New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 25, 1987, Page 8

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung February 25, 1987

New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas nons Dave Editor and Publisher Jim Managing Editor New Texas February MikeRoyko Roberts and the devil I dont know how the Oral Roberts puts up with If it isnt its the other he was on TV describing a terrifying experience tie had In his own devil came to my he And I felt those hands on my and he was choking the life out of I yelled to my His wife rushed into the She laid her hands on me and the Roberts and commanded the devil to get out of my I began to breathe and came out of my bed That shows how lucky a man is to have a wife with good hearing especially one who can rebuke the devil and make the nasty bugger take a Some lazy woman might have slept through the whole Roberts told this story to show how difficult his life has been since he revealed that god has been put ting the arm on him to raise As many of us some weeks ago the TV preacher revealed that God had warned him that if he didnt raise million for worthy causes by the end of he would That kind of deadline cant be an thing to live Its one thing to get a computerized letter from American Express saying that you are a week overdue in paying for your highliving Or to have a bartender walk over arid say I got these chits you sign ed the other night when you were in here and bought drinks for all those uh you remember You wanna square it its something else when God himself tells you to come up with eight really big ones or Making it even worse were those who doubted Other preachers said God is not an extor God is not a God tell TV preachers to raise money or This led me to urge people to withhold their As much as I admire I had to point out that if he fails to raise the money and drops dead on March he will prove the skeptics wrong and cause a mass conversion of agnostics and other wandering now we have this new eie rrtent Roberts being choked in his bedroom by the How I can a man be expected to tolerate On the one he has God tell ing him to hustle his TV congrega tion for eight mill or be wafted off tq million Isnt what it used to but its still a tidy And its not like Roberts is Ivan Boesky and can run a scam on a bunch of Wall Street He has to de pend on the kindness of little old ladies watching TV in boar Many of them dont have checking They have to totter to the currency exchange to get money there is poor counting up all these little money with God peeking over his pois ed to zap Thats And after a hard what does he get He goes eats tells his Dont weve still got more than a and turns in for a good nights Under these trying cir thats the least a preacher is entitled to a good nights as John Belushi would have He wakes up in the middle of the night and there is the devil squeez ing his I could understand how someone with a weaker spirit might say Ive had it with the preacher Starting I sell used And who could blame him Ive known corporate creatures who had nervous breakdowns because they werent promoted from fourth vice president to third vice Here we have a man who is being threatened by God with death just when the golf season is starting and along comes the devil chok ing him in his Roberts didnt say how he know it was the Assuming he doesnt use a night I would think that most furtive characters who choke you in your bed would look Maybe it was just a neighborhood Ill take his word that it was the Maybe the guys eyes glowed in the which would be a Im just glad that his wife was there to rebuke the I just wish he had said what form the rebuke Under the does a wife say You nasty take your hands off my husbands Are you some kind of pervert With five or six weeks before Gods who knows what will happen next Demons with pit chforks in the breakfast nook Underworld fiends in the family room It isnt easy being Oral Roberts or his Maybe they ought to buy a big mean Your Representatives Bill Clements Governors Off ice State Capital Texas 78711 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County United States House of Representatives 1713 Long worth House Off ice 20515 Lamar Smith United States House of Representatives 509 Cannon House 20515 State Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box2910 Texas 78769 Phil Gramm United States Senate 370 Russell Senate 20510 State Judith Zaffirini Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 William Sims Capitol Station Box 12068 Texas 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United Slates Senate 703 Hart Senate osin Ronald Reagan The President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania 20500 HOW Dots IT ITS ftlltlCAL CRIMINAL James Kilpatrick Council should leave his honor alone WASHINGTON Alcee Hastings is iden tified by his counsel as a activist In upon his nomination by Jim my Hastings became a District judge for the Southern District of Now the judge is in a heap of trouble The Judicial Council for the llth Circuit has recommended that he be Its a bum On the Hastings is not my kind of but no Its time for his fellow judges to get off his You will recall that just a few months the House and Senate went through the agonizing process of impeaching arid conviction Judge Harry Claiborne of The Claiborne case and the Hastings case are wholly Claiborne was indicted for income tax He was convicted and sentenced to The case against him was proved not merely beyond a reasonable tnit beyond the shadow of a Hastings was indicted in December 1981 for conspiracy to accept a He went on trial in February Hastings was not He was The governments evidence against him was wholly Not one tainted dime was traced to Hastings Notwithstanding this jury two of his fellow judges set in motion a prolonged in vestigation of the allegations against A five man committee spent months compiling a 381 page accompanied by exhibits and almost pages of all intended to show that the jury verdict was a miscarriage of Guest Column The committee concluded that Hastings had fabricated certain evidence at his The Judicial Council for the llth Circuit accepted the committees recomendation that Hastings be im The matter now is pending before the Judicial Conference of the United In mid March the conference is expected to act upon the Nothing quite like the Hastings case ever has appeared in the annals of The posttrial investigation and recommendation raise constitutional questions of grave im Some questions involve the impeach ment process How did the judiciary get into the act Under the impeachment is solely the responsibility of the House of Other questions go to the issue of double No person shall be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or That is what the Constitution com Technically a trial after im peachment is not a criminal prosecution it is a proceeding that may result in removal from of The Constitution contemplates that in the event of conviction by the the party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and sub ject to judgement and punish according to But Hastings already has been subjected to in trial and judgment according to the After a lengthy vigorusly prosecuted by the a jury set Hastings The government had its opportunity to prove Hastings guilty beyond a reasonable and the government This ought to be an end to It seems to me patently unfair for the govern through the llth Circuit Judicial to pursue the charges A jurys after a strongly contested ought to count for The charge against Hastings was to this ef fect that a prominent lawyer in William had become Hastings close friend that in the spring of 1981 Hastings presided over the trial of Thomas and Frank Romano under the federal antracketeering act that the Romanos were convicted by a jury that Judge Hastings ordered the defendants to forfeit in cash to the government that Borders boasted to underworld figures of his ability to fix cases in federal courts that Borders entered into a criminal conspiracy involving a bribe of to get the Romans property returned and their sentences made Hastings did indeed order the defendants cash but only because two decisions of the llth Circuit required him to do He did not treat the defendants lightly he sentenced them to three years in Borders was arrested redhanded with marked money given to him by a disguised FBI He subsequently was con No money ever went to The judges position is that he was the inno cent victim of Borders scam Its a plausible The jury believed Absent overwhelming evidence of Hastings that should The irony off urging choice for institutions By DOUGLAS JOHNSON Legislative Director National Right to Life Committee At the beginning of the 99th Con gress two years a bill called the Civil Rights Restoration Act looked like a The bills sponsors said that it was a simple measure to beef up AMERIKAN BRPAS four federal civil rights It was endorsed by over 200 liberal organizations and by half the members of But a storm of controversy erupted when organizations opposed to abortion realized that one section of the bill would compel many col leges and hospitals to provide abor In the subsequent legislative bat tle which pitted the Catholic the National Associa tion of and the Na tional Right to Life Commitee NRLC against the National Organization for Women and its allies the Restoration Act the debate centers on a 1972 law called Title which pro hibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federallyfunded educa tional During the Fcrd anonymous federal bureaucrats issued regulations which inter preted Title IX to compel colleges which receive federal funds to pay for elective abortions for their students and Tnat interpretation was adopted in flagrant disregard of congres sional Abortion was illegal in most states when Congress enacted Title IX in Con gress did not think that by banning sex discrimination it was requir ing colleges to pay tor ahortjonfi the abortion regula tions have had legal force of law for the past 12 The Restoration Act would greatly expand the reach of federal antidiscrimination including Title Under the Title IX and the abortions regulations would apply to thousands of institu tions not currently covered in cluding many Advocates of the Restoration Act acknowledge that any hospital with even one medical student or nursing student on staff would be covered by the Many hospitals do not currently provide abortions because of religious community sen opposition by or for other Such antiabortion hospitals would be vulnerable to sex discrimination lawsuits if the bill is At the urging of the Catholic Conference and other antiabortion a majority of members of the House of Representatives were prepared to add an abortion neutral amendment to the Restora tion Act during Under the hospitals and colleges could either offer or not offer abor tion at their The abortionneutral revision has drawn the support of many college and hospital administrators who recognized Ute Civil Rights Restoration Act as a threat to their own civil For the New York State Council of Catholic Hospitals adopted a resolution calling the amendment absolutely necessary if institutions which have im plemented policies against abortion are to remain free of discrimina When the sponsors of the bill were unable to muster the votes to defeat the abortion amendment during they scuttled their own With a new Congress the Restoration Act has been rein lobbyists for liberal groups are warning con gressmen that support for the abortionneutral amendment to the bill will be interpreted as opposition to civil That approach is unlikely to per suade the many congressmen who favor expansion of civil rights hut who oppose A solid majority of current House members tave consistently voted against Wrect federal funding of It would clearly be inconsistent for them to enact a bill which would penalize colleges and hospitals for refusing to subsidize The renewed battle will be but the antiabortion forces will Unless the liberal coalition gives up Us effort to equate anti abortion sentiment with sjex the Civil Rights Restoration Act is headed for another ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: February 25, 1987

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