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Religious right update

Christian Coalition leader accused

Washington, DC A recent Freedom Writer investigation revealed that the head of the Christian Coalition's District of Columbia office apparently practices law without a license. According to the Texas State Bar, Neal Hogan, head of the DC ch apter of the Christian Coalition, has been engaged in the practice of law without a license.

Hogan, an active member of the Christian Coalition, is also active in the secretive Council for National Policy (CNP). He was recently in the news when he headed an "independent" investigation of the Louisiana senatorial race in which Mary Landrieu narrow ly defeated CNP member, Woody Jenkins.

"More likely than not, she or her campaign organization were involved in election fraud," Hogan told Paul Weyrich on National Empowerment Television's "Direct Line."

"I would be surprised if there are not indictments!" Hogan said.

The investigation, called the Voter Integrity Project, has, apparently, failed to demonstrate any impropriety.

Suspicion over Hogan's legal standing arose when the Rev. Austin Miles questioned Hogan's legal competence after Hogan served as his legal counsel in a California case. In that case, Miles was convicted of publishing the home address of a police officer, a felony in California.

Miles, a former member of CNP, met Hogan in Washington, DC at the Christian Coalition's 1995 Road to Victory conference. It was there, Miles told Freedom Writer, that Hogan, who had heard of his case, offered to represent him.

In a letter to Gary T. Yancy, District Attorney of Contra Costa County, California, dated November 25, 1995 (on letterhead which read: "Neal I. Hogan, Attorney-at-Law, 1132 E Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002,") Hogan wrote, "I represent Rev. Austin Mile s." This letter serves as further evidence that Hogan acted as an attorney for Miles.

Then Hogan brought in Andrew Dosa, a California attorney affiliated with the Rutherford Institute. Hogan flew to California, where he and Dosa appeared before Judge Lowell Richards in Delta Municipal Court in Pittsburg, California. According to Dosa, Hoga n asked the judge for permission to serve as co-counsel in the California case, claiming bar membership in Texas.

However, Freedom Writer learned from the Texas State Bar that Hogan, a former member of that bar, has not been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1992. "He should not be practicing law at all," a spokesperson said, "if he is [and is not a member in good standing with the bar of any other state], he is in violation."

A search by Freedom Writer of bar membership throughout the United States failed to find Hogan listed.

"I didn't know [that he is not licensed], Dosa told Freedom Writer. "I understood he was licensed in Texas. He represented himself that way to Judge Richards. He [Hogan] served as co-counsel."

In a phone interview, Hogan told Freedom Writer he heads the Washington, DC chapter of the Christian Coalition. When asked if he represented Austin Miles in court, he replied, "Yes."

When asked, "In which state are you licensed to practice law?", he responded, "Texas."

When informed that a Texas State Bar official told Freedom Writer that Neal Hogan hasn't been licensed to practice law since 1992, he responded, "So?"

After Freedom Writer made the implications of this admission clearer to him, he stated, "I acted as an advisor to another attorney. I did not receive one cent for this."

Miles told Freedom Writer that the California judge admitted Hogan into the case as co-counsel based on the belief that he was licensed in Texas. Neal Hogan, Miles said, fully participated as an attorney, and even cross-examined witnesses at the trial. In fact, Miles claims he paid Hogan nearly $25,000 for legal services. Freedom Writer has received a copy of a $700 canceled check dated November 15, 1996, made payable to Neal Hogan, clearly marked "for legal expenses."

To further corroborate Miles' claim, a Freedom Writer reporter overheard Hogan's wife, Maureen, telling another person at a March 1996 Council for National Policy meeting that, up to that time, Austin Miles had paid them $10,000. The Hogans r un a Washington, DC-based company called Dublin Castle Group, an investigative research firm. Neal Hogan's title at the Dublin Castle Group is "General Counsel."

Hogan denies the reporter's account of his wife's conversation. However, our reporter knew neither the Hogans nor Austin Miles, but simply wrote down what she heard, identifying the speakers by their name badge.

"In my opinion," Hogan told Freedom Writer, "Mr. Miles has had a nervous breakdown. I think it's the result of his conviction."

Meanwhile, Austin Miles told Freedom Writer that he has filed a formal grievance against Neal Hogan with the State Bar of Texas.

There's an interesting twist to this story. Freedom Writer learned that Neal Hogan conducts investigations for the US Department of Justice, a fact confirmed by Hogan. Freedom Writer has received a copy of a bill sent by the Hoga ns' Dublin Castle Group to the US Department of Justice dated October 1, 1996. The $2,000 bill was for "PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RENDERED" for conducting an "asset investigation" of an individual listed on the invoice.

Freedom Writer has written to Attorney General Janet Reno asking why the Department of Justice, with all its own investigators and attorneys, hired Neal Hogan and the Dublin Castle Group to conduct investigations for them. Hogan, as a leader in the Christian Coalition, and a member of the secretive right-wing Council for National Policy, is a man with a political axe to grind.


Court reversal is ominous sign

Washington, DC The US Supreme Court's ruling to allow public teachers to enter private schools has given new hope to the religious right. The High Court's June 23 ruling reversed its 1985 decision in Aguilar v. Felton, which forbade public school teachers from entering the grounds of religious schools to teach remedial subjects. In that decision, the Court adhered to a strict interpretation of the separation of church and state.

"This decision [Agostini v. Aguilar] confirms that vouchers can be constitutional," insisted Mark Chopko, general counsel to the US Catholic Conference.

While President Clinton praised the decision, saying, "No longer will school children have to leave their school buildings in order to get the assistance they need," his Education Secretary, Richard Riley reaffirmed the Administration's opposition to vouc hers.

"While we support choice within the public school system," Riley said, "private school vouchers would drain much needed resources from public schools at a time of increasing enrollments and demands on our public school systems."

Focus on the Family's education policy director, Perry Glanzer, applauded the Court's ruling. "The Court's opinion reflects common sense that allowing a public school teacher on the premises of a parochial school does not equal the government promoting religious indoctrination," he said. "The Court rightly decided that taxpayer money made available to students and secular schools on a nondiscriminatory basis is not an advancement of religion, but an issue of providing remedial help to all students."


Robertson advocates stoning

Virginia Beach, Virginia Television evangelist and head of the Christian Coalition, Pat Robertson, recently used the news of the July 4th Mars landing to promote his extreme beliefs. A segment on the July 8, 1997 broadcast of "The 700 Club" featured new s of the Mars Pathfinder mission. Employing the historical event as a starting point, the program delved into the possibility of the existence of UFOs and space aliens.

While Robertson viewed the space program with suspicion, on a more serious note, he launched into a diatribe against those who entertain the existence of space aliens and UFOs. He said, in a rambling discourse, that if such things exist, they are simply d emons trying to lead people away from Christ. According to Robertson, the threat is so serious that people who believe in space aliens should be put to death by stoning according to "God's word."

"The Bible says the Earth belongs to man, but the heavens belong to the Lord," Robertson said.

"He has given us the Earth. He also warned, way back when Moses was writing down not only what is the Ten Commandments, but Deuteronomy, which is almost the Second Law.

"Here is what he said to the children of Israel about this whole matter:

"'If there is found among you, within any of your gates which the Lord your God gives you, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight of the Lord your God, in transgressing His covenant, who has gone and served other gods and worshipped them, eithe r the sun or moon or any of the hosts of heaven which I have not commanded you, and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination has been committed in Israel, then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing, and stone to death that man or woman with stones.'" (Deuteronomy 17:2-5, NKJV)

"Now, that's what Moses said to the children of Israel about those who worship the sun and the moon and the hosts of heaven, because these things, at best, are lifeless nothings, or, if they are intelligent, they're demonic. And, yes, there is a host of h eaven. There are angels and there are fallen angels. There is no question about it.

"Can a demon appear as a slanty-eyed, funny-looking creature? Of course he can, or it can. Of course they can deceive people. And if they can lead somebody away from the true God, or away from Jesus Christ, anyway it happens, it doesn't matter, you will l ose your salvation. It doesn't matter how they get you. The question is, did they get you, and under what guise?

"This is man in rebellion against God, who refuses to take God's Law. And God says, 'My covenant says you won't do this. And if I find anybody in Israel,' which is his pure nation 'If I find anybody in Israel that's doing this sort of thing, then I wa nt you to take him out and dispose of him.'

"It's a clear violation of God's word."

As the founder and chairman of the Christian Coalition a group dedicated to becoming the most powerful political force in America Robertson's extreme ideas need to be taken seriously, for they not only negate pluralism, but condemn to death those who dare to believe differently.


Conservative blasts Christian Coalition

Concord, New Hampshire Jack Barnes, Senate majority leader in New Hampshire, attended a local Christian Coalition meeting and read them the riot act over a gay rights bill recently signed into law by Governor Shaheen. Barnes, a conservative Republican, and other conservatives, thought they had enough votes to kill the gay rights bill. The bill bars discrimination against homosexuals in jobs, housing, and public accommodations.

State Senator Burt Cohen, a Democrat, led the effort to pass the bill. Phone calls rolled in to a group of key senators by gay rights supporters.

Barnes complained to the Christian Coalition leadership that there were no reciprocal phone calls. He said that they simply didn't make an effort to kill the bill.

"A lot of senators," Barnes said, "listen to their constituents. When you get 20 phone calls from constituents on an issue, you sit back and think about the issue."

However, Bob Rabuck, chairman of the New Hampshire Christian Coalition, responded, "If gay rights legislation prevailed, it was not because of a lack of advocacy on our part."


Christian Coalition agenda

Chesapeake, Virginia In a July fundraising letter to its membership, Christian Coalition chairman Pat Robertson announced his group's goals for the coming year. In it Robertson announced a four-phase "Victory '98 Strategy" which includes: increasing Chr istian Coalition membership from an alleged 1.9 million to 3 million; holding more than 200 "Citizen Action Training Schools" during the next 12 months; distributing 55 million voter guides and congressional scorecards; and "organizing a massive Christian Voter Registration and Get-Out-The-Vote program to make certain that all 45 million Christians cast ballots in November."

Statistics indicate there are over 165 million Christians in the United States. By addressing "all 45 million Christians" in the US, the Christian Coalition reveals its bigotry in refusing to accept as Christian the majority of Americans who identify them selves as Christian.

Other items on the Christian Coalition's agenda include: a campaign "to defeat Ted Kennedy's homosexual rights bill"; eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts; "pass a constitutional amendment to protect our rights as Christians" by incor porating the language of the recently struck down Religious Freedom Restoration Act and "override President Clinton's veto of the ban on partial birth abortion."

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