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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 17, 1996
Volume 32--Number 24
Pages 1015-1062

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

        Community in San Diego--1026
        Glendale Community College in Glendale--1031
        Presidio in San Francisco--1024
        Saxophone Club in Culver City--1029
    Ireland, President Robinson's visit
        Dinner--1058, 1059
        Welcoming ceremony--1047
        Community in Las Vegas--1021
        Roundtable discussion on juvenile crime in Las Vegas--1016
    New Mexico, Grover Cleveland Middle School in Albuquerque--1036
    Radio address--1015
    South Carolina, dedication of Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in 
    Teen pregnancy report--1054

Communications to Congress

    National Endowment for the Arts, message transmitting report--1047

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order No. 12963 Entitled Presidential 
        Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS--1060

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--1048
    News conferences
        June 12 (No. 123) with European Union leaders--1041
        June 13 (No. 124) with President Robinson of Ireland--1050

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    European Union leaders--1041
    Ireland, President Robinson--1047, 1048, 1050, 1058, 1059


    Father's Day--1059

Statements by the President

    Court decision on the Communications Decency Act--1047

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1062
    Checklist of White House press releases--1062
    Digest of other White House announcements--1060
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1061


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Monday, June 17, 1996
Volume 32--Number 24
Pages 1015-1062
Week Ending Friday, June 14, 1996
The President's Radio Address


June 8, 1996

    Good morning. This morning I want to talk with you about a recent 
and disturbing rash of crimes that hearkens back to a dark era in our 
Nation's history. Just 2 days ago, when the Matthews-Murkland 
Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, was burned to the 
ground, it became at least the 30th African-American church destroyed or 
damaged by suspicious fire in the South in the past 18 months. And over 
the past few months, Vice President Gore has talked with me about the 
pain and anguish these fires in his home State of Tennessee have caused. 
Tennessee, sadly, has experienced more of them than any other State in 
the country.
    We do not now have evidence of a national conspiracy, but it is 
clear that racial hostility is the driving force behind a number of 
these incidents. This must stop.
    It's hard to think of a more depraved act of violence than the 
destruction of a place of worship. In our country, during the fifties 
and sixties, black churches were burned to intimidate civil rights 
workers. I have vivid and painful memories of black churches being 
burned in my own State when I was a child. In 1963 all Americans were 
outraged by the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 
Birmingham that took the lives of four precious young children. We must 
never allow that to happen again.
    Every family has a right to expect that when they walk into a church 
or synagogue or mosque each week they will find a house of worship, not 
the charred remnants of a hateful act done by cowards in the night. We 
must rise up as a national community to safeguard the right of every 
citizen to worship in safety. That is what America stands for.
    As President, I am determined to do everything in my power to get to 
the bottom of these church burnings as quickly as possible. And no 
matter how long it takes, no matter where the leads take us, we will 
devote whatever resources are necessary to solve these crimes. Today, 
more than 200 Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and 
Firearms and the FBI are working with State and local authorities to 
solve these cases. Fire investigators, national response teams, 
polygraph examiners, and forensic chemists are combing through fire 
sites, interviewing witnesses, and following leads. A task force chaired 
by our Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Deval Patrick, and 
our Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement, James Johnson, 
is coordinating these efforts. FBI Director Louis Freeh and ATF Director 
John Magaw are also serving on the task force. To date there have been a 
number of arrests. Two of those in custody are known members of the Ku 
Klux Klan. So we are making progress, but we must do more.
    That is why today I am announcing four steps we are taking to fight 
back. First, I have asked the task force to report back on their 
progress and to let me know if there are other actions the Federal 
Government can take beyond those underway to stop these crimes. Second, 
I have instructed the ATF to inform churches of any steps they can take 
to protect themselves from arsonists. Churches throughout the South will 
be visited by ATF special agents to answer any questions church leaders 
and parishioners may have. We are also making this information available 
to national church organizations for distribution to their members. 
Third, I am announcing my support for the bipartisan legislation 
introduced by Congressmen John Conyers and Henry Hyde to make it easier 
to bring Federal prosecutions against those who attack houses of 
worship. I look forward to working with Congress to make it even 
stronger. And finally, I'm announcing that we are establishing a new 
toll-free number that

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is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have information 
about who is responsible for these churches fires, please call it. It's 
1-888-ATF-FIRE. That's 1-888-ATF-F-I-R-E.
    In the end, we must all face up to the responsibility to end this 
violence. We must say to those who would feed their neighbors what 
Martin Luther King called ``the stale bread of hatred and spoiled meat 
of racism:'' That is not America; that is not our way. We must come 
together, black and white alike, to smother the fires of hatred that 
fuel this violence.
    I am pleased that the National Council of Churches of Christ, one of 
the largest interfaith groups in the country, has spoken out against 
these crimes and is mobilizing to assist in the rebuilding of damaged 
churches. I encourage communities everywhere where churches have been 
burned to roll up their sleeves and help the folks there to rebuild 
their churches.
    Religious freedom is one of the founding principles of our 
democracy, and the black church has historically been the center of 
worship, self-help, and community life for millions of families in our 
country. That's why it was so hard for Reverend Terrence Mackey to break 
the news to his daughter last June when they woke to find an ash-scarred 
field in the spot where only the day before stood their church home, 
Mount Zion AME Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina. Reverend Mackey 
reassured his daughter with these words: He told her, ``They didn't burn 
down the church. They burned down the building in which we hold church. 
The church is still inside all of us.'' On June 15th, Reverend Mackey, 
his daughter, and his congregation will march from the site of the old 
church to a brand new building. And all Americans will march with them 
in spirit.
    We must all do our part to end this rash of violence. America is a 
great country because for more than 200 years we have strived to honor 
the religious convictions, the freedom, the extraordinary religious 
diversity of our people. The only way we can succeed in the 21st century 
is if we unleash the full power of those convictions and that diversity 
and refuse to let anything divide or defeat us.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Monday, June 17, 1996
Volume 32--Number 24
Pages 1015-1062
Week Ending Friday, June 14, 1996
Remarks in a Roundtable Discussion on Juvenile Crime in Las Vegas, 

June 9, 1996

    The President. Thank you very much.

[At this point, moderator Kirby Burgess, director, Youth and Family 
Services Center, welcomed the President and introduced roundtable 
participants. Gov. Bob Miller then reviewed steps taken in Nevada to 
deal with juvenile crime. Next, Clark County Undersheriff Richard 
Wingett described the juvenile violent crime problem in Las Vegas. Mr. 
Burgess introduced Shane Quick, Anthony Covarrubias, and Stanley 
Johnson, teenagers who are enrolled in alternative sentencing programs. 
Mr. Quick told how he was helped by a residential drug treatment 
program, concluding by saying he was nervous.]

    The President. You're doing great. You're doing great.
    Mr. Burgess. He's an honest young man, Mr. President.

[Next, Mr. Covarrubias described his success in being rehabilitated 
through the Freedom Program, an intensive supervision program.]

    The President. How does it work, this Freedom Program?

[Mr. Covarrubias said he is under house arrest and must check in with 
the program twice a day. He earns privileges for good behavior.]

    The President. Why do you think it's helped you?
    Mr. Covarrubias. Because now I'm going to counseling. I'm getting 
along with my parents. It's keeping me out of trouble, keeping me off 
the streets.
    The President. Is that your mother out there?
    Mr. Covarrubias. Yes.
    The President. Give her a hand, and your family there. [Applause]

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    Mr. Burgess. Tony, what I'd like for you guys to do is speak up 
because the press is here and all the audience is here and these 
microphones are a little----
    The President. What's the difference in the program Tony's in and 
the one Shane's in? Shane, what's your program called?

[Mr. Quick said now that he has completed the residential treatment, 
called West Care, he is required to report to a probation officer once a 

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