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PRESS RELEASE FROM AMERICAN GAY AND LESBIAN ATHEISTS Medical Science Being Held Hostage By Religious Forces Atheists Call Upon Clinton Not to Abandon Surgeon General Nominee For Immediate Release Saturday, February 11, 1995 Houston, TX -- In a Fax Message sent by computer today to the White House, American Gay & Lesbian Atheists called upon President Clinton not to abandon his nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Henry Foster, Jr., and leave him "to fend for himself against the wolves," pointing out Clinton's long record of abandonment of causes and individuals, such as the issues of gays-in-the- military, his broken promises for a so-called "Manhattan Project on AIDS" and his inability to appoint an effective "AIDS Czar," his failure to support Lani Guenier, and the recent firing of Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders. The Fax Memo pointed out that Dr. Elders' statement made at a World AIDS Day rally in December in which the former Surgeon General stated that "perhaps" masturbation should be taught as a viable sexual alternative to intercourse "is one of the most rational statements ever to come from anyone's lips in Washington, D.C." The memo went on to note that "In the midst of a worldwide population crisis, fostered mainly by the Roman Catholic Church and other world religions and the proliferation of fatal sexually-transmitted diseases such as AIDS, Dr. Elder's suggestion was completely correct." The memo went further and accused the President of "selling out" to right-wing political and religious forces. "Now you have nominated an OB/GYN who is being hunt out to dry by the forces of regressive religious groups because, during his career as a physician/scientist and researcher, Dr. Foster performed legal and ethical medical procedures." The memo continued by reminding Clinton that "this is yet another assault on science by the regressive, ignorant forces of right-wing religious extremism." In the memo to the President of the United STates, AGLA national director Don Sanders wrote, "For almost a thousand years, the forces of religion held medical science hostage and forced the world into what was known as the Dark Ages. Time and time again, we see uprisings of the forces of the Dark Ages popping their heads from the sand. We need you, sir, to stand against these repressive forces and stand with Reason and Sanity." American Gay and Lesbian Atheists is a non-profit, educational foundation whose national headquarters is located in Houston, Texas. The organization has a worldwide outreach, primarily through its bimonthly newsletter, "The American Gay & Lesbian Atheist." *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: * * PO Box 140195 FTP: * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: * * Info on American Atheists:, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************


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