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School Prayers / House Rejection #214214

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 08, 1971
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Bypassed introduction. Show joined at 5:31:20. Walter Cronkite (New York City)

(Studio) House turns down Const. amendment, 240-162, to permit prayer in public. schools.

(DC) 3 hrs. debate prior to vote. Wording of amendment changed. One supporter says vote for it easier to explain than vote against it. Opponents say it would be playing fast and loose with Const. They said it couldn't be enacted on voluntary basis since peer group pressure would remain. Major church orgs. against it, incling. Representative Robert F. Drinan. [Sponsor Representative Chalmers P. WYLIE - says we'll be back if courts continue to say school prayer is against 1st amendment.] House Judiciary Committee Chairperson Emanuel Celler calls it victory for civil rights; predicts Wylie will be beaten if tries again.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

Serafin, Barry

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