- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2007

‘No middle ground’

“I think we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars. Islam can be defeated in many ways. For starters, you stop the spread of the ideology itself; at present, there are native Westerners converting to Islam, and they’re the most fanatical sometimes. There is infiltration of Islam [into] the schools and universities of the West. You stop that. You stop the symbol burning and the effigy burning, and you look them in the eye and flex your muscles and you say, ‘This is a warning. We won’t accept this anymore.’ There comes a moment when you crush your enemy. …

“[I]f you don’t do that, then you have to live with the consequences of being crushed. …

“I think that’s where we’re heading. We’re heading there because the West has been in denial for a long time.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, interviewed by Rogier van Bakel, in the October issue of Reason

Bigoted fantasy

“When’s the last time your local Christian youth group stoned somebody to death?

“Hollywood likes to claim their programming simply reflects reality, but the latest episode of ‘Cold Case’ was an exercise in bigoted, Christophobic fantasy.

“In the Sept. 30 episode of the CBS forensics show, the devoutly religious teens in an abstinence club turn out to be sexually active hypocrites who murder one of their own members — by stoning her … to keep their sins secret.

“In a ham-handed attempt to influence this fall’s congressional debate on abstinence-education programs, the show also depicts abstinence-only education as useless, if not actively harmful.

“Weighing in on public policy, CBS takes some gratuitous slaps at abstinence-only education. The opening scene features a high school ‘health’ teacher telling her class, ‘Now if school policy allowed me to do so, I would tell you how these methods of birth control can be used and what they do. But I cannot. I would be fired.’…”

Colleen Raezler, writing on “A Modern-Day Stoning? ‘Cold Case’ Smears Christian Kids,” for the Culture and Media Institute at www.culture andmediainstitute.org

No sympathy

“She may have lost her children, her career and her reputation, but Britney Spears isn’t eliciting any sympathy.

“The former pop princess … lost custody of her two children to Kevin Federline … and American bloggers and columnists met the news with cheers.

“The influential celebrity blogger Perez Hilton posted an acerbic response to Judge Scott Gordon’s ruling, chiding Spears for bringing the loss of 2-year-old Sean Preston and 1-year-old Jayden James upon herself. …

“ ’Britney obviously thinks she doesn’t have to play by the rules. It’s her world. … And we’re merely pawns in it. Her brazen disregard for the law is disgusting.

“ ’Thankfully, the judge gave her a checkmate by taking her kids away.

“ ’Game over, Britney.’ …

“Andrea Peyser, a columnist for the New York Post, was more fierce: ‘That shameless, panty-less, gum-snapping, head-shaving, alcohol-swilling, drug-seeking pop slut Britney Spears is unfit to raise grass, let alone kids.’ ”

Veronica Schmidt, writing on “No sympathy as Britney Spears loses custody to Kevin Federline,” Tuesday in the Times of London

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