Jewish World Review July 24, 2000 / 21 Tamuz, 5760
The raging culture war
IN CASE some of you think that a cease-fire has been
achieved in the culture war, I'm here to tell you that the
guns are still blazing -- or should I say the nukes are
Let me share with you a few news stories I've come
across in the last few days:
Family News reports that an employee for a major
Hollywood TV network who was dismissed due to
downsizing filed a human resources complaint against her
superior. The disgruntled employee had previously filed a
series of complaints against the executive, one because
he had a Bible on his office shelf and another because she
saw him reading it.
Apparently frustrated that the Supreme Court ruled that
the Boy Scouts have a right to bar homosexuals from
serving as troop leaders, California congresswoman Lynn
Woolsey plans to introduce legislation to repeal the
federal charter of the Boy Scouts, granted in 1916.
"We're not saying they're bad. We're saying intolerance is
bad," said Woolsey. If tolerance is the guiding virtue,
shouldn't we ask the congresswoman why she refuses to
tolerate the Boy Scouts' constitutional right to associate
with whom they choose or to abide by the moral code
they believe binds them?
Family News provides another gem. A Springfield,
Mass., high school has distributed a list of suggestions for
what teachers can do to make schools safe for gays and
lesbians. One teacher says those suggestions are more
like mandates. One of the "suggested" guidelines is: "Do
not assume that all students and their parents are
heterosexual." The teacher added: "We're to use inclusive
language, so we can't even say 'mother,' 'father,' 'wife' or
'husband.' We're supposed to use the generic term,
'parent' or 'partner.'" That's not all. Certain teachers at
the school display the gay logo on their doors, inviting
students "who may think they are homosexual" to do
something about it.
The California Board of Education has voted to adopt
"educational equity" regulations. Pro-family activist Randy
Thomasson says these regulations will allow a student at
a Christian school to be punished, or a teacher to be
disciplined ... "if they even said that homosexuality was
unhealthy or immoral."
The Washington Times reports that the D.C. City
Council passed legislation that would require all health
insurance plans covering the cost of prescription drugs to
include coverage for the cost of contraceptives.
Contraceptives would include intrauterine devices and
morning-after pills, which effectively abort embryos.
Unlike similar legislation in several states, the D.C. bill
fails to include a "conscience clause" that would exempt
religious employers, such as Catholic and Georgetown
universities. During the debates, one gay councilman said,
"I am very concerned about having religious principles
impact public health policy. Are we going to say we are
going to defer to Rome in terms of our views?"
The Houston Chronicle informs us that rocker Ted
Nugent has been barred from playing with the group Kiss
at a Houston concert in August because he refused to
sign a conduct agreement attached to his contract.
Nugent's offense was that when playing with Kiss in
Houston last April he uttered his unspeakable opinion
that "If you are going to live in this country you should
learn to speak English."
If the above examples don't convince you of the chilling
effect of political correctness on free speech you should
consider Al Gore's response to the question of whether
the execution of a convicted pregnant woman should be
delayed until after she has given birth. After thinking
about it for a day (and obviously considering the wrath he
would incur from the thought-police if he were to answer
this question in good conscience), statesman Gore
declared, "The principle of a woman's right to choose
governs in that case." The "rights" of a convicted
murderer are more important to Al Gore than the life of a
baby? For twisted thinking, it's hard to beat that.
Look these stories over again. In every case, the
politically correct culture-warriors, while decrying their
opponents' supposed intolerance, exhibit the most stifling
kind of intolerance imaginable -- and more. They don't
merely demand to be tolerated. They insist that their
views be crammed down our throats.
Make no mistake. The culture war is raging. I just hope
that the voices of sanity don't surrender without firing a
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