‘Faith in God’ Not Fit to Print

CITIZEN, April 2001 — Several newspapers axed a Bush Cabinet member's reference to his “abiding faith in God” when they reported his remarks, Focus on the Family's magazine reported.

Florida's St. Petersburg Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch replaced Housing and Urban Development head Mel Martinez's words with an ellipsis. The Dallas Morning News, New Jersey's Bergen County Record, and the Knight-Ridder news syndicate didn't even add the ellipsis to let readers know they had cut a phrase.

Martinez is a Catholic immigrant from Cuba.

Polygamy Trial Opens in Utah

ASSOCIATED PRESS, May 14 — Utah's most famous polygamist could face 25 years in prison if convicted on all counts of bigamy and criminal nonsupport, the wire service reported.

Tom Green, who lives with his five “wives” and 29 children, also faces a separate trial for child rape, stemming from his marriage to one woman when she was 13.

There are an estimated 30,000 polygamists living in the West, most in Utah. In 1890, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints disavowed its earlier support of polygamy. Recently, some polygamists have attempted to build political support for their practices.

When Ads Target Kids, Moms Target Ads

NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE, May 15 — The Institute for American Values alerted mothers about advertisers who target children and fill schools with ads, the online magazine reported.

The institute's Motherhood Project published a statement signed by prominent mothers such as syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher and the president of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman.

The statement issued a six-point code of conduct for ads, including a call to end “advertising, marketing, or market research in schools, including high schools.”

The statement came in response to a four-day “Consumer Kids” conference held by advertisers seeking to enhance their skills. The conference discussed issues like the “influence of schools in marketing to kids” and “how to communicate to kids and moms in ways that eliminate the parental barriers to product trial.”

Senators Push for Aid to Cuban Dissidents

MIAMI HERALD, May 17 — Two of the Senate's most powerful voices joined in presenting a bill to send $100 million in U.S. aid directly to dissidents inside Cuba, the Miami daily reported.

Sens. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., and Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., sponsored the “Cuban Solidarity Act,” which would send food, cash, and office supplies to dissidents, political prisoners and their families, workers' rights activists, and independent economists and journalists.

The U.S. has never given direct aid to Cuban dissidents. Though some activists decried the move as “meddling in the internal affairs” of the Communist-run country, the bill's supporters compared it to U.S. aid to the Solidarity movement inside Cold War Poland.