CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 05, 1984
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(Studio) Supreme Court ruling on municipal government's right to display nativity scenes reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Background to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, suit and court's decision examined; dissenting opinion outlined. [Mayor Henry KlNCH - thinks ruling supports religious freedom in general] Possible role of election year pols. in decision, in light of President Reagan's reliance on religious orgs. for his election in 1980, considered. Recent court rulings suggesting Supreme Court's willingness to relax barriers between Church and State listed on screen, reviewed. [Harvard law professor Lawrence TRIBE - fears increase entanglement of Church and State; explains.] Implications of case currently before court for school prayer issue noted.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: Don Juhlin
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