Carrying homemade misspelled signs
which read "Who Needs Jews, Dikes, Abor-
tian and Communism," a right-wing extremist group caused momentary havoc on
Saturday at the IWY Conference. An effort
to express their opinion was thwarted
when Christian Defense League members
clashed with another group in front of the
Albert Thomas Convention Center.
The league and its supporters began
to march in front of the convention center
at about 3 p.m. Babs Minhinnette, coordinator for this "particular assault," told
Breakthrough that her group wanted to
enter the convention and express their
views. Carolyn Groves, another league
member, said they wanted to confront the
enemy. The two women carried a large
white sign which read, "L.A. White Women
Oppose IWY Convention, Reds, Feds,
Dykes and Kikes." Approximately 20 persons accompanied the two women.
Across the street, another group of
about 70 persons saw the league approaching, and began to chant, "Ku Klux Klan,
Scum of the Land." The two groups approached each other, and a crowd of onlookers quickly gathered.
The league supporters remained silent as groups of chanters joined hands
and surrounded them, demanding that
A man with the league was rushed
by a group of women who yelled at him
to leave. He struck the woman closest to
him and knocked her to the ground. Women began to pummel him with signs and
fists. In the confusion he struck another
woman and many participants on both
sides were pushed and shoved.
Margaret Joyal of Austin, a representative of Women United for Action
said that a man had hit her after she told
him "Go away before you get hurt." Her
left cheek was swollen and red from the
blow she received.
The league supporters then retreated
despite shouts from the men among them
of "Hold it!" and Hup!Hup!Hup!" The
groups moved apart, then faced each other
and shouted it out.
After the confrontation, a man who
Far righf street fight
By Carol Bartholdi and Marilyn Mock
identified'himself as Steve and refused to
give his last name said that he and others
of the league were members of the Klan.
Another participant in the fray, Dick
Kara, said that they were with the Christian Defense League, not the Ku Klux
Klan. Steve then hastened to agree with
him. Kara also said he plans to establish
a branch of the Christian Defense League
The Rev. James K. Warner, a minister
in the New Testament Church of God and
the New Christian Crusade Church, is director of the league. He said it had 500 members and 10,000 supporters nationally.
Rev. Warner denied membership in"
the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and the
John Birch Society, but he did not know
what other organizations league members
might belong to.
The organization believes that a
group of Jewish bankers controls governments around the world, as well as the
"The biggest he ever told," said Mrs.
Groves, "is that the Jews are the chosen
people." League members also said that
the U.S. government and the IWY Conference are the "lackeys" of this conspiracy.
They oppose abortion, rights for homosexuals, pacifism and Jimmy Carter who
they say is not a Christian. Groves said the
organization believes that "white Chris
tians are the chosen people" and that the
mixing of races, or "mongrelization" is
the cause of the increasing immorality in
The Christian Defense League attempted to distribute its literature at the
Pro-Family Coalition Rally held in the
Astro Arena earlier on Saturday. Officials
at the rally forbade them to do so, and the
league decided not to attend the meeting.
Anne Drosts, a representative of the
Women Who Want to Be Women and the
Pro-Family Coalition said, "They'd pass
out Nazi material." She said that the
coalition had passed a rule that no one
could distribute literature at the rally
because they did not want to have to
decide who should be permitted to do
so and who should not. Inside the rally,
several persons distributed copies of World
Wide Tract Ministry booklets despite
After the street battle, Minhinnette
wished to enter the conference and requested police protection. She was refused.
"We thought you were American citizens," she told police. "We did not yell
and scream. We stayed completely silent
and we were attacked and assaulted by
Commies and queers. The police say they
cannot protect us."
Women continued to shout at Minhinnette and the league from across the
"For pro-American white Christian
people there is no freedom left," Minhinnette said.
Bob Greenwald, of the community
relations service in the Department of
Justice, escorted Mrs. Minhinnette to her
car. The service is a mediating organization
which specializes in race relations. Three
representatives were sent to Houston from
Dallas to provide mediation at the conference if it were necessary.
The league left the scene without
gaining access to the conference. "The
women were trying to defend their First
Amendment Rights," said Kara. "Evidently
Christian women's rights are not represented in this country."
PAGE 4 NOVEMBER 20, 1977 DAILY BREAKTHROUGH