NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 06, 1974
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(Studio) Some preachers and evangelists meet with law in course of life.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber
(Corpus Christi, Texas) Evangelist Lester Roloff highly controversial figure. Contributions to brother Roloff enormous. Some of money used for daily radio broadcasts. Money also bought 2 private planes. Trips take him to homes for elderly, young, drug addicts, alcoholics, unwed mothers. Authorities in 3 states investigate Roloff's running of these insts. Rebecca Home in Corpus Christi, Texas, began problems. Rebecca Home and 2 boys insts. run without state license. [ROLOFF - believes no license necessary to operate church home.] Charges include Roloff homes understaffed, children underfed, teachers underqualified and children physically abused. [Father John HANSON - testifies at hearing re: physical abuse.] [ROLOFF - insists Roloff homes can't operate under state laws because Jesus and Bible aren't in laws.] Authorities close homes. In Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Roloff runs home for unwed mothers. D.A. probes charges of Roloff selling girls' babies for $1000. Roloff insists he only tries to place babies in good Christian homes; he doesn't profit. Roloff intends to fight laws of man if they conflict with laws of God.
REPORTER: George Lewis (KPRC-TV Houston, Texas; WDAM-TV Hattiesburg, Mississippi)
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