DAILY CATHOLIC FRI-SAT-SUN October 30 - November 1, 1998 vol. 9, no. 213
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US ATTORNEY GENERAL REASSURES ABORTION SUPPORTERS WHILE PRO-LIFE GROUP SLAMS MTV SEX PROGRAM, CHURCH OF HOMOSEXUALS SUES TV STATION AND POLICEMAN FIGHTS FOR RIGHT TO WEAR CROSS
WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - US Attorney General Janet Reno met with abortion supporters on Wednesday, and reassured them the Justice Department would step up its activities ensuring access to abortion.
The meeting between Reno and about 20 representatives of abortionists and abortion lobbying groups took place five days after a gunmen shot and killed Buffalo, New York, abortionist Barnett Slepian.
"It was an extremely productive meeting. We came away from it very optimistic that the attorney general, who has always been very responsive, is going to be even more so and is prepared to take on some vigorous and coordinated work," said Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood, which lobbies for abortion rights. "She understands the urgency and the fact that although we have freedom of access and that the Justice Department has certainly stepped up its activities, she clearly understands how dire the situation is right now."
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C. a teen pro-life group criticized the MTV cable music network on Wednesday for a new "safe sex" program that it says actually encourages teens to engage in sexual activity.
MTV, in association with Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, has launched a multi-million dollar ad campaign and toll-free phone number to promote their new teen sex guide, "It's Your (Sex) Life." The program promises to mail teens information on abortion, abortifacients, and contraception in a plain white envelope, "in an effort to undermine concerned parents," said the Rock for Life group.
"Our nation's youth are being told that it is okay to carry on sexual relationships as long as they use a condom," the group said in a statement. It also claimed MTV is taking over parents' role in forming the moral values of their children. "It is outrageous for MTV to think that they can take over the role of parents and to push the 'sex without consequences' mentality onto young people. When this 'safe sex' lie fails, they simply direct their victims to Planned Parenthood to erase their so-called 'mistake' with an abortion," said Bryan Kemper, founder of Rock For Life.
At the same time in Dallas, the Cathedral of Hope church, which caters mainly to homosexuals, filed a lawsuit against a nationally-syndicated Chicago television station this week, saying the station broke a contract to show a half-hour infomercial on the church.
The lawsuit said WGN accepted a $12,000 check from the church for the first broadcast of the show which portrays the worship life at the largest homosexual-specific church in the country. But, the lawsuit says, the station returned the money, claiming the infomercial was "not appropriate content for this station." Christopher Wolf, a lawyer for the church, said: "I think those are code words for homophobia and for anti-gay discrimination." Lawyers for the station had no comment on the lawsuit.
The church said in a statement that the infomercial was intended to counter recent newspaper ads by Christian groups that encouraged homosexuals that they can be freed from their lifestyle.
Also in the Metroplex area, an Arlington, Texas, police officer gained nationwide support this week in his effort to be allowed to wear a small cross on his uniform.
Sgt. George Daniels, a 13-year veteran, has appealed his dismissal by Chief David Kunkle for violating the department's uniform policy and for insubordination. An appeal hearing is scheduled for November 9. Daniels asked for permission to wear the small gold pin in July and Kunkle rejected the request. Daniels continued to wear the cross and an investigation by the department found he had violated the uniform policy and was insubordinate for failing to comply with Kunkle's order.
The Rutherford Institute, a group that supports legal
fights over religious rights, has said it will back Daniels
if he is not reinstated after the hearing, saying Daniels
has a constitutional right to wear the cross on his
uniform. Robert Boston, a spokesman for the Americans
United for the Separation of Church and State, said a
police officer must remain neutral in the enforcement of
the law and the cross might raise questions.
Articles provided through Catholic World News Service.
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