[Marxism] Doug Ireland On Right Wing Christian Homophobe Shoplifter
brian_shannon at verizon.net
Sun Mar 12 05:28:30 MST 2006
Details of the viciousness of Allen's beliefs, background, and rise
to power as one of the highest-paid White House operatives have the
potential of damaging the Bush and Rove faith-based giveaways that
erode government programs and amount to a "religious tax on the
First here is a URL for Ireland's update on Claude Allen's arrest,
along with readers comments.
January 13, 2005
Righteous homophobe Claude Allen brings his agenda to the White House
by Doug Ireland
. . .
Allen, who was named to his new position in the White House last
week, had previously been a top aide at the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS). He was placed there by Karl Rove as a watchdog
on then–HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson, who had an exaggerated
reputation as a "moderate" and who wasn’t entirely trusted by Rove to
carry out — by administrative order — the social agenda of the
Christian right, a key part of Rove’s successful plan to mobilize
millions of Christer voters for Bush’s re-election.
Known as Rove’s enforcer, Allen wielded a heavy, censorious and
punitive hand at HHS. In November 2001, Thompson loyally toed the
Rove-Bush line when he put Allen in charge of supervising HHS’s audit
of HIV-prevention spending. . . .A number of ASOs, like San
Francisco’s Stop AIDS Project and half a dozen other California AIDS-
fighting groups, were ultimately purged from receiving U.S. funding
by the Allen-led witch-hunt because Allen didn’t like their science-
based sex-education programs. Allen ordered Advocates for Youth, the
leading national coalition for safe-sex ed, audited half a dozen times.
Moreover, Allen was the driving force to replace science-based sex ed
with the failed policy of teaching that only abstinence prevents
AIDS. . . .When a federal judge found that a federally funded
Louisiana abstinence program "illegally handed out Bibles, staged
anti-abortion prayer rallies outside women’s clinics and had students
perform Bible-based skits," Allen refused to have the program
audited, while continuing his repeated audit persecutions of
effective AIDS-fighting groups teaching condom use.
. . .
Allen’s history as a gay-baiter goes back to his days as a top aide
to the notorious homophobe Senator Jesse Helms. In 1984, Allen
accused Helms’ Democratic challenger, then-Governor James Hunt, of
having links to "queers," "radical feminists," socialists and unions
(Hunt was, in fact, a Bible-quoting right-wing Dem.) And Allen forged
his odious reputation as a black capo for the racist right when he
continued working for Helms despite the senator’s militant opposition
to making Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday.
. . . Allen worked to defeat legislation that provided health
insurance for children of the working poor, largely because the
program covered abortion services for rape and incest victims under
the age of 18. "When the law was ultimately enacted, Allen was
faulted for not enrolling children quickly enough, and admitted that
‘abortion was the sticking point’ delaying the enrollment of
children," as People for the American Way (and civil rights groups
like the NAACP) pointed out last fall when they successfully opposed
Bush’s nomination of Allen for a federal judgeship. "In this episode,
Allen proved himself to be so adamantly opposed to reproductive
rights that he found it preferable for poor children to go without
health coverage than to risk an underage sexual-abuse victim having
access to state-funded abortion services."
. . . [T]he Washington Post reported on January 4, the White House is
launching a major new offensive (with Allen, in his new post, in
charge) to persuade states to use an additional $50 billion in
federal moneys to subsidize "faith-based" programs — money that has
been shorn of church-state separation restrictions by a Bush
executive order, without the approval of Congress. This amounts to a
religious tax on the American people. Half a dozen Democratic
governors have already joined in capitulating to the religious
right’s agenda by appointing coordinators of "faith-based" services.
At the same time, The New York Times reported on January 9 that the
White House has prepared new legislation putting stringent caps on a
whole host of federal benefit programs — from Medicare to
prescription drug benefits — meaning that many poor Americans will be
forced to rely on the states for help. And, when the new "faith-
based" offensive succeeds, in many states they’ll only be able to get
that help from religious-sponsored institutions funded by the states
with federal moneys.
Welcome to the American theocracy — of which Claude Allen is the
newest public face.
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