Lindsay Faber writing in New York Newsday reports that two men jumped off a bus in Midtown and rescued a woman and prevented two other men from raping her. The bad guys were arrested of course, but you can bet the good guys will be sued or harassed. In fact, police didn’t release their names. We need a national medal for bystanders that stop crime. The rescuers are heroes, and we should give better press to heroes than villains.
According to the StrategyPage, Iraqis know only one way to deal with crime, and it involves far more brutal and arbitrary tactics than Americans use.
Robert Spencer writing in Human Events notes that Islam is different — and it isn’t just Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell who say this, but Muslims themselves. . . . the widespread Western assumption about Islam — that because it is a religion, it contains core teachings of love, peace and brotherhood that people of good will can emphasize against those who would twist the religion to contrary purposes — begins to ring hollow.
At this point, it is worth emphasizing the gap between conservative America and America. Despite its celebration of populism, American conservatism is not as popular as it likes to think. The Right may be in the driver’s seat and it may help to explain why the United States is different, but the Right is not the United States. In 2000 George W. Bush lost the popular vote for president by 500,000 votes. ‘I do not believe a majority of Americans shares our values,’ Paul Weyrich, the man who invented the Moral Majority, admitted during the Monica Lewinsky affair. Jim Dobson of Focus on the Family may be able to remind 8 million Americans about the evils of homosexuality, but Will & Grace, a sitcom with several openly gay characters, is watched by 20 million people a week.