NBC Evening News for Sunday, Mar 04, 1984
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(Studio) Congress noted beginning debate on constitutional amendment on school prayer this week
REPORTER: John Palmer
(DC) [White House operator Shirley BLACKBURN - describes telephone lobbying.] Gallup poll results on school prayer amendment and focus of amendment's opponents outlined. [Senator Lowell WEICKER - believes state prayer, not religious freedom, is the issue under debate; doesn't feel "vol." school prayer will be vol. in reality.] President Reagan's position on issue mentioned. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) spokesperson Rev. Barry LYNN - explains opposition to amendment.] [Representative Thomas O'NEILL - agrees with opponents.] [Senator Orrin HATCH - supports amendment.] [WEICKER - doesn't believe schools are responsible for directing students in preconceived morality.]
REPORTER: Bob Abernethy
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