News Brief

Bush Cleans Up Air Force One

        (AgapePress) - Much to the delight of those who embrace pro-family values, President Bush has eliminated yet another sordid Clinton Administration tradition.

       Reporters flying aboard Air Force One have noticed another change since George W. Bush became President - offensive material has been cut from in-flight movies. According to U.S. News and World's "Washington Whispers" column, reporters aboard Air Force One says sex and violence have been cut from all in-flight movies.

       Veteran correspondents say Bill Clinton always ran the uncut versions of movies during flights. Many of the movies were the kinds of films Clinton and Al Gore condemned when talking about family values.

       According to the column, reporters remember awkward moments during the Monica Lewinsky scandal when Clinton briefed the press as explicit scenes were playing.

       When he was elected, President Bush promised to "restore honor and dignity to the White House."

ACLU Loses Again!

        (AFA) - TUPELO, MS - Approximately 18,000 posters containing the national motto "In God We Trust" have been distributed to schools in Mississippi. The posters will be displayed in schools across the state. An additional 14,000 will be distributed in the next month making sure that every public school classroom, auditorium and cafeteria in the state will have a copy to display. There are approximately 32,000 classrooms in the state.

       A new law requiring the schools to display the poster was passed by the Mississippi legislature.

        "We are excited by this project," said Donald E. Wildmon, president of American Family Association. The posters are being given to the schools by Capital Label Incorporated of Pearl and distributed by AFA. Local churches, civic clubs and individuals are volunteering to frame the posters. The project is being accomplished without any tax money being used.

       Wildmon said that AFA is going national with the campaign. We hope to get the posters displayed in over a million public school classrooms. "It would be great to have our national motto posted in every classroom in America. Every student could see the poster each time they enter a classroom. This is our national motto. Perhaps they will see it, read it and meditate on it," he said.

       The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to sue the state if the posters are displayed. "It is most unfortunate that the ACLU tried to bully and intimidate the legislators, but that is quite often the way they work. Sending threatening letters has proven to be successful for them many times. I appreciate the fact that the legislators called their bluff. In this case they were simply blowing hot air," Wildmon stated. "They aren't going to sue because they have no case. Every suit by the ACLU against the posting of the national motto has been rejected by the courts. AFA's Center for Law and Policy will defend the state without cost against any suite by the ACLU," he stated.

False Teacher Schuller Boosts Ratings Through Telemarketing Scheme

        (AgapePress) - A well-known televangelist is using telemarketing to encourage people to attend his California church.

       Over the past few months, the recorded voice of Robert Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral, has been heard in hundreds of thousands of homes in Southern California. The short messages invite listeners to watch Schuller's "Hour of Power" television show or come to his church. He also has messages recorded by some of his high-profile Sunday guests, such as country music singer Randy Travis.

       The telemarketing effort has boosted Schuller's television ratings and Sunday attendance, according to church officials. However, the campaign has also generated complaints from people who are offended that a church would use marketing tactics normally not associated with religion.

       Professor Eddie Gibbs, who studies church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, said church telemarketing is "quite unusual."

       It was Schuller, who in 1955 courted the secular world by starting his church in a drive-in movie theater.

       Schuller is known for reinterpreting the doctrines of the Word of God to conform with his "self-esteem" Christianity, which has been adopted by multitudes. According to Schuller, sin is merely the lack of self-esteem, and the greatest evil is to call men sinners in a biblical fashion and thus injure their self-esteem. Schuller, a Universalist who believes that all people are the children of God, says his goal is to help each person understand and enjoy this "fact."

       In an article in Christianity Today, Schuller said, "I don't think anything has been done in the name of Christ and under the banner of Christianity that has proven more destructive to human personality and, hence, counterproductive to the evangelism enterprise than the often crude, uncouth, and unchristian strategy of attempting to make people aware of their lost and sinful condition."

       However, the televangelist's comments flatly deny biblical teaching that all men are sinners and in rebellion against God, and that Jesus Christ is "the way, the truth, and the life." In spite of Schuller's rejection of the Word of God and his vast unscriptural influence in American society, large numbers of "evangelical" leaders continue to promote him and work hand-in-hand with him.

Former Home School Critic Now Advocates Movement

        (AgapePress) - One of America's best known talk show hosts has apologized to home schoolers.

       For years, Dr. Laura Schlessinger has been one of the leading public voices for conservatism in America. She has not been afraid to tackle tough issues such as denouncing homosexuality. But as The Washington Times notes, in recent years Dr. Laura has been openly critical of what she described as the narrow focus of home schooling, offering concerns that home educators were not teaching major science and math to children, and were keeping young people from being properly socialized.

       Now, Dr. Laura says she has had a change of heart. She says whether through becoming more enlightened herself, or because the movement has grown, or both, she finds herself recommending it constantly.

       In an interview with The Times, Dr. Laura describes herself as an enemy of the public school system "because of the liberal forces that have taken it over and are determined to do social engineering there, foisting upon people notions of behavior and philosophy... sexual behavior, that have nothing to do with reading, writing, and arithmetic."

Disney welcomes Gay Days celebration

        (AFA) - Homosexuals determined to keep the Walt Disney Company firmly on their side are once again scheduled to descend on the Mouse's famed Orlando theme park for "Gay Days at Disney."

       As has been the custom throughout most of the 1990s, Disney is unofficially hosting the series of events, which accompany the tens of thousands of homosexuals who visit Walt Disney World. The summer event is again the anchor for what has become a week- long, homosexual festival.

       While Disney has been extremely protective of its trademarked characters and logos in other instances, AFA has noted over the years that slightly altered forms of the Mickey Mouse logo have been used by the official website for the celebration. AFA sees Disney's lack of zeal in protecting their trademark in this case as a tacit endorsement of the event by the company.

       Homosexuals have rented out both Mannequins Dance Palace and 8TRAX for "gay" dancing for several nights during Gay Days.

       AFA President Donald Wildmon said Gay Day was one of the major reasons AFA initiated a boycott five years ago. "Disney rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars through this celebration of "homosexuality," he said. "That's as reprehensible as if Disney had hosted Prostitute Day Or Pedophilia Days at the Magic Kingdom." Parents can call Disney World to find out when Gay Days are scheduled. Call 1-818-560-1000.

Home Depot Under Fire for Supporting Pro-Homosexual Group

        (AgapePress) - A spokesman for Home Depot says claims by a pro-homosexual group that the retailer is taking part in a Father's Day promotion organized by the group are somewhat misleading.

       Last week, a press release from the group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays said that under the promotion "sponsored in part by Home Depot," people who donated $100 or more to the group would get a $25 Home Depot gift certificate.

       Suzanne Apple is vice president of community affairs for Home Depot. She says all Home Depot did was give a one-time donation of $2,500 to PFLAG.

        "We actually made a charitable contribution to PFLAG, which is very consistent with our approach to support community-based organizations, particularly those organizations that are lending a hand to families in crisis," Apple says. "So, we made a small contribution to PFLAG."

       Apple says Home Depot heard from a lot of concerned people yesterday who were upset about the account of its involvement with PFLAG promotion. She says Home Depot is preparing a letter of explanation to address their concerns.

Planned Parenthood Will Not Get Funds from Target Corp.

        (AgapePress) - "We're ecstatic!" That is how one pro-life group is reacting to news that retail giant Target is going to stop giving money to Planned Parenthood.

       For the past ten years, Target has been the focus of a boycott by pro-life groups who objected to the company's contributions to the pro-abortion Planned Parenthood. The Minneapolis Star Tribune quotes a statement from the Target Corporation foundation, which says the decision to stop that funding has nothing to do with the boycott, but rather is the result of a "reshuffling of priorities."

       Brian Gibson, executive director of Pro-Life Action Ministries, says he does not care what reasons Target gives. He says the outcome his organization sought when the boycott began has taken place.

       The Star Tribune notes that in 1990, the Target Corporation - known then as Dayton Hudson Corporation - cut off its funding of Planned Parenthood in an effort to distance itself from abortion controversies. But the company reversed that decision after protests from pro-abortion forces. That is when pro-life groups announced their boycott. Gibson says that campaign was stepped up last year with more information packets and rallies aimed at drawing attention to the Target-Planned Parenthood relationship.