Richard Moore

Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996
Sender: Martin Janzen <•••@••.•••>
Subject: re: "Christian Right" (viewpoint) [cr-960102]

>The CC is today's equivalent of the
>former Moral Majority. And as was said at the time, the MM ain't
>moral and ain't a majority, so today the CC ain't Christian and
>ain't a majority.
>They're just (and I use the term advisedly) loud, vocal and well
>organised and extremely well funded.

Agreed!  But...

>We on the left can break their backs if only we'd learn the one
>lesson worth learning from them -- We HAVE to forget our
>differences and fight together for those things WE believe in.
>When is the left going to learn that there's strength in numbers?

Whoa, wait a minute!  "We on the left..."?  Those are fighting words!
I'm as far from the "left" as I am from the Christian Coalition; I
don't know which I find more repulsive.

CyberRights has a far more diverse readership than you apparently
realize.  The common ground is, as I understand it, an interest in
preserving freedom of speech on the Net, and specifically, in opposing
censorship of any kind.  This is why civil libertarians like myself
stick around, despite the knee-jerk anti-corporate and anti-Newt
ravings that are all too common here.

There; I just couldn't let that one go by...

Martin Janzen           •••@••.•••



Martin is quite right to remind us of our diversity.  And perhaps
censorship is our most widely shared concern.  But I hope there's a general
consensus covering a broader range than just that.

Below, for example, are the four summary points in the "CPSR document on
telecom", authored by Andy Oram (our _real_ DJ)...



Date: Thu, 26 Oct 1995
To: "Multiple recipients of list •••@••.•••"
Subject: CPSR document on telecom [cr-95/10/27]


   U.S. Telecommunications Bill Fails to Serve the Public Interest

                           25 October 1995


There are four major problems in the bill:

    1.  It allows oligopolies to form that control the information we
        receive on radio, television, newspapers, and electronic

    2.  It allows gaps to widen between segments of society (rich and
        poor, educated and uneducated).

    3.  It censors public discussion on electronic networks.

    4.  It lets rates rise too fast and too much.


 Posted by Richard K. Moore (•••@••.•••) Wexford, Ireland
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