Three Cheers for Dr. Laura

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The silence of the self-styled civil libertarians is deafening. Their motto used to be the credo attributed to 18th-century French author Francois Voltaire, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

No more.

The American Civil Liberties Union, for example, has stood by uncharacteristically mute as militant homosexual activists sought to cancel radio talk-show host "Dr. Laura" Schlessinger's new TV show before it even aired its first episode Sept. 11.

Because she has the temerity to believe that homosexuality is not merely another lifestyle choice, Mrs. Schlessinger must be silenced. The lavender lobby has a truly Orwellian definition of "tolerance."

Led by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and something called Stopdrlaura.com, militant gay-rights activists and their liberal allies have grossly distorted and taken out of context what Mrs. Schlessinger has said about homosexuality on her nationally syndicated radio program.

For the record, all she has said is that homosexuality is "deviant" behavior and "a biological error" in the sense that it deviates from the norm of heterosexuality.

Far from being out of the mainstream, that view has been the prevailing opinion for most of recorded human history, and remains so, in spite of a 25-plus-year effort by no more than 2 percent of the population - amplified by a largely pro-homosexual media - to convince us otherwise.

If you needed further proof of the media's pro-gay sycophancy, you need only have read The Washington Post's TV columnist, Tom Shales, and his USA Today counterpart, Robert Bianco, who both wrote nastily ad-hominem reviews of the new program. (And they say we're the "haters"!)

Mr. Bianco disingenuously characterized gay groups as merely "monitoring" the show, neglecting to mention their failed censorship efforts.

Fair-minded people should make a point of watching (or setting a VCR for) Mrs. Schlessinger's hourlong, five-days-a-week TV show, which airs locally at 1 p.m. on Washington's Channel 20. To syndicator Paramount Television Group's credit, the studio did not cave in to GLAAD's demands to pull the plug on the show, despite the cowardly withdrawal of advertising by a number of sponsors, among them American Express, AT&T, Gateway computers, Geico insurance, Kraft foods, Procter & Gamble and SkyTel pagers.

Mrs. Schlessinger's supporters should boycott the boycotters, by not patronizing the aforementioned non-advertisers, and make a point of purchasing the products and services of those who have stuck with the program. …