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Supreme Court / Nativity Scenes #287278

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 04, 1983
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REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Pawtucket, Rhode Island) Supreme Court reported hearing case stemming from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, city government `s financing of annual nativity scene; background to case dealing with separation of church and state, brought by Robert Goodwin, ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and 3 others recalled. [GOODWIN - feels government-sponsored nativity scene discriminates against non-Christian citizens.] Lower court rulings recalled; indications of Supreme Court's possible decision in light of Pope John Paul II's Mass on federal property, tax deductions for parochial school students and Supreme Court `s upholding of paid Christian chaplain for Nebraska legislature considered. [Pawtucket Mayor Henry KINCH - believes Christmas is constitutional holiday.] Arguments presented Supreme Court today by solicitor general and opposing attorney outlined. Irony in case explained.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Don Juhlin

Graham, Fred;
Rather, Dan

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