- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2008

Out of the closet

“In decades past, men and women routinely brushed off fleeting thoughts of homosexual behavior. Now, though, gay activists have succeeded in planting a seed that says people not only can but should follow such thoughts with exploration and action.

“Encino, Calif., clinic psychologist Joseph Nicolosi said that trend has changed the demographics in his practice. In 1991, his average client was in his or her mid-to-late 20s. Now about a third are teenagers. Public-school gay outreaches such as the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network and ‘gay-straight alliances’ have resulted in more kids claiming a gay identity at younger ages.

“ ’So the bad news is they’re coming out of the closet earlier,’ said Nicolosi, who is president of the National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality. ‘The good news is when they announce it to their parents, their parents are getting them into therapy quicker.’ In decades past, more kids waited until their college years to announce their homosexuality. By then, it was too late.”

Lynn Vincent, writing on “Good from bad,” in the Feb. 9 issue of World magazine


“No matter how much the term ‘pimp’ has become mainstreamed, it is a poor choice of words. But the efforts to paint [MSNBC reporter David] Shuster as a malicious misogynist are way off-base. …

“The Clintons’ refusal to accept an apology is strange given that they are among our era’s great forgivers. Hillary has forgiven Bill for the enormously public humiliations he inflicted on her and Chelsea in the late 1990s. … In recent years, Hillary has buddied up with vast-right-wing-conspiracy progenitor Rupert Murdoch. Bill Clinton broke bread with Richard Mellon Scaife, who devoted a chunk of his fortune to destroying the Clintons in the 1990s — and nearly succeeded. …

“So, why are the Clintons, who have always excelled at burying the hatchet, now trying to bury it between my friend’s shoulder blades? Well, it’s a lot easier to be a mensch when you’re winning than when you’re losing.”

Daniel Gross, writing on “David Shuster and the Utility of Umbrage,” Feb. 11 on Slate.com

Preserving equality

“The concept of equal justice under the law was hammered out over centuries in Great Britain and the United States. …

“It proceeded from the Christian conception of ‘natural rights’ and ‘natural law,’ the belief that every person, by virtue of his or her humanity, possessed inalienable rights and obligations. It was an Englishman, John Locke … who helped make these ideas the touchstone of liberal democracy. … Most religious believers in the West have learned to uphold this political doctrine in practice, while still reserving their ultimate loyalties for their Creator. …

“The difficult fact is that Islam has yet to show convincingly that its conception of God supports the human-rights ideals of liberal societies — from freedom of religion to the rights of women. The question that remains, the question ignored by the Archbishop of Canterbury, is how his Sharia scheme could possibly hasten this great democratic task.”

Joseph Loconte, writing on “Allah, Queen and Country: Sharia gets an unlikely boost in the UK,” in the Feb. 13 Weekly Standard

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