Obama safe school czar reprises NAMBLA: A green light for child molesting?
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• Michael Mann of Miami Vice fame.
• Mike Nichols, the legendary director of everything from The Graduate to the recent Charlie Wilson’s War. Mr. Nichols is married to soon-to-be ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer, the co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America.
• Taylor Hackford, whose credits include An Officer and a Gentleman with Richard Gere and La Bamba, the story of rock and roll idol Ritchie Valens.
• Neil Jordan, whose credits include The Crying Game and Interview with A Vampire, the latter starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.
American producer Harvey Weinstein, the executive producer of such hits as The Lord of the Rings, Cold Mountain, and Chicago, among a lengthy list of others, actually dismissed Polanski’s actions with this child as a “so-called crime.”
And last but not least, the signers included Salman Rushdie, the British Indian novelist who was given a death sentence by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini for writing The Satanic Verses.
In signing this petition, intentionally or not, these very talented and smart people well within the artistic mainstream have given the world to understand that sexually preying on children — along with boozing and drugging them in the Polanski case — is no big deal. Not a crime at all but a “so-called” crime” in the words of Mr. Weinstein.
It is this sentiment that manifested itself with San Francisco honoring Harry Hay, knowing full well he was famous for his advocacy of adult male sex with “thirteen, fourteen and fifteen year old ” boys. It showed up with Nancy Pelosi and the entire San Francisco political establishment happily marching behind Harry Hay, never uttering a peep of objection. And now it is showing up in arenas as diverse as the petition demanding the release of Mr. Polanski and the placement of Mr. Jennings in, of all places, the United States Department of Education — where Jennings is laughably charged with the issue of school safety.
What’s really going on here is the slow-motion injection into the American political and social mainstream of what might be called “Hayism” 8 — the core idea that sex between adults and children is just no big deal. Not for the boys of Harry Hay, not for Nancy Pelosi and the San Francisco political establishment (she wasn’t marching alone, you know), not for Roman Polanski and his rich, famous, and powerful friends in Hollywood and the international film community, and — more to the point — not for the Obama White House, which has appointed Mr. Jennings.
In the last few weeks Americans have been learning the details of two horrifying stories.
The first is the on-going testimony of Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her own bed as a 14-year old by a religious nut named Brian David Mitchell. Over the course of nine months, the now 21-year-old Ms. Smart has revealed in the trial of her abductor that she was subjected to repeated, daily sexual assaults.
The second chilling tale is of Jaycee Dugard, kidnapped when she was 11 while waiting for a school bus. Her captor, Phillip Garrido, held her for 18 years, repeatedly assaulting her, two children the result of her rapes.
In both the Smart and Dugard cases there have been considerable public revulsion.
But the question has to be asked: why? It must be the kidnapping that offends, because child rape is getting a pass in a lot of respectable quarters.
Just as with the case of Roman Polanski, Elizabeth Smart’s assailant plied her with drugs and alcohol to have his way. There was, admittedly, that small kidnapping detail. Perhaps the real problem for Mr. Mitchell is that, alas for him, he is not an internationally famous filmmaker, so things aren’t going well. Harvey Weinstein, Mike Nichols, Jonathan Demme and the gang have apparently decided a decorous silence is most appropriate. Speaker Pelosi has not announced whether she would have a problem marching in a parade honoring Mr. Mitchell.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online