IFAS | Freedom Writer | January/February 1999 | update.html

Religious right update

Wanted posters illegal

On February 2, 1999 a federal grand jury in Portland, Oregon ruled that "wanted" posters depicting doctors who perform abortions and an Internet site listing them by name, amounted to threats. As a result, more than a dozen defendants were fined tens of millions of dollars. The Freedom Writer first brought this to the attention of our readers in the March 1996 article, "Nuremberg Files Project Menaces Doctors." Since that time, three doctors whose names appeared on the list have been assassinated.

Dan's platform

In a jab at George W. Bush, Republican presidential candidate Dan Quayle wrote in a recent fundraising letter, "I have ordered my staff to never - EVER - utter the words 'compassionate conservative.'" He wrote that his platform would include "our God-given rights to life, to worship, to keep and bear arms, to work and to live free of government tyranny."

Buchanan's back!

Responding to an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal (November 16, 1998) about the student population at Harvard, Pat Buchanan wrote in The New York Post (November 28, 1998): If "50 percent of Harvard's student body is drawn from about 5% of the US's population... What emerges is a Harvard student body where non-Jewish whites - 75 percent of the population - get just 25 percent of the slots. Talk about underrepresentation! Now we know who really gets the shaft at Harvard - white Christians!"

The new Speaker

When Rep. Bob Livingston resigned as Speaker of the House after news of his adultery began to leak out, Rep. Dennis Hastert was appointed to take his place. Hastert, a conservative Christian, received 100% ratings from the Christian Coalition, the National Rifle Association, and National Right to Life. Hastert has voted for Internet censorship, school vouchers, prayer in public schools, and to overturn President Clinton's ban on semiautomatic weapons. He has voted against reproductive rights, gay and lesbian rights, and funding for the arts.

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