- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2006

‘Radical’ peace

“In a bizarre turn toward the strange, Rosie O’Donnell and violent Islamic clerics across the world bound themselves together [last] week in a bit of ideology that not only defied common sense, but is also insanely wrong.

“On Wednesday, the big-mouthed-wonder uttered, ‘And as a result of the [9/11] attack and the killing of 3,000 innocent people, we invaded two countries and killed innocent people.’

“She went on to add, ‘Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America, where we have separation of church and state.’ …

“Pardon me for brushing aside a lot of speculation and getting straight to the issue: Rosie hates evangelicals. The kinds of Christians that scare her most are the radical ones. Roughly translated, that means the ones who actually live by what they believe. …

“Rosie is angry with radical Christians because radical Christians know a peace and resolve about their life that she has yet to find. She believes ‘radical Christianity’ is dangerous because she views it as something that will limit her ability to do what she wishes.

“What she doesn’t understand is the incredible freedom she would find in embracing it.”

—Kevin McCullough, writing on “In defense of ‘radical Christianity’” Monday in World Net Daily at www.worldnetdaily.com

‘Common enemy’

“My Iranian parents fled tyranny and oppression. I know and appreciate deeply the sanctuary America has offered. Only in this country could a person such as I have had the life, liberty and opportunity that I have had. …

“‘The Path to 9/11’ was intended to remind us of the common enemy we face. …

“Despite intense political pressure to pull the film right up until air time, Disney/ABC stood tall and refused to give in. For this — for not buckling to threats from Democratic senators threatening to revoke ABC station licenses — Disney CEO Robert Iger and ABC executives deserve every commendation. Hence, the 28 million viewers over two nights … are gratifying indeed.

“‘The Path to 9/11’ was set in the time before the event, and in a world in which no party had the political will to act. The principals did not know then what we know now. It is also indisputable that Bill Clinton entered office a month before the first attack on the World Trade Center. Eight years then went by, replete with terrorist assaults on Americans and American interests overseas. George W. Bush was in office eight months before 9/11. Those who actually watched the entire miniseries know that he was given no special treatment.”

—Cyrus Nowrasteh, the film’s writer-producer, writing on “The Path to Hysteria,” Monday in the Wall Street Journal

Reason vs. violence

“The New York Times has joined with radical Islamic clerics to call for Pope Benedict XVI to apologize for his speech in Regensburg. I think these calls are misplaced. The Islamist-generated controversy obscures the facts that the pope was condemning religious violence and calling for a deeper understanding of the role of reason. I, for one, hope the Holy Father doesn’t back down.

“‘Spreading faith through violence is something unreasonable.’ Does anyone in the West deny this? I certainly hope he doesn’t apologize for that statement. By becoming violent and threatening, by taking offense rather than engaging in debate, the Islamic ‘street’ pretty much proved the point of the Byzantine emperor whom Benedict quoted.”

—Jennifer Roback Morse, writing on “Keep on It, B16,” Monday in National Review Online at www.nationalreview.com



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