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Reagan, Mondale spar
again on religion

The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 7, 1984 - Page 3
Local firm opposes
nuclear free zone

WASHINGTON (AP) - Walter Mon-
dale and President Reagan each con-
demned bigotry as they continued their
debate on religion yesterday, but the
Democratic challenger accused the
Republican incumbent of encouraging
an(. "extreme fringe" bent on imposing
its religious views on all Americans.
"All intolerance is ugly, whether it
wears the sheets of the Ku Klux Klan or
spreads the slurs of the Christian
Voice," a conservative California
group, Mondale told a convention of
B'nai B'rith.
THREE HOURS later, Reagan told
the same Jewish audience, "The ideals
of our country leave no room what-
soever for intolerance, anti-Semitism
or bigotry or any kind-none."
It was exactly two weeks ago that
Reagan told a prayer breakfast in
Dallas that "religion and politics are
necessarily related" and touched off a
lgng-distance debate over the
s.paration of church and state.
But the president only addressed that
question briefly during his speech, con-
centrating instead on the Middle East
and pledging that "we will never at-
tempt to impose a solution on Israel."
years ago "peace was eluding the Mid-
dle East. It still does. But now we and
the state of Israel have far greater
cause for hope."
Mondale chose the B'nai B'rith
meeting as the setting for a detailed ex-
pression of his views on religion and
politics, and he lashed out at the in-
fluence exerted by Christian fundamen-
talists at the Republican National Con-
vention last month.

"Most Americans would be surprised
to learn God is A Republican," he said.
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."
He added that "they are not disap-
pointed in the performance of their
Republican candidate."
Missing from Reagan's remarks was
an appeal for a constitutional amen-
dment to permit voluntary prayer in
public schools. Many Jewish leaders
oppose such an amendment, for which
Reagan earlier this week reiterated his
AFTER BOTH Mondale and Reagan
had addressed the group, Geral Kraft of
Indianapolis, Ind., international
president of B'Nai B'rith, said he was
"not reassured" by what Reagan had to
say on the issue of separation of church
and state. He expressed satisfaction
with Mondale's remarks.
However, the Rev. Bob Grant,
chairman of Christian Voice, said in a
statement that Mondale "owes an
apology to all conservative
evangelicals, Catholics and others who
want to protect our traditional values.
Mondale should be ashamed of himself
for this desperate attack on Bible-
believing Christians."
Mondale appeared later at a meeting
of the National Baptist Convention and
told the 10,000 delegates that Reagan
planned to "undo the work of a
generation" in civil rights.

A local company which regularly ac-
cepts work from the Department of
Defense has filed a suit requesting that
a proposal which could make Ann Ar-
bor "nuclear free" be stricken from the
city's Nov. 6 ballot.
The Environmental Research In-
stitute of Michigan, located at 3300
Plymouth Rd., filed suit Wednesday in
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
charging that the proposal, which could
ban all nuclear weapons research on the
city if it is passed,. violates con-
stitutional rights.
THE SUIT filed against the city.
charges that the proposal violates
freedom of speech, interstate commer-
ce laws, and due process provisions.
"We have filed the suit because we
feel the procedure followed is in
violation of Michigan law," said Mar-
vin Holter, ERIM executive vice
Petitions calling for a nuclear freeze
were signed by about 8,000 people and
city clerk Winifred Northcross, who is
also named in the suit, in late July. The
signatures were declared valid and the
proposal was put on the November
HOWEVER, ERIM's suit contends
the issue is a zoning issue and that the
procedures used to get the proposal on
the ballot did not follow state law.
"Since we filed the suite, we believe
we have a sensible case," Holter said,
adding that he is convinced the judge
will rule against the proposal because
improper procedures were followed in
getting the proposal on the ballot.
"Our view is in addition to the
procedure being illegal ... the wording
of that specific amendment is in
violation of the U.S. Constitution and
the Michigan Constitution.
IF PASSED the amendment would
create the first nuclear free zone in an
area which does nuclear research.
The proposal reads in part: "No per-
son, corporation, university,
laboratory, institution, or other entity
shall engage in any work a major pur-
pose of which is the' design; research;
development; testing or production of
nuclear weapons.'
In addition, the plan prohibits work
on delivery systems for nuclear
weapons, and command, com-
munication or control systems for such

prisonment and a fine of $500.
According to ERIM, the city is over-
stepping its authority by placing the
question on the ballot.
"The city has no authority to enact
the proposed amendment, because it
relates to matters of national defense
which are beyond municipal concern
and because it impermissibly prohibits
and interferes with the legitimate
business of research for the United
States government," the suit charges.
AMONG OTHER things, the suit
charges that the amendment would, by
prohibiting certain business activities,
"deprive the company and other
citizens who have substantial property
interests in their businesses, of
property without due process of law."
The suit also charges that the amen-
dment would deprive Congress of its
power to provide for the common
defense because it interferes with
federal defense activities.
The proposed amendment would
violate the free speech guarantees of
the first amendment to the United
States constitution because it would
prohibit all activities relating to
nuclear weapons research and design,
according to the suit.
DANIEL AXELROD, a University
physics professor and nuclear freeze
activist, said the Campaign for a
Nuclear Free Ann Arbor will continue
to fight for a nuclear freeze.
"I think the campaign by the op-
position will be. full of distortions and
very well-funded."
However, he added tha the fight for a
nuclear free zone will be tough a one.
"Nothing (the opposition does) would
surprise me," he said.
Axelrod said the suit's claim tha a
nuclear free zone would violate the Fir-
st Amendment is absurd.

. i'

D ear Nancy. . . Associated Press
First lady Nancy Reagan, as part of her efforts to curb drug and alcohol
abuse, offers advice and encouragement to sixth graders yesterday at
William Knight Elementary School in Canby Oregon.

Controversy continues over Dunn's defeat
(Continued from Page 1)
Progressive Student Network, a
because there is a potential conflict of h ttd

interest between his job as a regent and
his lobbying for public schools.
"THE BASIC and fundamental
question is the application of a conflict
of interest to be operating in both
capacities," Massaron said. "It's not a
question of liking Geral Dunn."
Massaron also enthusiastically sup-
ported Lansing. "She is a very im-
pressive lady," he said. "It's not like
she is a political hack or anything."
Dunn, however, said there was "ab-
solutely not" any conflict of interest
between his jobs and the UAW would
have brought the issue up when he first
ran for regent if they were really con-
cerned about it.
OTHER REGENTS on the Univer-
sity's board said they are somewhat
concerned that the selection of regents
may become more political.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline)

'The real reason behind Mr. Garrison's view-
point is to silence anyone who has an op-
posing point of view.'
- Regent Gerald Dunn

student , group wcn as pres
issues such as military research and
University budget cuts.
Nederlander and Lansing will square
off against two Republican nominees in
the Nov. 6 election. The Republicans
are holding their state convention this

said although Lansing is highly
qualified for the job, "athe (UAW)
leadership was concerned about some
of (Duni's) positions, not on the board,
but in Lansing."
He stopped short of saying that the
system should be changed, however.
"IT'S A SYSTEM that has served the
University for about 125 years...In
general, they have done very, very well
for the University."

Regent Paul Brown (D-Petoskey)
echoed Roach's concerns."The (UAW)
felt that Dunn's positions in Lansing
conflicted with their own positions in
Also at the convention, Regent
Robert Nederlander (D-Detroit) easily
defeated David Miklethun for the
second party nomination.
Miklethun, a senior at the University
last year, was one of the founders of the

IF THE amendment is passed,
violators could face up to 90 days im-

Lansing plans to fight
for liberal concerns

By more than a two-to-one margin,
Marjorie Lansing captured one of two
nominations for University regent at
the recent state Democratic conven-
If she wins in November, she seems
unlikely to break radically from the
moderately liberal policies the present
board as established.
-A 68-year-old professor of political
science at Eastern Michigan Uniersity,
Lansing is nationally known as the
originator of the term "gender gap."
She describes herself as a "strong
feminist" who would encourage affir-
mative action at the University and
push for 10 percent black enrollment -
a goal which the University set for itself
in 1970 but has never met.
IN ADDITION, Lansing said the
University should establish programs
to lower the attrition rate among black
students which is currently more than
50 percent. She added, however, that
"it's difficult to build a support net-
Work" for minorities because "there's
elitism at Michigan."

Lansing said she will also take liberal
stances on issues such as divestment
from South Africa, of which Gerald
Dunn (D-Garden City) was a leading
proponent. Lansing added that she
would fight to hold the line on tuition
costs, and would oppose the Solomon
amendment, which requires men to
swear they have registered for the draft
before they can receive federal aid for
A graduate of Columbia University
she has written numerous books, in-
cluding Women and Politics: the In-
visible Majority (1980), which she co-
authored with University Professor
Sandra Baxter; and Women and
Politics: The Visible Majority (1983).
Lansing, who received her Ph.D. in
political. science from the University,
said she will retire from her post at
EMU if she is elected, which would
quell critics' claims that being a regent
while working for a school competing
for state funds is a conflict of interest.
Lansing has also been an outspoken
critic of the Reagan administration's
record on women's rights and higher
education because "Reagan has been
so devastating to higher education."

... captures nomination

The Ark opens the season in its new home at 637 S. Main St. with a per-
formance by Michael Cooney at 8 p.m.
Mediatrics - Breaking Away, 7 & 9 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Eclipse - concert, David Murray Octet, 8 & 10 p.m., Union.

F rosh
(Continued from Page 1)
The admissions office has increased
the number of publications sent to pr-
spective students, organized meetings
around the country where alumni and
interested high schoolers can meet and
talk, and even made personalized
phone calls to try to ease the nerves of
students during applicaton time.
The system has worked, Sjogren said,
and applications were up 17 percent
from last year.
BUT ALTHOUGH admissions has
confidence in the highly touted class en-
tering the University this fall some say
they are not an unusual crop of studen-

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