- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 27, 2007

‘Public dissenters’

“It is clearly time to get beyond the Sean Hannity controversy [about contraception], but in doing so I also recognize that my March 9 interview with him [on Fox News Channel] tapped into a few currents of righteous indignation about issues relevant to our Catholic identity, such as birth control and public dissenters, the silence of the clergy on fundamental matters and our deep love for the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. …

“[F]aithful Catholics love the priesthood. They defended me personally against the aggressive attack-dog irrationality of Mr. Hannity. …

“There are literally millions of Catholics out there who, like Mr. Hannity, haven’t the slightest idea about Church doctrine on critical issues and are living in a de facto state of contradiction concerning their own religious faith. I believe they fell through the cracks in the post-Vatican II malaise of religious education. These need to be reached. As the discussions on these issues continue, especially in the blogs and talk radio, the Church gets more opportunity to explain her teaching on contraception and its consequences — something Mr. Hannity did not give me a chance to do.”

— The Rev. Thomas J. Eutenauer, president of Human Life International, writing on “Hannity Lessons Learned,” Friday at www.hli.org

Hostile conditions

“The major feminist magazines and newspapers and feminist journalists at mainstream media have not reviewed my last two books [‘The New Anti-Semitism’ and ‘The Death of Feminism’]. …

“And, as you know, the working conditions for pro-American, pro-Western and pro-Israel truth-tellers on Western campuses remain very hostile. We are shunned or harassed. For example, Nonie Darwish was recently invited, then dis-invited, then re-invited to speak at Brown University. … Both Daniel Pipes and David Horowitz have been routinely jeered, heckled and drowned out on campuses.

“I have also been demonized by certain left-feminists (and by Democratic Party operatives) as a reactionary, racist ‘Islamophobe.’ … I have been confronted, menaced, never-invited or disinvited for such heretical ideas — and for denouncing the epidemic of Muslim-on-Muslim violence.”

— Phyllis Chesler, interviewed by Jamie Glazov, Feb. 27 in Front Page at www.front pagemag.com

Hollywood guns

“I was driving through Beverly Hills yesterday, on my way out to Malibu, and the signs in the yards caught my eye.

“Not the ‘For Sale’ signs. …

“No, the other signs. You know, the ones that say ‘Armed Response.’ … The signs that advertise our private-security services.

“You see, although we in Hollywood are personally opposed to firearms, and passionately support gun control, we have to be realistic about Bush’s America and protect our families and, more important, our possessions from burglars, stalkers, muggers, street people, the homeless, immigrants, the Christian Right and tourists from Kansas City. …

“California’s got some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and when guns are finally outlawed, only people like Mel Gibson, Robert Blake, Phil Spector, and the gangs of South Central will have guns. And maybe Arnold.”

— David Kahane, writing on “Hollywood Up in Arms,” Monday in National Review Online at www.national review.com

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