Moses speaks

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  1. This was sent to me so I thought I'd pass it along.


    Subject: MOSES SPEAKS
    For 50 years, the Harvard Law School Forum has been sponsoring speeches by
    luminaries ranging from Fidel Castro to Gerald Ford to Dr.Ruth.
    Sometimes the speeches have generated a bit of media coverage, sometimes
    not.  But one given last month by Charlton Heston has taken on a life of its
    own.

    Heston, the actor and conservative activist, delivered a stem-winder to about
    200 listeners about "a cultural war that's about to hijack your birthright to
    think and say what resides in your heart.   "He knew he was coming to a
    liberal environment, and clearly a group of his listeners was conservative
    and another was more liberal," said David Christopherson, president of the
    forum.  "About half respectfully challenged him during the questions.  It
    generated a lot of debate around the campus.  But what happened caught us
    off-guard."

    What happened was Rush Limbaugh's radio talk show.  On March 15, Limbaugh
    read the entire speech on the air, only to find himself bombarded with
    thousands of requests for a copy of it.  The same thing happened at Harvard
    Law.  "We couldn't keep up with all the requests," said Mike Chmura at
    Harvard.  "It really didn't have legs and might have been forgotten if Mr.
    Limbaugh hadn't decided to deliver it."

    'Winning the Cultural War'
    Charlton Heston's Speech to the Harvard Law School Forum, Feb 16, 1999.

    I remember my son when he was five, explaining to his kindergarten class
    what his father did for a living. "My Daddy," he said, "pretends to be
    people."  There have been quite a few of them. Prophets from the Old and New
    Testaments, a couple of Christian saints, generals of various nationalities
    and different centuries, several kings, three American presidents, a French
    cardinal and two geniuses, including Michelangelo.  If you want the ceiling
    repainted I'll do my best.  There always seem to be a lot of different
    fellows up here. I'm never sure which one of them gets to talk.  Right now, I
    guess I'm the guy.  As I pondered our visit tonight it struck me:  If my
    Creator gave me the gift to connect you with the hearts and minds of those
    great men, then I want to use that same gift now to reconnect you with your
    own sense of liberty of your own freedom of thought ... your own compass for
    what is right.  Dedicating the memorial at  Gettysburg,  Abraham Lincoln said
    of America, "We are now engaged in a great Civil War, testing whether this
    nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure." Those
    words are true again.  I believe that we are again engaged in a great civil
    war,  a cultural war that's about to hijack your birthright to think and say
    what resides in your heart.

    I fear you no longer trust the pulsing lifeblood of liberty inside you...
    the stuff that made this country rise from wilderness into the miracle that
    it is.

    Let me back up. About a year ago I became president of the National Rifle
    Association, which protects the right to keep and bear arms.  I ran for
    office, I was elected, and now I serve ... I serve as a moving target for the
    media who've called me everything from "ridiculous" and "duped" to a
    "brain-injured, senile, crazy old man.  " I know ... I'm pretty old...but I
    sure, Lord, ain't senile.   As I have stood in the crosshairs of those who
    target Second Amendment freedoms, I've realized that firearms are not the
    only issue.  No, it's much, much bigger than that. I've come to understand
    that a cultural war is raging across our land, in which, with Orwellian
    fervor, certain acceptable thoughts and speech are mandated.  For example, I
    marched for civil rights with Dr. King in 1963 - long before Hollywood found
    it fashionable.  But when I told an audience last year that white pride is
    just as valid as black pride or red pride or anyone else's pride,  they
    called me a racist.

    I've worked with brilliantly talented homosexuals all my life. But when I
    told an audience that gay rights should extend no further than your rights or
    my rights,  I was called a homophobe.  I served in World War II against the
    Axis powers.   But during a speech,  when I drew an analogy between singling
    out innocent Jews and singling out innocent gun owners,  I was called an
    anti-Semite.  Everyone I know knows I would never raise a closed fist against
    my country.   But when I asked an audience to oppose this cultural
    persecution, I was compared to Timothy McVeigh.   From Time magazine to
    friends and colleagues,  they're essentially saying, "Chuck, how dare you
    speak your mind.  You are using language not authorized for public
    consumption!" But I am not afraid.  If Americans believed in political
    correctness,  we'd still be King George's boys--subjects bound to the British
    crown.

    In his book,  "The End of Sanity," Martin Gross writes that "blatantly
    irrational behavior is rapidly being established as the norm in almost every
    area of human endeavor.  There seem to be new customs,  new rules,  new
    anti-intellectual theories regularly foisted on us from every direction.
     
    Underneath,  the nation is roiling.   Americans know something without a name
    is undermining the nation, turning the mind mushy when it comes to separating
    truth from falsehood and right from wrong.   And they don't like it."

    Let me read a few examples. At Antioch college in Ohio, young men seeking
    intimacy with a coed must get verbal permission at each step of the process
    from kissing to petting to final copulation .. all clearly spelled out in a
    printed college directive.

    In New Jersey, despite the death of several patients nationwide who had been
    infected by dentists who had concealed their AIDs ---the state commissioner
    announced that health providers who are HIV-positive need not..... need
    not .... tell their patients that they are infected.

    At William and Mary, students tried to change the name of the school team
    "The Tribe" because it was supposedly insulting to local Indians, only to
    learn that authentic Virginia chiefs truly like the name.

    In San Francisco, city fathers passed an ordinance protecting the rights of
    transvestites to cross-dress on the job, and for transsexuals to have
    separate toilet facilities while undergoing sex change surgery.

    In New York City, kids who don't speak a word of Spanish have been placed in
    bilingual classes to learn their three R's in Spanish solely because their
    last names sound Hispanic.

    At the University of Pennsylvania,  in a state where thousands died at
    Gettysburg opposing slavery, the president of that college officially set up
    segregated dormitory space for black students.  Yeah, I know ... that's out
    of bounds now. Dr. King said "Negroes." Jimmy Baldwin and most of us on the
    March said "black."  But it's a no-no now.

    For me, hyphenated identities are awkward ... particularly "Native-American."
    I'm a Native American, for God's sake.   I also happen to be a
    blood-initiated brother of the Miniconjou Sioux.  On my wife's side, my
    grandson is a thirteenth generation native American... with a capital letter
    on "American."

    Finally,  just last month ... David Howard, head of the Washington D.C.
    Office
    of Public Advocate, used the word "niggardly" while talking to colleagues
    about budgetary matters. Of course, "niggardly" means stingy or scanty. But
    within days Howard was forced to publicly apologize and resign.  As columnist
    Tony Snow wrote: "David Howard got fired because some people in public
    employ were morons who (a) didn't know the meaning of niggardly, (b) didn't
    know
    how to use a dictionary to discover the meaning, and (c) actually demanded
    that
    he apologize for their ignorance."

    What does all of this mean?  It means that telling us what to think has
    evolved into telling us what to say, so telling us what to do can't be far
    behind.  Before you claim to be a champion of free thought, tell me:  Why did
    political correctness originate on America's campuses?  And why do you
    continue to tolerate it?   Why do you, who're supposed to debate ideas,
    surrender to their suppression?

    Let's be honest.  Who here thinks your professors can say what they really
    believe?  It scares me to death, and should scare you too, that the
    superstition of political correctness rules the halls of reason.  You are the
    best and the brightest.  You, here in the fertile cradle of American
    academia, here in the castle of learning on the Charles River, you are the
    cream.  But I submit that you, and your counterparts across the land, are the
    most socially conformed and politically silenced generation since Concord
    Bridge.   And as long as you validate that ...and abide it .. you are -- by
    your grandfathers' standards -- cowards.

    Here's another example.  Right now at more than one major university, Second
    Amendment scholars and researchers are being told to shut up about their
    findings or they'll lose their jobs. Why?   Because their research findings
    would undermine big-city mayor's pending lawsuits that seek to extort
    hundreds of millions of dollars from firearm manufacturers. I don't care what
    you think about guns.   But if you are not shocked at that, I am shocked at
    you.  Who will guard the raw material of unfettered ideas, if not you? Who
    will defend the core value of academia, if you supposed soldiers of free
    thought and expression lay down your arms and plead, "Don't shoot me."

    If you talk about race, it does not make you a racist.  If you see
    distinctions between the genders, it does not make you a sexist.  If you
    think critically about a denomination, it does not make you anti-religion.
    If
    you accept but don't celebrate homosexuality, it does not make you a
    homophobe.

    Don't let America's universities continue to serve as incubators for this
    rampant epidemic of new McCarthyism.  But what can you do?  How can anyone
    prevail against such pervasive social subjugation?  The answer's been here
    all along.  I learned it 36 years ago, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
    in Washington, DC, standing with Dr. Martin Luther King and two hundred
    thousand people. You simply...disobey. Peaceably, yes. Respectfully, of
    course.  Nonviolently, absolutely.

    But when told how to think or what to say or how to behave, we don't. We
    disobey social protocol that stifles and stigmatizes personal freedom. I
    learned the awesome power of disobedience from Dr. King ... who learned it
    from Gandhi, and Thoreau, and Jesus, and every other great man who led those
    in the right against those with the might.

    Disobedience is in our DNA. We feel innate kinship with that disobedient
    spirit that tossed tea into Boston Harbor, that sent Thoreau to jail, that
    refused to sit in the back of the bus, that protested a war in Viet Nam. In
    that same spirit, I am asking you to disavow cultural correctness with
    massive disobedience of rogue authority,  social directives and onerous laws
    that weaken personal freedom.   But be careful... it hurts.  Disobedience
    demands that you put yourself at risk. Dr. King stood on lots of balconies.

    You must be willing to be humiliated ... to endure the modern-day equivalent
    of the police dogs at Montgomery and the water cannons at Selma. You must be
    willing to experience discomfort.  I'm not complaining, but my own decades of
    social activism have taken their toll on me.

    Let me tell you a story.   A few years back I heard about a rapper named
    Ice-T who was selling a CD called "Cop Killer" celebrating ambushing and
    murdering police officers.   It was being marketed by none other than
    Time/Warner, the biggest entertainment conglomerate in the world.  Police
    across the country were outraged. Rightfully so-at least one had been
    murdered.  But Time/Warner was stonewalling because the CD was a cash cow
    for them, and the media were tiptoeing around it because the rapper was black.

    I heard Time/Warner had a stockholders meeting scheduled in Beverly Hills.
    I owned some shares at the time, so I decided to attend.  What I did there
    was against the advice of my family and colleagues.  I asked for the floor.
    To a hushed room of a thousand average American stockholders, I simply read
    the full lyrics of "Cop Killer"- every vicious, vulgar, instructional word.

    "I GOT MY 12 GAUGE SAWED OFF. I GOT MY HEADLIGHTS TURNED OFF. I'M
    ABOUT TO BUST SOME SHOTS OFF. I'M ABOUT TO DUST SOME COPS OFF..."

    It got worse, a lot worse.  I won't read the rest of it to you..   But trust
    me, the room was a sea of shocked, frozen, blanched faces.  The Time/Warner
    executives squirmed in their chairs and stared at their shoes.  They hated me
    for that.  Then I delivered another volley of sick lyric brimming with racist
    filth,  where Ice-T fantasizes about sodomizing two 12-year old nieces of
    Al and Tipper Gore.

    "SHE PUSHED HER BUTT AGAINST MY ....

    " Well, I won't do to you here what I did to them.  Let's just say I left the
    room in echoing silence.  When I read the lyrics to the waiting press corps,
    one of them said "We can't print that." "I know," I replied, "but   
    Time/Warner's selling it.  " Two months later, Time/Warner terminated Ice-T's
    contract. I'll never be offered another film by Warner's, or get a good
    review from Time magazine.  But disobedience means you must be willing to
    act, not just talk.

    When a mugger sues his elderly victim for defending herself...jam the
    switchboard of the district attorney's office.  When your university is
    pressured to lower standards until 80% of the students graduate with
    honors...choke the halls of the board of regents.  When an 8-year-old boy
    pecks a girl's cheek on the playground and gets hauled into court for sexual
    harassment...march on that school and block its doorways.  When someone
    you elected is seduced by political power and betrays you...petition them,
    oust them, banish them.  When Time magazine's cover portrays millennium nuts
    as deranged, crazy Christians holding a cross as it did last month...
    boycott their magazine and the products it advertises.

    So that this nation may long endure, I urge you to follow in the hallowed
    footsteps of the great disobedience's of history that freed exiles, grounded
    religions, defeated tyrants, and yes, in the hands of an aroused rabble in
    arms and a few great men, by God's grace, built this country.  If Dr. King
    were here, I think he would agree.

    Thank you.
     
  2. mbeeler

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    There's a lot to take away from this speech, no matter what you believe in.

    Marc Beeler
    - Redneck Programmer
     
  3. johnboy

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    excellent.. everyone should forward that in email to all you know.. people need to hear this stuff...
     
  4. JAult

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    It should have been addressed publicly on TV. I'm sure it would have got some negative attention, but the power of that speech needs spread out through the US.
     
  5. GSP

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    VERY good speach. I sent this to a lot of folks. Thanks Landguy
     
  6. D.W.P.

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    Moses has spoken. I think I felt the ground move. [|)]
     

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