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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 14, 1984
Minister jailed for defying law

Compiled from Associated Press and

From AP and UPI
CLAIRTON, Pa. - Declaring no ear-
thly law can deter him from God's
work, a Lutheran minister whose
protests against blue-collar unem-
ployment split his congregation was
arrested at his altar and jailed yester-
day for defying orders to step down as
"I must obey God and not man," the
Rev. Douglas Roth told Allegheny
County Common Pleas Judge Emil
Narick in refusing to comply with a
court order barring him from
preaching at the Trinity Lutheran
Church in Clairton.
"I WILL not talk to courts that have
corrupt decisions that interfere with
religion," Roth said.
After the 20-minute hearing, Narick
fined Roth $1,200 and sent him off to a
Pittsburgh jail to serve a 90-day sen-
tence on civil contempt charges.


'I will not talk to courts that have corrupt
decisions that interfere with religion.'
- Rev. Douglas Roth

"He can purge himself at anytime,"
Narick said. "He has the key to the
jailhouse in his pocket."
NARICK SAID everyone must obey
the law, adding that Roth would be
freed if he promised to comply with the
court order.
"To do otherwise would make a
mockery of the law," he said.
"When you make announcements to
the public about disobeying the
law...you must accept the consequen-

ces," referring to Roth's Sunday ser-
mon in which he said "I am not called to
appear before courts and judges."
ROTH WAS suspended on Oct. 17 by
Bishop Kenneth May of the West
Virginia - Western Pennsylvania
Synod of the Lutheran Church for sup-
porting the Denominational Ministry
Strategy: a controversial clergymen's
activist group.
Since his suspension, Roth has

delivered a sermon every Sunday in
defiance of May's order, but on Nov. 2
Narick upheld the bishop's action and
ordered Roth to stop preaching.
Roth ignored the judge's order and
barricaded himself inside his former
church Nov. 5, skipping a Friday
hearing on a contempt of court citation.
THE MINISTER had previously said
it he were to be arrested for defying the
cpirt order, he must be taken from his
altar. Two Allegheny County sheriff's
deputies arrested Roth yesterday mor-
ning from the church.
The minister first stirred controversy
among his 190-member, blue-collar
congregation bysupporting local ac-
tivists who have sharply criticized U.S.
Stell Corp., Mellon National Corp. and
other Pittsburgh corporations over the
decline of area steelmaking and
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beforea discussion was actually
finished. An attempt to bypass the for-
malities was rejected. Members were
told to become more familiar with the
workings of MSA. The proposal will be
reintroduced next week, some mem-
bers said.
In response to recent controversy
over a Muslim Students Association
forum, the Assembly voted to accept a
recommendation by its Budget
Priorities Committee that no funding
for the forum be released until the
Muslim group presents its receipts and
they can be reviewed by the committee.
The group had originally applied to
MSA for funding to publicize an event
entitled "The Heart of Palestine," but it
was advertised as "Palestine: Racism
and Zionism." That name change led
some to question the nature of the
forum and led BPC to its recommen-
If the group's receipts show that the
money was spent on advertising a
forum with a title different from the
original one, the BPC and the Assembly
might then vote not to release the $150
originally allotted to the forum, Kaplan
A request from the Muslim Students
Association that the $225 allotted to
their group for future forums be used
for last week's event was rejected.
The Budget Priorities Committee of
the Michigan Student Assembly
decided last weekend to recommend
that MSA withhold funding for a con-
troversial Muslim Students Association
forum until the receipts can be
examined. The Daily incorrectly said
yesterday morning that the entire
Assembly had approved that request. It
was not approved until last night's

WARSAW, Poland-Government spokesman Jerzy Urban said yesterday
that human rights committees formed following the slaying of a pro-
Solidarity priest are trying to promote anarchy in Poland.
He warned that organizers may face prosecution because such groups are
"The organizers of illegal-and I want to emphasize that-committees are
striving for opening the road toward anarchy," he told a news conference.
"They are violating the law saying that they want to defend it."
Jacek Kuron, one of Poland's leading opposition figures, responded that
such human rights organizations are illegal only under governments "based
on lawlessness.
"Organizing people in order to research acts of political terrorism and to
inform public opinion about them is supported by law in a country where
there is law, and by a government, if this government is based on law," he
said in an interview.
"But if a government is based on lawlessness," he said, "such activities
are of course illegal and damaging for them." Kuron was a prominent ad-,
viser to the outlawed Solidarity union.
Urban's remarks were the strongest warning from Communist authorities
since the political opposition renewed public activity following the death of,
the Rev. Jerzy Popieluszko last month.
Lebanese eager to start talks
BEIRUT, Lebanon-Lebanese leaders said yesterday they were eager to
restart the suspended troop withdrawal negotiations with Israel, but again
insisted that Israel first release four Shiite Moslem militiamen arrested last
Israel Prime Minister Shimon Peres was quoted by Israel Radio as saying
he expects the talks to resume soon, but there was no sign from Israeli
authorities in Lebanon that the militiamen were about the be released.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Murphy met in Damascus with
Syrian President Hafez Assad to discuss the Israeli-Lebanese impasse.
Murphy's visit followed earlier stops in Israel and Lebanon.
An Israeli patrol, meanwhile, pushed north of the front line in south
Lebanon and came under mortar fire, Israel Radio said, but there were no
The Lebanese position was discussed by Prime Minister Rashid Karami
and Shiite Moslem leader Nabih Berri following a luncheon with President
Amin Gemayel at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut.
Reagan prepares to battle deficit
WASHINGTON (UPI)-President Reagan, his anti-tax stand put to the test
by a deteriorating fiscal outlook, will approach Congress "on a realistic
basis" to reduce the federal deficit, White House spokesman Larry Speakes
said yesterday.
Speakes, in explaining a position stated by Reagan during the presidential
campaign and after his re-election last week, left the door open for a com-
promise similar to deals the president has accepted three times in the last
four years.
Describing Reagan as "strong-willed'' on the subject, Speakes said the
president is committed to a "revenue-neutral" tax simplification plan-one
that would generate no more money than the current system.
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States insisted in speech after speech yesterday that creditor and debtor
nations must meet to resolve the huge economic problems they said are cur-
bing Latin America's development and threatening its social stability.
"We will formally invite the United States and other industrialized coun-
tries for a meetings," said Foreign Minister Jose Augusto Vega Imbert of
the Dominican Republic in announcing a meeting of the Cartagena Group in
The group, compromising Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela,
seeks better repayment terms and conditions for an overall Latin American
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