Falwell to Join Antigay Event at SF Democratic Convention
By Larry Bush
New Christian Right leaders will be joined
by Reagan Administration officials in a
special conference on the "threat of homosexuality" to be held in San Francisco on
the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Christian Right activists
announced early this month.
Confirmed speakers at the event, cos-
ponsored by the Moral Majority, include
Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell,
anti-ERA crusader Phyllis Schlafly, television evangelist Pat Robertson, as well
as the Reagan Administration's Chairman of the National Endowment for the
Humanities and the Justice Department's
director of the Office of Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention. Also to
appear at the forum will be Father
Enrique Rueda, author of The Homosexual Network, which claims to document
the gay rights movement.
The San Francisco sessions, set for July
12 and 13, were set "concurrently with the
platform hearings of the Democratic"
national convention, Christian Right
Leaders announced. The Democratic
National Convention begins full sessions
July 16, when it is expected to approve
platform committee proposals likely to
strongly support gay civil rights protections.
"The theme for 1984 is 'I Am My Brother's Keeper!'" the Christian Right group
announced. "Tending to the needs of our
fellow man is not just'the charitable thing
to do'—it is a Divine imperative!"
The sessions, which are designed to
bring "pro-family" activists together, are
called "Family Forum III."
"The timing of the Forum—just as the
national parties are gearing up to launch
their fall campaigns—is one of the exciting elements," potential registrants were
told. "Family Fomm will be the most
important pro-family conference in 1984."
Each of the announced speakers has
publicly opposed gay civil rights measures
and sought to portray gay activists as a
threat to families. William Bennett,
National Endowment for the Humanities
chairman, was the author of an article on
gay teachers suggesting that teachers be
required to stay in the closet if they are to
retain their jobs, and arguing that visible
gay people "flaunt" their lifestyles in a
manner that makes persecution understandable.
Alfred Regnery, head of the Justice
Department's Juvenile Justice programs.
recently has been criticized by Congress
for dispensing grants to New Right-
affiliated researchers who propose to elim-
inate homosexuality by imposing
censorship programs on pornography.
One $800,000 grant will be spent to study
the "biophysiological" and "chemical"
links between reading magazines such as
Playboy and Hustler and incidences of
divorce, incest and homosexuality.
Rueda, a controversial Catholic priest,
is best known for his book, The Homosexual Network, which he claimed was heavily researched to show that taxpayers
were contributing upwards of $250 million
to run gay organizations at the local, state
and national level. Gay leaders have
derided those estimates. At a Washington
press conference, Rueda would not deny
that he occasionally posed as a homosexual in his researches.
Schlafly, who rose to national fame as a
strong supporter of Barry Goldwater in
1964, was the leader ofthe anti-ERA forces
that keep the constitutional amendment
on women's rights from being ratified.
Most recently she has circulated a pamphlet seeking to tie the Equal Rights
Amendment to incidents of Aquired
Immune Deficiency, and proposed legislation banning gays from any jobs handling
food or requiring contact with nongays.
SMU's Gay Group Back to Square One
Despite action April 17 on part of South-
em Methodist University's student senate
to grant limited recognition to its Gay and
Lesbian Support Organization, University President L. Donald Shields squashed
that move, apparently due to pressure
brought on by former Texas Governor William P, Clements, Jr., chairman of the
school's governing board.
According to the Dallas Times Herald.
Shields and two student body leaders
received a letter from Clements stating the
GLSSO's existence is inconsistent with
the "goals, purposes, philosophy and religious heritage" of the university.
The limited recognition status granted
by the student Senate would have permitted GLSSO the use of university center
meeting rooms if the rooms were not
needed by fully recognized student groups.
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by Ed Martinez