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Christian Coalition Wants Apology for Commentator’s Remarks

December 22, 1995

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Christian Coalition is pressing National Public Radio for an on-air apology after a commentator made what the coalition describes as an anti-Christian remark.

The commentary by Andrei Codrescu on ``All Things Considered″ on Dec. 19 concerned the return of Christ and Christian theology, the Christian Coalition said.

``The evaporation of four million (people) who believe in this crap would leave the world a better place,″ the coalition quoted Codrescu as saying. The group reviewed a transcript of the broadcast.

NPR spokeswoman Jamie Crowne said she needed more information on the coalition’s assertions and had no immediate comment.

The coalition said NPR rejected a request to allow its executive director, Ralph Reed, two minutes of air time on ``All Things Considered″ to offer an opposing view.

The group, which represents more than 1.7 million people, said it will intensify lobbying efforts for Congress to discontinue funds to NPR.

NPR, which produces and distributes programs to more than 300 public radio stations nationwide, gets a slice of the more than $200 million Congress provides to help support the public broadcasting industry.

``National Public Radio has mocked and defamed the deeply held beliefs of millions of Christians, and it is my sincere hope that NPR executives have the decency to go on the air and admit they were wrong,″ coalition spokesman Mike Russell said in a statement.

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