By: Shelby Sherman Re: Beware! From The Commercial Appeal, 7/13/93 Jackson, Miss. - God wi

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By: Shelby Sherman Re: Beware! From The Commercial Appeal, 7/13/93 Jackson, Miss. - God will punish Americans for allowing legal abortions by sending floods, violence, and economic collapse that will split the nation, Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry said Monday. "What God is about to do to the Earth is going to be very turbulent, very frightening," Terry told a crowd of more than 500 at Cornerstone Church. Terry visited Jackson on the fourth day of the "Cities of Refuge" campaign and attracted the largest crowd to date, including some abortion rights activists who have been working to keep Jackson's two abortion clinics open. At a press conference before his speech, Terry said floods like those along the Mississippi River and riots like those last year in Los Angeles are the kinds of plagues God will use to punish sinful Americans. He urged Christians to stand up against the "pagan elite who think themselves smarter than God," a group which he said includes President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton. "The challenge incumbent on the Christian community is to take back the power bases in this country," Terry said. "It's time to get back to the biblical definition of right and wrong." The only question, Terry said, is whether groups like Operation Rescue will be able to stip abortions before the nation splits. "There are going to be people who clamor for certain states to pull away and say, 'Look, we want to have our own nation,' " Terry said. "We're sick of having our tax money paying for homosexual pornography. We're sick of child killing. We're sick of the sodomites running the agenda in the public education arean. We want out.' "Maybe the home of the mighty, muddy Mississippi would be one of those states." Cornerstone is housed in a renovated store in a shopping center a few miles from the Mississippi Women's Medical Clinic. More than 500 people sat in rows of chairs surrounding a raised platform. In the hour before Terry began speaking, the gathering resembled a revival, with singing, praying, and dancing in the aisles. "On Christ the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand," the crowd sang, swaying slowly in time with the chorus. Earlier in the day, Operation Rescue supporters had sung the same hymn outside the abortion clinic, where they were slightly outnumbered by the Pro-Choice Mississippi Coaltion. -+- Blue Wave/RA v2.12 [NR] + Origin: We are here to disrupt your life (1:123/30.0)

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