WASHINGTON, DC — With the Masters a week away, it seems that even war will not silence Martha Burk and her latest co-hort, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, on the issue of Augusta National’s men-only policy. In a proposed resolution entitled, “Fair Play: Equal Access to Membership,” Burk and Maloney attempt to intimidate Members of Congress, justices and judges of the United States, and political appointees in the executive branch from belonging to clubs which — they claim — discriminate against women.

The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) charges that the shenanigans of Burk and Maloney are outrageous. Burk said that if CBS broadcasts the Masters, it would be an insult to our women in uniform who are in Iraq. Burk is the one insulting our women in uniform by trivializing the issue. We are dismayed that Burk would use our troops in harm’s way in her frivolous campaign to get rich women admitted into golf clubs. She should be beaten with a golf club,” says The Women’s Quarterly editor Charlotte Hays.

“Martha Burk who pretends to speak on behalf of all women, is ill-advised to think that Augusta National’s membership policy is of great importance among American women,” comments Hays. “The majority of men and women support the right of the club to remain single-sex.”

The Independent Women’s Forum, founded in 1992, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.