John McCaslin

The silence of radical feminists surrounding the women of Iraq is deafening, or so charges the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, its mission to mold women into effective leaders.

The institute's Lisa De Pasquale says last week's transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqi government marks a new day for Iraqi women, yet for months radical feminists have been silent on the plight of Iraqi women.

"Instead this hypocritical bunch chooses to condemn the war in Iraq and its subsequent liberation of women simply because the war is supported by conservatives," she says. "National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy calls the war in Iraq 'deceitful.' NOW also wrongly accuses President Bush of 'reversing women's rights here and abroad.'

"These radical feminists' stance on military action in Iraq and the global war on terrorism illustrate how they . . . have consistently fallen short on their purported mission to eliminate sexism and eliminate all oppression," she says.


_Think your right to say "under God" in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is safe after the most recent Supreme Court ruling? Think again.

Rep. W. Todd Akin, R-Mo., says two facts remain clear: "First, another challenge will be attempted. Second, the court could well support the challenge and remove 'under God' from the pledge."

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist suggested as much when saying the nation's highest court recently erected "a novel prudential standing principle in order to avoid reaching the merits of the constitutional claim" that the phrase "under God" violates the Establishment Clause.

Warns Akin in a "Dear Colleague" letter: "By doing so, the majority evaded - for now - what remains obvious: that under a fair reading of the court's Establishment Clause precedents, 'under God' is unconstitutional."

The congressman cites the 1992 case of Lee v. Weisman, in which Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, struck down school-sponsored prayer during graduation ceremonies. He stated when public schools ask students to stand while others invoke God, they "psychologically coerce" religious practice.


Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, member of the Senate Commerce Committee, has introduced the Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2004.

In short, the act's aim is to prevent consumers and businesses from receiving unwanted commercial advertisements by facsimile, while preserving a key communications tool for doing business.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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