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Airmail, foreign. group, and bulk rates on request. Microfilm editions available from University Microfilms Intl., 300 N. Zeeb Road. Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106. Copyright 1986 by Texas Observer Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Material may not be reproduced without permission. POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 to: 600 West 28th Street, #105. Austin, Texas 78705. EDITORIAL New Sect in Town Austin TEXAS AND THE NATION have been blessed with a new organization that wants to get the country right with God. Comes now a group called Americans for Biblical Government. . Barely two months ago, the group held its first public demonstration on the east steps of the U.S. Capitol, and last month it rallied in several cities around the country, including Austin. And what was the first public stand taken by proponents of “biblical government?” Was it for a Bible school for bureaucrats? Was it to support a man of God for President? Was it for a “love thy neighbor” foreign policy? Brothers and sisters, it was to rally in support of military aid to the contras. About 50 righteous citizens lined up on the south steps of the state capitol April 14, united behind the banner, “Aid the Contras. Save our Sons.” Their audience was a nearly equal number of counter-demonstrators, who held such signs as “Stop the U.S. War on Nicaragua.” For the benefit of the television cameras, the rally proceeded with speeches and chants. Burt Hurlbut, the ubiquitous busy bee of the Texas Right, was there, and Eddie Morales, a UT engineering graduate from Nicaragua, denounced the Sandinistas. But the greatest scorn was reserved for Austin’s U.S. Representative Jake Pickle, who voted against aid to the contras in the House on March 21. One biblical protestor carried a sign that read “Pickle Voted Anti-God in Nicaragua.” George Sebek, a local pastor who helped organize the rally, declared, “We’re really convinced that Jake Pickle is supporting communism in Nicaragua.” Sebek said Pickle “bowed to the pressure of liberals” in the 10th Congressional district. “I just challenge Jake Pickle to wake up and smell the coffee,” he said. With that, the Biblicists began chanting “God Hates Oppression,” and “Support Our President.” Jake Pickle was further excoriated, as a man with a bullhorn led the chant, “Fickle Voted No, Communists Said Go!” The demonstrators then gathered their forces and marched down Congress Avenue. Aformed when a group of conservative pastors met in Washington, D.C., and decided to organize a push for contra aid in Congress, according to Jack Stockdale, the executive director of ABG, which is based in Hyattsville, Maryland. Stockdale said he and ABG’s . President, Jim McCotter, have been affiliated with the Great Commission Church, which has 85 congregations nationwide. Stockdale and McCotter recruited George Sebek, pastor of the Austin Great Commission Church, to be the local coordinator of Americans for Biblical Government. Sebek explained to the Observer, “You get God out of the government, and then we’re on a downhill slide. And I think we’re seeing that now we’re seeing more garbage going around now than we ever have, primarily because we’re getting away from the principles of the Bible.” 2 MAY 2, 1986