Some friends have asked to see "On Religion," column No. 1 -- which predates the Internet by about five or six years. So here it is, typed into the system, working from a copy printed at the time on a newsroom dot-matrix printer. Remember those?
There may have been a few edits in DC, because the column format was about 100 words shorter in the early days.
WASHINGTON DESK: Terry Mattingly's religion column for 4/11/88.
On the morning before Easter, Pat Robertson stood in a pulpit under an American flag and a banner that read, "King of Kings, Lord of Lords."
The press was barred from the meeting in the Harvest Christian Center, in a Denver suburb.
One of the last stops on Robertson's first try to reach the White House was at a luncheon here with about 200 clergy and church activists. Days later, he stopped active campaigning, but pledged that he would try again.
Still this 1988 scene held pieces of the puzzle that is Robertson's future.
The faithful raised their hands high in praise to God and sang familiar hymns with a man that they knew well, a fellow "charismatic" Christian who believed in miracles, prophecy and "speaking in tongues." A nearby table held tapes on a subject close to Robertson's heart -- healing.
It was a scene from his past. And Robertson's aides were trying to keep it out of his public image in the present and future.