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Mormons #513409

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 12, 1981
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(Studio) Post-surgery conditions of Mormon leaders Spencer West Kimball and Ezra Taft Benson, Dwight Eisenhower's Agriculture Secretary, reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Salt Lake City, UT) Growth of Mormon Church discussed; church's use of pol. power to continue sex discrimination noted. United States political cands. noted aware of need to pay homage to Mormon leaders Kimball's successor, Benson, noted active in extreme right-wing orgs. such as John Birch Society and Freemen Institution; details given. [BENSON - praises Joe McCarthy.] His belief in church involvement in pols. noted. [BENSON - criticizes separation of church and state.] Concern of liberal Mormons over possible consequences of Benson leadership noted. [J.D. WILLIAMS - fears results of Benson leadership] Joseph Smith recalled.
REPORTER: David Burrington

Burrington, David;
Chancellor, John

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