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friday, april 24, 1981
lincoln, nebraskavol. 106, no. 70
Falwell lists goals of Moral Majority in speech
By Beth Headrick
In the same week that U.S. Senate hearings began on
the Human Life Amendment and Nebraska Courts are
reviewing decisions on whether Christian day schools must
be licensed with the State Board of Education, the leader
of the Moral Majority addressed those issues in Lincoln.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell of Lynchburg, Va., spoke
Thursday on the churches obligation to uphold the
traditional values of the country.
Referring to youth as the "hope of the future," Falwell
said their religious training in Christian day schools should
not be hampered by laws that require licensing with the
state boards of education. Licensing violates constitution
al rights, he said.
Nebraska is one of the few states that requires such
licenses, Falwell said, adding that he is confident Gov.
Charles Thone will agree with his stand on this issue and
help change that law.
Standing before a crowd of about 2,000 at the
Capitol with the "I Love America Singers" from Liberty
Baptist College in Lynchburg singing behind him, Falwell
said the principles of separation of church and state must
be preserved. To maintain the separation and to remain
free, Falwell said, private schools must refuse state and
federal funds.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell with aide.
Photo by Mark Billingsley
"Parents own their children," he said, not the state.'
The Moral Majority believes in the right of parents to
educate their children according to their own beliefs, he
"A Christian education is as important to many people
as their Sunday worship," he said.
In a press conference Thursday morning at the Hilton
Hotel, Falwell outlined the Moral Majority's four goals:
-The first priority of the group is the pro-life issue.
The goal, he said, is to legislate into federal and state laws
the belief that a fetus is a citizen with full Constitutional
Calling the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legaliz
ing abortion the "abortion-on-demand decision," Falwell
said the Moral Majority is organized to fight that ruling.
Some form of the Human Life Amendment will pass, he
said, but realistically not until 1982.
-The second goal is to support the traditional family,
which Falwell described as a marriage between a man and
a woman, excluding common law and homosexual marri
ages. -Another goal is to fight against the moral decay
caused by drugs that "poison the spirits of young people."
-Finally, the goals of the Moral Majority must be pro
American, Falwell said. A major priority being a strong
defense and military.
"Our people (the Moral Majority) have never been as
organized, informed and mobilized as they are now," Fal
weU said.
The moral majority has existed for many years, he said,
but in the last five it has organized and gained strength all
over the United States.
"There are 4 million members and that number's grow-,
ing," he said. "There's an effort to recruit up to 7 million
by next year."
Conservatives have finally learned to come together
despite difference, he said, and the current administration
supports this movement.
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NU operating budget gains first-round approval
By Patti Gallagher
The NU 1981-82 operation budget gained first round
approval in the Legislature Thursday, after an unsuccess
ful attempt to delete increased funds for the NU Central
An amendment offered by Omaha Sen. Vard Johnson
would have removed $2.5 million appropriated to the
central administration within LB560.
The intent of Johnson's amendment, which failed on a
6-25 vote.vas retribution for the NU Board of Regents
refusal to negotiate with UNO's faculty bargaining group.
"I have a certain sense of indignation about what has
been for some time a refusal to grant fair pay to our
faculty in Omaha," Johnson said,
UNO's American Association of University Professors
has undergone negotiations with the regents for about
nine months, and have not yet granted its 12.4 percent re
quest for salary increases.
The regents are currently offering a 10.4 percent salary
Johnson said the regent's refusal to grant the UNO
faculty additional money is a "demoralizing practice,"
He also said the regents refusal to negotiate violates a
Nebraska Supreme Court decision of several years ago
stating that public employees may not be discriminated
against because of their negotiations for higher wages,
"I think it's time for us to hold the purse strings to say
to the board of regents and the central administration,
Come on. Let's do right by our people. You can negoti
age in good faith," Johnson said.
Students avoid testifying at hearing;
instead, faculty and minister speak
By Alice Hrnicek and Kim Hachiya
At a Thursday hearing held for student comment on
the proposed UNL five-year plan, no students testified.
Instead, three faculty members and one campus
minister addressed the academic planning committee, of
which three members were present, about Interim
Chancellor Robert Rutford's proposals.
The hearing was the fifth in a series that were to be re
viewed by the academic planning committee, Rutford and
newly appointed Chancellor Martin A. Massengale.
After seeing the plan, which was released Monday,
Maasengale said "it is generally in the right direction."
Massengale said he will wait until the plan is studied by
various groups before recommending changes,
"My reaction is to study all reactions, synthesize and
incorporate some of my ideas," he said.
Larry Doerr, a campus minister, called the idea of an
improved core curriculum in liberal arts a "major inherent
ambiguity of the plan."
The plan says departments should cooperate in
developing core courses that are accessible to students
with other majors,
Doerr said a conflict arises between the emphasis on
graduate programs and the core curriculum. The futures
of many departments lie in their graduate programs, he
said, which "pushes (faculty) toward the center of their
specialty rather than to the corners."
The result is that faculty is less interested in under
graduates, Doerr said.
In an interview before the hearing, ASUN President
Rick Mockler commended "the attention given to the idea
of expanding the core curriculum in liberal arts."
"It is important that all of us get a broad education
and this begins to address the problem of misallocation of
resources between colleges-such as the underfunding of
CBA and engineering," Mockler said. -
Expansion of core curriculum in liberal arts would re
duce overburdening in some colleges by spreading out the
course load to more departments in the College of Arts
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Continued on Page 2
Sen. Dave Newell of Omaha supported Johnson's
amendment saying state agencies often attempt to stone
wall negotiations in hopes that negotiators will go away.
Speaking against the amendment were Sens. Gerald
Koch of Ralston and Jerome Warner of Waverly .
"The Legislature is not the proper place to try and get
even," Koch said. Negotiations of public institutions
should not be part of the legislative process.
Warner agreed the legislature should not get itself ir.
volved in negotiations.
Those voting in favor of Johnson's amendment were
Newell, and Sens, Dave Landis of Lincoln and Dave
Wiitala of Omaha, George Burrows of Adams and Peter
Hoagland of Omaha.
The total NU budget passed from general file on a 25-3
vote, with no other discussion. It was advanced from the
appropriations committee last Tuesday, proposing 13 per
cent more in state general funds for NU,
The committee appropriations bill falls 5 percent
below the NU administration's budget request for the
coming fiscal year.
The budget requests 13.3 percent more for UNL, for a
total of about $78.7 million, UNL received $69.5 million
from the state last year.
The budget also includes a 12.3 percent increase for
UNO, 13.8 percent increase for the central administration
and a 13 percent increase for the NU Medical Center,
The budget must pass two additional floor considera
tions before being submitted for the governor's signature.
mmm friday
On the Road Again: Gotta put on those travelin' shoes
how to travel in style See special section inside.
Women Invited Too: Four local actors and playwrights
hope their play The Men i Room can help resolve prob-
1 lems in relationships. ...... . , . , , , . ..... Page 10
Football Fever: UNL football fans will get a preview
of the 1981 CGifmuokeiS al luiiioiiow's Red-White '
game Page 13