Nation: Politics from the Pulpit

Fundamentalists take aim at Carter and liberals nationwide

Classes were canceled at Liberty Baptist College in Lynchburg, Va. Students were bused in from Lynchburg Christian Academy to help fill the 8,000 seats. Excitement built as the hour neared for the featured speaker to appear. "Here he comes, ah!" cried one young woman as the hero stepped onto the stage. Billy Graham? Oral Roberts? No, Ronald Reagan.

The Republican candidate's talk at the meeting of the National Religious Broadcasters in Lynchburg was blandly disappointing to many who had been hoping for a fire-and-brimstone sermon. Mindful...

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