APn 10/05 1656 ELN--Quayle-Religion By EILEEN PUTMAN Associated Press Writer OMAHA, Neb.
APn 10/05 1656 ELN--Quayle-Religion By EILEEN PUTMAN Associated
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
"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
Quayle watched his wife tape network shows Wednesday morning
for ABC and for NBC-TV's "Today" program, said David Prosperi,
"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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