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)tember 6, 1996 The Message- for Catholics ofSouthwestern Indiana 13 Democrats,platform: Bits of news for the studious reader By PATRICIA ZAPOR Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) -- The )latform may sort of thing that only die- political junkies pay much , but the positions it stakes out nevertheless will fig- in races throughout the elec- lon. Its 30-plus pages mostly re- positions of 1992, when Jill Clinton was elected presi- and a Democratic majority houses of Congress. Among the positions that are is the platform's stand although a statement on the issue was at the instigation of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. The 1996 platform approved at the convention Aug. 27 plays up the successes of the Clinton administration and emphasizes the president's differences with the current Republican-con- trolled Congress. Broken along the themes of op- portunity, responsibility and com- munity, the platform devotes most of its space to domestic issues. Among its' strongest attacks on the Republican Congress are its sections on welfare reform, immigration, abortion and other social issues. The final version of the plat- form, published just days before the convention began Aug. 26, gave Clinton credit for forcing some changes in the welfare re- form bill he signed Aug. 22 but said it is "[hr from perfect." "First, RePublicans cut too far into nutritional assistance for working families with children; we are committed to correcting that," it says. "Second, Republi- cans insisted on using welfare reform as a vehicle to cut off help to legal immigrants. That was wrong." The platform gives Clinton credit for crackdowns on illegal immigration control, particu- larly stepped-up border enforce- ment, new controls on illegal workers and the arrest of more than 1,700 criminal aliens. But it also calls on Americans "to avoid the temptation to use this issue to divide people from each other. We deplore those who use'the need to stop illegal immigration as a pretext for dis- crimination." It gives credit to Republicans such as New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and New Mexico Sen. Pete V. Domenici "who oppose the mean-spirited and short-sighted effort of Republicans in Congress to bar the children of illegal im- migrants from schools -- it is wrong, and forcing children onto the streets is an invitation for them to join gangs and turn to crime." The welfare reform section also defends immigrants, say- ing, "it is wrong to single them out for punishment just because they are immigrants." In its three-paragraph section labeled "choice" the platfi)rm "stands behind the right of every woman to choose (abortion), con- sistent with Roe vs. Wade, and regardless of ability to pay." "We believe it is a fundamental constitutional liberty that indi- vidual Americans -- not govern- ment -- can best take responsi- bility for making the most difficult and intensely personal decisions regarding reproduction," it says. "The Democratic Party is a party of inclusion," it adds. "We respect the individual con- science of each American on this difficult issue, and we welcome all our members to participate at every level of our party." Chicago interfaith prayer breakfast highlights unity theme By HEIDI SCHLUMPF Catholic News Service CHICAGO (CNS) --Quoting and hearing responses brother," Vice Presi- A1 Gore put on his )reacher's hat at an interfaith breakfast held in con- unction with the Democratic ]onvention in Chicago. "God bless you for pitching in this American effort to heal nation and bring people to- he told 2,000 cheering and lay leaders who gath- Aug. 27 for the event "Cel- ebrating Democracy Through Diversity" at the Chicago Hilton and Towers. Gore, who once attended di- vinity school at Vanderbilt Uni- versity in Tennessee, reminded members of the predominantly African-American audience that they must "live in faith but under public policy." "As we gather for this Demo- cratic convention, we as indi- viduals and in groups like this should reaffirm that we should live in our faith," he said. "The purpose of life is to glorify God." Gore urged Americans to view the convention and their lives in the context of their families, neighborhoods, communities .and all of God's creation -- with prayer as the way to do it. "If we look at the surface of our lives, we may see a mean- ingless jumble," he said. "But if we look beyond the surface of our lives, beyond today and to- morrow, if we select a distant point even beyond our days on this earth, and then we use pa- tience and ask the Lord for guid- ance, this deeper meaning of our lives and God's purpose in our lives may Come into view." 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"We pray not only for our president and vice president and the delegates at the Democratic convention here in Chicago," he said, "but we also pray for Bob Dole and Jack Kemp and the members of the delegation in San Diego. This is across party lines and across faith lines." Underwritten by Black Con- tractors United and Black- Owned McDonald's, the prayer breakfast also was a fund-raiser for churches that have been burned in race-related arsons. The Rev. Joan Campbell, ex- ecutive director of the National Council of Churches, called the burnings a "terrible tragedy" and an "attack on the soul of the black community." The council has raised nearly $9 million to help rebuild burned churches, she reported. The Rev. David Upton, pastor of Inner City Church in Knoxville, Tenn., which was burned, thanked his "white, brown and red brothers and sis- ters" for their generosity. "The process is under way to build these churches back, bigger and better," he said. 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