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Will La Belle France become the Fourth Reich?
Not too likely, you may say. Yet, how many in 1925 would have predicted that Germany would become the Third Reich? Yet, as today's International Herald Tribune shows, casual anti-Semitism pervades French schools.
American liberals rightly condemn the use of the word "gay" as a casual term of opprobrium: "Oh, that's so gay". Even if the unthinking teens (a pleonasm if ever there was one) are not considered to be infused with a casual, reflexive homophobia, it is feared -- not without grounds -- that being accustomed to the use of the word in that manner will leave them and their hearers vulnerable to it.
One wonders, therefore, what the use of "Jew" as a generic insult shows for the present and the future.
John "Akatsukami" Braue Wednesday, February 11, 2004