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'Life of Brian'ban
VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) - A Superior
Court judge reversed himself yesterday
and lifted a temporary restraining or-
der banning the showing of the British-
made movie "Life of Brian."
Judge Roy Lilly vacated without
comment the order he had issued Mon-
day. Local church groups had denoun-
ced the- movie as a blasphemous and
obscene distortion of the life of Jesus.
The film had been showing for 11 days
at Ashley Cinemas in Valdosta.
LILLY WATCHED the movie at a
private showing after issuing the
restraining order, but he did not say
whether the screening influenced his
decision to lift the ban.
Steve Gupton, an attorney for 10 local
church groups, told Lilly on Monday
that the movie was obscene, primarily
because of its "lewd exhibition of
The Rev. Gary Folds, pastor of the
Morningside Baptist Church, said the
church groups avoided attacking the
movie on religious grounds, even
though they believed it was
"PERSONALLY, I believe the movie
is a gross violation of Scripture and is
blasphemous," Folds said. "But we're
challenging it on the legal grounds we
gan challenge it on."
Attorneys for Ashley Cinema argued
that the movie was no more obscene
than many others shown in the Valdosta
Pete Stone, one of the lawyers
representing the theater, said,
"Unquestionably, by today's standar-
ds, the movie isn't obscene and to even,
suggest it is utter fantasy."
The film has gained notoriety in other
parts of the country. The Roman
Catholic Archdiocese of New York and
several Jewish groups have called it
blasphemous. One theater in Charlotte,
N.C. withdrew the film when church
Park death spurs KC
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SEOUL (Reuter) - A purge of the
South Korean Central . Intelligence
Agency (KCIA) appeared to be under-
way yesterday following 'Friday's
assassination of President Park Chung-
Hee by the agency's director.
The joint investigation headquarters
of the martial law command said in a
statement it was "investigating a large
number of people" in connection with
the killing of President Park and five
others at a private KCIA hotel in Seoul.
THE MARTIAL law command, after
saying initially that Park's death had
been an accident, announced that direc-
tor Kim had a premeditated plan to
According to an official statement,
the director, who has since been
relieved of his post, left the dining table
and said outside the door to the protocol
chief and his assistant: "I will dispose
of them today and you take care of the
men from the (presidential) security
- Kim fired a shot from a .38-caliber
revolver at the chief of presidential
security forces, Cha Chi-Chol, and then
at Park. Kim then fired two bullets at
each man, according to the statement.
In a related development, the joint
investion headquarters said yesterday
that another man at the dinner, Chief
Presidential Secretary Kim Kae-Won,
was being investigated on suspicion of
complicity in the assassination.
THE HEADQUARTERS also said
that acting South Korean President
Choi Kyu-Hah had named the army's
Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General
Lee Hi-Song, as acting KCIA director. .
Despite official announcements, the
leaders protested, but a second booked
The movie depicts the life of "Brian
of Nazareth," a reluctant "messiah
who joins the People's Liberation Front
of Judea and is crucified by the
A spokesman for the film's U.S.
distributor, Warner Bros., said the film
is "a satire; it is a spoof, and it should
be viewed in that context."
sequence of events surrounding the
assassination of Park was still unclear.
Meanwhile, life is returning to nor-
mal in South Korea and initial fears
that North Korea might take advantage
of the situation have been quelled
following swift U.S. assurances of its
security commitment to Seoul.
Martial law remains in force, but cur
few restrictions have been eased.
Acting President Choi conferred with.
key military and cabinet men today and
the government concluded that South:
Korea's political, economic and
security cooperation with friendly
nations had not been affected by Park's
death, a spokesman said.
Most radio and 'television networks,
which have been playing somber music
and broadcasting eulogies to the late
president, have resumed regular
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