June 3, 2004
IAND OTHERS have written in the past to decry the waste of space devoted to the nastiness Michelle Malkin calls "political commentary," but in her most recent column, she has descended to a new level. Ms. Malkin has now become the guardian of public morality with her national outing of young women working in Washington. Thank God Jessica Cutler worked for a Republican senator and not a "liberal" Democrat. Ms. Malkin attacked only the young lady, not those public servants, including one "appointed by Bush," who took advantage of her favors.
November 2, 2007
IF Boy Scouts want to discriminate against gay people (and atheists), it's ultimately their decision. They just have to practice their questionable morality in a place not provided by taxpayers. Surely there must be a gay-hating, morally straight, Christian property-owner who'd be glad to offer the Scouts a building at below market value so they can continue their alleged "good work. " Michael McGonigle, Philadelphia
January 5, 1986
Stanley Karnow (Op-ed Page, Dec. 25) has distorted the meaning of George Kennan's recent article in Foreign Affairs. Actually, he has completely reversed the thrust of Mr. Kennan's piece. In his famous article 40 years ago, Mr. Kennan argued that American foreign policy had been too legalistic and moralistic. In his current article, he denies that he wanted morality to be abandoned. He points out areas where our policy should be more in line with morality. Specifically, he condemns a policy of secret dirty tricks, saying that the success of our diplomacy has always depended on its inherent honesty.
July 5, 2002
IN HIS LETTER to the editor, Mr. Syheed Ahmad Willis states that while it is true that the Prophet Muhammad had sex with a 9-year-old girl, he did it in an honorable way. I'm having a really difficult time trying to find anything "honorable" about a grown man having sex with a 9-year-old child. And why is it that the defenders of this pedophile's act all seem to have one state correctional address or another? Let me guess- you were framed. John Kirschner Claymont, Del.
June 6, 1991 |
The authors of a controversial report calling on Presbyterians to adopt a new morality allowing homosexuality and sex outside marriage presented their recommendations yesterday to representatives of a church that has been deeply troubled by the authors' work. Now the commissioners to the annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), meeting here this week and next, must decide what to do with the recommendations, which represent a dramatic break with centuries of Christian moral tradition.
August 28, 1998 |
TV news has drawn a line of morality in the sand that is laughable in its hypocrisy. The American public is inundated with sermons by pundits and commentators on "news" programs. The central themes are the alleged immorality of the president and the apathy of the American public. How is journalistic irresponsibility for a theme? The distaste for the discussion of sex acts is seen as moral apathy instead of a refusal to rush to judgment. The reality is closer to the fact that most Americans are aware that our TV news media and some print publications are hard-pressed to be arbiters of American morality.
October 12, 1999 |
Here we go again - another paranoid comedy about a decent, principled Jonah swallowed whole by the voracious leviathan of crass American society. By now, we know the dramatis personae: unscrupulous politicians, greedy publishers, scandal-mongering reporters, and, most cynically of all, an ignorant, gullible public. We know the narrative method, too: Grab a bludgeon and whack away. Jamie Pachico, a Chicago playwright whose The Return to Morality is on view at the Adrienne in an InterAct Theatre Company production, was inspired by an actual incident: a 1967 literary hoax in which a set of proposals spoofing right-wing ideology was taken, by some, as a genuine government document.
April 15, 1991 |
I hear the social engineers from the left: "You can't legislate morality. " In contradiction to this creed, members of ACT UP, an AIDS organization, toss condoms at an 80-year-old school board director, demanding prophylactics be distributed to students to fight the spread of AIDS. Claude Lewis, in his March 7 Inquirer column, urges the school board to adopt this seemingly pragmatic solution and cater to the sexual trends of today's teenagers. In the March 15 Letters section two writers support Lewis' article.
November 6, 1990 |
In Measure for Measure, Shakespeare deals with the issue of controlling public morality through law. The issue is with us still, as the debate over laws regulating abortion attest. Still, Shakespeare's infrequently produced work, which the Philadelphia Area Repertory Theater (PART) is presenting at the Mask and Wig Theater, is a puzzling piece for the contemporary theatergoer. One reason is the draconian terms in which the principal issue is framed: Claudio has gotten Juliet, whom he intends to marry, with child, and the penalty for fornication in the Vienna that Shakespeare imagines is death.
December 1, 2010
THE Daily News advocates extending unemployment benefits for another three months at a cost of $12.5 billion. Not noted is that the benefits have already been extended umpteen times, currently to 96 weeks (from 26), at a cost somewhere around $300 billion. Why can't the unemployed work for their benefits? Plant trees or clean vacant lots to help the environment, provide day care or elder care so others can work, fix potholes. Why, after the cost of transportation, day care, taxes, uniforms, are the benefits more attractive than accepting a minimum-wage job?