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Swaggart Scandal / Television Ministries #320481

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 30, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart reported opposing national Assemblies of God leaders, who ordered him to not preach for year due to his sexual misconduct. Report introduced.

(Baton Rouge, LA: Bill Whitaker) Swaggart reported not intending to obey order to stop preaching. [Swaggart's attorney Bill TREEBY - says Swaggart will resume preaching in May.] [Assemblies of God spokesperson Juleen TURNAGE - says matter is not legal.] Some Louisiana mins. noted supporting Swaggart. [LA Assemblies of God spokesperson Robert KING - says was lenient toward Swaggart because of his ministry.] Sources quoted with regard to Swaggart's need to maintain money-making ministry. [Religious sociologist Jeffrey HADDEN - says Swaggart's decision is economy] Other television ministers noted asking for donations. [Evangelist Oral ROBERTS - asks for 8 million dollars.] Roberts' death threat last year recalled. Impact of incessant demands for donations and sex scandals upon television evangelism discussed.

Rather, Dan;
Whitaker, Bill

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