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JUNE 19, 1998
11:06 AM
CONTACT:  American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Responds to Family Research Council Attack on James C. Hormel's Giving to the ACLU
NEW YORK --  June 19 - The American Civil Liberties Union today responded to a report by the Family Research Council attacking James C. Hormel, President Clinton's nominee for the post of Ambassador to Luxembourg.

The report, "James Hormel: Mythical Man," charges that Hormel is anti-Christian and anti-religious and that his philanthropic giving -- including a $600,000 gift to the ACLU -- is directed toward "advancing the homosexual agenda." Hormel's nomination has been opposed by religious and conservative groups because he is openly gay.

In a letter to Family Research Council president Gary Bauer, ACLU Executive Director Ira Glasser responded: "No objective examination of Mr. Hormel's long record could truthfully conclude that his set of goals are either narrow or sectarian. Indeed, that description better describes your agenda than his."

Contrary to the council's report, Glasser noted that Hormel's $600,000 pledge to the ACLU's Trust for the Bill of Rights endowment "goes to an unrestricted fund, which supports neither the Lesbian and Gay Rights nor our Reproductive Freedom Projects, but instead supports all the basic rights work we do, including our work for freedom of expression and freedom of religion."

"You should be ashamed of yourself," Glasser wrote, "because you know very well that Mr. Hormel's contributions to the ACLU support neither of your claims."

The ACLU's letter can be found at:


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