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2, "1991 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Silver Jubiliarians Richard and Joyce (Will) Rexing of Lamar will celebrate their .tWenty-fifth wedding anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiv- lag at St. Bernard Church, Rockport. A reception will follow t St. Martin Church, Chrisney. They were married Aug. 6, 1966, at St. Wendel Church, St. Wendel. They have two tlaughters, Angela and Karen, and a son, Jerry. Rexing is em- ployed at Whirlpool in Evansville, and he is also a self-em- ployed farmer. / / \\; Thomas says society no longer sanctions racism, hate groups STUDIO CITY, Calif. (CNS) Individuals may still feel as strongly racist as ever, but they no longer have "the overall moral sanction of so- ciety," said Supreme Court nominee Judge Clarence Thomas in a 1989 interview with a national Catholic weekly newspaper. The interview, dated Jan. 15, 1989, was reprinted in the July 28 issue of Twin Circle, published in Studio City. Thomas, who was chair- man of the U.S. Equal Em- ployment Opportunity Com- mission at the time, was interviewed with William Allen, then chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commis- sion. In the interview Thomas also noted that there is little societal support for hate groups, notably black supremacist Louis Farrakhan and white supremacists, often identified as skinheads for their shaved hairstyles. "You don't see the skin- heads on the news programs and you don't see any politi- cians embracing skinheads and surviving," he said. "It will scare me when people begin to say, 'Well, I can un- derstand where the skinheads are coming from,' when they begin to get some moral sanc- tion from our larger institu- tions." Thomas had come under fire earlier for allegedly prais- ing Farrakhan in a 1983 speech, but he later distanced himself from those remarks by condemning the contro- versial black leader for anti- Semitic remarks. Thomas also told the Twin Circle in 1989 that he some- Precious Blood Annual Picnic! -; q. .*'.. : ';,'A ,). " ." . " .:..  ,-o ' x.., " i .',-... I " .' .'  !.'.' .'.'- a ,' [ -:" /  8er:ed in-, nets \\; / Frier/r Ue Ca :. ::.::';x ressina.r,_. "nSr Beef o and DzOnplil 0 a  Etedtlin'-gs - "'Y Style AdUlts $5.50  o,:ee o cae i ":  \\; 5.', 0-- /  % c .qj.o.X 1 / 0 Y Co,' Hv T. 56 West Jasper AIR CONDITIONED CAFETERIA -k Country Store Games r Hamburgers Quilts -h- Soft Drinks Over 80 Ho,:made uilts .. :\\;  : ... Applique times wonders where to turn . for moral leadership. "Even the churches have become so humanistic. The minister at the church I used to go to preached the stuff he got from New Age cults," said the nominee, who was raised a Catholic but now attends an Episcoptil church in suburban Washington. "But the churches should be the source of moral leadership." Thomas, who has been crit: icized as being insensitive to minorities, also defended the record of the EEOC during his tenure. Thomas said the com- mission filed 500 cases a year during his tenure, more than at any time in the organiza- tion's history. During his tenure, the EEOC also collected almost a billion dollars in relief for complainants, brought in per- sonal computers, installed a central data system and start- ed an investigative system, he said. "In every category you can name, we have excelled our predecessors," Thomas said. "But we have been hampered by Congress, which, every year, guts the budget for EEOC that the president thinks will get the job done. It's very cynical. They just don't want the EEOC to be successful during a Republi- can administration." Thomas also said the civil rights movement is not likely to grow, because issues are tougher. "Look at the issues now," he Sald. "It's not desegregat- ing a lunch counter or a bus. There's no longer a bigot on every street corner and the Klan doesn't march through downtown every other day. Those issues were easy to dramatize. The issues today are much harder -- long-term issues like education; fami- ly .... " Confirmation hearings are to begin Sept. 10 for Thomas, nominated by President Bush to succeed Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall, who has announced his retirement. Ed L. Lee Mortuary 101 North Meridian $1mal Washington, IN 254-3612 HAU BSTADT ELECTRIC Embroidea T  .-,r "talc " .. , hoosier nosp ty o,,, ,, ' . ' l 1 . ii , : ll]