WASHINGTON
AIDS Czar Ignores Abstinence

Conservative pro-family groups are livid over an October 20 speech by AIDS czar Kristine Gebbie, a Clinton appointee, in which she called America a “repressed Victorian society” and recommended the populace—including teens—seek pleasure in sex.

Gebbie, a lesbian, accused pro-family groups of being puritanical and misrepresenting information about sex. She said Americans “deny sexuality early, and deny homosexual sexuality, particularly in teens.”

After Gebbie’s speech at a teenage pregnancy conference, which contained no references to abstinence, White House officials quickly issued a statement putting abstinence at the top of the list of measures to prevent AIDS.

“We feel that Kristine Gebbie will usher us into a new dangerous era of sexual promiscuity, resulting in damaged lives for American teenagers,” said Concerned Women for America president Beverly LaHaye. Family Research Council president Gary Bauer said, “It seems as though she’s trying to destroy the family from the inside out.”

By Perucci Ferraiuolo.

CONFERENCE
Black Church’s Needs Stressed

More than 1,600 people attended the twenty-ninth annual National Christian Education Conference sponsored by Urban Outreach in late October. “The number-one institution that has failed America is the church,” said Michael Pfleger of Chicago’s Saint Sabina Catholic Church. “It is our job to make the difference in our society.”

Jawanza Kunjufu, president of the Chicago-based ministry Afro-American Images, received repeated applause as he spoke of the need for more intentional economic development among Blacks: “We have 75,000 Black churches, of which 90 percent put money into White banks. Why aren’t we putting our money back into our own communities?” ...

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