- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2006

Sin as a right

“Do you think the Democrats are really incensed about Rep. Mark Foley’s instant messages to congressional pages?

“Do you think the party of Barney Frank and Gerry Studds and Bill Clinton has finally had enough with powerful old men who use their positions to gain sexual favors from much younger and inexperienced pages and interns?

“Do you think the Democrats, the party of alternative lifestyles and same-sex marriages and group rights based on sexual preferences, is really morally outraged about what Foley did?

“This is, after all, the party that has embraced sexual perversion in all its forms — except, of course, when practiced by Republicans. …

“We’re all sinners in this world. But some of us have recognized that. Others have decided that there is no such thing as sin and have attempted to elevate sin to some kind of inalienable right.”

—Joseph Farah, writing on “Outrage in the GBLT caucus,” Wednesday in WorldNetDaily at www.worldnetdaily.com

Collective guilt

“Constructing a grievance against a group that symbolizes various things one hates is a favorite pastime of those who have convinced themselves they are powerless, that they have been victimized by forces beyond their control. …

“The killings at Nickel [Mines] are yet another reminder that those who believe in individualism have an incredible uphill battle to fight. Perhaps Charles Carl Roberts IV was just a lunatic. But his taking vengeance upon innocent little girls for some perceived slight or degradation from his own childhood provides an object lesson in the horror that is wrought by the doctrine of collective guilt.

“Anytime we seek vengeance upon a group for what we perceive as the sins of some individuals, we sin ourselves. Whether it is beating a random Muslim because of what the terrorists did in Islam’s name, or taxing inheritances because of what the Rockefellers did a century ago, it is wrong.

“Even the Amish of Lancaster County, Pa., cannot protect themselves from guilt by association. That’s a pretty sobering thought. It also helps illustrate the uselessness of wishing the world were something it is not. We cannot make ourselves safe by going about our business and hoping the rest of the world will leave us alone. The world will not.”

—Andrew Cline, writing “Nightmare in Utopia,” Tuesday in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org

‘South Park’ values

“‘South Park’ … is now not only one of the longest-running TV hits but also part of political as well as pop culture; the phrase ‘South Park Conservatives’ is now part of our vocabulary. Yet how conservative, really, are the guys behind South Park?

“‘I hate conservatives, but I really … hate liberals’ said co-creator Matt Stone, in an oft-repeated quote from when Stone and partner Trey Parker accepted a People for the American Way award in 2001. But if the creative team’s spitballs are lobbed mostly at people like Rob Reiner and Sean Penn et al, that’s mostly because the liberal elites are the ones mostly in charge.

“Not that ‘South Park’ exactly promotes traditional values conservatism. Still, the show — about four eight-year-old boys who for some reason regularly encounter everyone from space aliens to Tom Cruise in their small Colorado town — isn’t out simply to shock, even if superficially it may seem that way.”

—Catherine Seipp, writing on “Cruising on Comedy Central,” Wednesday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com

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