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Your Letters: Values Of The Right; Jim And Sarah Brady


Last week, we spoke with Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa, who hosted the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines. Congressman King disagreed with the call of Governor Mitch Daniels, of Indiana, for Republicans to have a truce on social issues. Mr. King said...



R: And I'm not going to stop defending marriage. I'm not going to watch our civilization erode around us while we turn our exclusive focus on economic issues. Let's develop ourselves and improve ourselves socially, at the same time we're doing so economically.

SIMON: Many responses to our conversation last week with Jim and Sarah Brady on the 30th anniversary of the day Mr. Brady, who was President Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the attempt on the president's life.

W: It was fascinating to hear Sarah Brady speak with pride that they had raised a liberal son, and then go on to say that they're no longer Republicans. Kudos for not asking any follow-up questions on their political beliefs. The story provided an intimate portrayal of how the family had struggled to overcome Mr. Brady's injury, and delving into politics would only have taken away what the Bradys have accomplished.

A: David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, wrote to object to my saying that of course, the American Jewish Committee voiced objections to the film "Miral," directed by Julian Schnabel. We talked to the filmmaker on last week's program.

SIMON: AJC does not make a habit of taking a position on films. In this case, we objected to the decision of the U.N. General Assembly president to use the hall to premiere the film. As it turns out, many critics have also found the film to be problematic. Was it as obvious that these journalists would also have objections to the film?

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