"The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."
That is what television evangelist Pat Robertson wrote in a recent letter to help raise money to defeat Amendment 1, an Iowa ballot initiative that would extend the protections of the state constitution to women.
Supporters say the measure is similar to equal rights provisions in more than a dozen states and would protect women from discrimination. Iowa is the only state with an equal rights provision on the ballot this November.
Opponents, including Phyllis Schlafly of the National Coalition for Life, charge that the amendment would promote abortion on demand and homosexuality, degrade the family and place burdensome responsibilities on women.
Robertson begins his letter: "Radical feminists have made Iowa a target. Their goal is simple: to resurrect the Equal Rights Amendment as the first step toward the radical feminist movement."
The three-page letter was paid for by the Christian Coalition of Chesapeake, Va., and was an in-kind contribution to the Iowa Committee to Stop ERA. It was sent to households in Iowa and around the country that have contributed to the Christian Coalition.