Ginny Terzano, press secretary to vice president Al Gore, described all the individuals and organizations that signed the letter of protest to Mr. Gore as “right wing extremists interested in attacking the vice president.” She did this on a Baltimore radio program.

The Catholic League signed a letter written by Gary Bauer of the Family Research Council that branded this attack as ad hominem. Bauer has asked that all those who have responded to the vice president be given an opportunity to meet with him.

In his own letter to the vice president, William Donohue wrote that “apparently you must think that the New York Times, which has also criticized your silence, is part of a right wing extremist movement. That, sir, is bizarre. Indeed, it suggests a posture that is at once both insular and defensive.”

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