CBS Evening News for Sunday, Apr 24, 1977
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(Studio) Move to integrate Plains Baptist Church has brought crisis for church.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley
(Plains, Georgia) President Carter left church by choice, Reverend Bruce Edwards was fired. Church split over controversy. [EDWARDS - says church called him to preach God's word and when he did, they couldn't take it.] [President's uncle Alton CARTER - says Edwards didn't work as people in church wanted him to.] Controversy with regard to Edwards' support of church integration after Reverend Clennon King applied for mbrship. Later Edwards and wife adopted Hawaiian child, causing more controversy in town. Church then voted to ask Edwards to resign. [EDWARDS - says town's new notoriety brings out worst in some people.] Though president's cousin, Hugh Carter, enjoys prosperity brought by town's new fame, he's resigned as choir song leader and he, choir and large part of congregation stay away from church. Some say gulf may be too wide and there's move to form new church. [Church member Tim LAWSON - says church members must work out problem for selves.] Edwards hasn't accepted new position, despite offers. [Plains Mayor A.L. BLANTON - quotes Edwards' comments on personal sins.]
REPORTER: Betsy Aaron
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