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(Studio) Mesquite, Texas, pols. noted rated on their "morality" by right-wing Christian constituents; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Irving, Texas) Pols.'s and others' exploitation of religious fundamentalism examined; films shown. Dallas' Calvary Temple cited as example [Reverend J. Don GEORGE - preaches.] [Rice Univ. spokesperson William MARTIN - considers factors underlying current religious revival.] Religious fervor surrounding 1925 Scopes trial reviewed; scenes from "Inherit the Wind" shown courtesy United Artists. Clarence Darrow's humiliation of fundamentalist William Jennings Bryan's concept of creation recalled. Jimmy Carter's and Ronald Reagan's role in reviving fundamentalist religion noted. [Author Carol FLAKE - cites appeal of fundamentalist image.]- [Bruce and Janet WEITTER - describes their perception of religion, women's role.] [MARTIN -comments.] [Heavy metal rock group STRYPER - pray.] [Calvin College spokesperson George MARDSEN - notes abortion's sudden popularity with evangelicals.][Jerry FALWELL - explains his political goals.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel
(Studio) Part IV announced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
- Rabel, Ed;
- Rather, Dan
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