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Vermont / Religious Cult #298003

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jul 10, 1984
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REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Island Pond, VT) Northeast Kingdom cult's town meeting in effort to improve its relationship with community featured; allegations of child abuse as part of cult practices recalled. Films shown. [Audience MBRS. and cult SPOKESPERSON - argue whether town meeting is public forum or not.] Recent police raid and temporary detention of children recalled. [Cult member Bill SMITH, residents Michelle CASAVANT and Mary HARE - argue issue of child abuse.] [Cult spokesperson Eddie WISEMAN - explains sect's approach to punishment.] [Former cult member Beth SANFORD - describes group's beatings of children.] [WISEMAN - claims "disciplining" children is part of God.] [HARE - cites strength necessary for treating children with dignity and respect versus beatings.] Apparent results of meeting on town-cult relations noted.
REPORTER: Steve Young

Rather, Dan;
Young, Steve

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