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SHOULD RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS INFLUENCE PUBLIC POLICY TOPIC OF CABLE SPECIAL

 SHOULD RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS INFLUENCE PUBLIC POLICY
 TOPIC OF CABLE SPECIAL
 TRENTON, N.J., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The fine line between what religious leaders believe in, and what should be part of public policy was explored on next week's CTN program "At Issue."
 A heated discussion during last night's taping centered on the abortion debate in terms of public policy and civil disobedience. Panelists and member of the studio audience shared their feelings on the issue.
 "You have the right to argue and demonstrate, to do what you feel is correct without taking away my right as an American, Jew and as a citizen," said Rabbi Shira Stern of the Monroe Township Jewish Center about efforts to discourage patients from entering abortion clinics.
 The tactics of Operation Rescue were discussed and Rita Martin, Pro- Life Legislative Director for the Diocese of Metuchen, said that she understood their frustration over being heard in light of the pro- abortion bias of the media.
 "Civil disobedience is a valued tradition," Assemblyman Bob Martin (District 26) said. "Although those who participate have to recognize there are consequences to acts of violence."
 "At Issue: Should Religious Organizations Influence Public Policy" can be seen on the Cable Television Network of New Jersey (CTN) Wednesday, Sept. 30th at 1:30 a.m.; Thursday, Oct. 1st at 12 noon and on Friday, Oct. 2nd at 9 p.m. Check local listings.
 Other issues discussed included whether religious leaders should run for public office, the role of religious organizations in government and how they are depicted by the media.
 The religious series, produced quarterly, features members of various faiths and Assemblyman Bob Martin as well as a live studio audience. Associate Minister Reverend Virginia Leopold of the Medford Lakes Protestant community; Rita Martin, Pro-Life Legislative Director for the Diocese of Metuchen and Rabbi Shira Stern of the Monroe Township Jewish Center joined Assemblyman Martin and host Malcolm Poindexter of KYW-TV Channel 3 in Philadelphia in discussing the topic at issue.
 The program was taped in front of a live studio audience at R.C. Crockett Middle School in Hamilton. "At Issue" is a special presentation of CTN in cooperation with CTN's Religious Subcommittee with represents Catholic, Jewish and Protestant faiths. Production support was provided by TKR Cable of Hamilton.
 CTN is a service of the New Jersey Cable Operators.
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