Bishop Threatens Tax Protest

A Roman Catholic bishop says he will not “voluntarily pay taxes to this government if it uses tax money to subsidize abortions” through national health care. “Better for us … to obey God than men and women when they try to force us to pay for killing human life in the womb.” Bishop Victor Balke of Crookston, Minnesota, wrote in his diocesan newspaper.

“If the President’s health care plan … is so passed that it forces you and me to pay for abortions,” Balke wrote, “I hope there’s a widespread refusal to cooperate.” Balke also withheld taxes to protest the Vietnam War, though the government simply took the money from his bank account.

Adoption Plans Upset Mother

An Oregon judge has rejected a mother’s attempt to stop the adoption of her three-year-old son. Megan Lucas gave up her son a year ago but reconsidered after learning that a homosexual couple may adopt him.

Lucas had a year to change her mind about the adoption, but missed the deadline by a day. She says state officials coerced her into giving up her son, and in September a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking the adoption by two homosexuals who are licensed to give foster care. Eleven days later, the court refused to renew the injunction. Lucas, unmarried when the boy was born, now is married to another man. She says she and her husband can provide a stable home, and she claims she is not trying to stop the adoption just because homosexuals are involved.

SBC Leaders Meet Clinton

Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore met with four Southern Baptist ministers in September in the first meeting between the President and Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders since the denomination publicly opposed ...

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