Freedom Writer - September 1995 _Religious_Right_update_ Flip flips Jane Roe Dallas, TX –
Freedom Writer - September 1995
Flip flips Jane Roe
Dallas, TX – Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe of the 1973 _Roe_v._Wade_
case in which the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, became a
born-again Christian this August. The Rev. Flip Benham, head of Operation
Rescue (OR), befriended McCorvey and convinced her to accept Jesus.
"All I'm doing is watching out for Norma's salvation and Norma's ass,
and it's just that simple," McCorvey told reporters.
While the conversion is a symbolic coup for Operation Rescue, it is
also a public relations nightmare. After her water immersion baptism
by Benham, McCorvey was led away by her lesbian lover. Then she told
reporters that she believes a woman has a right to an abortion in
the first trimester, "but I think it should be illegal after the second
Benham met McCorvey after his organization moved in next door to A
Choice for Women, a Dallas clinic where she was employed as marketing
director. She has since left that position and now works for Operation
"You won't be seeing Norma for awhile," Benham said during an appearance
on Pat Robertson's "700 Club." "We're going to intensively disciple
her." In other words, OR will attempt to brainwash McCorvey in an
effort to bring her thinking around to views acceptable to them. Benham
is also convinced he can get her to leave her partner of 26 years.
Reed meets with Dole
Washington, DC – Ralph Reed recently met with Senator Bob Dole and
outlined the Christian Coalition demands for any welfare bill. The
Senate is expected to debate welfare reform in early September. The
Christian Coalition's demands are:
Family cap prohibiting the use of federal funds to give additional
cash benefits to mothers who have additional children while on welfare.
Denial of cash benefits to unmarried teen mothers to discourage young
women from having children out-of-wedlock.
Illegitimacy ratio providing additional funds for those states that
have succeeded in reducing the number of out-of-wedlock births without
increasing the birth rate.
Require paternity establishment for potential AFDC recipients.
Funding for abstinence education programs under Maternal Child Health
Currently, nine senators stand firm with the Christian Coalition on
welfare reform. They are: Ashcroft (R-MO), Burns (R-MT), Coats (R-IN),
Coverdell (R-GA), Craig (R-ID), Faircloth (R-NC), Gramm (R-TX), Kyl
(R-AZ), and Smith (R-NH).
Colorado Springs, CO – According to a Russ Reid Company survey, more
than one-third of the adults who donate to Operation Rescue also give
money to Planned Parenthood, and 20 percent of these same donors contribute
to the National Organization for Women. One theory, suggested by Christian
Coalition's Mike Russell, credits the crossover to people who want
to monitor opposition groups. _(From__The_Pastor's_Weekly_Briefing_,
August 18, 1995.)_
Wildmon joins Buchanan campaign
McLean, VA – The Rev. Donald Wildmon, founder and president of the
Tupelo, Mississippi-based American Family Association, has joined
the Buchanan for President campaign as its national co-chairman. Pat
Buchanan said he was "honored by the support of such a fine American,"
a respected friend who had "stood up to and exposed Hollywood's assault
on traditional values when few others would."
In recent years Wildmon has been criticized for his alleged anti-Semitism.
"Only a relatively small handful of people determine what Americans
can and will see on network television," he wrote in his book _The_
Home_Invaders_. "These people are overtly hostile to the Christian
"Hollywood and the theater world is heavily influenced by Jewish people....
Of the people who are responsible for our films...sixty-two percent
identified themselves as Jewish," Wildmon wrote.
Golden, CO – The Coors Brewing Company now offers benefits to domestic
partners of its employees, including gays and lesbians. Considering
the history of the company, and the ultra-right political stance of
members of the Coors family, the move came as a surprise to many.
Coors funds groups such as the Heritage Foundation, Paul Weyrich's
Free Congress Foundation, Network Empowerment Television, Pat Robertson's
Regent University, and Bob Simond's Citizens for Excellence in Education.
The Revolutionary Force of America
Laurel, MS – "The question is not 'Will America have another Revolution?'
The question is 'WHEN'?" Those words grace the front piece of a brochure
by a new group called the Revolutionary Force of America, based in
Founded by Richard Headrick and his wife Gina, the Revolutionary Force
of America intends to "build a fleet," joined by "other fleets God
has raised up, and together we become an armada, a floating army."
"Your physical support by praying, becoming active in voting for God's
candidates and by speaking out about issues that concern us will allow
us to make a real difference in what happens in our government."
The Headricks own Headrick Companies, a sign manufacturing and outdoor
advertising firm in Mississippi. They employ tractor-trailer rigs
with sides that open up to sell "American-made products" and travel
to auto races, rallies, air shows, etcetera.
"We will soon reach a point where we are large enough to command attention,
where politicians will know that the Revolutionary Force of America
is the combined voice of thousands of Americans all over the nation,
demanding attention and action," the Headricks said. The group claims
six state offices, with members in 14 states. But, "we are just beginning,"
God and country in Branson
Branson, MO – There's too much of that old-time religion in Branson,
Missouri, America's country music mecca, according to travel writer
Arthur Frommer. Frommer, author of such books as _Europe_on_$5_A_Day_,
has just released _Branson!_, a guidebook to the town taken over by
the Religious Right.
Frommer writes about being "horrified" by "intensely political, extremely
right-wing viewpoints" in Branson shows, and calls country entertainers
hypocrites for living lives that do not reflect the values in the
gospel songs they sing.
A Nashville-area correspondent for _The_Freedom_Writer_ attended a
Christian Patriot's conference in Branson two days after the April
19th Oklahoma City bombing. Conference speakers included Larry Pratt
of Gun Owners of America, who spoke on the Biblical mandate to arm,
and Pete Peters of Scriptures for America.
As cited in the May 8 edition of _Time_ magazine, our correspondent
reported, "I mingled with a lot of people there, and there was not
one shred of sympathy for what happened in Oklahoma." Some of the
550 in attendance felt that the carnage was understandable retaliation
for the 1993 government raid in Waco, Texas, he said.
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