- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 21, 2008

New way of counting

“Why are murderers always counted in the victims tally? The day after the mass murder of students at Northern Illinois University (NIU), the headline in the closest major newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, was: ‘6 Dead in NIU Shooting.’ ‘6 dead’ included the murderer. Why wasn’t the headline ‘5 killed at NIU’? It is nothing less than moronic that the media routinely lump murderers and their victims in the same tally.

“This is something entirely new. Until the morally confused took over the universities and the news media, murderers were never counted along with their victims. …

“One can only assume that this mode of reporting murders is part of the larger movement toward non-judgmentalism and egalitarianism. To many Americans in academia, the media, and elsewhere, all the dead constitute a tragedy. Suggesting that some dead are more important than other dead is forbidden.”

Dennis Prager, writing on “Five Questions About Shootings at Universities,” Feb. 19 at Townhall.com

LGBT survey

“In 2007 the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) surveyed presidential hopefuls on issues of concern to the ‘LGBT’ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community. Questions on the HRC survey covered fifteen controversial issues, including federal recognition of state-level same-sex unions, the ‘Employment Non-Discrimination Act’ (ENDA), ‘hate crimes’ (speech code) legislation, same-sex marriage and civil unions, tax, immigration, and insurance benefits for gay partners, adoption rights for same-sex couples, ‘comprehensive’ sex education and, of course, repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ That widely misunderstood catch-phrase describes Bill Clinton’s problematic concept to accommodate discreet gays in the military.

“Clinton imposed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ on the armed forces with enforcement regulations inconsistent with the law, even though Congress had rejected the concept as unworkable. The 1993 law stating that homosexuals are not eligible to serve in uniform passed overwhelmingly, and it has been upheld as constitutional several times.

“Responses to the liberal HRC survey indicated that with the exception of dissent on same-sex marriage (but not on civil unions), Democratic senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are in complete agreement with the HRC agenda. All of the check-list issues are controversial, but repeal of the law stating that homosexuals are not eligible for military service would be the most disruptive of all.”

Elaine Donnelly, writing on “Who Will Confront the ‘LGBT Left?’ ” in National Review Online

Abandon not ye faith

“Once upon a time, churches served as moral centers of a community. Of course, not any longer. And as Theodore Roosevelt once said, ‘In this actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoffed at, or ignored their Christian duties, is a community on the rapid downgrade.’

“Do we now believe we can consider morality and religion optional, without suffering civil and societal repercussions, despite the warning of our Founding Fathers, such as John Adams, [that] ‘Our Constitution was made for only a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other’?

“If Psalm 33:12 says, ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,’ then what will be the state of blessedness for the nation that abandons God and his moral code of conduct?”

Chuck Norris, writing on “Are We Reaping What We’ve Sown?” Feb. 19 at Townhall.com

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