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Mar/Apr 2001 issue (#50)


'60s Dream Lives On

Party Troopers

Suit Filed Against George W. Bush

"Friends in High Places"

Baby Bush Bombs Baghdad

Don't Put the Utilities Back in Charge

Biblically-Grounded Movements For Progressive Change In Washington

How to Run for City Council

Mad Cow: Coming to the U.S.?

Monoculture and Mad Cows

Itching to Ride Light Rail

Is Work Killing You?

Escaping the Globalized Gym

Seattle's Clattering Poets

A Puppetista Manifesto

Living Outside Empire

Don't Put the Utilities Back in Charge

ACORN's Falling

Social Transformation Explained? Technogod

Spokane Free-speech Battle


Reader Mail


Urban Work

Media Beat

Nature Doc

Rad Videos

Do Something!

Reel Underground

Suit Filed Against George W. Bush

press release

Texas inmate Douglas C. Welsch has filed a civil suit against George W. Bush and the heads of the prison system alleging that permitting evangelical Christians unprecedented access to the prison system violates the United States and Texas Constitutions. Welsch’s suit alleges that then-governor Bush, in personally turning over the Jester II prison unit to the Prison Fellowship Ministry of Charles Colson, violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by making Christianity the de facto religion of the Texas prison system. The suit alleges the Texas Constitution is being violated by the use of state property by a religious society.

Additionally, Welsch’s First Amendment suit challenges the practice throughout the prison system of broadcasting Mike Barer Christian revivals. Barber, a former Houston Oilers football player, is associated with Kenneth Copeland Ministries, and it is that entity that Welsch alleges erected satellite receiving dishes on every prison unit so these Christian evangelical programs could be received. Usually broadcast once a month, the programs feature Mike Barer as he leads a Christina revival on a prison unit. Most of the broadcasts have originated in Texas prison, but recent broadcasts have also been done from Lawton, Oklahoma and from Florida.

Welsch’s suit charges the Bush and the prison authorities with deliberately advancing Christianity over Judaism, Islam, Native American, and other religious faiths or no religious faith at all. The suit is Douglas C. Welsch vs. George W. Bush et al., and is Civil Action No. 00-H-2230 in the Houston Division of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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