"No matter how we pray, nor how we sin, we can stand up for each other. We can
stand up against hate."Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon, speaking in
support of legislation that would make crimes involving bodily injury motivated by a
victims race, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation a
While 57 percent of Americans believe that abortion is murder, a majority also believe
it should remain a legal option for women, according to a June LA Times poll. The
poll also reflected a trend toward acceptance of abortion restrictions: Seventy-two
percent of women said that second-trimester abortions should be illegal, compared to 58
percent of men.
A team of ethnic Albanian housewives trained by Scandinavian experts has begun to clear
Yugoslav landmines from their native Kosovo. "Im not scared," said Vjolca
Gashi, 28, a member of the first all-female mine-clearance team in the world.
"Were aware of the danger. I came to help my people and Im proud of it.
Anyway, women are better than men; theyre more precise and careful."
Congress voted in May to rename the infamous U.S. Army School of the Americas (SOA) at
Ft. Benning, Georgia, now officially known as the Defense Institute for Hemispheric
Security Cooperation. "The SOA has a new name, but the same shame," said SOA
Watch leaders Fr. Roy Bourgeois and Carol Richardson. "We will be at Ft. Benning by
the thousands again this November, and we will be in the halls of the new Congress in
January. We will keep coming back until we shut down the School of the
Assassinswhatever they call it." See www.soaw.org.