ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 05, 1979
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(Studio) Report on Senator Robert Dole's informal hearing on cults. Jonestown, Guyana, incident mentioned.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Demonstrations outside hearing and disturbances in hearing room by those claiming Dole's hearing threatens their constitutional rights noted; among protesters are reported to be members of Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church. Testimony of congress aide Jacqueline Speier, wounded in Guyana incident, and of experts in cults detailed. [Cult researcher Flo CONWAY - comments.] Witness Ted Patrick said to have kidnapped cult members in order to deprogram them; questions of his critics given. [United Church of Christ spokesperson Barry LYNN - comments on admissions of some deprogrammers about their work.] [Unification Church president Neil SALONEN - comments on groups' being used as example in hearings.] Possibility that Congress could take away tax-exempt status of cults and outlaw guns for cults, but probably not anything more, cited.
REPORTER: Ann Compton
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