APn 10/05 1656 ELN--Quayle-Religion By EILEEN PUTMAN Associated Press Writer OMAHA, Neb.

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APn 10/05 1656 ELN--Quayle-Religion By EILEEN PUTMAN Associated Press Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Sen. Dan Quayle was "very proud" of his wife Marilyn's defense Wednesday of her father's interest in a fundamentalist preacher, an aide to the Republican vice presidential candidate said. Mrs. Quayle said in television interviews earlier in the day that she and her husband attend Presbyterian churches but acknowledged that her father, Warren Tucker, and her late mother had listened for years to tapes by Col. Robert Thieme. The Texas-based preacher is known for unorthodox biblical interpretations and for verbal attacks on liberals, welfare recipients, homosexuals and others. Meanwhile, a spokesman for George Bush's presidential campaign said publicity about the issue was "extremely inappropriate and offensive." "It's more esoterica that people focus on when nothing else is going on," said the spokesman, Mark Goodin, in a telephone interview from Washington. Mrs. Quayle said that when she and her husband visit her father they occasionally have listened to tapes from Thieme's ministry. The minister sends out 30,000 taped sermons a month with such titles as "Scar Tissue of the Soul," "Satanic Plot No. 1" and "Slave Market of Sin." "I have a father who is a very gentle 76-year-old man, and I really resent the fact that he is being brought into this," Mrs. Quayle said when asked about her family's religious beliefs on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America." She said her father lives in a small town "and is not used to being bombarded by reporters, and I really resent what is happening to him and what the national media is doing to him." Asked if she and members of her family were followers of Thieme's Houston-based ministry, Mrs. Quayle said they attend Presbyterian churches, "hardly the thing of controversy." The McLean Presbyterian Church they attend in Virginia is part of the Presbyterian Church in America, which has broken away from the mainline denomination. Quayle watched his wife tape network shows Wednesday morning for ABC and for NBC-TV's "Today" program, said David Prosperi, Quayle's spokesman. "He was very proud of her," Prosperi said. "They've heard those questions before." Quayle and his aides have said that the Thieme tapes have not been played in the candidate's household. Thieme, a World War II veteran, is a Baptist minister in Houston who sometimes wears his uniform in the pulpit. He has written at length about how the United States is a "mobocracy" imperiled by "satanic propaganda" and creeping socialism. Mrs. Quayle said Thieme interprets the Bible from original Greek, Hebrew and Latin versions. "I don't see anything wrong with that," she said. She noted that the late President John F. Kennedy was questioned about his Catholicism during his 1960 presidential campaign. She said she believes the only legitimate question about a candidate's religious beliefs is whether he believes in the separation of church and state, "and Dan Quayle and I do." "I grew up with my mother listening to (Thieme's) tapes. ... I have never listened to him on social issues. I didn't even know that he espoused any," she said on NBC. She said her husband has told the nation what he believes. "That's what's important," she said. "It's not what my father believes in. He is not running for anything."

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