Op-ed/Reviews

Sam BlumenfeldMy column on the "Limits of Evolution," in which I wrote of the enormous gap that exists between apes and humans, has brought forth a number of very interesting comments from readers. One pro-evolutionist wrote: “In the last 42 years, we have in fact learned that the neural architecture associated with language acquisition, is shared with other primates. This illuminates the larger error of thought made by Blumenfeld, that the significant comparison is a perceived ‘gap’ between modern humans and other primates. This gap is just as large between our selves and our Mesolithic ancestors as it is between them and other apes.”

Among those who make up what the "inane-stream" media call the political right in America are those who fashion themselves "fiscally conservative, but socially liberal." That means, I guess, that they believe it's okay to spend more on such worthwhile projects as teaching little schoolchildren that males "marrying" other males or females wedding one another are forming bonds of marriage just as valid as heterosexual unions in what used to be called "holy matrimony." And state or even federal spending on condoms for the kiddies in public schools is cool, too.

Walter WilliamsDo federal, state and local governments have a right to intervene in our lives when it comes to choices affecting our health? Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to forbid restaurants from giving gifts with meals that contain too much fat and sugar, a measure aimed at McDonald's Happy Meals. The reasoning of these tyrants is to prevent McDonald's from using toys to lure children into liking foods the board deems non-nutritious. Fortunately, San Francisco's mayor, Gavin Newsom, by no means a libertarian, has threatened to veto the measure saying, "Despite its good intentions, I cannot support this unwise and unprecedented governmental intrusion into parental responsibilities and private choices."

Thomas SowellNo country has better airport security than Israel — and no country needs it more, since Israel is the most hated target of Islamic extremist terrorists. Yet, somehow, Israeli airport security people don't have to strip passengers naked electronically or have strangers feeling their private parts.

Sam BlumenfeldAlthough scientists use the theory of evolution to explain many natural phenomena, they cannot explain the gap that exists between the highest jungle primate swinging in the trees and the human being attending an opera at La Scala, having flown in a jumbo jet from New York to Milan in about seven hours.

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