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July 9, 1989 | GREGORY CROUCH, Times Staff Writer
Veterans groups, conservative organizations, local politicians and a television commentator launched a nationwide petition drive Saturday to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit desecration of the American flag. But the newly formed National Save the Flag Coalition is not canvassing neighborhoods for signatures--it is relying on a national 900 telephone number to attract supporters. During a press conference in Burbank on Saturday, organizers blasted the U.S.
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July 9, 1989 | GREGORY CROUCH, Times Staff Writer
Veterans groups, conservative organizations, local politicians and a television commentator launched a nationwide petition drive Saturday to support a proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit desecration of the American flag. But the newly formed National Save the Flag Coalition is not canvassing neighborhoods for signatures--it is relying on a national 900 telephone number to attract supporters. During a press conference in Burbank on Saturday, organizers blasted the U.S.
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October 29, 1989
It is interesting to note that Ralph David Abernathy is vice-president of the board of directors of the American Freedom Coalition, one of the most ferociously right-wing, allegedly Moonie-backed groups that currently exists in the United States. Is his biography of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. truly a quest for truth, or is it one more attempt to discredit those men and women who fight for the civil liberties of the disenfranchised? VIRGINIA URIBE, Los Angeles
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July 24, 1991
The tragedy of Tian An Men Square shocked the world and displayed for all the cruelty of the communist leadership of China. Today, Congress debates the issue of MFN for China. The knee-jerk response of many is to deny MFN as punishment for bad behavior. However, a closer look reveals the fact that the poor people of China benefit the most from trade with America. Over 3 million people have jobs due to the $7 billion in goods sold to the U.S.
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July 4, 1995 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. William Steuart McBirnie of Newport Beach, a onetime conservative commentator on his "Voice of Americanism" radio show, will be remembered in a memorial service Sunday at United Community Church of Glendale, a congregation he founded in 1961 and quit amid controversy in 1986. McBirnie, who was 75, died June 21 in his home. In his heyday, McBirnie built the independent United Community Church of Glendale into a large congregation and later added a 1,300-seat auditorium for services.
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January 21, 1992 | ROBERT KOEHLER
If budding investigative journalists want to see what it's really like getting that story, they should watch reporter Eric Nadler as he runs, trots, cajoles and tries to bring down the Jericho-like walls surrounding the Rev. Sun Myung Moon in "Frontline's" remarkable story, "The Resurrection of Reverend Moon" (9 p.m. tonight, KCET Channel 28 and KPBS Channel 15; 8 p.m. on KVCR Channel 24).
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January 17, 1990 | ANTHONY PERRY
Elections come and go, but junkets are forever. Image-wise, these have not been good times for the Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church. Those pictures of mass weddings of Moonies in South Korea are a trifle spooky. That 13-month federal prison sentence Moon served for tax evasion was a nasty bit of business. And, late last year, bishops of the United Methodist Church in South Korea complained that Moon's international conferences are nothing but Christian-bashing sessions.
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February 10, 1991 | KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Separate rallies supporting and opposing the Persian Gulf War were staged in Southern California on Saturday, but in this fourth week of the conflict, emotions did not seem as intense, nor the speeches as long, as at the beginning. The largest crowd, estimated by police at 400 to 500 people, marched on RAND Corp. headquarters in Santa Monica to protest what the Los Angeles Coalition Against U.S. Intervention in the Middle East organizers called RAND's involvement in war planning and operations.
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January 19, 1992 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A decade ago, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon was a major figure in the news, the leader of a "cult" that allegedly brainwashed young recruits to his controversial Unification Church. There were reports of mass "Moonie" weddings of complete strangers at Madison Square Garden and speeches in which Moon portrayed himself as the Messiah sent by God to free the Earth from Satan's grip.
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July 8, 1995 | JOHN DART
In 1982, many members of the United Community Church of Glendale, unhappy with the ministerial leadership of the conservative radio commentator who founded it, left to form their own congregation. Although the minister, William Steuart McBirnie, resigned from the church four years later due to financial and health problems, the two congregations remained apart until last year, when they voted overwhelmingly to reunite at the Glendale church.
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July 27, 1992 | STEWART L. UDALL and W. KENT OLSON, Stewart L. Udall, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M., was Interior secretary from 1961 to 1969. He is chairman of the Archeological Conservancy and the author of "The Quiet Crisis" and other books. W. Kent Olson was executive director of the Nature Conservancy of Connecticut and, later, the president of American Rivers, a national conservation organization
"We want you to be able to exploit the environment for private gain, absolutely. And we want people to understand that is a noble goal." So proclaims Ron Arnold, loudest spokesman for something calling itself the "wise use" movement, an anti-most-anything crusade of polluters, historic revisionists, and, it seems, ministers of the One and Only Word. Based on their objectives, it's clear they ought really to be called the "Me First!" movement.
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