Walton High School is in East Cobb County, an Atlanta suburb. Every year WHS has its baccalaureate ceremony
at the Mount Bethel United Methodist Church. That may be about to change, though, because WHS parents are
looking for another venue. Here's why.
This year the baccalaureate address is scheduled to be delivered by Rabbi Steven Lebow. Yeah, you heard
me right: "rabbi." Some of you have already picked up on this, some maybe not, but Lebow – being a rabbi and all – is Jewish.
Lebow plans to talk to the students about values, family and faith in God. Not a bad combination of ideals. But it
looks like Rabbi Lebow isn't going to get to deliver his message unless another place is found. It seems that
"Rev." Randell Mickler, the Mount Bethel pastor, hath spoken from on high and hath decreed, "Verily I say unto
you that this non-Christian will not be permitted to speaketh to the WHS graduates on account of he don't believe
in the divinity of Jesus Christ."
Actually, what Man of God Mickler said about fellow Man of God Lebow is that he will not be permitted to give
his address because of "his Jewish beliefs." Oh, and Mickler added this: "To have a person who is a
nonbeliever of Christ is, in a sense, dishonoring Christ."
Note, please, that Rabbi Lebow spoke at a similar ceremony last year at the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church – just down the road. The Baptists win the tolerance competition this time.
So, Mickler speaks of "dishonoring Christ"? I would say that that label belongs to the Christian here, not the
So today is the second anniversary of the Columbine school shootings. It's the second anniversary of a day
when two miscreants shot up their school and then ended their own sorry lives.
And now we have the anti-gunners pointing to Columbine and telling us we need more gun laws, or else we'll
see more Columbines. Groups including Handgun Control Inc., the Million Mom March, and the Children's
Defense Fund are pressing Congress to make criminal background checks mandatory at gun shows
nationwide. And Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman are gearing up to propose not only background
checks but also a waiting period on purchases made at gun shows.
Widespread ownership of guns is part of the reason our crime rates have dropped to their lowest level in 30
years. More Americans are licensed to carry concealed weapons. What does a background check at a gun
show accomplish? Very little. The BATF already requires dealers who sell guns at gun shows to do
background checks on their customers. Private transfers of guns between individuals require no background
check – and the number of privately transferred guns that turn up in crimes is very, very small. And many private
sellers already take precautions by only selling to buyers with a concealed-carry permit – which means the buyer
has already been checked out by the police.
What does a waiting period on gun show purchases accomplish? It prevents law-abiding Americans from
obtaining access to the tools that could save their lives. What happens if Joe Q. Public buys a gun at a show
and then has to fend off an attacker while he's waiting to take delivery on that gun? Or the woman who wants to
have a gun for protection against her estranged husband? Is she going to call him up and say, "Don't come over
for the next three days while I'm waiting to buy a gun"?
It was those two sickos who did the shooting at Columbine – not the guns. So why are Columbine survivors,
parents and gun-grabbing groups ignoring this fact? They're irrational and emotional. If they had an ounce of
reason in their heads they'd see that their efforts to restrict Americans' access to guns are a step in the wrong
Several months ago Sean Hannity and I went at it on his television show on the issue of the war on drugs. If you
really want to get this cutie worked up, just mention that you think the nonviolent drug offenders should be turned
out of our jails and this absurd and un-winnable war halted.
My listeners tell me that Sean got worked up on this subject again this week when a guest suggested that
actions should not be considered a crime unless you can locate a victim.
Come on, Sean! Hey, I know you read these notes! It's time for you to decide just who owns you. If you claim
ownership of yourself, then why are you so eager to cede to the Imperial Federal Government the authority to
decide what you do and how you treat yourself? To say that government has a role in this decision is to
surrender ownership, in whole or in part, of your body to the police power of the state.
Can't have it both ways, pal!
Let me tell you about the irrationality of the government's war on drugs.
Since 1998, there's been a law on the books that requires college students to disclose drug convictions on the
main application for federal financial aid. If a student has been convicted of possessing or selling an illegal
drug, the law says he can't receive any federal grants, loans or work assistance for at least one year following
While Bill Clinton was in office, the Department of Education allowed applicants to skip the question on the
application. But the Bush administration has decided to enforce the law – and so now students have to tell the
government if they've been convicted of possessing or selling drugs.
There's the problem. The question only deals with drug convictions. According to Students for Sensible Drug
Policy, if you've committed other felonies like assault, rape or murder, you can still receive financial aid. One
conviction for a nonviolent drug offense, though, and you may as well kiss that financial aid goodbye.
We have tens of thousands of people in prison for nonviolent drug offenses. The government spends billions of
dollars each year trying to eradicate the drug trade – and in the process, robs you of your rights. And now they're
going to stick it to the college students – not the rapists or the murderers, but the ones who want to get high in the
privacy of their homes.
Does this make any sense at all to you? Do you see how absurd the war on drugs has become?
George W. Bush can't catch a break from the environmentalists these days.
He decides to spend more time reviewing arsenic rules and catches hell. He decides to pull out of the Kyoto
Treaty and catches hell. And he lends his support to an international treaty to phase out 12 of the world's
deadliest toxins ... and still catches hell.
The treaty was agreed on by 122 countries last December. It calls for a ban on what's known as the "dirty
dozen," including PCBs and the pesticide DDT. It mandates reductions in the byproducts of burning waste and
industrial production. These chemicals can cause cancer, damage to the central nervous system, reproductive
disorders and immune system disruptions.
All in all, it's a safe move for Dubya. Signing on to the treaty doesn't impact American businesses at all,
according to the chemical industry, because the U.S. prohibited or restricted the targeted chemicals years ago.
It's just good public relations.
Greenpeace activist Rick Hind isn't satisfied. He called Bush's support of the treaty "very hollow and insincere"
because Dubya hasn't called on the Senate to ratify the treaty. Hind also criticized the administration's recent
decisions to uphold Bill Clinton's last-minute regulations on wetlands protection and lead.
Remember what I've said before. All those 1960s radical socialists needed a place to go – and they found it in
the environmental movement. There they can rail against their capitalist enemies until they're blue in the face.
It won't matter how many concessions Bush makes to the environmentalists. They hate him. They hate him
because they don't have his ear like they did with Bill Clinton. So they're going to protest every move he makes
over the next four years.
You just can't satisfy these people.
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