| The following is the ASCII version of the Citizens Project Newsletter|
| _Freedom_Watch_ for April/May 1993. |
| The Citizens Project is a Colorado Springs, CO - based group of |
| volunteers who seek to prevent extremists from eliminating our |
| fundamental freedoms. |
| Slight reorganization of the articles was necessary in order to |
| convert this text from a newsletter multi-font format to an |
| electronic 80-column one. No alteration of wording was done. |
| Distribution of this document or portions thereof is strongly |
| encouraged under the following conditions: |
| 1. This material is copyrighted, but may be copied verbatim, |
| in part or in entirety, with the condition that Citizens Project |
| is properly credited. |
| 2. There is no profit derived from sale of publications in which |
| Citizens Project material is quoted; otherwise, express |
| permission is required. |
| 3. If portions of this newsletter are included in materials |
| distributed by any other organization, the price of those |
| materials must not be greater due to the addition of the Citizens |
| Project materials. |
|Please contact us if you have any comments or questions. |
|The Citizens Project |
|Voice: 719-520-9899 |
|Internet e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org |
|Back issues of the newsletter are available from cscns.com via ftp and|
|listserv. "finger email@example.com" on the Internet for info. |
F R E E D O M W A T C H
The Citizens Project Newsletter
Vol. 2, No. 2 April-May 1993
WHO WE ARE
In the Pikes Peak area, we are seeing a push toward prayer
in the schools, pressure to modify school curriculum to reflect
religious views, the rise of stealth candidates in elections,
increased anti-gay activity, and growing religious intolerance.
Citizens Project was formed to challenge these trends.
We represent citizens from a broad spectrum of political
parties and religious beliefs who are concerned about these threats
to our constitutional freedoms by local sectarian and political
We are dedicated to maintaining the traditional American
values of separation of church and state, freedom of religion
and speech, pluralism, individuality, and tolerance and compassion
We invite you to participate in this process with us.
Colorado Springs, CO 809016
Amy Divine and Doug Triggs
LIBRARY SPONSORS TOLERANCE/INTOLERANCE PANEL DISCUSSION
The Pikes Peak Library District, as a forum for the exchange
of ideas, is sponsoring a five-part series of panel discussions about
the topic of tolerance and intolerance in our community. The purpose
of the discussion is two-fold: first to explore the various facets
of the subject and how it is affecting our community; and second to
summarize the issue from differing vantage points--and from these
perspectives--learn ways to better understand and address the issues.
The forums will be held on consecutive Wednesdays (except
Thursday, May 27), from 7 to 9 pm, beginning May 5 at the East
Library and Information Center. Each discussion will be cablecast
live at 7 pm on Cablevision Channel 17.
Written questions from the audience will be directed to the
appropriate panelist by the moderator for a response. Beginning
at 7 pm on the evening of the discussions, those watching the
programs live on Cable Channel 17 may call the library at 531-6331,
ext. 1170 and 1171 with questions for the panelists. Videotapes
of each program also will be available for check-out. Seating is
MAY 5 - THE ROLE OF THE MEDIA
Ann Erwin, Anchor/Reporter for KKTV
Dan Griswold, Editorial Page Editor of the Colorado Springs
Andy Lyon, News Director for KOAA, Channels 5/30
Dennis Ritchie, Former Publisher of the Northern Light
Jon Stepleton, Editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph
MAY 12 - SEXUAL ORIENTATION ISSUES
Roc Bottomly, Senior Pastor of Pulpit Rock Church
R.T. "Terry" Jackson, Independent Legal Counsel
Robin Miller, Past President of Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian
Kevin Tebedo, Executive Director of Colorado for Family Values
Greg Walta, Trial Lawyer
Rev. Dr. James White, First Congregational Church
MAY 19 - THE RACIAL EXPERIENCE
Zoe Goodblanket, Native American Women's Association
Andi Leopoldus, Colorado Springs Human Relations Commission
Ruben Martinez, Chairman of the Chicano Unity Council
Andy Song, Chairman of the Korean-American Chamber of Commerce
James Tucker, Director of the local NAACP
MAY 27 - THE IMPACT OF/ON RELIGION
Rabbi Howard Hirsch of Temple Shalom
Rev. Harvey Joiner of All Souls Unitarian Church
Tom Minnery, Vice President of Public Policy for Focus on
Rev. Shirley Renfro of Healing Light Church of Religious
Dr. Gerald Trigg, Senior Minister of First United Methodist
Additional Panelist to be announced.
JUNE 2 - WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
Kathleen Beatty, Dean of the UCCS Graduate School of Public
Amy Divine, Co-Director of Citizens Project
Mary Lou Makepeace, Member of Colorado Springs City Council
Rocky Scott, President of Greater Colorado Springs Economic
Gary Shupp, Member of El PAso County Board of Commissioners
Calvin A.H. Waller, Lt. General, Retired, U.S. Army
CFV HOLDS "COMMUNITY WATCH" SEMINARS
Colorado For Family Values has now held four of their
Community Watch seminars. CFV's first Community Watch seminar was
held at the Bethany Church in Boulder February 26. It attracted a
number of CFV stalwarts, as well as some 400 protesters. Other
seminars have been held in Monte Vista, Lamar, and Fort Collins.
The next scheduled seminar is April 17 in Grand Junction. For
details on the Grand Junction seminar, you can call CFV's contact
at (303) 245-9705. To keep up on CFV's seminar circuit, get your
free copy of Denver Christian News (see our News Briefs) at your
local King Soopers.
You may want to attend CFV's seminar when it gets to your
area. At your local CFV seminar you will: see their action film
The Gay Agenda; hear and read CFV's latest rationales promoting
discrimination; learn their growing list of community groups to
monitor (see our News Briefs); get your free CFV sweatshirt to wear
proudly in public; and pray and rub elbows with the good old boys
of the Colorado anti-gay movement!
If you do plan to attend your local CFV seminar, you should be
aware of CFV's screening tactics. The February 26 seminar at
Boulder was abruptly changed from a public meeting to a private
meeting because the public audience contained a number of
Admittance to the private portion of CFV's meeting was
limited to those who said they voted "yes" on Amendment 2 and who
would also provide their names and addresses to CFV. You can
expect to be screened further. As the CFV literature states:
"Screen unknown volunteers by verifying names, addresses, phone
numbers, and asking them where they worship." And CFV videotapes
the audience that attends their seminars. With this much security
and secrecy, a person might easily think that CFV was promoting a
program about which they were ashamed.
CFV's seminars are aggressively pushing the film The Gay
Agenda. This film graphically displays outrageous gay and lesbian
behaviors. These behaviors are the gay agenda, CFV tells its
followers, and we must fight them. CFV's strategy of using
shocking extremes to discredit all gays and lesbians is a slick
propaganda tactic that works well to motivate CFV followers.
However, The Gay Agenda is no more realistic a portrayal of gays
and lesbians than, for example, using a documentary of Colorado
Springs street preacher Terry Brandon's public theatrics to portray
all Evangelical Christians, or using footage of the sometimes
ribald New Orleans Mardi Gras parade to stereotype all
heterosexuals. Nonetheless, as former CFV co-founder Tony Marco
recently noted: "It is easier to nauseate than educate."
The controversial aspects of using this vicious anti-gay
propaganda have been highlighted in a recent memo from former CFV
co-founder Tony Marco to CFV's Will Perkins. Tony Marco, who has
now parted ways with CFV, said in his memo that he fears CFV will
alienate people and promote violence against gays by "rubbing the
faces of the state's people in repulsive, extremist homosexual
behavior". Marco went on to say to Perkins: "You risk giving gay
activists ammunition to make their charge that Amendment 2 is what
they've said it is: a hateful, fear-mongering and mean-spirited
piece of work" and current CFV tactics "risk arousing violent
animosity toward gays, to which gay militants will react in kind,
as extremists on both sides come out of the woodwork."
Sadly, CFV's agenda has now expanded beyond its apparent
pre-election concern about special political rights for gays toward
a more extreme program of general repression of gays and lesbians.
CFV's current literature makes it clear that the CFV agenda now
extends to activism against local governments, schools, businesses,
and churches to promote its new agenda. This expansion in CFV's
agenda is apparent, among other places, in the title to CFV's
"Community Watch" seminars.
Regardless of the outcome of Amendment 2, CFV has clearly
moved to promote a new and expanded Colorado witchhunt against
gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their friends. CFV's new activism
will continue to produce controversy and injustice and will
increase the polarization in our communities, effects that will
remain with us for a number of years. With CFV's help, perhaps
Colorado will yet justify the "hate state" label that some have
attached to our state.
RELIGION IN THE SCHOOLS: UPDATE
The following chart is designed to keep our readership informed on
events occurring in our local schools. We have left out names and
schools to allow the parental process of investigation and review
to proceed unhindered. We do not wish to embarrass the parties
involved if remedies can be worked out internally. We will
continue to update the chart with the status of these events and
with new events as we hear of them.
RECENT AND CURRENT INCIDENT COMMUNITY RESPONSES
Caleb Issues and Answers, a teen- | Principal was notified and
oriented evangelical Christian newspaper | the papers were removed
discussing evolution, abortion, etc., | after review.
was distributed in stacks on a District |
11 school library counter. Student had |
asked permission and was allowed to |
leave the papers when they were not |
thoroughly reviewed. |
Motivational letter from a District 11 | History of letter is being
hockey coach to prospective team members | reviewed; administration
includes sentence, "The spirit must be | and other interested parties
fully nourished by a strong belief in the| have been notified. Further
highest authority, Jesus Christ, who will| action is pending.
guide your dreams and goals and drive you|
to accomplishment." |
District 20 teacher kept stack of Bibles | Principal was notified,
on his desk. In the same school non- | checked with legal counsel
student religious material was posted in | and Bibles and other material
student areas. | were removed.
District 20 Human Sexuality teacher | Concerned parents reviewing
showed graphic abortion film taped off | film, determining how film
the 700 Club with introduction by Pat | got into curriculum and what
Robertson. The film was not made | action should be pursued.
available with other materials for |
parental review. Balancing materials |
were not provided. |
District 20 Human Sexuality manual | Concerned parents reviewing
includes several references reflecting | manual; determining if proper
greatly unbalanced political positions | curriculum process was used;
and a religious perspective on gays, | discussing issue with
lesbians and abortion. Manual also | principal.
refers to the use of Focus on the Family |
District 12 high school biology teachers | Concerned parents
instructed not to mention sex or related | investigating.
issues in classes |
More Ministry Groups Moving To Springs: Three more Christian
Ministry groups have announced plans to move to Colorado Springs
this year. These are the David Cook Publishing Company, from Elgin,
Illinois, with 850 employees; the Association of Christian Schools
International, from La Hambra, California, with 25 employees; and
Christian Camping International/USA, from Wheaton, Illinois, with
CFV Approves Of Boycotts Against Colorado Businesses: Colorado
For Family Values, which has condemned the prevailing boycott of
Colorado due to Amendment 2, now advocates boycotts against Colorado
businesses that engage in "pro-homosexual tactics" such as sensitivity
training for their employees. At the February 26 CFV "Community Watch"
seminar in Boulder, CFV advocated "outright boycotts" and "picketing"
of businesses that do not support the CFV line in favor of homosexual
discrimination, and also advocated taking "preemptive measures toward
undecided business leaders". Sensitivity or "valuing differences"
seminars, says CFV, are used to harass employees who disapprove of
gays and lesbians.
Have You Read Your Money Lately? The lead editorial in the
February 20 edition of World magazine, published by God's World
Publications, expresses concern about the phrase "In God We Trust",
which has appeared since 1954 on our nation's money. This phrase is
"trite" and "far too ambiguous to give spiritual sustenance to
anyone". As well, it doesn't clearly identify which God it is in
which we should trust--is it Jehovah of the Judeo-Christian ethic,
the God of the Muslim, or Jesus of the Christians? [or Satan, or Odin,
or Zeue, or....-- drice] America would all be far better off, says
World, if all our currency were changed to carry the slogan "We Trust
the God of the Bible".
SOME THOUGHTS ON THE DIVERSITY DILEMMA
Recently, Citizens Project received a letter from Paul
Hetrick, vice-president at Focus on the Family, which asked if
Citizens Project's interest in diversity was broad enough to
include organizations such as Focus on the Family. About the same
time, the Gazette-Telegraph published Chuck Asay's political
cartoon (reproduced below) which questions whether Citizens
Project is intolerant toward the religious right.
These events caused us to reflect again on the values of
tolerance, respect, and diversity in our society, and to look anew
at the religious right and ourselves in these matters. The article
that follows may help promote an examination of these issues, at
both an intellectual and practical level.
Chuck Asay's Cartoon from the Gazette Telegraph
CP (answering phone): "Hello! this is Citizens Project!"
Caller: "Is this the wonderful watchdog group that keeps an eye
on all those scary people who may be planning to
run for political offices and change our community?"
CP: "Yes, it is!"
Caller: "What group of people are you watching?"
CP: "The religious right! Would you like to join?"
Caller: "I don't know! What other ethnic and religious groups are
your planning to target?"
Are Tolerance and Respect Beneficial in our Diverse Society?
One assumption we make is that tolerance is both a virtue and
a necessity in our pluralistic society. Without sufficient
tolerance and respect for other legitimate groups in our nation, we
run the risk of entering into a new era of ideology-driven societal
conflict. This type of conflict is being played out in other
nations around the world, but it would ill-serve our country now or
in the future. Groups in our society, we believe, have an
obligation not only to promote their individual agendas to the best
of their abilities, but also to conduct themselves with respect
toward other groups and individuals with whom they interact.
Is the Religious Right a Good Model for Tolerance?
"We're talking about a battle of ideas...we sometimes refer to
it as a third world war between those who defend and respect family
and traditional values and those who reject them. We do not
believe those two can coexist, and those who win will control the
hearts and minds of our children." ---Paul Hetrick of Focus on the
Family in the National Catholic Reporter, December 25, 1992. [He
did not define what "family" or "traditional" values are.-- drice]
The religious right literature we read here at Citizens
Project repeatedly invokes this war imagery, expressing intolerance
of any differing world views and calling for "battlefield tactics"
in today's war between right and wrong. The spiritual warfare theme
is that of Christian righteousness (exemplified by the stand of
religious right groups on particular issues) opposed and
beleaguered by the myriad of Satan's forces who must be defeated
yet again for God's will to triumph.
And, as Mr. Hetrick states it, today's battle is portrayed as
between those groups promoting Christian "traditional/family"
values and all the rest who fail to accept these values. Here the
battle lines are clearly drawn between good and evil, the choice
can only be one or the other, and the rhetoric is ringing: "We are
at war, and these two cannot coexist".
Some publications have suggested that the religious right's
graphic war scenarios are simply useful propaganda to motivate
their participants toward action or more contributions. As such,
these statements may be useful internally, but may also do more
harm than good in the relationship between the religious right
groups and the remainder of the world. Those who are unable to
agree with "traditional values" as enunciated by the various
religious right groups are often surprised to learn that the
religious right has banished them to a nether world of
undifferentiated immorality, with whom the religious right "cannot
One result of this graphic war imagery has been a tendency of
the religious right groups to paint themselves into a corner of
perceived intolerance. A second result has been an increased sense
of alienation by those elements in more mainstream American society
who understand the exclusionary and intolerant effect of the
religious right's "warfare" statements.
This battlefield rhetoric also saddles religious right groups
with an additional burden. They must undertake special efforts to
exhibit a more human face to their fellow citizens and provide
reassurances that their agenda is not as hostile as the warfare
statements would imply. They are compelled toward community
outreach to promote the view that they are really "good citizens"
who, despite their "we will conquer you" rhetoric, deserve
acceptance and can be trusted to responsibly participate in
American pluralistic democracy. And, these reassurances to their
neighbors must be done without using tolerance language, since any
overt compromises in this war of values will have a dysfunctional
effect on these organizations structured around religious or
Overall, the religious right groups have sent decidedly mixed
messages in the area of tolerance. Many remain concerned that the
religious right's need to "win" far overshadows any respect for
other legitimate groups, and that political compromise and
coexistence remain unacceptable to the religious right.
Is Citizens Project Any Better?
The first response is this: How can a group that promotes
"Celebrate Diversity" bumperstickers be accused of intolerance?
The reality, of course, is more complex. On the positive side,
Citizens Project is attempting to promote more tolerance in our
city, and our city can easily benefit from an increased dose of
tolerance. Our message of tolerance is quite broadly based, to
also include the religious right groups here in Colorado Springs.
Sadly, some in the city would look upon our move toward increased
tolerance as a negative. As one speaker at a recent local seminar
stated, "Tolerance overlooks Truth!" But, appropriate tolerance
may be a Truth.
In addition, Citizens Project is not interested in invoking
a new rhetoric of uncompromising religious warfare, with its
polarizing effects. Besides, given the diversity of people who
support Citizens Project, it is unclear exactly whose God it is
that we should righteously invoke if we were to choose to promote
more spiritual warfare. Unlike the religious right, we are
comfortable with the concept of different people pursuing their
spirituality through different paths, but working together in
harmony and with respect in our great nation.
On the other side, we here at Citizens Project now view with
increasing concern the religious right's repeated statements of "we
will win," "God is on our side," and "we can't coexist with those
of you who don't believe as we do". While these statements do not
encompass the totality of the religious right or individual
religious right groups, yet these intolerant statements are an
ongoing theme among these groups. That concern on our part has
provoked a certain intolerance by us of that portion of the
religious right's message.
In short, we have become intolerant of that part of the
message from the religious right that promises to impose their
strongly-held values on the remainder of us who might disagree with
those values. We are impressed with Paul Hetrick's belief that his
values and ours cannot coexist, although we cannot share it.
For that reason, we have moved closer to accepting the
religious right's method for grappling with the world: We love the
sinner (the religious right people we have come to know and
respect), but we hate their sin (their uncompromising, intolerant,
and disrespectful spiritual warfare model).
Is This Simply a Mirror Image Problem?
Upon reflection, we have been struck by some similarities
between Citizens Project and the religious right in this area, as
well as by a number of differences. We all experience certain
mirror image problems. Gays and lesbians in our community feel
attacked, stereotyped and disenfranchised. Liberals feel the same.
Indeed, so does the religious right. For every report we hear of
a Jewish child ostracized on the playground, I hear of a child not
invited to a birthday party for being a "religious zealot". Those
of us who do not conform to a religious right worldview feel
threatened by an impending imposition of values that will leave us
unable to live by the values we hold dear. Those on the religious
right articulate the same threat. How can we protect ourselves
from these threats while respecting the rights of all?
However, the mirror analogy only goes so far. Although we may
experience the same sense of threat to our families and our values,
our worldviews hold essential differences. One view recognizes the
value of diversity; the other recognizes an absolute moral
authority that, according to Summit Ministries, "assumes Biblical
Christianity to be true, and other worldviews to be threats to the
ultimate welfare of mankind...".
Can we coexist or must this be warfare? Can we be inclusive
and also protect our children from those who would recruit them
into an absolute worldview that may conflict with the values of
tolerance we wish to pass on?
We at Citizens Project would like to be inclusive. We wish to
be respectful of the right of others to hold values that differ
from those that we may hold. We wish the same respect toward each
other and our families. We do not want to respect the actions of
others that are harmful, and we do not want our actions to do harm.
Is this achievable, or can we only celebrate the diversity that
does not threaten us?
We Need a New Model
To make progress in resolving this dilemma, we must look to a
different model. If opposing sides are all we know--we versus
them, we become locked into the religious right's image of warfare
so clearly stated by Mr. Hetrick. We will all perceive our
threats, stereotype our enemies, belittle the rights of others, and
continue to splinter our community.
Is there another way? Dialogue may be the beginning of
understanding and appreciating our similarities and promoting
respect for differing spiritual paths. But can we actually resolve
some of our essential value differences? Or, are we simply fated
to eternally disagree, as we work to keep that disagreement within
We here at Citizens Project do not know the answer, but we are
thinking about the problem. We are also starting the dialogue
process with the various religious right groups in this area. We
invite you to join us in seeking healthy and respectful coexistence
for all members of our community.
1993 COLORADO SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE SURVEY
Questionnaires were sent to all candidates. Answers were edited
for length and not for content. Full answers are available upon
QUESTION 1: Has the City Council provided leadership when
devisive issues, such as the Ku Klux Klan rally, occur in the city?
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Yes. Yes. We must obey the law
and acknowledge their rights and we must not fan the flames of
William Guman, District 2 - Yes. Yes.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Yes. Yes. Leadership is needed to
assure that the rights of everyone are protected whether you agree
with them or not. Hate speech is still speech and it and the right
to peacefully assemble are constitutionally protected.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Yes. Yes. The City Council's leadership
was demonstrated in the handling of the locations, the publicity,
the support of alternative activities and the establishment
of a calm demeanor in the face of a difficult situation.
Leon Young, District 4 - Yes. Yes. The safety and welfare of all
our citizens is of upmost importance.
QUESTION 2: Do you favor or oppose stronger covenant enforcement
by the city, e.g., RV's?
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Favor. Neighborhoods are the
foundation of our community. We must do what we can to preserve
and protect neighborhood integrity and personal property rights
William Guman, District 2 - Oppose.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Oppose. People move to covenant
protected communities by choice. Council has no business
enacting covenants and enforcing them where they did not exist
and where the people did not vote for them.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Oppose. Neighborhood covenants, where
applicable, should be enforced. Where covenants are not
applicable, city ordinance governs and that ordinance should
be minimally restrictive, i.e. oriented toward safety and free
Leon Young, District 4 - Favor.
QUESTION 3: Do you favor or oppose the school voucher system
allowing tax dollars to be used for private, parochial or home
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - This is not an issue that can
be decided by the City Council.
William Guman, District 2 - Oppose.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Favor. Education of your children
is a parental responsibility, not the state or city. If the
schools in your area are not meeting your needs, you should be
allowed to move on and not pay for an system that failed you.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Oppose. Vouchers, as currently proposed,
ignore the various mandated services currently provided by
public schools. Until private programs are forced to comply
with all requirements, vouchers would cause all education to
Leon Young, District 4 - No answer at this time.
QUESTION 4: Are you in favor of retaining the city membership in
the U.S. Conference of Mayors?
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Favor. We gain a great deal from
our affiliation with this organization.
William Guman, District 2 - Favor.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Favor. I favor this only because I
believe that a substantial part of our city employee retirement/
benefit dollars are connected to this membership.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Favor. Although we may be temporarily
offended by the Conference actions, our membership provides
benefit to the community in lobbying strength at the Federal level.
Leon Young, District 4 - Favor. The city of Colorado Springs has
received much support and has been able to receive financial support
by knowing what the Conference of Mayors programs are. One has to
be on the inside to make a fast decision.
QUESTION 5: Should church-related educational organizations which
advance political positions be given tax-free status under statutes
covering religious organizations?
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Oppose.
William Guman, District 2 - No response.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Favor. This is between the
organization and the IRS. If the IRS declares them tax-free and
they stay within those guidelines, then they are tax-free.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Oppose. Once an organization actively
espouses a political agenda, they should forfeit any religious-
based tax exemption. However, how do you prove that to be the
Leon Young, District 4 - I would have to look at each issue
QUESTION 6: Should the city pass enviromental controls, even if
they fringe on property rights?
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - I would need to know specifics
before I could respond.
William Guman, District 2 - No.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - No. Individual rights and property
rights always preclude the will/wants of any collective.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Some local issues might be appropriate
for action, if the community so desired. Examples could be
mountain scars, electric transmission towers, scenic view
corridors, historic districts or billboards. Each issue needs
to stand on its merits.
Leon Young, District 4 - No answer at this time.
QUESTION 7: The County Commission does not begin their meetings
with a prayer. The City does. Do you favor continuation of the
City's current practice?
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Favor. I prefer general
William Guman, District 2 - No response.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Favor. As long as council is
comfortable with this current policy, don't stir things up by
asking for a change.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Certain ritual procedures such as the
Pledge of Allegiance or moment of silence are inherent in our
system, but a particular denominational prayer is probably not
appropriate in formal governmental proceedings.
Leon Young, District 4 - Favor.
QUESTION 8: Do you favor or oppose extending the half-cent sales
tax for capitol improvements
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Favor. The $15 million raised
annually by the 1/2 cent sales tax is critical to funding
infrastructure in our community. Even with the tax, we cannot
fund all the needs for streets, bridges, drainage,etc.
William Guman, District 2 - Favor.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Favor. Where else could we get
funds for capitol improvements? We need a source of tax income
targeted for maintaining/improving the city.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Favor. Although I recognize the need for
maintaining our ongoing capitol improvement programs, the council
needs to demonstrate how the loss of the tax will hurt the city
and to show increased efficiencies within city administration.
Leon Young, District 4 - Favor. The city of Colorado Springs is
now over 100 years old and is beginning to show wear and tear on
our infrastructure. There are many drainage problems in our
city that need to be taken care of.
QUESTION 9: Do you support the continued municipal ownership of
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Favor.Memorial is an enterprise
operation of the city, supported by their revenues, not general
fund tax dollars. They are growing and providing an important
service to citizens of our community.
William Guman, District 2 - Favor.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Favor. Memorial is a valuable
source of income and it serves a very important role in our
community. While providing 37 percent of all city hospital
services. Memorial covered 52 percent of all unreimbursed
medical care in the city while remaining both competitive and
profitable. Why sell?
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Favor. I have spent the last year
participating in the Citizen's Goals Memorial Hospital Action
Research Team effort to answer this question. My personal
opinion is, "If is not broke, don't fix it." I support a
referendum at some time in the future to reaffirm the
community's desires regarding ownership.
Leon Young, District 4 - Favor.
QUESTION 10: Would you favor night meetings to encourage more
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 - Favor. Night meetings will not
necessarily ensure more citizen participation.
William Guman, District 2 - Oppose.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 - Favor. As a candidate who had
to negotiate for the right to run for council and still keep
his job, I feel that night meetings would encourage more
interested citizens to seek public office.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 - Citizen participation is essential
to good local government. In the past, night meetings have
been favored because the length of the agenda has resulted
in extremely late meetings. More frequent, but shorter
meetings could help in converting to evening sessions.
Leon Young, District 4 - Oppose.
QUESTION 11: What are the three most important issues facing the
city, and what is your position on each?
Mary Lou Makepeace, District 1 -
1. Job availability for all our citizens. We must continue
to diversify our employment base.
2. Protecting our quality of life --a safe, pleasant
place to live, work and raise our family. That's why
most of use choose to live here.
3. Polarization within the community. We must listen to
each other and find areas of agreement so we can come
William Guman, District 2 - The erosion of our high quality of
life. Planning decisions need to foster responsible, planned
growth. Expected growth con be maintained with intelligent
decisions on various planning issues. Too many residents feel
routine decisions affecting the quality of life are made by
bureaucrats who have little personal contact with constituents.
More accessibility is needed.
Robert Pemberton, District 2 -
1. Figuring out what to do/what is allowed in the aftermath
of Amendment 1. Make a decision on it and move on.
2. We cannot possibly ask for tax increases without first
examining all budget items and first proving more funds
are really needed.
3. Focus on crime prevention among teens instead of harsher
punishments as the end-all.
Ed Rasimus, District 2 -
1. Aggressively support diversification of economic base in
case the defense base is significantly down-sized.
2. Council must develop a plan for I-25 before a solution is
imposed upon us.
3. To insure that the airport generates enough revenue to
redeem its bonded debt, we must aggressively market and
explore uses beyond scheduled airlines such as air freight
hubs, maintenance facilities and airline training.
Leon Young, District 4 -
1. Pulling the community back together. Stop taking sides
and put the community first.
2. Improve our economy. Finding more ways to take advantage
of our tourism potential.
3. Crime prevention, especially with our juvenile population.
CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES' BIOGRAPHIES
District 1 - Mary Lou Makepeace is a consultant with a
human services background. She has lived in Colorado Springs
for 20 years, has served on City Council for the last 7 years,
and also has served on the Colorado Springs Planning Commission.
She is running unopposed in District 1.
District 2 - William F. Guman is currently President and
CEO of Guman/Hackworth Associates, Ltd. and is managing associate
and landscape architect. Guman is currently a member of the
Colorado Springs Planning Commission, and the city's Capitol
Improvement Program's Professional Design Review Committee.
He has served on the Parks and Recreation Department's Arborist
Board, Horticultural Advisory Board, and SpaBA/Trees for the
Future Committee. He is Council President of Bethel Lutheran
Church. Guman holds a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State
District 2 - Robert Pemberton is currently employed as a
principal software engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation.
He is from Virginia, has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering
from Virginia Tech. Pemberton is co-chair of the School District
20 Transportation Study Committee, block captain for Neighborhood
Watch Program, and is active in the Republican Party. He is a
competitive shooter, believed to be strongly opposed to gun
control. Pemberton sings and plays trumpet at St. Patricks
District 2 - Edward Rasimus is a retired, decorated Air
Force pilot who has recently worked with industry on 21st Century
aircraft development, and has worked as marketing director for a
national municipal finance brokerage. He currently serves on the
Pikes Peak Library Board of Trustees, the City Council's Underground
Utility Policy Advisory Committee, and the Citizen's Goals Memorial
Hospital Research Team. Rasimus ran unsuccessfully for City
Council in 1991, is a Republican precinct committee person, and was
a delegate to the State Assembly. He holds Master's degrees in
Political Science and International Relations.
District 3 - Leon Young is president of Young Janitorial
Services of Colorado Springs. He has lived in the Springs for 51
years and has been a member of City Council for the last 20 years.
Young is presently Vice Mayor and is running unopposed in District 3.
District 4 - John P. Forrest (Jack) is a retired Lieutenant
General, life-long Republican (current precinct captain) and
past Executive Director of US Space Foundation. He retired from
Loral Corporation in 1991 as Director, Advanced System and Programs.
Forrest currently is Chairman of the Committee for Employer
Supporter of Guard and Reserve; a bank director and consultant.
He is running unopposed in District 4.
MORE NEWS BRIEFS:
Rocky Mountain Family Council Meets Here: The Denver-based
Rocky Mountain Family Council, a political offshoot of Focus on
the Family, is alternating its monthly meetings between Denver and
Colorado Springs as it moves to put its Community Impact Network
in place. The Community Impact Network, as you may recall from
our report in the December Freedom Watch, works through sympathetic
churches to create a network of community activists to promote
the Bible-based politics of the religious right, both within
and outside of those churches. Their most recent Colorado Springs
meeting was held at Nazarene Bible College.
CFV's New Target List: The February 26 CFV seminar in Boulder
also included an extensive list of groups and churches that CFV
will monitor for pro-homosexual bias. According to the CFV documents,
groups with names that include "human rights", "diversity", and
"citizens watch" are suspect; the United Methodist churches, the
Catholic Conference, Presbyterian USA churches, and Unitarian
churches deserve CFV scrutiny; governmental bodies like "human
rights commissions" and "civil rights commissions" are of special
concern to CFV; and businesses with "standing non-discrimination
policies" should also be monitored.
Conservative Seminary Plans Campus: A conservative evangelical
seminary will locate its first branch campus here in Colorado Springs.
Knox Theological Seminary, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and
headed by D. James Kennedy, plans to have its Colorado Springs campus
operational this September. James Kennedy, well-known for his
concerns about excessive separation of church and state, most recently
stated to the American Family Association: "...the wall of separation
is a myth. It has been used as a club to progressively demolish the
religious freedom we have enjoyed in this country for over two hundred
years." Chancellor Kennedy has named the Rev. Bernhard Kuiper,
senior minister of our Village Seven Presbyterian Church, as
vice-president of the new Colorado Springs branch.
Get Informed The Easy Way: The Denver Christian News,
a very conservative monthly newspaper published in Parker, announced
that it is now available in Colorado Springs King Soopers grocery
stores. This newspaper contains regular guest columns from Rocky
Mountain Family Council and Citizens For Responsible Government,
among others. Copies are free, so don't hesitate to pick one up
to learn the latest Religious Right views on today's issues.
The February 1993 issue of Denver Christian News contained an
article on gays and lesbians so controversial that Denver Safeway
stores pulled the newspaper from their racks after receiving
a number of complaints, but eventually put the newspaper out again.
The newspaper will soon be changing its name to Colorado Christian
Citizens Project Introductory Meetings. The next two Citizens
Project introductory meetings are scheduled for April 1 and May 4.
These meetings provide an excellent means for you to get to know
about Citizens Project and meet some of the Citizen Project people.
These meetings are held 7 PM at the Unitarian Church, 730 North
Tejon, Colorado Springs. You're welcome to attend, and we don't
ask you how you voted on Amendment 2!
Smokebrush Foundation Announces Performances: The Smokebrush
Foundation announces two upcoming performances at the Smokebrush
Center for the Arts, 235 South Nevada, Colorado Springs. For
additional information on these and other Smokebrush events, call
Bob Tudor, a one-man band, will give a free concert of Bob
Tudor and guest artists at 8:00 PM Wednesday, April 7. Donations
will be accepted to benefit the Smokebrush Foundation's fund for
special theater projects.
The acclaimed Scott McPherson play Marvin's Room will be
performed April 22-24 and April 29-May 1 at 8:00 PM. Admission is
$6 for students/seniors and $8 for general admission. The April
22nd performance will be a benefit for the Southern Colorado AIDS
Project; the April 30th performance will be a benefit for Ground
The Smokebrush Center for the Arts offers local and regional
artists from all disciplines the opportunity to develop and present
new work. Throughout the year, the Smokebrush Center will present
a wide variety of productions from children's theater, art exhibits,
music, plays, poetry, dance, and Theaterworks Shakespeare Festivals.
Openings on Human Relations Commission: The Colorado Springs
Human Relations Commissions will soon have three openings. If you
are interested, watch your local Gazette-Telegraph for information
on deadlines to file your application. For more information on the
work of the Human Relations Commission, you can call city government
Theater Performance: First Strike Theater will perform
"Brickbats, Unnatural Acts & The Family Club" the evenings of May
7, 8, 14, and 15 at Poor Richard's Restaurant. One performance
will be a Mothers' Day matinee Sunday, May 9. For more information,
call the Pikes Peak Peace & Justice Commission at 632-6189.
Republicans Invited to Join: The Colorado Springs Business
and Professional Republican Women's Club, affiliated with the
Colorado Federation of Republican Women, is looking for Republican
women who want to become active. Meetings are the first Monday of
every month for dinner, currently at the Antlers Doubletree Hotel.
Dues are $15 per year. Men can become associate members. For more
information, or to join, call Jo Mitchell at 570-6040.
Democratic Women's Club will meet on April 24 to discuss
environmental policies in El Paso County and on May 22 to discuss
the impact of the political right wing. For information, call
Mary, 684-9846, or Roseanne, 596-2027.
Womens Political Caucus: The Colorado Springs chapter of
Colorado Womens Political Caucus will meet from 1:30 - 3:30 PM on
April 25 at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 North Tejon. To RSVP
or for more information, call 578-0891.
AIDS Benefit: The Southern Colorado Aids Project is
sponsoring an evening of dancing, dining and a silent auction April
24 at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort. For information,
Abortion Debate: Amber Jorgensen, head of Colorado Issues
Coalition (formerly Colorado Family Coalition) and of the very
conservative Citizens For Excellence in Education, has requested
that Citizens Project help publicize their debate "Pro-Life vs
Pro-Choice Republicans: Is It Tearing The Party Apart". The debate
will be held at 6PM at Penrose Public Library (downtown branch),
located at 20 North Cascade. For more information, call Amber at
An Open Forum on Childcare and Early Education: will be
held from 1 to 4 p.m., April 24, at the Pikes Peak Church of
Religious Science at North Academy and Jeannine Drive. This
forum is sponsored by the Democratic Women's Club.
Earth Day '93 Dance: Pikes Peak Church of Religious Science
will host a neo-Native ceremonial participatory Earthdance on
Friday evening April 23 to celebrate Earth Day '93. Admission is
free, but reservations are required. For reservations or more
information, call Karla at 635-0532.
Jewish Voices For Justice: A new organization called Jewish
Voices For Justice is forming in this area. The purpose is to
promote awareness of Jewish concerns and to respond to anti-Jewish
activities in the Colorado Springs region. Membership is not
limited to Jewish persons. If you want more information or are
interested in joining, call Howard Drossman at 685-4534 or
Become a Private Eye: El Paso County Parks and Recreation
announces a 4-week series of classes on the "extraordinary world
of sleuthing", featuring local investigator John Holiday. Cost is
$25. For more information or to register, contact Parks & Rec at
Pueblo After 2 is sponsoring a "Pueblo Black & White"
benefit on April 30. The cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
Black and white attire is requested, but not required. On May 23,
there will be a "Fun Bus" to Cripple Creek, leaving Pueblo at
10 a.m. For more information, call 543-7981.
Your Announcement Here. To get your announcement in the next
issue of Freedom Watch, simply mail the information to Citizens
Project with a request that it be included in the newsletter.
Deadline for the next newsletter is May 15.
By Leslie Jorgensen
Pull up a Precinct Chair
In an off-election year, political involvement in the parties
is generally put on hold until caucus. But, you don't have to wait
until next March. In both the Republican and Democratic parties,
there are a number of vacant precinct committee chairs. These seats
are usually filled on caucus night when registered voters attend their
neighborhood precinct meetings and elects a chairmen and vice chair-
man along with delegates to the county, congressional and state
assemblies. Precinct chairs are called "precinct committee people"
and they are automatically members of the county party central
committee which elects county officers, and state and house district
In addition, the precinct committee people (precinct chairs)
have a greater chance of being elected delegates to the county,
congressional and state assemblies (called a state convention in a
presidential year) which determine by vote the candidates for offices.
The job of precinct committee people includes distributing campaign
literature for candidates prior to the general election and turning
out the vote.
To become a precinct committee person, call your party head-
quarters to determine if your precinct chair is vacant. (You must be
affiliated with the party and live in the precinct to fill a vacancy.)
Then, cal or write a letter to the county party chairperson, saying
that you would like to fill the vacancy. The county party chair, vice-
chair and one other person review the request for approval.
Pro-life Republicans Recruited
Because El Paso County is dominated by registered Republicans,
there are traditionally a number of open Democratic Party precinct
chairs. But, even the Republicans have a percentage of unfilled
precinct chairs--and those are being filled rapidly with "religious
right" and "pro-life" Republicans. Although the Republican Party
wants to play down the abortion issue and get back to the basic
fiscal conservative policy issues, pro-choice Republicans are
deeply concerned about the pro-life and religious movement that
has continued its divisive march.
Victor Mote, a pro-candidate who lost the state House
District 17 to incumbent Democrat Daphine Greenwood last year,
issued an 11-page letter in February that listed vacancies.
The letter was a scathing criticism of old guard, conservative
Republicans who failed to support Mote during his campaign. In
his drive to divest power from the old guard conservatives,
Mote, as well as other pro-life Republicans, is working to fill
precinct chairs with hand-picked people.
According to Mote, about 28 percent of HD 17 precinct seats
are vacant, 20 percent in HD 21, less than 15 percent in House
Districts 15, 16 and 22, and less than 10 percent in House
Districts 18, 19 and 20.
Pro-life activists have made strides in the Republican
Party--electing Gary Miller as HD 17 chairman and Doug Dean as
HD 18 chairman. They are particularly interested in producing
candidates for the state Legislature to wrestle the HD 17 seat
away from Greenwood and fill the potentially vacant HD 18 seat
from incumbent state Rep. Tom Ratterree, who intends to run for
the state Senate.
In addition, the "religious right" has targeted state Rep.
Marcy Morrison, a Republican who won election from HD 22, a
legislative seat retired by Democrat Renny Fagan last year.
During a recent speech in Colorado Springs, Morrison was being
monitored and tape recorded by pro-life activist Ken Gray, who
lost to her by just 27 votes in the Republican primary last
August. Gray, a graduate of Pat Robertson's Regent University
law school, said he intends to run against Morrison again next
year. And he will probably receive help from the Citizens for
Responsible Government Political Action Committee (PAC), who
last year distributed campaign fliers with graphic pictures of
aborted fetuses to sabotage Morrison.
In House District 20, state Rep. Charles Duke may vacate
his seat to run for the state Senate. If so, his seat in the
state House of Representatives may also be subject to a battle
by the "religious right" activists.
GOP County Chair Open
The Grand Old Party is losing a "grand dame" in El Paso
County. County Republican Chairwoman Carley Johnson, who just
won re-election to a fourth term, decided to resign the post in
March to become a field director for Republican U.S. Sen. Hank
Brown. Johnson will replace Connie Solomon, who will head U.S.
Rep. Joel Hefley's 5th Congressional District office in Colorado
Although the Republicans have 30 days to elect a new county
chairperson, the odds are that county GOP Vice Chairman Bob
Gardner will succeed Johnson. He may be opposed by former state
Legislator Barbara Philips, who lost the HD 17 seat to Democrat
Daphne Greenwood in 1988.
Names being bantered around to fill Gardner's vice chair
shoes are Jeanne Smith, a conservative "legal eagle" under
District Attorney John Suthers, and Mary Ann Carlos, a veteran
activist who raised the dander of pro-lifer Victor Mote.
Association, or disassociation, with Mote may indicate
where the battle lines are drawn in the election of new
officers and the direction of the local Republican Party. In
Mote's 11-page epistle, he praised Philips for personally
him to campaign against Greenwood. On the other hand, he
lumped Carlos in the "Gang of Five" and characterized them as
a "cancer" that needed to be excised for allegedly failing to
promote his candidacy--from refusing to erect Mote's campaign
signs in their yards to caring more about where to have lunch
than stuffing the candidate's fliers into Republican literature
bags to be distributed in each precinct.
Rating the short list of candidates, sources say Gardner and
Carlos are more likely to deal fairly with pro-choice Republicans
than Philips and Smith. Johnson's successor will be chosen within
30 days, and according to revised bylaws, the new chairperson will
select the vice chair. Don't be surprised if Gardner, a government
contract lawyer, crosses the line and picks "legal eagle" Smith.
ON CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISM
By James W. White, Minister, First Congregational United
Church of Christ (Colorado Springs)
As a "Protestant minister outspoken", I have now been
interviewed by reporters from Time, Newsweek, The New York
Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, AP News Service, and
the Gazette-Telegraph. The reporters all want to know "What
is happening in Colorado Springs religiously?" By that
question they usually mean, "What is happening socially and
politically vis a vis religion?" None are interested in the
answer I try to formulate. I want to speak theologically,
but there is little interest. I am grateful now to Freedom
Watch for the opportunity to write of what I think is the
root cause of most of our concerns here.
What we all know is that Colorado Springs is a conservative
socio-political-economic community. Most churches of the community
compliment that milieu. In this mix over 50 para-church organizations
with constituency of similar persuasion have been added. With so
many folk (1) in the churches, and (2) in the para-churches, a
"critical mass" for the religious right has occurred. These zealous
folk are acting out from their new-found strength in the public
arena (schools, politics, libraries, etc.).
Many folk--such as those on the Citizen's Project mailing
list--are concerned, if not sometimes frightened. I too nervously
observe the religious right's entry into the public domain. My
strongest reaction, though, is to something else: these folks'
theological underpinning. Though some will resist that naming,
all are fundamentalists.
By "fundamentalists" several specifics can be listed. Foremost
on the list is belief in the "inerrancy of scripture", belief that
there are no errors in the Bible, that the pages of Christian writ
hold God's direct "Word". As "God's Word", the Bible is taken
literally: what is on any given page is God's objective Truth.
What most people don't know is that fundamentalism's literal
inerrancy of scripture doctrine is a johnny-come-lately position.
Protestant fundamentalism is less than a hundred years old. It
was formalized only in 1912, then supported by a series of
publications of the second decade of this century. It grew up in
reaction to the development in the 19th century of science and
"higher criticism" of the Bible. Historically, then, fundamentalism
is a recent aberration from "great tradition" Christianity. Luther,
Aquinas, Anselm, Augustine and Paul would find it appalling.
Fundamentalism's Biblical literalism, of course, generates a
lot of power, as narrow ideologies usually do. Much of it is negative.
Personally, I take the Bible much too seriously to take it
literally. My read on the Bible is that we are called to be attentive
to its "weightier matters" love, justice, and mercy.
INSIDE CITIZENS PROJECT
Change of Location. Citizens Project has moved downtown!.
Our new office is located at 310 South Cascade, at the corner of
Vermijo and Cascade. Our new office phone number is 520-9899.
Our mailing address remains Box 2085, Colorado Springs, CO 80901.
Office Equipment Needed. Our new and larger offices need more
furniture and office equipment. We would be grateful for donations
of the following:
-A copier table
-One reliable 286 or better IBM-compatible computer
-A computer desk
Office Manager Needed. We are looking for a full-time office
manager for our new office. The job would involve office
organizing and phone work. Salary is negotiable. If you are
interested, please send your resume to our mailing address or call
for further information.
Citizens Project Youth Group To Meet. The first meeting of
the Citizens Project Youth Group (for grades 5 through 12) will
meet April 18, 3-4:30 PM, in the back of Poor Richard's Restaurant
The youth group will meet to talk about issues, become involved in
our community, and socialize.
Citizens Project "Get Involved" Seminar Well-Attended. The
Citizens Project "Get Involved" seminar, held February 27 at the
First Congregational Church, was well-attended, with 210
participants. Speakers talked about opportunities in our local
political parties, schools, and government. We hope to repeat
this (maybe shorter) later this year.
Citizens Project Goes On-Line. Citizens Project now has an
Internet electronic mail address. You can reach us at
"firstname.lastname@example.org". However, until we are up to speed in
responding to what we expect to be our heavy electronic mail, be
aware that you may have better results in simply calling our
Thanks to everyone calling and sending us information. We
couldn't work without you!
Citizens Project * PO Box 2085 * Colorado Springs, CO 80901 * 719-520-9899
Doug Triggs & Amy Divine, Coordinators * internet email: email@example.com
---"Honoring American Liberties in the Pike's Peak Region"---