Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht, president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, has announced an "all-out campaign against gay rights" in the United States. The Rabbinical Alliance is an organization of Orthodox rabbis and Torah scholars.
Hecht said the group does not oppose personal rights to "practice perversion in privacy." He added that "we cannot stand by quietly as society legitimizes homosexuality as a viable and acceptable social norm."
"Our society does not outlaw alcoholism, but neither does it legitimize it," he said. "Fortunately America's drunks do not yet have the wherewithal to promote alcoholic lib because their numbers and potential strength for outweigh those of homosexuals."
The Synagogue Council of America, a national coordinating agency for Conservative, Orthodox and reform groups, has voted unanimously to endorse a national boycott against the J. P. Stevens textile corporation.
The resolution said the council supports efforts of J. P. Stevens workers to "gain the right to form and join unions and to achieve just treatment." It urged "individuals and institutions to refain from purchasing J. P. Stevens retail products until freedom and social justice are secured by the Stevens workers."
Rev. Richard Neuhaus, editor of the Luthern Forum Letter, said the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod "has been deservedly censured for the appallingly insensitive, indecent and unbiblical approach to evangelizing the Jewish community.
Neuhaus wrote a commentary for the monthly periodical which said that "for a largely German ethnic group to pulish a manual with cartoons deplicting 'Abe Goldstein - Mr. Average Jew' as a hook-nosed, kinky-haired figure surrounded by dollar signs and other symbols of materialism is obscene."
He added that "if the perpetrators of the manual did not recognize the anti-Semitic sterotypes they are promoting, one only feels the sorrier for them." The manual has not been formally withdrawn.
Nothing that "one-fourth of the present population of U.S. prisons consists of veterans of the Vietnam War ... nearly half of them are black and National Council of Churches has voted to apply for federal funds to implement a program of aid to imprisoned Vietnam veterans.
The amount of money is uncertain, but a Council spokesman said the group feels "$500,000 appears to be available for this purpose," most likely from the U.S. Department of Labor.
The proposed program would give funds to veterans self-help groups that provide job training, detoxification services and assistance in obtaining upgraded discharges and veterans benefits.
The Council's governing board decided to step in because it feels the nation's prisons do not give veterans "a smooth transition into society upon release."
An informal poll of 26 editors attending the predominantly Protestant Associated Church Press convention in St. Louis found that they do not think a significant religious revival is now under underway in the United States.
James E. Adams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that after answering his questions, only 3 of the 26 gave an unqualified "yes" to the existence of a significant religious revival. Nine answered with a simple "no," and 14 were in what Adams characterized as the "yes, but" or "maybe" category.
He said the majority response was "the religious revival appears to be 'me-centered" and not 'God-centered."
The first winner of U.S. Catholic magazine's award for "furthering the cause of women in the church" is Sister Agnes Cunningham, first women president of the Catholic Theological Society of America ... Virginia Theological Seminary will give honorary degrees to the Episcopal Bishop of Washington, the Rt. Rev. Robert H. Andrews. rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Arlington ... Area Seventh-day Adventists have a new spiritual leader, Wallace O. Coe, of Liacoln, Neh.