Freedom Writer - January 1995
Concerned aboutConcerned Women for America
By Julie Schollenberger
Concerned Women for America (CWA) held its 11th annual national convention
in mid-September, just two weeks after the Christian Coalition's
Road to Victory conference.
The Christian Coalition conference garnered much more media coverage
and was much better attended, drawing 3,000 attendees compared with
Concerned Women for America's 800, but the CWA conference was noteworthy
in a number of respects, perhaps especially for the ways in which
it echoed the messages of several of the other Religious Right conferences
held during the last year.
Concerned Women for America "seeks to preserve Judeo-Christian Values
in law and public policy, to protect family rights, and to provide
a voice for women who feel unrepresented by the feminist movement."
The group gave its American Patriot Award to Jesse Helms for his "fights
against liberalism, abortion and the homosexual agenda."
Some of the speakers at the CWA conference included:
Governor George Allen of Virginia, who pronounced his stand "against
those who want to remake our children through such outrageous schemes
as outcome-based education" and characterized welfare as "encouraging
and promoting laziness and idleness."
Oliver North, who proved to be an alarmingly good speaker capable
of stating his beliefs in relatively moderate terms. While stating
that "we need God in America" and "we know every word in the Bible
is true," he categorically denied any intention of imposing his religious
beliefs on others if he were elected to the United States Senate.
Strong support for North (who has since been defeated by Democratic
opponent Charles Robb) was evident throughout the conference.
Wilma Leftwich, who apprised the audience of her physical ailments,
which include respiratory problems, spurs on her heels, and the fact
she hears radio signals. She claimed that when she first discovered
the international "one world government" plot, she became so sick
she was flat on her back in the hospital. Leftwich revealed to her
rapt audience that multicultural education, outcome-based education,
and environmentalism were part of a worldwide plot which would abolish
United States sovereignty and require Christians to renounce their
faith in God. "They" (secular humanists, i.e., everyone who is not
part of the Religious Right, including Christians who do not agree
with the Religious Right's agenda) would reduce U.S. population by
imposing a marriage tax and a child tax; implementing compulsory sterilization
of all who have two children (except for a few who would be allowed
to have three); requiring a certificate-type permit to have children;
giving monetary compensation to encourage sterilization, abortion,
and contraception; putting fertility control agents in the water supply;
restructuring the family ("this is where the feminist/socialist movement
comes in"), and encouraging increased homosexuality ("this is of course
where the gay rights movement comes in").
David Barton, who gave practically verbatim the same anti-separation
of church and state speech he gave at the Christian Coalition's Road
to Victory conference. (He also wore the same stars and stripes tie.)
Barton went on to recapitulate the Christian Reconstructionist theory
that the basis of our laws should be "whatever is Christian is legal.
Whatever isn't Christian is illegal."
Dr. Lorraine Day, who claimed that "everything the government has
told you about AIDS since 1981 is a lie, part of a plan to decrease
population not only through abortion and birth control, but through
disease." Day revealed that AIDS is transmitted through the air, in
the course of casual contact (involving no exchange of bodily fluids),
and even through contact with surfaces such as toilets for up to seven
days after contamination. She went on to claim that HIV is a lot smaller
than sperm and can permeate latex condoms. (The CDC has scientifically
tested this possibility and refuted it, and the reduction in incidence
of HIV among persons using condoms corroborates CDC findings. The
possibility of condoms breaking is a different matter, and is the
reason why the use of condoms is referred to as a safer sex, as opposed
to safe sex, practice.) Dr. Day said that the only source of truth
on this subject is _The_Washington_Times_ (which is owned by the Unification
Church, whose adherents are popularly known as "Moonies"). Day's campaign
of misinformation appears to be aimed at developing support for future
mandatory testing and quarantine initiatives.
Dr. Richard Glasow, who extolled the evils of abortion generally,
and of RU-486 in particular.
Senator Jesse Helms, who declared that "the great overwhelming majority
of American women don't believe in 'secular' values. They believe
the roles of mother and homemaker are important."
Josh McDowell, director of Campus Crusade for Christ. The gist of
his speech was that the secular humanist view that moral values are
not necessarily absolute is responsible for virtually every gruesome
event reported on the nightly news.
Will Perkins, who organized Colorado's Amendment 2, which prohibits
protecting gays, lesbians and bisexuals against discrimination in
housing and employment. Perkins claimed that he has homosexual friends
who fully approve of his efforts.
Jim Woodall, CWA's vice president of management, explained to his
audience that there is a homosexual agenda and that agenda is a conspiracy
to lay siege on people of faith and to close all churches which condemn
homosexuality. Woodall turned the majority of his speaking time over
to Fred D. Vastine, "a scientist that's a believer" whose task was
to convincingly refute the theory that homosexuality may be genetically
determined. Vastine is a coal hydration specialist who works for ARCO.
Dennis Prager, a Jewish radio talk-show host and author who served
to demonstrate that it is not exclusively Christians who compose the
Religious Right, but some conservative Jews as well. Prager proclaimed
that the fact that he was invited to speak was "proof of the intellectual
openness of the Religious Right." (If intellectual openness is the
reason CWA invited Prager to speak, I'm perplexed that they chose
a Jewish presenter who, by Prager's own account, is believed by some
of his radio talk-show audience to be a Christian. Prager describes
the L.A. riots as evidence of "post-Christian America," and claims
that "the blacks who saved peoples' lives were overwhelmingly identified
as Christians, and the blacks who killed people were overwhelmingly
secular." He did not cite any study to support this "fact." It would
seem to me to be more "open minded" to invite as a speaker any one
of the thousands of Jews who are identifiable as such and who do not
share part and parcel CWA's views).
The Concerned Women for America conference demonstrated what had become
apparent from several other Religious Right conferences held in the
past year: virtually all of the Religious Right organizations work
to further the same agenda, regardless of their proclaimed emphasis.
The ultimate goal of many of the most powerful leaders of the Religious
Right is the "Christianization of America." That is precisely what
makes the apparent willingness of some conservative and ultraconservative
Jews to coalesce with the overwhelmingly Christian Religious Right
Julie Schollenberger is director of the Los Angeles-based Institute
for the Study of the Religious Right. Founded in 1992, ISRR was formed
to research and disseminate information about the activities of the
Religious Right in the United States. For more information email [ref002]ISRR@aol.com.
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