ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 01, 1984
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(Studio) Controversy over Rajneeshi religious sect's impact on Oregon recalled
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Rajneeshpuram, OR) Trappings surrounding Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh's news conf. described; films shown. [His personal secretary Ma Anand SHEELA - asks if he believes in God.] [RAJNEESH - considers God greatest fiction created by man; cites need for idiots in pols.] Cult's decision not to participate in upcoming county elecs. noted. [Former write-in candidate Ma Anand PATHIKA - considers it beneath her dignity to run for office or vote in this election] Cult said planning legal challenge to county voting officials' refusal to honor recently recruited derelicts as legal voters.
REPORTER: Tom Schell
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