Wisconsin Research Center
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Quarterly Reports

Fall, 1998

Governor Thompson Joins Radical Right Group

The Institute for First Amendment Studies has identified Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson as a member of the Council for National Policy, a networking group for the Radical Right. (www.ifas.org) Formed in 1981 by two members of the John Birch Society, the Council enables leadership of the Radical Right to become acquainted with one another, speak freely, and plan short and long term strategies. The Council is little-known by the public and meetings are highly secretive. The press is not allowed, no public announcements of meetings are ever made, and plainclothes security guards carefully watch who comes and goes at hotels where the meetings are held. (Freedom Writer 6/95)

Other members of the Council include Gary Bauer of the Family Research Council, James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Oliver North, Howard Phillips of the U.S. Taxpayers Party, Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalition, and Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum. (Freedom Writer 1/96) According to political analyst Chip Berlet, the ideal CNP member is "an unltra-conservative Christian Evangelical who is comfortable with racism, sexism, homophobia, paranoid anti-communism, and who has a distaste for liberalism and mass democracy." (Shepherd Express 5/26/94)

Promise Keepers to Meet in Milwaukee

The evangelical men's group, Promise Keepers, plans to hold a conference on September 25 and 26 at Milwaukee's Bradley Center. The group has become well-known in recent years for holding huge rallies where men are urged tpo re-take control of their wives and families. Critics charge, however, that the group's leaders are promoting a wider political agenda which includes sexism and homophobia. (Center for Democracy Studies 11/96)

Supervisor: Courts Should Notify Clergy of Impending Divorces

Waukesha County Supervisor Sandy Janisch introduced a committee proposal which would require that ministers be notified when the couples they married had children and later file for divorce. According to Janisch, the notification would giver clergy a chance to intervene in troubled marriages. "We've got to work together in order to stem this tide of divorce," she said. However, the committee voted unanimously to table the proposal, stating that it violated the separation of church and state. (Milw. Journal Sentinel 7/7/98)

School Board Member Says Text is Biased Against Christianity

Kewaskum School Board member Mary Andera has criticized a new high school world history textbook because the sections on Buddha and Confucius are longer than the two paragraphs on Jesus. "You cannot deny the impact Jesus had on the world," she said. "Nobody has had the influence he had." Although the board has tentatively adopted the book, Andera says she will look for an alternative. (Milw. Journal Sentinel 7/16/98)

New Ku Klux Klan Chapter Formed

The Overland, Missouri-based New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan has recently established a new klavern in Wisconsin. Leader Lisa Russell is based in Franklin, a suburb of Milwaukee. (Midwest Action Report 7/98)

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