Now that I'm blogging many times during the day (www.worldmagblog.com), I run across lots of provocative and evocative stories that have received some news coverage, but -- often for ideological reasons -- not what they deserve. Here are my top five tales of the past week in reverse order of under-coverage:
5) Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich advising Democrats to make evangelical Christians the issue in next year's presidential campaign: "Democrats should hold evangelicals accountable for what they're trying to do in our nation's schools -- promoting the teaching of creationism, demanding school prayer, pushing ‘abstinence until marriage' programs and opposing sex education. This is all about imposing their religious views on our children."
Hmmm. Which worldview dominates the nation's schools? One reason evangelicals are active is that educational lobbies have already imposed the teaching of macro-evolution and situational ethics. Reich went on to say that abortion is about "religious liberty." Don't abortions deprive unborn children of any opportunity to gain liberty or pursue happiness?
4) While we're fretting about evangelicals imposing their views on children, how about the story (told by education expert Joanne Jacobs) of Robert Wright, a San Jose middle school teacher, who found in his school's dumpster "a discarded copy of C.S. Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.' It's a nice hardbound copy. ... Inside, it is stamped with this message: 'This book has been replaced for one or more of the following reasons: Material is inaccurate. Does not meet district standards. Stereotypes gender or culture.'"
Hmmm. Was the material inaccurate because its description of Narnia's geography did not accord with AAA maps? Did it not rise to the level of Dick and Jane (or Jane and Jane) readers? Or was the book tossed because it stereotyped witches.
3) President Bush, in Tuesday's ABC interview with Diane Sawyer, voiced support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, but such a move is still being portrayed as an entry of religion into politics, rather than a defense of limited government. What's being missed is that strong marriages are our only bulwark against bigger government. Women raising children outside of marriage look to government for help, and a compassionate culture cannot say no.