News from the North American Scene: January 15, 1990

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ABORTION
Newspaper Admits Error

The Milwaukee Journal has admitted in an out-of-court settlement that it erred in firing a newsroom secretary because of her extracurricular prolife activities, which included picketing at abortion clinics. Diane Dew was released from her position at the newspaper last summer. Officials at the newspaper said that her antiabortion activities damaged the paper’s reputation for objective reporting.

Aided by the Rutherford Institute of Wisconsin, Dew filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations. She said her dismissal constituted discrimination based on her prolife views.

In the ensuing flap came revelations that the paper’s parent company, Journal/Sentinel Inc., as well as its editor, Sig Gissler, had contributed financially to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Gissler later acknowledged in print the contributions were a mistake.

ENVIRONMENT
An Orthodox Issue

A recent symposium held in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, marked the first major event at which Orthodox Christians in the Western Hemisphere have addressed the ecological crisis, according to Frederick Krueger of the North American Conference on Christianity and Ecology (NACCE). The symposium, “For the Transfiguration of Nature,” was sponsored by the NACCE and several Orthodox entities, including the Orthodox Church in America.

Several speakers acknowledged that Orthodox believers historically have not regarded ecology as a Christian issue. Consequently, they said, there has not been an adequate theological framework within which to address environmental concerns.

Commenting on the theme of the symposium, Krueger said, “The idea of a transfigured creation derives ...

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