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Decision 1984 / Final Campaigns, Religion #534187

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 29, 1984
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(Studio) Walter Mondale, in final leg of his campaign, reported accusing President Reagan of spending most of his time sleeping at Camp David; focus of Reagan's last campaign efforts mentioned. President's stop in Pennsylvania noted. [REAGAN - mocks Mondale's reference to the past.] Mondale's Seattle stop with Gary Hart described, shown. [MONDALE - attacks Reagan's human rights record; calls for condemning torture whether in South Africa or USSR .] Geraldine Ferraro's assault on Reagan's lack of leadership described, quoted.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Infusion of 1984 political campaigns. with religion reviewed; Jesse Jackson, Catholic officials' anti-abortion militancy and fundamentalists' partnership with right-wing cited as exs.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Charlottesville, Virginia) Alliance of religion and pols., its pros and cons, examined. [Jerry FALWELL - sees his priorities as salvation, baptism and voter registration.] Fundamentalists ministers' new political militancy discussed. [MINISTER - urges congregation to vote for cands. supporting his beliefs.] Falwell, television evangelists such as Jim Bakker cited as example [BAKKER - calls for church reaction to government] [Jimmy SWAGGART - preaches on church-state rel.] [FALWELL - tells President Reagan of his support among fundamentalist preachers.] Agreement between Reagan and fundamentalists on school prayer, abortion, packing Supreme Court noted. [SWAGGART - thinks religious principles of nation must be defended.] [FALWELL - threatens Republican platform committee of consequences if platform doesn't please his group; praises final platform.] [Baptist seminary pres. Roy HONEYCUTT - fears de facto state church if radical religious right-wing gains control.] [Baptist minister John BUCHANAN - opposes militant minority, under guise of Moral Majority, dictating nation's morals, life.] People for the American Way, organization headed by Buchanan, said concerned with preserving separation of Church and State; his description of fundamentalists' use of "scoreboards" on pols. as "moral McCarthyism" discussed. [BUCHANAN - thinks such fundamentalists, applying their biblical interpretations to their pols., rationalize their beliefs as divinely sanctioned; fears such mentality.] [FALWELL - believes nation has been permanently affected by conservative religious movement; urges audience to vote for Reagan.]
REPORTER: Kenley Jones

(Studio) Poll results tomorrow announced.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Jones, Kenley

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