Freedom Writer |
January 1995 |
Concerned 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:
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 so irrational.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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 ISRR@aol.com.
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