February 1, 1987
In his review of "The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment" (The Book Review, Dec. 15), Jeffrey Allen blatantly substitutes tendentious personal opinion about the book's important subject for a responsible consideration of the book itself. Leonard Levy has written a clearly argued and authoritative book intended to inform public consideration of the role of religion in American public life by providing a scholarly account of the intent of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1997
The two columnists writing about Ellen DeGeneres' coming out certainly don't give her many options (Commentary, April 18). Robert Dawidoff wants Ellen to embrace the lesbian lifestyle. He even hopes Ellen experiences "an intense, and even hostile lesbian separatist phase." Cal Thomas is even more absurd. It's bad enough he'd stuff Ellen back in the closet, but he also wants her to "go to church with her husband and children, vote Republican," ad nauseam. My guess is that DeGeneres wishes to be free of others' expectations of who she is and who she should be. My hat's off to Ellen for being her own person and rejecting such extreme options.
October 2, 1994
I enjoyed Joe Morgenstern's article on gay conservatives ("Another Gay Party Line," Sept. 4), especially the mention of Luke Sissyfag's important contribution to American politics. I am straight, white, male and Protestant, so I'm technically part of the nation's power structure. Though I consider voting a religious duty, I often have problems with it, because there are so many candidates about whom I know nothing other than their names. Since I don't try to pass as a conservative and I do believe in equal political opportunity, I try to vote for names that indicate minorities, a procedure that's not always effective.
June 26, 1994 |
We live today in a fragmented culture, a place of sectarianism and special interests, where the focus tends more to the things that separate us than to the things we share. It's an unfortunate development--although, perhaps, inevitable, given the promises this country has made and broken to the disenfranchised over the years--for it comes with an accompanying narrowness of vision, a sense that we should just pay attention to our own back yards.
September 4, 1994 |
One Saturday last spring, the same day that marked the kickoff of West Hollywood's annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Celebration, a small group of conservative Republican activists got together for an alfresco fund-raising brunch in a Hollywood Hills home. The setting seemed like heaven--ripe oranges and lemons on curving branches, mockingbirds burbling arias beneath an azure sky--and the dozen or so guests seemed perfectly cast for their roles as Grand Old Party stalwarts.
October 26, 1997
Re "TV-H: Hazardous to Your Hypocrisy," Commentary, Oct. 19: Robert Dawidoff misses the reason Disney (ABC) decided on its parental warning on "Ellen." American families aren't ready for homosexual behavior to be deemed "normal." P.S.--Disney was one of the first companies to provide "domestic partner" insurance coverage. MATT STANKUS Trabuco Canyon