Topic: Culture and Worldview

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Do We Celebrate Diversity?

I submitted the following opinion piece to the Gresham Outlook in August of 1993. It wasn’t printed (no excerpts either). Because it reflects trends not just in my area but around the country, I’m including it here.

Gay March on Washington

Lesbian marchers filed past the White House, chanting "Chelsea, Chelsea!" Elsewhere, another lesbian group took up the cry: "10 percent is not enough! Recruit! Recruit! Recruit!"

Helping the Poor and Homeless

A stubble-faced, leather-skinned vagrant approaches me and asks, “Can you spare some change?” It’s nothing new, but the last few years the faces have been getting younger, the requests more frequent and my responses less certain.

An Interview On NBC's Today Show

At the beginning of the piece, Today Show host Scott Simon framed the issue this way: "Measure 9 would prohibit the state from facilitating or encouraging freedom of sexual preference."

ACLU's Agenda for Churches

The ACLU likes to come across as representing the interests of public citizens whose rights are supposedly violated when government or schools allow prayer, Bible reading or other free exercise of religion on their premises.

When Public Prayer Is Made Illegal

On Thursday May 7, 1992, I joined about 500 other citizens and taxpayers to pray on the lawn at City Hall in the city of Gresham, Oregon. It was the national day of prayer, declared so by our president. Organizers had gone through the right hoops, and the mayor of Gresham had granted permission for us to be there. But the gathering began not with a prayer or song of worship, but a statement read by a police lieutenant culminating in, "You are commanded to leave." What a way to start a prayer meeting!

ACLU Escalates Battle Against Faith

In 1992, my home town, Gresham, Oregon, emerged as the newest battlefield between the historic role of the Christian faith in our society, and the newer vision of the ACLU.