled ‘prophet’

“The Dutch people have driven the heroic Aayan Hirsi Ali out of parliament, out of Holland, and out of Europe. Their shameful appeasement of murderous, totalitarian Islamism has accomplished what the jihadists could not do: sadden one of Europe’s most important critics of jihad. …

“Holland has also just sacrificed and exiled their most important prophet. Theo von Gogh, Hirsi Ali’s collaborator on the film ‘Submission,’ was murdered by a second-generation Dutchman of Moroccan origin. Since then, Hirsi Ali has lived under 24-hour guard. Her Dutch neighbors did not want to live near such a high security risk … and brought a lawsuit to have her evicted. On April 27, they succeeded. Then, a documentary aired in Holland which alleged that Hirsi Ali had ‘lied’ in order to be granted political asylum and Dutch citizenship. Former Immigration Minister Hilbrand Nawijn called for Hirsi Ali to be ‘stripped of her Dutch nationality and deported.’ …

“Hirsi Ali will now also be living in exile in America — the last, and perhaps only, bunker against jihad. Will she be granted political asylum in America? And if so, on what grounds?”

— Phyllis Chesler, writing on “Priorities Out of Order,” Friday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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