Jewish World Review August 12, 2004 / 25 Menachem-Av, 5764

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Secular fanatics are the true fundamentalists | A recent page of Letters to the Editor in the New York Times proved the proposition that the secular left is more fanatical, more fundamentalist, than the religious right.

Public editor Daniel Okrent drew hysterical denunciation for his candid admission that The Times showed a consistent liberal bias. Robert Glatzer of Spokane responded to this revelation by asking: "Why give the right's views the same weight as the left's? Why present religiously based arguments as equally valid?"

Zack Subin of Massachusetts decried the very idea of seeking balance on the issue of gay rights: "Most people who are antigay or creationists base their views on the mindless repetition of tradition, ignorance and prejudice," he wrote. "It is appropriate to privilege tolerance over bigotry."

In other words, the liberal readers of the Times not only want the arguments of their opponents to be answered, they want them to be ignored — a depressing example of intolerant fundamentalism.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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