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AT 2 THE HARTFORD CQURAMT: Friday, September 7, 1984 Advisers Wait for Fallout of Campaign's Religious Blowup By MILTON COLEMAN But Mondale advisers say they are eager Mondale's running mate. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York, fired the' first majorshot of the general election campaign season July 13 in Elmore, ridiculing Reagan's claim that he was a "good Christian" on grounds that bis budget cuts were "terribly unfair" and "discrmiinatory." Later, New York Gov. Mario Cuomo differed openly with New York Archbishop John J.

O'Connor over the role that the abortion issue should play in politics. Then at the Republican National Convention in Dallas last month, came strident statements from religious fundamentalists and Reagan's own assertion at a prayer breakfast that "religion and politics are necessarily related." At that point Mondale advisers decided that the Republicans and Reagan had gone too far. Ironically, the Republicans had reached the same conclusion, sensing that enough had been said about religion to mollify the concerns of the fundamentalists. Democratic strategists said Mondale, the son of a Methodist preacher, felt his own religious credentials were under challenge. But they acknowledge that Mondale's fense of religious freedom fits into the Democrats' plan to portray the Republicans as outside the American mainstream.

"We're not the kind of people, in othej words, who say you either believe the way I do or I'll hang a label on you," a senior Mondale adviser said. Mondale may now be content to move on; but his aides will be watching the responses of two important audiences. One is the Democratic strategists outside the campaign who repeatedly have faulted Mondale for calling off his attacks just when Reagan appears to be retreating. The other is the public. Strategists for both candidates will monitor public opinion to see if there is any more to be gained of lost by keeping such an emotional issue' alive.

and LOU CANNON Washington Post WASHINGTON The issue religion and government has emerged in this year's presidential campaign in a way neither President Reagan nor Walter F. Mondale had intended, and its prominence has unsettled strategists for each campaign, for different reasons. Mondale Thursday capped two weeks of -sporadic attacks and anticipation with a full-scale assault, pointedly accusing the Reagan administration of welcoming the efforts of a "determined band reaching for government power to impose their own beliefs on other people." Both camps report that Mondale's criticism of Reagan and the Republicans on this issue may be weakening support for Reagan among a pivotal group of young, moderate swing voters. to move on to less emotional issues. "We would rather not be in a political squabble over these questions," a senior Mondale campaign adviser said.

"This is not the place to try to turn a political" election. So the Mondale aides said they hoped the Democratic nominee's speeches Thursday to the B'nai B'rith and the predominantly black National Baptist Convention would douse the fire of this controversy rather than fan its flames. Reagan political strategists are eager that he not retreat from his support for school prayer, anti-abortion and other pet concerns of the religious fundamentalists and they are certain he will not "Any vote that Reagan is going to lose because he supports school prayer or abortion he lost long ago," said one Reagan strategist But the Republican strategists say they would prefer he affirm his religious vie ws in ANALYSIS nonsectarian tones less likely to arouse the liberal social dander of working-class Catholics and young independents drawn to Reagan's economic policies. So when Reagan spoke to the B'nai B'rith Thursday only hours after Mondale gave his well-publicized speech he focused on U.S. policy in the Middle East He passed up a chance to lock horns with Mondale in absentia, as the two had done on arms control and defense issues in back-to-back speeches Tuesday and Wednesday to the American Legion national convention in Salt Lake City.

The roots of the debate over religion and government stem from the 1980 campaign, when the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority and other fundamentalist groups championed the cause of conservative candidates. Reagan, Mondale State Views 7nTH I On Religion for Jewish Group Reagan touched only briefly on the controversy, spending most of plaining how "I believe in an America where government is not permit- Continued from Page I RonnMiMti vmorMcmsn ro11c rrfw- 1 -cr- al he said. "A determined band is raising doubts about people's faith. They are reaching for government power to impose their own beliefs on people." "And the Reagan administration has opened its arms to them." The former vice president turned personal for a minute.

"What I am doing here today is something that, in 25 years of public life, I never thought I would have to do," he said, "I have never before had to defend my religious faith in a political campaign." Mondale outlined that faith, ex United Press International The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale greet an ap-plauding crowd at the National Baptist Convention Thursday in Washington. Jackson introduced Mon dale at the event, calling him "a man of integrity and intelligence." zZ United Press International President Reagan speaks to the B'nai B'rith International Convention Thursday in Washington.

an issue of particular concern to the Jewish community, which believes it is often shutout of jobs when quotas 'T can remember, a time America did have quotas," Reagan said, recalling" the pre-civil rights days before the early 1960s. "They were used in an attempt to make discrimination legitimate and permanent keeping Jews and other targets of bigotry out of colleges, medical schools and jobs. "I cannot state it too he said. "This type of thing must has been reviewed extensively during the past three years. Of the 1,073 proposed units in the project, 161 subsidized units already have bear built during the initial phase.

Of those, 25 are for low-income families and the rest are for elderly residents. The developers have offered to reserve for low-income-residents 10-of the 448 units in the project's sec City Officials Override Objections, Clear Way for Underwood Project kCU hU UiCtaLC UiC ICUglUlU 11XC VI VIU people, where religion is a private matter between individuals and their God, between families and their churches and synagogues. "The queen of England, where state religion is established, is called Defender of. the Faith," Mondale said, "but the president of the United States is the defender of the Constitution which defends all faiths." The former vice president named the Rev. Jerry FalwelL head of the Moral Majority, as among those who were part of "an extreme fringe poised to capture the Republican Party and tear it from its roots in Lincoln." ened to yank.

He said he had been led to believe the project would benefit more low- and moderate-income people than it actually will Nicholas R. Carbone, project manager for Underwood Associates, said Andrews' efforts would not affect the federal loan. He said the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development scrutinized the developer's request before approving it "We've got a contract," said Car- MATTHEW MARGOLffiS he would come over here for snacks a ham on a roll with no mayonnaise, milk and a soda. I remember the no mayonnaise." Keegan and Detective Capt William C.

Andersen said the six-day search' originally had concentrated along the Byram River where it cuts through the hilly GlenvOle section, just south of the Merritt Parkway -and within sight of the New York state line. "In America," the president said, "Jew, Christian, Muslim, believers of all kinds and non-believers, too as George Washington wrote to a Jewish congregation in Rhode Island each 'shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree and there shall be none to make him Reagan also tackled the fears that church and state were coming too close together. "The unique thing about America is a wall in our Constitution separating church and state," Reagan said. guarantees there will never be a state religion in this land The reaction to Mondale's criticism was respectful People appeared pleased that he took such a strong stand. But they were unsure if that stand alone would swing them into the Democratic column.

"I'm still thinking about what he said," said Edward R. Sokol of Revere, Mass. "Maybe it would read better than it sounded." "It was an important attack on Reagan's policies," said-Irving M. Yellin, an accountant from South-field, "but I don't know if if that major' an issue." With much of this audience, Reagan's good points simply seemed to outweigh his bad ones. Burton Schatz, a Chicago lawyer, wasn't worried about religious groups having too much influence in a Reagan White House because "Reagan is surrounded by good advisers.

They have been very friendly tons." Reagan played to cwhat people, perceived as offering-anupbeatrookatthecountry and the Republican reeoroV particularly the record on Israeli He talked about the economic recovery, rattling off a list of statistics that showes hew, among other things, about 6.5 million people have found jobs over the past 19 months. He drew cheers whence talked about how he remained "unalterably opposed" to what he called "discriminatory quotas" in hiring. That's bone, a former deputy mayor of Hartford. Carbone said he has offered to explain all the details of the Underwood project to Andrews and other city officials. Councilman Allan B.

Taylor and the five other council members who supported Underwood beat back attempts by Mathews and Andrews to refer the project to council committees for review, saying the project A civilian volunteer found Margo- lies' black-and-white checkered sneakers Wednesday afternoon in a ravine near the river, and police then discovered the body nearby. Whether the boy was murdered, there or was moved after he was stabbed has not yet been determined, police said, and the murder weapon, believed to be a knife, is still missing. Joan H. King, principal of Western-Junior High School, described Mat- thew as a "good kid who worked hard, got average grades and had lots of friends." She said the school observed a moment of silence Thursday morning, and administrators made sure his name was not called out during 'any roll calL The school, which has 7th, 8th and 9th grades, has about 570 students, she said. She said she had talked before-class to teachers of Margolies' friends about "watching out for grief and depression.

They're excellent observers of children and will be able to pick things up and help the children." All the teachers will talk about being aware of strangers and of set-ingupa "buddy system" when walking in the neighborhood. "We do it every year, but it will have a special meaning this time, -unfortunately," she said. Continued from Page 1 ed business. "I will ask the administration to rethink their support of this project," he said after the council meeting. Andrews has been among several officials lobbying in Washington for a $9 million Urban Development Action Grant for the project that the government several times threat Police Say Boy Fought His Killer Exoneration of Meese Expected never happen again.1!.

Reagan quickly moved on to eager to recite. -and defend his policies. He talked ofhow'Sfehave upgraded and formalized cooperation." He noted "we have markedly increased our economic assistance to Israel." He insisted, there was "firm opposition to the formation of any independent Palestinian state." And he won enthusiastic applause wheq he-announced the administration-would support Senate ratification of a 1949 United Nations treaty banning genocide, a treaty that has ond phase, for which the city will sell bonds. Carbone said he is" exploring plans to provide more low-income units during the project's third phase, which would produce another 464 apartments. That phase would not be built before 1988.

The city originally had received '299 federal rent subsidies for Underwood apartment units, but the gan administration, which has eliminated the Section 8 rent subsidy' EDWIN been pending in the Senate since that" time. Mondale, on the other hand, con--centrated -entirely on the church and state 2 He later delivered the same mesj sage to 10,000 delegates at the National Baptist Convention, an orgaiS ization of 30,000 black churches, and; expanded it into an attack on Rea- gan's record on civil rights, jobs ani social justice. The nominee was introduced bjr the Re v. Jesse L. Jackson, who urged-blacks to use their votes to helj defeat Reagan.

program, canceled all but 161 subsi- dies. Nappier, who was one of the strong gest critics of the project last month; when the developers revamped their site plans without consulting the-agency, said the new plans would: isolate the existing low-income" apartments from the rest of the-project The agency is expected tlx demand further revisions of the; plans. MEESE Continued from Page 1 pjri. walking along the banks of the -Byram River, Margolies'nad a fish-' ing rod with him. But police said the rod had not been recovered.

Authorities had suspected that the boy was despondent over the Aug. 17 death of his grandfather, George But Valassis said, "He accepted the fact of his grandfather's death and I don't think he was that despondent I talked to him about it" She said Miazzga, who lived a few doors down from Valassis' store on Morgan Street had taught the boy to fish and enjoy the rugged terrain of the area. "Matthew spent more time with them (his grandparents) than with his mother. He loved to fish and ride his bike. He was fishing all the time and last week, Tuesday, I think, he brought in a fish and I paid $5 for it I put it on the scales and it weighed a couple of pounds and I remember him laughing like a normal kid about it" Valassis said.

"He was really raised, by his grandfather, especially since his parents divorced," she said. "They were a poor family. The mother worked as a nurse at the hospital. The grandpa' would pick him up and take him- to school and Matthew would be over there all the time. And.

Continued from Page 1 ments and questioned dozens of witnesses, many of them under oath before a federal grand jury, in pursuing the Meese inquiry. Stein, who has repeatedly declined to discuss the case, would not comment Thursday. The investigation also has encompassed charges that Meese improperly engineered his own promotion in the Army Reserve and that he played a role in efforts by Reagan's presidential cam- -paign committee four years ago to obtain inside information from President Jimmy Carter's re-election campaign. The question of whether Meese bad a role in obtainingjederal jobs for persons who helped him financially formed the heart of Stein's inquiry, sources said. Meese repeatedly has denied any wrongdoing.

John R. McKean, Meese's personal accountant was named to the US. Postal Serviceboard of governors in 1981 shortly after arranging the first of two loans totaling. $60,000 for Meese, it was revealed in testimony at his Senate confir-mation hearings. In addition, testimony showed-that Thomas J.

Barrack Jr, a wealthy California "real estate developer, was named to a Department of -the Interior job and then -nominated as an assistant secretary at the Department of Commerce after arranging the sale of Meese's California home. Meese has denied any relationship between the financial assistance and subsequent appointments..

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