For several weeks, Americans have been listening to political analysts discuss the major events and trends of the past 12 months. It happens every year at this time, as commentators, social scientists and Rush Limbaugh wannabes attempt to draw meaning from recent national developments. This backward look plays a valuable role when it’s done with wisdom and insight. We can’t possibly know where we’re going if we never pause to examine where we have been.
With your indulgence, I would like to devote my letter this month to my own retrospective on 1993. To do this, we’ll look quickly at what I consider to be the significant events and quotations occurring last year that impacted the family and the moral fiber of the nation. Then I’ll draw some conclusions about the “state of the family” and where we appear to be headed as a nation.
“We are writing to express our support for an executive order ending the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the Armed Forces as soon as possible upon taking office in January. We will stand with you as you execute this historic executive order and will work with you to oppose any attempts to legislate this type of discrimination in the future.”(1)
JANUARY 23: On the third day of his administration, President Clinton remembered the prompting by his friends. He issued five extremely controversial executive orders designed to:
- Lift the ban on homosexuals in the military
- Lift the ban on fetal tissue research
- Lift the ban on abortion counseling in federally funded clinics
- Begin the process of approving the importation of the abortion-inducing medication RU 486
- Provide funds for the first time for abortions in military hospitals overseas
At the moment these orders were being executed, 75,000 pro-life demonstrators were marching outside the White House in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.(2)
FEBRUARY 1: The Washington Post, in a front page story by Michael Weisskopf, referred to members of the so called religious right as “largely poor, uneducated, and easy to command.”(3) Only Christians could be characterized today in such disrespectful terms.
FEBRUARY 3: The president nominated Roberta Achtenberg, an avowed lesbian activist, to a prominent position in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.(4) Achtenberg has a long history of radical activities and spearheaded an attack on the Boy Scouts in San Francisco. She said about that campaign, “Do we want children learning the values of an organization that … provides character building exclusively for straight, God-fearing male children?”(5)
FEBRUARY 11: Mr. Clinton attempted to lift the restriction on the immigration of HIV-positive individuals into the United States. His efforts were quickly rebuffed by Congress.(6)
MARCH 29: The New York Times featured a story on the “Spur Posse,” a high school gang in Lakewood, Calif., whose members were accused of raping and exploiting hundreds of girls as young as 10. One of the members, Eric Richardson, said this to the reporter: “They pass out condoms, teach sex education, and pregnancy-this and pregnancy-that. But they don’t teach us any rules.”(7)
APRIL 2: Gannett News Service reported that the president had begun an effort to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding of abortions. He lost this battle with Congress later in the year.(8)
APRIL 24: Upwards of 300,000 homosexual and lesbian activists marched in Washington, D.C.(9) The Washington Post carried this comment the next morning:
Last night, as thousands of hand clapping, war-whooping lesbians erupted out of Dupont Circle and headed down Connecticut Ave. chanting, ‘Viva [female genitalia]’ and ‘We’re dykes, we’re out, we’re out for power!’ — chants that grew into a steady roar as the marchers funneled through the 17th Street canyon and swung left on Pennsylvania Ave. toward the brightly lit White House — there came one of those wonderful, defining moments that will remain forever etched upon the heart and memory of the city. Loren Smith, an elementary school teacher from Seattle, clambered atop the 15-foot bronze statue … threw off her shirt and began an ebullient, bare-breasted, hip-thrusting victory dance in place…. The crowd went wild.”(10)
APRIL 26: Surgeon General nominee Joycelyn Elders was quoted in the National Review: “I tell every girl that when she goes out on a date — put a condom in her purse.”(11)
APRIL 28: Then-Defense Secretary Les Aspin ordered the Pentagon to lift the ban on women in combat, summarily discarding 217 years of military tradition.(12) Though this decision could have sweeping implications in wartime for families, and especially children, the American people were not asked for their views. The legislative process was circumvented in one of the most important issues to be dealt with by government in recent years. After devoting a broadcast to this policy, Focus on the Family received an all-time record number of phone calls, as 49,000 people tried to reach us to express their concern.
JUNE 10: Mr. Clinton signed into law a bill lifting the restriction on fetal tissue research, completing the process he began on January 23.(13)
JUNE 14: Avowed feminist and ACLU activist Ruth Bader Ginsberg was appointed to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court. Based on a report she co-authored and on her previous decisions, these are some of the positions she has expressed in the past.
- The traditional family concept of the husband as a breadwinner and wife as a homemaker must be eliminated.
- The federal government must provide comprehensive child care.
- The Homestead Law must give twice as much benefit to couples who live apart from each other as to a husband and wife who live together.
- In the military, women must be drafted when men are drafted, and women must be assigned to combat duty.
- Affirmative action must be applied to equalize the number of men and women in the armed forces.
- The age of consent for sexual acts must be lowered to 12 years of age.
- Prostitution must be legalized. She wrote, “Prostitution as a consensual act between adults is arguably within the zone of privacy protected by recent constitutional decisions.”
- All-boy and all-girl organizations must be sexually integrated, as must all fraternities and sororities. The Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts must change their names and their purposes to become sex-integrated.(14)
The woman who holds these and other radical views was designated “a moderate” by the press, and the American people were never the wiser. Ginsberg was confirmed in the Senate by a vote of 96-3, with one abstention.(15)
JUNE 19: President Clinton sent a letter to Jon Larimore of the Gay and Lesbian Information Bureau. Excerpts follow:
“I want to extend my appreciation to the many members of the Gay and Lesbian Information Bureau who are selflessly giving their time to support my administration.”
“The response we received to our request for help has been remarkable. All of you who joined our ranks are making a real contribution to the future of this nation.”(16)
JUNE 26: President Clinton named Kristine Gebbie, a lesbian, as the new AIDS czar.(17) Four months later she spelled out her perceptions on traditional morality. She said, “[The United States] needs to view human sexuality as an essentially important and pleasurable thing. [Until it does so], we will continue to be a repressed, Victorian society that misrepresents information, denies sexuality early, denies homosexual sexuality particularly in teens, and leaves people abandoned with no place to go. I can help just a little bit in my job, standing on the White House lawn talking about sex with no lightning bolts falling on my head.”(18)
JULY 2: The Michigan Supreme Court ruled today that the adoptive parents of Jessica DeBoers (better known as “Baby Jessica”) had to return her to her birth parents in Iowa, who had signed away their parental rights but changed their minds two years later. Columnist Mona Charen wrote, “There you have it. You adoptive parents just aren’t as good as the real thing. Tell that to Jessica when she cries for her mommy and daddy, as she will for the next several months and for the rest of her life if this decision stands.”(19)
JULY 15: U.S. Surgeon General nominee Joycelyn Elders was quoted by Suzanne Fields in the Washington Times as follows: “We taught them [teens] what to do in the front seat [of a car]. Now it’s time to teach them what to do in the back seat.”(20)
JULY 19: President Clinton announced his administration’s “don’t ask, don’t tell”policy regarding gays in the military.(21)
JULY 25: The Los Angeles Times reported an alarming study by the San Francisco Department of Public Health. It is now confirmed that a generation of young homosexual men age 17 to 25 is ignoring the dangers of HIV infection and engaging repeatedly in high-risk behavior. So-called “gay bath houses” are again being frequented in San Francisco, whereas they were closed after the AIDS epidemic came to light. Consequently, the incidence of HIV-positive cases among young homosexuals is again soaring.(22)
AUGUST 5-6: Congress narrowly passed the president’s budget package, imposing one of the largest tax increases on families in U.S. history.(23)
AUGUST 14: Steven Bochco, producer of the raunchy new television program “NYPD Blue,” was quoted in TV Guide. He said, “Pushing at the edge of broadcast standards is something I’ve always done. America has a real strong Puritan ethic. I don’t like it. Broadcast standards simply are whatever they’ll finally let you do. That becomes the new standard.” Unfortunately, it looks like Bochco was right. By the end of the year, “NYPD” was ranked a solid No. 23 among primetime programs.(24)
AUGUST 27: The National Endowment for the Arts agreed to fund three gay and lesbian film festivals. The NEA gave $17,500 to festivals in Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles. “We’re delighted that the NEA has reinstated the funding. It’s a sign of validation from the highest office for arts funding in this country,” said Larry Horne, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Media Coalition.(25)
SEPTEMBER 4: In the past 20 years, the federal government has spent approximately $2 billion attempting to get teenagers to use condoms and accept the “safe-sex” ideology. During this same period, the incidences of teen out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and abortions have risen astronomically. Nevertheless, the KnightRidder News Service reported on this day that the government is currently planning to invest as much as $7 billion to reach the nation’s 10- to 19-year-olds with this message. Your children and grandchildren will be touched by this massive “educational” program.(26)
SEPTEMBER 4: Mr. Clinton gutted the federal Title XX initiative. This holdover from the Bush Administration earmarked a tiny amount of money for the teaching of abstinence to teenagers. The funds were diverted into “safe-sex” programs promoting condom usage.(27)
SEPTEMBER 8: The U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Joycelyn Elders as the new surgeon general by a vote of 65-34. She holds the most radical views of any person ever appointed to that position. This was a sad day for the nation’s youth and indeed, for all of us!(28)
SEPTEMBER 8: Senator Paul Wellstone, D-Minn., said this about the confirmation of Dr. Elders: “I think we’re talking about a woman who’ll be a healing force for our country. She’ll be the kind of surgeon general who will unite us and bring us together.”(29)
SEPTEMBER 19: Members of Hamilton Square Baptist Church in San Francisco were attending their Sunday evening service when they were attacked viciously by the gay-activist groups Act-Up and Queer Nation. The church was surrounded by more than 100 rioters who screamed obscenities and roughed-up parishioners who were attempting to attend the service. When the protesters saw boys and girls inside the church, they shouted, “We want your children, give us your children!” A nine-year-old boy was crying hysterically, “They are after me. It’s me they want.” The pastor, Dr. David Innes, begged for additional police support but his request was denied. He was told, “You must understand, this is San Francisco.” No arrests were made.(30)
SEPTEMBER 22: When asked about the possible damaging economic impact of her health care plan on family-owned businesses, first lady Hillary Clinton said, “I cannot be responsible for saving every undercapitalized entrepreneur in America.”(31)
SEPTEMBER 23: The Department of Justice filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court that redefined child pornography. Unbelievably, the position taken by Attorney General Janet Reno is that the producers and distributors of this wretched material cannot be prosecuted unless children are depicted lasciviously engaging in sexual conduct and the material must include a visible depiction of the genitals or pubic area of the body…(32)
OCTOBER 9: During a speech to the Yale University Alumni Association, President Clinton said this: “The problem I have [with the Religious Right] is that so many of them seem to believe that their number-one obligation is to make whatever they think is wrong illegal, and then not worry about what kind of affirmative duties we have to one another.”(33)
OCTOBER 12: An after-school television program entitled “Other Mothers” was aired nationally on CBS. This broadcast special for young people was described as “an honest and straightforward depiction of prejudices faced by lesbian parents and their children.”(34)
OCTOBER 18: On this day, approximately 12 evangelical leaders were invited to the White House to meet with the president. It was a remarkably amicable meeting. No one spoke in defense of the 1.6 million unborn babies who are killed each year. Neither was homosexuality, “safe-sex,” taxation nor any other controversial issue raised. Indeed, in the days following the meeting, sermons were preached and ministry letters were written, condemning Christians who have been critical of the president’s policies.(35)
OCTOBER 22: The Wall Street Journal reported on the dramatic spread of casino gambling by Americans and the increasing dependence of state and local governments on the revenue it generates. The author said the “changing moral climate” of the United States has helped to make this possible. She concluded, “Within a generation, gambling has gone from being a masculine vice to mass-market entertainment.”(36)
OCTOBER 30: Girl Scouts decided not to require allegiance to God in their oath. Angie Grieling, a Girl Scout delegate, was quoted by the Associated Press, “I believe that the Girl Scouts are an inclusive organization, and the idea is that we are across all lines, not just focusing on one group or religion or race.”(37)
NOVEMBER 1: Latest U.S. Census Bureau figures revealed that 3.2 million American children live with their grandparents, a 40 percent increase from a decade ago. Many of these children are from divorced parents, but there is another ominous factor at play.(38) An article in Time entitled “When AIDS Strikes Parents” described the problem: “At least 30,000 children in the U.S. have lost one or both parents to the [AIDS] scourge, and over the next seven years that number is expected to at least triple…. ‘We’re seeing some 3,000 children in the Chicago area who will need placement very soon,’ says Cathy Blanford of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. ‘I expect the numbers will grow way beyond what anyone can imagine.”‘(39)
Given this approaching crisis, it is inexplicable why Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, D-Ohio, introduced legislation to make it much more difficult to adopt a child. It is entitled the “Multiethnic Placement Act,” and it would give states the right to deny transracial adoptions. Sen. Metzenbaum apparently would rather have children grow up without a family than to be adopted by people of another race.(40)
When Congress tampers with the family, it usually makes things worse.
NOVEMBER 1: In a Time article, reporter Jill Smolowe editorialized sarcastically that when conservative Christians try to be involved in their children’s education, they only “impede [teachers’] work” and “tie up meetings with arguments.”(41)
NOVEMBER 1: The same issue of Time described Peter Melzer, a physics teacher at New York City’s prestigious Bronx High School of Science. It was disclosed recently that Mr. Melzer is a leader and promoter of NAMBLA, the North American Man/Boy Love Association. This organization’s goal is to achieve the legalization of sex between minors (including little boys) and men. A controversy developed over Mr. Melzer’s individual rights and whether his affiliation with NAMBLA disqualified him to teach high school students. Time editorialized, “Given the free-speech issues it raises, Melzer’s seems like exactly the kind of case that the American Civil Liberties Union was created to defend.”(42)
NOVEMBER 2: On this day, homosexual and lesbian appointees within the Clinton Administration held a “coming-out breakfast” for the press. The original goal, they said, was to secure five gay appointments by the White House. So far, they have obtained 22, and more are expected. Bruce Lehman of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund said, “For the first time in the history of mankind, a president has sought to break this barrier, this taboo. For that Bill Clinton is going down in history.”(43)
Remembering that the president promised that his high-level appointments would “look like America,” it is interesting that Mr. Clinton has assigned no evangelical Christians to senior governmental positions. One out of four Americans identifies himself or herself as an “evangelical,” yet to the best of our knowledge, none is represented in this administration. Indeed, prior to last year’s National Day of Prayer celebration in Washington, nearly two months of negotiations were required to identify a representative of the administration who could, or would, come to pray at the event. Finally, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown accepted the responsibility.
NOVEMBER 8: U.S. News and World Report estimated that more than 3 million crimes a year are committed in or near the 85,000 U.S. public schools. A University of Michigan study reports that 9 percent of eighth-graders carry a gun, knife or club to school at least once a month. In all, an estimated 270,000 guns go to school every day. Twenty percent of suburban high schoolers surveyed by Tulane University researchers thought it was appropriate to shoot someone “who has stolen something from you.” Eight percent believed it is all right to shoot a person who had “done something to offend or insult you.”(44) One authority said a “juvenile Armageddon” may be approaching.(45)
NOVEMBER 8: Newsweek reported, “Teens’ eagerness to experiment has made bisexuality almost ‘cool’ in some schools. From where I sit, it’s definitely chic,’ says George Hobagen, 20, a Midwestern market researcher.” Another highly significant development: “At high schools around the country, multiculturalism has begun to embrace multisexualism.”(46)
NOVEMBER 18: The administration granted $13.2 million to Planned Parenthood for overseas “family planning.” This means our tax revenues will be spent to support the killing of unborn babies abroad, although the American public has consistently opposed federal support for abortions at home. Again, neither American citizens nor their representatives were asked.(47)
NOVEMBER 28: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors created a 20-member group that included three former prostitutes to consider legalizing prostitution and other steps that might help neighborhoods where men and women sell sex on street corners.(48)
NOVEMBER 30: Rap artist Snoop Doggy Dog was due in court to face first-degree murder charges. He had been free on $1 million bail, permitting him to tour the country promoting his new album, which sold 800,000 copies in its first few weeks. Contained in this recording are lyrics describing the murder of a policeman, the killing of a rival, hatred for women, and explicit sexual language. It is, literally, too foul to be aired on radio or television. The artist, whose sneering picture was on the cover of Newsweek (Nov. 29), had already served time for dealing drugs and carrying a concealed weapon, yet his new album was at the top of the best-selling charts, and he had become a role model for millions of teens.(49) Referring to the album, the L.A. Times stated, “Its ideas could inspire rap for years to come.”(50)
DECEMBER 1: On this day, designated World AIDS Day, French AIDS activists placed a 72-foot pink condom over the Obelisk in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. In Manila, Philippines, 5,000 nurses chanted, “Condom, condom the best . . . safe sex, safe sex.”(51)
DECEMBER 3: The Rocky Mountain News reported on Planned Parenthood’s “Dollar a Day” program. It offers $1 to participating teenagers for each day they don’t get pregnant. Of course, the girls can be sexually active and still get the money, as long as they use birth control devices. The program cost $657 per girl in 1993. One of the teenagers in the program said, “Some of the girls have been in the group since they were 12.” An adult coordinator added, “No one was sexually active then. And now, everyone, of course, is.”(52)
DECEMBER 7: AIDS czar Kristine Gebbie announced a new ad campaign to provide explicit information on how to use condoms. The Centers for Disease Control was beginning its own national advertising program on “safe-sex” techniques.(53)
DECEMBER 7: Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders claimed, “We would markedly reduce our crime rate if drugs were legalized,” sending the White House scrambling for cover as criticism poured in.(54)
DECEMBER 8: The Washington Times reported that the White House and other key departments of government quietly added “sexual orientation” as part of the revised non-discrimination policies.(55)
DECEMBER 9: President Clinton expressed anger at the “liberal press” in an interview published in Rolling Stone including this quote: “I have fought more d___ battles here for more things than any president has in 20 years, with the possible exception of Reagan’s first budget, and not gotten one d_ bit of credit from the kneejerk liberal press, and I am sick and tired of it, and you can put that in your d___ article.”(56)
DECEMBER 11: A song written by convicted mass murderer Charles Manson was included in a new hard rock album by Guns ‘N Roses, reported Billboard. According to SoundScan, it sold nearly 100,000 units in its first week in stores.(57) When lead singer Axl Rose was asked in a television interview why he included Manson’s song in the album, he said, “Manson is cool.”
DECEMBER 13: Michigan Circuit Judge Richard Kaufman ruled that “terminally ill patients have a right to commit suicide.” Euthanasia activist Dr. Jack Kevorkian will be freed if charges in other counties are dropped. John Pridonoff of the Hemlock Society called the ruling “a significant step.”(58)
DECEMBER 14: Denver District Judge Jeffrey Bayless ruled that Colorado’s Amendment 2 “fences out” gays and lesbians from laws that would protect them from discrimination, and is therefore unconstitutional. Gay activist Linda Fowler said, “We’re just as happy as we could possibly be with this ruling.”(59) Polls show 58 percent of Coloradans now favor Amendment 2.(60) Nevertheless, what is called “court-made law” — a ruling from an activist judge — has again overridden the wishes of the people.
Late DECEMBER: Finally, President Clinton began stressing the importance of family values as the year drew to a close. In an interview with Tom Brokaw on December 3, he expressed agreement with Dan Quayle’s “Murphy Brown” speech, extolling the virtues of healthy, two-parent families.(61) It is hoped that this emphasis will translate into a genuine change of direction for his administration. To date, however, none of the liberal policies we have described have been reversed or repudiated. It’s business as usual regarding abortion, “safe-sex” ideology, pro-homosexuality in the military, taxation of families, the redefinition of child pornography, etc. Until governmental policies change to reflect the new rhetoric, we appear to be witnessing symbolism over substance.
DECEMBER 24: On this date, the eve of Christ’s birth, President Clinton announced that he will require states to finance abortions for poor women who were made pregnant by rape and incest. The change in policy is retroactive to October 1st. Thus, the year ended as it began, with the federal government promoting abortion on demand and an entire litany of “politically correct” causes.(62)
Am I concerned by these recent trends? Yes, the pattern of events reveals a society in dramatic decline. Indeed, the value system that has served us so well for 217 years may not survive the next decade. But before we throw in the towel, we need to look at numerous encouraging developments taking place simultaneously. There have been some exciting occurrences in the past year that may eventually lead to a better day. Let me share a few of those bright spots in what is otherwise a dismal scene:
High on the list of good news from 1993 is the prayer movement that is spreading across North America. What Marshall Foster calls “a quiet revolution” is occurring in thousands of churches and denominations.(63) Evangelists Luis Palau and Greg Laurie each have reported record attendance at their crusades, with thousands accepting Christ as their personal Savior. David Bryant, founder of Concerts of Prayer, reports that his organization held more than 40 citywide rallies in 1992, twice as many as in 1990. He also estimates that local churches hold perhaps 1,000 concerts of prayer every month.(64) Dick Eastman’s “Schools of Prayer” are experiencing similar enthusiastic acceptance.
Yet another burgeoning prayer effort is spearheaded by Dr. Joe Aldrich of Northwest Renewal Ministries. Christianity Today said this: “[They have] tapped into a thirst for prayer in a region known for its high proportion of unchurched citizens. Over the past several years, the group has sponsored over 100 four-day ‘Prayer Summits,’ involving more than 3,000 pastors and church leaders from the Pacific Northwest.” Associate Jerry Dirks said, “We are seeing an amazing, divinely implanted hunger for God unlike anything we’ve ever seen.”(65)
The National Day of Prayer, headed by my wife, Shirley, is also experiencing an unprecedented response. Forty-nine of the 50 state governors issued prayer proclamations last year (Gov. Lowell Weicker of Connecticut was the lone exception). Celebrations were held in cities and communities all across America. So far this year, the requests for materials and advice are running far ahead of last season. “There is obviously a new awareness,” said Shirley, “that prayer is the only answer to our terrible social problems.”(66)
Undoubtedly reflecting the same spiritual hunger, the Promise Keepers phenomenon has become one of the most exciting developments in the history of Christendom. Never has there been anything quite like it. When I was conducting family conferences 20 years ago, husbands typically attended because their wives asked (or insisted) that they do so. But last summer in Boulder, Colo., 50,000 men jammed Folsom Field to worship, sing, learn and share in Christian fellowship. They came from every continent on earth, investing their vacations and often limited resources to draw nearer to God. And this was only the beginning. Similar events are scheduled next summer in Portland, Los Angeles, Boise, Boulder, Dallas and Indianapolis. (For information, write Promise Keepers, P.O. Box 18376, Boulder, CO 80308.) Equally encouraging is the spiritual revival occurring within today’s generation of students. Genuine faith is alive and well among these courageous kids who dare to defend their beliefs in a godless and often hostile environment. Huge numbers gathered around their school flags to pray last September in a program called “See You at the Pole.” George Barna, of Barna Research Group, estimated that more than a million students participated nationwide.(67)
There is more good news to share. In a scientific poll commissioned by the Family Research Council, Americans were asked if they would rather live in a community “that strongly upholds traditional family values” or a community “that is very tolerant of nontraditional lifestyles.” The findings released in December, showing that citizens favored traditional values by a margin of 76 percent to 19 percent. Common sense is still alive and well in the population at large.
So what is going on here? How can such wholesome developments occur in the midst of almost unprecedented wickedness? Isn’t that what Scripture teaches us? Romans 5:20 says, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” It is true today. As the culture moves away from its Judeo-Christian roots, more and more people appear to recognize the devastation of sin and are turning to the Good News of the gospel.
This means as the long night of paganism descends on Western nations, we as believers are afforded an even greater opportunity to share the faith that burns within us. Therefore, we must not yield to discouragement, even when everything we cherish appears to be eroding. God is in control, and He can bring triumph out of tragedy. Let me end my remarks for January by expressing great appreciation to all of you who sent contributions to Focus on the Family toward the year’s end. We shared our need, and you were there for us. Many of you gave sacrificially to keep us on track. I appreciate your participation more than I can express! I think we’re going to be all right. We will continue to work hard to defend the family — your family — and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to everyone who will listen.
In Christian love,
James C. Dobson, Ph.D.
P.S. I was appointed in December by Sen. Robert Dole to a new Commission on Child and Family Welfare. President Clinton will be making three appointments, and the balance will be chosen by Speaker Tom Foley, Sen. George Mitchell and Congressman Bob Michel. Here I go again into a difficult and challenging arena. Your prayers would be appreciated.
- Letter signed by 51 members of Congress to President-Elect Bill Clinton, January 8, 1993.
- “Roe’s Momentous Anniversary: Undoing Republican Rulings, Clinton Lifts Ban on Abortions”, The New York Times, January 24, 1993, p. A4.
- “Energized by Pulpit or Passion, The Public Is Calling; ‘Gospel Grapevine’ Displays Strength in Controversy Over Military Gay Ban”, Weisskopf, Michael, The Washington Post, February 1,1993, p. Al.
- “Lesbian Named to High Ranking Administration Slot,” Cable News Network, Transcript #283, February 3, 1993.
- “United Way OKs Boy Scout Policy on Gays: More More Liberal Subsidiary Will Expand Nationwide”, Moore, Teresa, San Francisco Chronicle, December 17, 1993.
- “Clinton Signs Bill Allowing Fetal Tissue Research, Ban on HIV Immigrants”, Benac, Nancy, Associated Press, June 11, 1993.
- Where ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ and Adults Are Bewildered, Gross, Jane, The New York Times, March 29, 1993, p. 1A.
- “Clinton Puts Pro-Life Democrats on the Spot”, Gannon, James P., Gannett News Service, April 2, 1993.
- Taken from an estimate of U.S. Park Police Major Robert Hines.
- “D.C. Has a Gay Old Time,” McCombs, Paul and Swisher, Kara, The Washington Post, April 25, 1993, p. F I .
- “Life and Death in Arkansas”, Brown, Floyd G., The National Review, April 26, 1993, p. 38-39.
- “Pentagon Opens Combat Aviation to Women,” Schafer, Suzanne, Associated Press, April 28, 1993.
- “Clinton Signs Bill Allowing Fetal Tissue Research, Ban on HIV Immigrants,” Benac, Nancy, Associated Press, June 11, 1993.
- “Sex Bias in the U.S. Code,” Ginsberg, Ruth Bader, Report for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, April 1977.
- “Ruth Ginsberg, Judge and Women’s Advocate, Chosen for Court,” Hunt, Terence, Associated Press, June 14, 1993.
- Gay and Lesbian Information Bureau, June 19, 1993.
- “Clinton Names Health Ex-Official First AIDS Policy Coordinator,” Rich, Spencer, The Washington Post, June 26, 1993, p. A2.
- Associated Press, October 20, 1993.
- “Baby Jessica Case Is a Blight on Justice,” Charen, Mona, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 29, 1993, p. 7B.
- “Listening to Elders and Say No,” Fields, Suzanne, The Washington Times, July 15, 1993, p. G1.
- “Military Opened to Gays on No-Tell No-Sex Basis,” Reuters News Services. July 19, 1993.
- “Dangerous Liaisons: Young Gay Men Know All About AIDS and HIV, Yet They Persist in Having Unprotected Sex,” Jones, Robert A., Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1993, p. 10.
- “U.S. Senate Passes Clinton Budget Plan,” Reuters News Service, August 6, 1993.
- “TV Guide Interview with Steven Bochco,” TVGuide, August 14, 1993, p. 16-17.
- “NEA Agrees to Fund Gay-Lesbian Film Festivals,” Los Angeles Daily News, August 27, 1993.
- “‘Just Say No’ Approach to Teen Sex Faces Update; U.S. Plan Will Acknowledge Those Who Say ‘Yes,'” Scanlan, Christopher, Knight-Ridder News Tribune, September 4, 1993, p. Al.
- Ibid., p. A1.
- “Senate Confirms Elders as Surgeon General,” Price, Joyce, The Washington Times, September 8, 1993.
- Ibid., p. Al
- News release from Hamilton Square Baptist Church, San Francisco, Calif.
- “Business Infirmities,” Devine, Donald, The Washington Times, September 23, 1993, p. A20.
- “Administration Softens Its Definition of Hard-Core Child Pornography,” Carelli, Richard, Associated Press, September 23, 1993.
- Transcript of President Clinton’s Speech to the Yale University Alumni Association, October 9, 1993 .
- “Other Mothers,” Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph, October 12, 1993.
- National and International Religion Report, November 15, 1993, p. 1.
- “Rich Pot: The Gambling Industry Rakes It in as Casinos Spread Across the U.S.,” Yoshihashi, Pauline, The Wall Street Journal, October 22, 1993, p. A1.
- Associated Press, October 30, 1993.
- “More Grandparents Caring for Kids,” Cornwell, Tim, October 29, 1993.
- “When AIDS Strikes Parents,” Gorman, Christine, Time magazine, November 1, 1993, p. 76-77
- “Kids Need Parents of Any Race,” Kennedy, Randall, The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 1993, p. A10.
- “Crusade for the Classroom,” Smolowe, Jill, Time magazine, November 1, 1993, p. 34-35.
- “For the Love of Kids,” Van Biema, David, Time magazine, November I, 1993, p. 51.
- “Gay Clinton Appointees Make History,” Lawrence, Jill, Associated Press, November 3, 1993.
- “Violence in the Schools,” Toch, Thomas, U.S. News and World Report, November 8, 1993, p. 31-35.
- “Our Problem Cuts Across All Groups,” Frankel, Bruce, USA Today, October 29, 1993, p. IA.
- “Tune In, Come Out,” Gelman, David, Newsweek magazine, November 8, 1993, p. 70-71.
- “Planned Parenthood Gets Overseas Grant,” The Denver Post, November 23, 1993.
- “City Considers Running Brothels,” The Denver Post, November 28, 1993.
- “Criminal Records,” Leland, John, Newsweek magazine, November 29, 1993, p. 61.
- Advertisement in Billboard magazine, December I I, 1993.
- Holmes, Paul, Reuters News Service, December 1, 1993.
- “A Dollar a Day Keeps the Babies Away,” Abbott, Karen, Rocky Mountain News, December 2, 1993, p. 7D.
- “A Frank Approach to AIDS Prevention,” USA Today, December 7, 1993, p. 8D.
- “Elders’ Views Prove Divisive in War on Drugs,” USA Today, December 8, 1993, p. 3A.
- “Protection for Sexual Orientation Now Part of White House Policy,” Pierce, Greg, The Washington Times, December 8, 1993, p. A8.
- “The Rolling Stone Interview With President Clinton,” Wenner, Jann S. and Greider, William, Rolling Stone magazine, December 9, 1993, p. 40-46.
- “G’NR Cover of Manson Song Incites Uproar,” Morris, Chris, Billboard magazine, December 11, 1993, p. 5.
- “Assisted Suicide Ban Ruled Illegal,” Sanchez, Sandra, USA Today, December 14, 1993, p. I A.
- “Denver Judge Tosses Out Amendment 2,” Lindsay, Sue, The Rocky Mountain News, p. 4A.
- “Poll: Most Coloradans Still Back Amendment 2,” Associated Press, October 28, 1993.
- “A Keen Grasp of the Obvious,” World magazine, December 3, 1993, p. 8.
- “Clinton to Require States to Pay for Abortions for the Poor,” Associated Press, December 25, 1993.
- “Great Awakenings,” Jones, Timothy, Christianity Today, November 8, 1993, p. 24.
- Ibid., p. 23.
- Ibid., p. 24.
- Ibid., p. 23.
- “The Network News,” Published by The National Network of Youth Ministries, San Diego, Calif., Fall 1993, p. 6.
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