Gary Bauer on Civil Rights

2000 Republican Primary Candidate for President


End affirmative action; but offer family leave time

Source: 2000 National Political Awareness Test , Jan 13, 2000

If not prayer, recite Declaration

Bauer says if schoolchildren can’t begin their day with a prayer, then they should recite their Declaration of Independence. “It would accomplish the same thing,” said Bauer. He would select the passage that begins, “We hold these truths to be self-evident..” Bauer added, “It would remind all of our students that God is the author of our liberties and that nobody can take that liberty away. And since it is in the founding documents, I don’t see how the ACLU could object.”
Source: (x-ref Education) Boston Globe, p. A20, “Political Briefs” , Nov 25, 1999

The law recognizes and encourages heterosexuality

“In America, you’re given a great degree of choices on how you live. But when it comes to what the law recognizes and wants to encourage, it should be the intact family that brings a man and a woman together in marriage,” he said. “Quite frankly, I’m surprised that as young people who are wrestling with economic issues, and have experienced family breakdowns yourselves, that what you would be primed for today in talking to me is to promote the demands of the gay rights movement.”
Source: Associated Press , Jul 7, 1999

Posting Ten Commandments will reduce crime

Gary Bauer took partial credit for [drafting a bill to post the Ten Commandments in schools]. “I believe if more American children read the Ten Commandments and are taught what they mean, they will predictably engage in less crime,” he said, noting the sentiment for religion in the schools after the recent student massacre in Colorado. “I went to Littleton, Colo.,” Bauer said. “What you see are little handmade signs everywhere, ‘Let our children pray,’ and ‘Bring religion back in to our schools.’”
Source: CNN AllPolitics “Mixed views” , Jun 18, 1999

Restrict the ‘addictive blight’ of legalized gambling

Bauer called betting an ‘addictive blight’ on the country. “What we have witnessed is the advent of a new epidemic. It is time for a time-out, for a moratorium on the expansion of legalized gambling.” Bauer also called for a series of changes to help curb the growth of legalized gambling, including raising the minimum age to 21, using a portion of state gambling revenue for addiction treatment, & cutting back on the number of ‘convenience gambling outlets’ like those found in neighborhood stores.
Source: Associated Press , Jun 18, 1999

Opposes public review of private information

The current administration has promoted numerous measures that intrude upon the privacy of ordinary Americans. Few if any Americans want their health records on the Internet or their bank records reviewed by bureaucrats or sold to businesses. I oppose government intrusions that assault the Constitution and violate individual rights.
Source: www.bauer2k.com/html/indepthissues.html 5/24/99 , May 24, 1999

No same-sex marriages; OK to ban gay hiring

Marriage is the cornerstone of all successful civilizations. I oppose changing the definition of marriage to permit same-sex marriages, or the granting of special rights on the basis of sexual preference. I will strongly defend the rights of organizations like the Boy Scouts and Salvation Army to participate fully in American culture, free from legal coercion to hire personnel who would undermine the beliefs of such organizations
Source: www.bauer2k.com/html/indepthissues.html 5/24/99 , May 24, 1999

Prosecute pornography and the sexual slave trade

Pornography is an attack on women and children that leads to harmful and violent behavior. Our The pornography industry is back, especially on the Internet, and the worldwide sexual slave trade operates with increasing boldness. I would reverse this trend, reopening the obscenity prosecution operation at DOJ and by creating new sections within federal law enforcement agencies whose major task is to prosecute adult obscenity and the international sexual slave trade.
Source: www.bauer2k.com/html/indepthissues.html 5/24/99 , May 24, 1999

Allow states to post Ten Commandments in public facilities

Religious freedom is fundamental; it merits the law’s highest protection. I support legislation to ensure that the courts apply strict scrutiny in religious freedom cases, that protects religious expression, and that restores the freedom of states to acknowledge God and allow for the posting of the Ten Commandments in public facilities.
Source: www.bauer2k.com/html/indepthissues.html 5/24/99 , May 24, 1999

End funding of NEA

As President, I will end once and for all the use of taxpayer funds to promote the National Endowment for the Arts and other programs that subsidize amoral and degrading activities.
Source: www.bauer2k.com/html/indepthissues.html 5/24/99 , May 24, 1999

Gay agenda opposed when it involves the rest of the public

There is a difference between opposing the political agenda of the gay rights movement and being an oppressor of gays. The way that you choose to live your life is up to you. But, when you suggest that the rest of America needs to redefine marriage as being between two men or two women, or insist on the right to teach my children that [gay marriage] is no morally different than the way I’ve chosen to live with my wife, you should expect opposition. And I will oppose that agenda.
Source: Speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

Encourages converting gays to straight marriage

[Responding to a question on ex-gay conversion therapy:] People can get out of the homosexual lifestyle; those people exist. I spoke at their convention just a few weeks ago. There were hundreds of them, now happily married, now with families of their own. I will encourage anybody I can to get out of a destructive lifestyle. And, I don’t believe a healthy society can endorse it, subsidize it, or encourage it.
Source: Speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

Let states make gay laws-majority wants traditional values

[Responding to a question on the propriety of firing gays:] I’m a federalist at heart, and I believe that states have a right to decide which sexual activity they want to discourage in a variety of ways. On the question of discrimination on homosexuality in the work place, I think it would be a terrible mistake to add conduct to civil rights. When the American people get a chance to vote on this directly, nine times out of ten they come down on the side of traditional values.
Source: Speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government , Apr 13, 1998

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