On May 7, 1985, in a 3-to-1 decision, a panel of the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court in Manhattan ruled in favor of Mayor Koch's order to bar discrimination against homosexuals by private agencies — including church-run agencies — that do business with New York City. The decision was a setback for moral majoritarians who claim homosexuals are sinful and depraved.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York argued that Mayor Koch lacked the legal authority to "elevate homosexual and bisexual preference and practice to a protected class" under the law, and that he had no authority to bar discrimination by contractors.
The court's decision read: "The Mayor as chief executive officer of the City of New York, sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of New York State, had authority to assure that the city did not discriminate against any of its citizens.
"Not only does he have authority, he is obligated to enforce the fundamental constitutional principles."
We recently received literature from the American Christian Voice Foundation. Its president, Colonel V. Doner, was chairman of President Reagan's 1984 Christian Advisory Board.
Doner suggests that AIDS is "one of the pestilences that Jesus prophesied would come simultaneously with last days famines, such as those occurring in Africa and other parts of the world."
Christian Voice is urging the President and all "moral Americans" to stop foreign homosexuals from entering the United States. The group also wants to outlaw homosexuals from working in schools, restaurants, hospitals and clinics.
Christian Voice is the neo-fundamentalist organization which published the Presidential Biblical Scoreboard. The 1984 publication graded national candidates according to their "Biblical morality." This was in violation of the spirit of the U.S. Constitution. Article Six of the Constitution states: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification for any office."
Since these groups have no respect for the Constitution, we must therefore conclude that if elected to public office, they will not uphold and defend our Constitution.
On April 24, 1985, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict — on all counts — against two 21 year-old men accused of bombing three clinics that perform abortions. The wife of one defendant and fiancee of the other were found guilty of conspiracy. Sentencing will take place this month. Their eight-day trial focused on religion, insanity, and the morality of abortion. One defense lawyer quoted Scripture, and presented a fundamentalist preacher. All of the defendants are active in the Assemblies of God church.