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Religion / School Prayer, Nativity Scenes #89279

ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 05, 1984
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(Studio) Congress reported beginning debate on prayer in public schools. Supreme Court ruling allowing cities to display nativity scenes on government property outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Court's decision in suit brought by Pawtucket, Rhode Island, examined; Chief Justice Warren Burger's opinion and dissenting opinion of Justice William Brennan quoted on screen, discussed. [ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) legal director Burt NEUBORNE - feels Supreme Court is encouraging relationship between pols. and religion.] Justices' approval last year of prayer in state legislatures and tax credits for parochial schools recalled.
REPORTER: Tim O'Brien Artist: Freda Reiter

(Studio) Supreme Court decisions in 1960s outlawing mandatory prayer and Bible studies in public schools recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Senator chaplain Richard Halverson's prayer opening Senator session today quoted; pro- and anti-school prayer leaders Senators Howard Baker and Lowell Weicker noted differing in their ests. of debate's length. Proposed constitutional amendment quoted on screen. [Opposition PRIEST - feels prayer can't be outlawed or legalized.] [Jerry FALWELL - attributes schools' problems to lack of God.] President Reagan's support of amendment and possible political implications for Democrats cited. [Representative James WRIGHT - doesn't believe God is either Democrat or Republican]
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

Gibson, Charles;
Jennings, Peter;
O'Brien, Tim

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