- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Beef with Solomon

“National Public Radio kicked off its Earth Week … with ‘a series of conversations about food’s footprint.’ That’s right. Put down that cheeseburger and listen. In the first installment on Monday, Alex Chadwick talked to Dr. Gina Solomon, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, ‘about how the food we eat contributes to greenhouse gases.’

“The villain of the piece? Cows. According to Dr. Solomon, Americans’ animal-based foods generate ‘a third as much as their car produces’ in greenhouse gases. Cows come in for even more blame than pigs and other critters, because cows emit copious amounts of methane and nitrous oxide, Solomon said. This means that the bacon in your bacon cheeseburger pales as an environmental menace compared to the cheese and the beef.

“So this means that the other Solomon, the wisest man in the world and the author of the Book of Proverbs, was not doing the Earth any favors by sticking to a pork-free Kosher diet and eating good, rabbinically approved beef.”

Robert Knight, writing on “My Big Fat Green Wedding and Other Media Nonsense,” April 23 for the Culture and Media Institute

Charles + Adolf

“[F]or about 10 minutes, ‘Expelled’ touches on Darwinism’s historical social costs, notably the unintended contribution to Nazi racial theories. That part packs an emotional wallop. It also happens to be based on impeccable scholarship.

“The Darwin-Hitler connection is no recent discovery. In her classic 1951 work The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt wrote: ‘Underlying the Nazis’ belief in race laws as the expression of the law of nature in man, is Darwin’s idea of man as the product of a natural development which does not necessarily stop with the present species of human being.’

“The standard biographies of Hitler almost all point to the influence of Darwinism on their subject. In Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, Alan Bullock writes: ‘The basis of Hitler’s political beliefs was a crude Darwinism.’ What Hitler found objectionable about Christianity was its rejection of Darwin’s theory.”

David Klinghoffer, writing on “Hitler and Darwin,” April 18 at National Review

Abuse excuse

“Judge Barbara Walther, who is overseeing the [Yearning for Zion] Ranch case, yesterday declared: ‘The court has ruled the conditions those children were in were not safe for the children. I did not make the facts that got this case into the courts.’

“Excuse me, Judge? You issued a sweeping, house-to-house search warrant based on a highly questionable anonymous call that turned out to be phony. You refused to allow individual hearings for children, grouping them together like cattle. … You’ve ruled the existence of five girls between 16 and 19 who were pregnant or had children was evidence of systematic abuse, even though in Texas 16-year-olds can marry with parental consent.

“You’ve ruled young toddlers are in ‘immediate’ danger because of their parents’ beliefs or what might happen 15 years from now. … From the evidence presented publicly, I do not believe that the children have been sexually abused or physically harmed. Allegations of forcible rape turned out to be bogus, and only five girls 16 to 19 years old were found pregnant or with children — probably about the same ratio you’d find if you rounded up all the kids in my neighborhood.”

Scott Henson, writing on “Where’s the Evidence of Abuse,” April 23 in the Dallas Morning News

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