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Sunday, February 13, 2005
SCREW, OR SCREW YOU!
I just want to clarify that my heading refers to the first item in Mark Steyn’s column.
On culture front, we're losing war
Here are three small news items from around the world you might have missed:
1) An unemployed waitress in Berlin faces the loss of her welfare benefits after refusing a job as a prostitute in a legalized brothel.
2) A British court has ruled that a suspected terrorist from Algeria cannot be detained in custody because jail causes him to suffer a ''depressive illness.''
3) Seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Eden of Charlestown, R.I., has been awarded an A by his teacher and the ''Silver Key'' in the Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards for a diorama titled ''Bush/Hitler and How History Repeats Itself.''
When the Germans legalized their whorehouses, they thought it showed how relaxed and enlightened they were. The al-Qaida types take a different line: They think it's a sign that the West is decadent and weak and cannot survive. And they have a point: The government forcing women into prostitution is merely the latest example of the internal contradictions of the modern secular state.
I'm not worried about Iraq. As they demonstrated on Jan. 30, they'll be just fine. The western front is the important one in this war, the point of intersection between Islam and a liberal democratic tradition so mired in self-loathing it would rather destroy our civilization just to demonstrate its multicultural bona fides. It's not that young Eden knows nothing, but that neither his teachers, judges nor furniture showroom proprietors do. By contrast, our enemies know us very well, at least when it comes to courtroom strategies and canny manipulation of the fetish of ''tolerance.''
Speaking of losing the culture war …
"SUPERSIZE ME" director Morgan Spurlock played havoc with his health by eating nothing but McDonald's in his hit documentary, and now he's looking for a mom to spend a month drinking like a lush. For an episode of his new FX show "30 Days," Spurlock is looking for a woman living in New York City with a teenager headed to college. The mom would have to drink like a hard-partying sorority girl for 30 days, all the while maintaining her work and home responsiblities to the best of her ability. Anyone willing to undergo the experiment should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.