Feminist Radicals Target Promise Keepers

The National Organization of Women (NOW) launched a "No Surrender" campaign to counter the October 4th gathering of Promise Keepers at the Washington Mall and expose the group's "chilling" agenda. "The Promise Keepers speak about 'taking back America' for Christ, but they also mean to take back the rights of women," NOW President Patricia Ireland said in a recent press release. "Their call for 'submission' of women is one that doesn't have a place in either the pulpit or the public sphere in the 1990s."

NOW editorial writers Alfred Ross and Lee Cokorinos describe Promise Keepers as "a product of the leadership of well-financed religious, conservative organizations designed to create a men-only movement to promote their ultra-conservative social and political agenda. … Promise Keepers is attempting to re-segregate U.S. politics, this time along gender rather than race lines, calling for active male Christian leadership to set things right."

On the other hand, news analyst Laura Ingram, in The New York Times, July 10, observed, "Thousands of men haven't joined the Promise Keepers out of some secret desire to learn how to subjugate their wives or girlfriends. They want to be better husbands and fathers."



Redeem the Time

Last year, the average person in the U.S. spent about 1,100 hours watching broadcast television, an additional 500 hours viewing cable TV, and 300 hours listening to music, according to a report in The New York Times, August 24, 1997. Only 100 hours were spent reading.



America's Dance with Death

"It's time for all Americans to recognize that the issues that face gays and lesbians in this country … are matters of basic human and civil rights." — Vice President Al Gore in his address to the annual meeting of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Associated Press, September 15, 1997

"The president's attendance will mark the first time a sitting president has participated at a gay and lesbian civil rights event." — Spokesperson Elizabeth Birch of the Human Rights Campaign, celebrating President Clinton's agreement to be the keynote speaker at a gala dinner of a national gay and lesbian rights group.

USA TODAY, September 24, 1997

Homosexuality is a step closer to becoming a "civil right" in California. In September, the state Senate passed A.B. 257, which observers say would enable gays to sue — using state funds — to adopt children or get married.

Family Issues Alert, September 17, 1997



Abortion Rates Drop in Mississippi After Mandatory Delay Law

Abortion rates in Mississippi declined after the state began enforcing a mandatory waiting period requiring two visits to an abortion provider before the procedure could be performed; however, rates of abortions performed out of state and abortions later in pregnancy increased, according to an article in the August 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Theodore Joyce, Ph.D., of Baruch College, the City University of New York, and the National Bureau of Economic Research Inc., New York, and colleagues analyzed birth and abortion records for women in Mississippi and two neighboring states, South Carolina and Georgia. They compared abortion rates for twelve months before and after August, 1992, when Mississippi's mandatory delay law took effect.

The researchers found that the Mississippi law appeared to have an impact on overall abortions and on when and where women underwent the procedure: "Total abortions to residents of Mississippi, including those obtained in Alabama and Tennessee, declined from 7,801 prior to the law to 6,591 after the law — a decline of sixteen percent."



"Religious Bias" Lawsuit
by Mark A. Wyatt

California Baptist College has been named in a federal court lawsuit alleging religious bias. A college spokesman declined comment on the advice of legal counsel.

An article in the Riverside Press-Enterprise, Aug. 7, reported the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, July 28. According to the article, Robert Woolwine, an evening college graduate student at the California Southern Baptist Convention institution, claims he was denied a clerical job in 1996 because he is not a Christian.

The Press-Enterprise article said the lawsuit includes a letter to Woolwine from Cal Baptist President Ronald Ellis stating that under federal law the college "may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purpose" as a Christian liberal arts institution.

Woolwine, who claims to be of Russian Jewish heritage, also alleges in the suit that he was fired from a student employment position at Cal Baptist in retaliation for a similar complaint currently pending with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The Press-Enterprise article quotes Geoffrey Hopper, the Riverside attorney who represented Cal Baptist in the EEOC matter, as stating Woolwine quit the job.

The U.S. District Court lawsuit reportedly seeks unspecified damages for "physical and emotional pain and suffering, humiliation and emotional distress and lost wages and employment benefits," according to the newspaper report.



Rap Philosophy

"We always in the mix, man. This generation and generations before us are just addicted to sex and violence. And that's what they want to hear." — Rap artist "Ice Cube"

USA TODAY, December 18, 1996



Kmart's Pro—life Discrimination

Kmart says it will not allow its pro-life pharmacists to excuse themselves from filling prescriptions for drugs that induce abortions. Last December, Kmart fired an Indiana pharmacist for refusing to fill such a prescription.

The Pastor's Weekly Briefing, August 8, 1997

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