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American Online Chairman Case and Wife Donate $8.35 Million to Private School Run by Anti-Gay Ministry
Here is a roundup of news, controversy, and commentary about the
$8.35 million donation made
in 1999 by American Online chairman Stephen M. Case and his wife Jean to
the anti-gay Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
America Online, You’ve Got Trouble
America Online founder and chairman Steve Case and his wife Jean donated
more than $8 million in early October to a school run by a church that
sponsors anti-gay programs including the ex-gay ministry Worthy Creations,
Bay Windows, December 7, 2000.
AOL and the Bungled Donation
When the media began reporting that America Online (AOL)
honcho Steve Case and his wife forked
over $8.3 million to support a parochial
school affiliated with a staunchly anti-gay
ministry, the couple took the first train to
Denial - and now what started as a small
story is getting national play,
Industry Standard, November 2, 2000.
You've Got Hate Mail
Steve and Jean Case's $8.35 million donation to a school affiliated with
an anti-gay ministry prompts a call for a boycott of AOL,
Salon.com, November 1, 2000.
AOL Struggles to Calm Gay Subscribers
The Human Rights Campaign has acknowledged -- but remains disturbed -- by AOL president Steve Case's defense of an $8.35
million donation he and his wife Jean made to an anti-gay church in Florida,
Datalounge.com, October 31, 2000.
Editorial: Politics Makes for
Strange Lesbian Bedfellows
Why doesn't HRC Executive Director Elizabeth Birch's partner's donation
to anti-gay Senator Orrin Hatch reflect just as
poorly on Birch and HRC as the Cases' donation to the Coral
Ridge Ministries' Westminster Academy?,
Southern Voice, October 26, 2000.
Web of Controversy Surrounds AOL Donation
Media analysis by source of controversy over America Online Cases'
donation to anti-gay ministry,
Bay Area Reporter, October 26, 2000.
AOL Founder Donates Millions to Right-Wing Church School
A donation from America Online CEO Steve Case and his wife
to a private school associated with a far-right church
amounts to funding an "assembly line of hate," according to
one of the nation's largest gay political groups,
Southern Voice, October 26, 2000.
Case Replies to HRC Criticism
America Online's CEO takes a shot at explaining his wife's
contribution to her religious right-affiliated high school, but
still fails to hit the mark for many activists,
PlanetOut, October 26, 2000.
Some Gays Critical of AOL Chairman's Donation to Lauderdale Christian School
An $8.35 million gift from AOL Chairman Steve Case and his wife, Jean, to Fort Lauderdale's Westminster Academy is causing some consternation in the gay community, given the school's close ties to the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church,
Sun-Sentinel, October 24, 2000.
Gay Rights Advocates Express Concern
Over Case Donation to School
An $8.35 million donation made a year ago by American
Online chairman Stephen M. Case and his wife Jean to
the Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
has raised concern among gay rights advocates,
Philanthropy News Digest, October 24, 2000.
AOL's Alarming Money Trail
Michaelangelo Signorile reports that when looking at where AOL's big-time giving
occurs-at both the AOL Foundation and the
Stephen Case Foundation-on the tax returns
available he could not find that a dime had gone to
a gay organization of any kind, while we now know
that millions of dollars goes toward conservative
and anti-gay organizations,
Gay.com, October 23, 2000.
$8 Million Gift by AOL's Case Draws Protest
Gay rights advocates expressed
concern today over an $8.35 million donation by Stephen M.
Case, the chairman of America Online, and his wife, Jean, to a Florida
school that is affiliated with a church that seeks to "cure" homosexuals,
New York Times (requires free registration to access), October 21, 2000.
Private Money, Public Statement
The $8.35 million given by Jean Case, wife of AOL founder and CEO
Steve Case, to Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., continues to
create a controversy being covered by both mainstream and LGBT media,
GLAADAlert, October 20, 2000.
Case Cash for Coral Ridge School
When the wife of America Online's CEO gave $8 million to her
alma mater, the school's connection to a religious right group
did not go unnoticed,
PlanetOut, October 19, 2000.
AOL Chief Case's Gift to Christian School
Offends Gay Activists
A recent $8.35 million gift from America Online CEO Steve Case and his wife,
Jean, to her high school alma mater in Fort Lauderdale has raised the hackles of
gay activists across the nation,
Miami Herald, October 19, 2000.
HRC Questions AOL Chief's
Donation to Coral Ridge Ministries
The Case Foundation issued a
statement late Thursday afternoon
to explain the multi-million dollar
donation Jean Case and her
husband, AOL chairman Steve Case,
gave to a private school run by an
Gay.com, October 19, 2000.
AOL Chief Donates $8 Million to
Church that Funds Ex-Gay Ministry
America Online chairman Steve Case
and his wife, Jean, donated over $8
million last month to a school run by
the Rev. James Kennedy, whose
church also sponsors anti-gay programs including the
"ex-gay ministry" Worthy Creations,
Gay.com, October 18, 2000.
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