Reno "quote" (was: Re: The Pause that Refreshes)

From: Rob Sweeney (
Date: Mon Jun 05 2000 - 11:17:56 MDT

This came across as so extreme I had to look it up.

A quick Google search reveals

which claims this "quote" has been passed around the net since at least 1994;

> It's a hoax. According to CBS, Janet Reno did not appear on 60 Minutes in
> 1994. More to the point, even if she had made such an appearance and even
> if she did hold this unlikely opinion, the Attorney General would not
> have dared publicly utter such impolitic words, which essentially
> consign every practicing Christian in the United States to the status of
> "cultist" and a "threat" to the society.

(not that I'd necessarily agree that she wouldn't have "dared publicly
utter such impolitic words", given her degree of political cluelessness,
but if she had, I suspect we'd have long since heard the uproar through
mainstream media. Not that the quote isn't believable.)


* Robert-Coyote " <> [000605 12:09]:
> Yea .. we need cameras everywhere
> "A cultist is one who has a strong belief in the Bible
> and the Second Coming of Christ; who frequently
> attends Bible studies; who has a high level of
> financial giving to a Christian cause; who home
> schools for their children; who has accumulated
> survival foods and has strong belief in the Second
> Amendment; and who distrusts big government. Any of
> these may qualify a person as a cultist but certainly
> more than one of these would cause us to look at this
> person as a threat and his family as being in a risk
> situation that qualifies for government interference."
> Janet Reno, Attny. General of the United States
> during an Interview on CBS "60 Minutes" on June 26,
> 1999.
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Rob Sweeney
Time is a warning.

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