Thursday, November 16, 2006

Of Intolerance, Rudy's Antipathy for Conservatism, and Other Points to Ponder

Here's an exceptionally interesting crop of Town Hall columns you don't want to miss:

* Michael Medved weighing in on the extreme intolerance of the "liberal tolerants" -- using Elton John and his recent remarks about abolishing religion as an example.

* Terence Jeffrey's warnings about just how far left is Rudy Giuliani's positions on moral issues. Excerpt below:

...Thanks to politicians and judges who take Giuliani's position on abortion, more than 47 million babies have been aborted in America since the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Thanks to politicians and judges who take Giuliani's position on marriage, the unique legal status of the traditional family is now under siege.

Giuliani understood the link between allowing people to urinate on the streets with impunity and New York City's overall decline. Outside New York, on the Republican campaign trail, he is sure to meet many voters who understand that his positions on abortion and marriage do to our national culture exactly what the street people and pub-crawlers did to New York.

* Maggie Gallagher's musings on the elections. Excerpts below:

...African-Americans are the most reliable voting bloc for Democrats. Despite Ted Haggard, Mark Foley, Dick Armey, John Ashcroft, Ryan Sager, David Kuo, and all the other sophisticated efforts to persuade evangelicals that the GOP is simply cynically using them, evangelicals turned out. According to The New York Times, "white evangelicals and born-again Christians made up about 24 percent of those who voted, compared with 23 percent in the 2004 election." Seventy percent of them voted GOP, compared to 72 percent in 2004. Evangelicals alone may not be enough. But without them, Republicans are nowhere...

...Overturning Roe. V. Wade may not be as scary as pro-choicers think. -- Even in a state as pro-life as South Dakota, only 44 percent of voters supported a law banning all abortions except to save the mother's life. Democrats should be secretly hoping that Bush gets one more Supreme Court justice who will overturn Roe. The results will be that most states will vote to legalize abortion with some exceptions, and the GOP loses a big issue.