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Calls to action:
John Birch Society seizes
chance to promote its principles
By MARK lISHERON
The Jot.m8I stat/

Appleton, WIs.
In the face of .
communism's worldwide decline,
the lohn Birch Society is prepared
to redouble its efforts to ferret out
treason and conspiracy.
. To about ISO society members
who opened their national forum
friday at the downtown Paper Val
ley Hote world events of the past
year have only strengthened their
reso lve.
National l e a ders
many of
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want to be belle able to get that


message across ...
The society sees the United .,
States' presence in the Middle EaSt
as international meddling to en
snare this country in a plot for
world government, McManus said.
The disappearance of the Berlin
Wall and the rapprochement of the
Communist Eastern bloc nat i on s
with the West have not occurred in
the eyes of society members. The
leaders of the Soviet Union were .
rcferred to in an opening speech as
Gorby and his gang."
leaders lamented t he absence of
Society President G. Al l en Bubolz,
whose father died Friday momina
in an Appleton ho spital

whom had not been to the new


headquarters In Appleton, were
scheduled to meet in small training
ses sions and tour the city, spokes
man lack McManus said.
Motivational speec hes and an
awards dinner were scheduled to
highlight the forum Saturday night
at the hotel, he said. The forum
was designed to inspire and to in
st ruct. Inculcation and debate
among the membership is a contra
diction in temu.
Everyone here understands the
message," McManus said.
We

Pleas!' see Appleton page 24

Appleton/
Birch society.
holds forum
From pagt 1
: It was unclear whethet Bubolz;
former imurance e ec!utfve instru
mental in mov i n s the toclet y',.
headquarters to AppIetot\, and his .
wife would attend the remtihlni"
two days of the forum, M
us \
'
!aid.'

tn written remarbdeliveredby
McManus, lUy Bu bol z called 011 '
the wive5 of Birchers to keep the!
prioritie5 of God, famiJy and c:oun '.
try, in that order, as decreed ,by
i
"
founder Robert Welch
.

MWe must increase our efforts' to


e po!Ie the monster conSJ)iraey, as

stop to smell the roses,"


McManu read for Bubolz.

we

. 'lfEw !HTMUSIAIM
President Bubolz, in remarks aJ
so read by McManus. to ld mem
brn th at he sen
a new spirit of'

enthusiasm among the leadership

around the country.

He thanked N
k maga
zine for an article ill it Sept. 17
issuc callins the John Birch Society
an anac h ron i5m . The article 0005t
ed membership, he said.
Nat Addison, a foundin& mem
ber from Belmont, Mass., remind
ed the crowd that the society
fought the cood fight and that,

Jaumlll photo by George


al ro.rumfriday at the Paper Valley Hotel In downtown
. .btN a.tcM SOCtETY members recite the Pledge of;,
letd/l. TtMMJm COntIfU!ltI
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Allegiance before the opening Of ,the society's
' ' fl,
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since the wciety WIIS founde d in


19 8, Welch always had choscn
memberi from among the main
. stream of professional, moral and
'
'religious l ife in America,
Somehow, the society has rt
mained on the far-right fringe of
American idrology. kept there and
pen ecut ed there by communi t
conspirators, Addison said,

He s um mOiled the s\1nbol of


martyrdom inherent in the group'

name by ho lding up an original


paperback copy of "The Life of
John Birch." lohn M. Birch was a
Bnptist missionary nnd World War
II Army A ir Corps officer who was
shot by Chinese Communists in
1945, 10 days after the Japanese
.
surrendered.

A tess ominous tone wa ex


pressed by lim Fitzgerald. a former
Newark (N.J.) vice squad officcr
and soci ety coordinator in Morris-

town, N.J.
With the deft timing of it come
dian, Fitzgerald kept t he group
roaring with stories of his days on
the police force and with the soci
ety.
"One of the great characteristics
of our membership is a great 5ense
of humor," Fitzgerald said. "We
can poke fingers at one another and
point out each other's shortcom
ings in a way that a sha llow liberal
mentalit y won't aUow."

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pull . back ;:
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FROM PAGE 1

appealing than ever as Congress de


ba tes further til'( increases; :_.: ._ -

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from across the nation are meeting;
in one place - here in Applet on,:
- the society's new hometown.
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----George Bush's .. new world or - Retired- from his practice' as-a
der" doesn't sound like a promise physician. Adamson con tinues to; :
to leaders of the John Birch Society. work for the society. His motivaIt sounds like a threat. And;" it tio n?" The horro-t' (}f r ealizing
sounds like the ideal time
. _ what's ahead if we keep"
for the John Birch Soci
on going the way we are. .
ty to be heard, according
We are becoming m ore
to its le a ders.
and more dependent and.
irite rd e p e n ent. W e
"This is a potentially
should be making our d
important time for the s
'" c i si o ns o n s e l t - i n t r e. st _
ciety," said Dr.- Natha =
and followmg_ the hUllts niel "Nat" Adamson of
set by our Constitution::-
Belmont, Mass. .. We feel
_
,
We. don t '.leed to ame nd ..
people now might decide
Cons
itutio
we
...
the
to give us a hearing."

. ne ed to.- ablde by It. ,


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Adamson is an original
Adamson
member of the 30-man The Birch society's m
:
John Birch Society National Coun-_ sage of U.S. independence and self-:
cil, the advisory booy to the lead sUfficiency appeals to many more':
ership of the society, begun in 1959. _ peo
ple in these days of U.S. involve::
He w s the youngest man on .the
ment with the. United Nations and:
council then and the only original
- . ;
: be said.
d ItsDl 7S--i
member remaining. This week, for the guIf
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government - m-;
sag
the first time in the society's
eQ
pnvate lives is more;
ry, all members of the- national ,:ol
council, the board of directors and
the 50 full-time field representati s S e BJ!IC!.I:f. Pag

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he lped

AdaDlso

eSbablisb the

o-

cie ty becaus e .he knew obe rt


Welch, society fOWlder, B11d shared
his concerns. .. I was concerned as
he was with the departure from the

fundamentals' pf t h i s count ry's


and itsJo Fg fathe ."
gro
Things have changed' In 30-ood

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years:-,"It has gotten a. whole lot


worse," Adamson said. "The big
ness of govel1UJlellt. There!sjust too .
much. It is interfering in every- . as
pect of our lives."
The much ballyhored .. coopera'
tioo" with .the Soviet. Unioll..and..
joint decisioItmaking \VitJ!
J.1 t7__
ed Nations threatens U.S. saver .
eignty, he said. The growing.natioo-"
a1 debt has brought us froin a
credi tot.oatioatcia:debtOi'.natioiL m.
a decade... We are losing our abi!i
own fate ... . J- _ . .
to det rmioe-

Adamson continued, .. This whole


movement into the gulf. We have all
these armed forces over -there. 'In
.my opini oo . Wtt.Jlave IlQ legitimateA
reason to.:postr."115 poHcemen: of'.the .
world. There oo_ authority for"iUn .
the Constitution - no auth orlty tor
us to ,threaten to. saCrifice all these
'A
"'
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Ameri can Iiv ".

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Every so often; the society g8!ns'


some pro
Et ce.!n th ..media
(t

it ' s usually. negative, he said, Biit r


cently it back1ired, explained John ..
McManus, of the society's' new
GranCl Chute hea dquarte rs. In the
Se pt. 17 iSsue of Newsweek an ai1i:":
cle on the group, negative In tone

actually brought a deluge of re


quests for membership, McManus.
said. The accom panying picture had
a sign in the background _ thaU1l'
eluded the address and mention of

the $5' charge - for . Ii membership


packet. "That aiticle. b ught itl
checks,' McManus said chuckllng;

. AdaiDson S8i :tli

nati 1S. rlpec

for their messa g e: ":'W.e sar. we are


for less gOvernment &rid more lndi
vidual responsibility leading to a
better world with God's help. Y/e
have been disap pointed' In the past.
because we were always - So -sure'
that things are so bad thltADlerican'
peo.{>le must see. Now, ,we f L we:
are Just on the edge of the.Amerlc:an.
people realizing 'that we are l
g
our nati
S<?Vereignty:"

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The
-wants . to mobilize_
U.S. opinion through education, Ad
to ,educate
amson said. ' ,We
- any way we can. And we have to-, :;
do it in a careful way because of the ::
scrutiny. . Anything we say is carefully documented," he said. "We ..

etY

got

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truthful information, they will make
the right decisions. We are very
hopeful we can take a dvantage of
the current situation and get people
doing more thinking for tbemsel

ves.'

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WEDNESDAY
_.. _-f--J,\NUi\RY 16,1991

flos Angeles IDimes

Myrlle Evers, now Los Angeles Public Works co mmlss io e r, says she hopes Ule latest indictment will "close ttle

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door" o

tile mu rder

of her husband.

Mississjppi Turning

.
Bizatre Event ;\Tw1 s May Culrpii1." in Revival of tbeMedgar Evers Murder Case
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husballd' rl ealh, Myrlie Evers


TiJelieves thal rlivine int rvenlion

JTlay

h el p

resol ve one of the most

pi val.al

slayings of the

Civ il Right' era.'

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ever reasbii ,lha( ' lh is case would be


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r eop ened. "
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wenly.seven y e ar s after her

notori ous aild

was reared by 3 grandmother who

loved to quote the Bible," Evers say s.

cnll't (10 it as she did but one of her


fav o rilCS wos, 'All things happen fpr
good for those who love the Lord.' One

"I

of the othcrs that she would use was,


'Unlo everything there is a season.'
Andl have always believed, ror what-

Evers speaks \vlth the confidence of

someone who might h ave given the


Almighty a nudge 01' lWo. Al 57 $he is
an i mp ressive woman, eloquelll and
strong willed, determined lhat the fi

nal. conclusive word on her husband

Medgar Evers and his violent end wil l

be writte n .
lIer failh

was part i a ll y

vindicated

last month when By ro n De La Beckwith. 70, was indlcte<! for the third
time in the June 12, 1963, . m urder of..

lhe civil righ ts leader in Ja ckson, Miss ,


Bcckwith, who has consistently dpnied
guill, is in custody in Chattanooga,

Byron De La Beckwith, lett, ih


1974 photograph during his

trial for fe deral gun-control vi

olat l ons In New Orleans, mar

ty red , ,Mississippi

NAAcp

Field Secretary Medgat Ev


ers, above, ana Myrlle Evers
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and brother-in'law C harles


Evers at husband's funeral in

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denied Beckwith' s chal le nge to the


proceedings. He was give n until nexl
wE-ek to appeal the ruling, howpvel'.
'Meanwhile, M iss i.s ipp i prosecutOl's
have cautioned lhat the case might run
illlO otherolegal roadblocks and might
. never come to trial. Two prcvious
trials on.the murder charge-in 1%1
ended when the all-white juries deadl ock ed.
Behind these sta"k facts, th r eviva l
of the Evers case is a slory of Improb-

a bl e characters and bizarre events that

almost defy imagination. If a single


in the comp licated wch had

stra nd

Ten n._
, _
where
MOlldny he lost a ro ulld
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in
his exl.radiUon fight when a Judge
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broken. thp casp might sU11


.
In the past.

be

locked

The

turning poinl was a library


16 Y(,31'-0Id
book wri ll en bv a member or the Jo hn
llirch SoriPt,)': Thp book len lO a'

palron's discovery of a

pot('lltlally llllpOl'Wnl new witness

in

the cas e -- a former Ku Klux [\lnnsmcn

anti FOI informant who nllcgedly


hearrl l3er kw i th admit thc murder at a
Klan rally. The missing murder wea p

on

itRclf "I", resurfaced-from the


closet of a former judge.
"Words c;m't describe whalthis case

has involved," says llobby VeL au gh


ler, the 37 ,vear old Hinds County,
PleAse sec

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EVERS: Murder Case May Be Retried:


Continued from
Miss . .

a,sistant district

altorney

twice for the killing in 1964 but

grew up in Jackson. the investiga

deadlocked. Charges against him

vestigation. For DeL.aughter. who

tion was an education in the bil ter


ness

of the I,alli es over integration.

"I could talk for homs about this


case ... the evolulion of my own

thoughts.
I was in the third
grade at the lime l of the J;;vers
murcJer) and I was interested in
pla'y ng footb 1 and b asketb a l l in
the !:fack yard, he says.
P-vers hinl that other sllrprisc
may be coming. Lkcliuing to elabo
rate, she says that "pieces of mate
rial Irelated to the casel started
reappearing from ,lark, deep secret
rooms
pieces of infol'rnation

lEOOORA Ll1'SIOS I Los Ang lefl'I'lmcs

iser honoring Quincy Jones.

he Gulf,
sAwards
w University's 1991 Scopus

for his international hu


arlan efforts.
)w could 1 muster the chutz
o be here?" said Jones, who
yed an impressive Yiddish
,ulary throughout the eve

Jones pointed out that much

Hebrew University stuoent


is mulliracial and roultide

1ational and includes students

l'hird World countries.


was also announced that a
y Jones International Schol
Ir Survival program was es
hcd with a $fiOO,OOO pe rpetual
vmcnl from Irina: Warner
Jr scholars from und"rdevel
nations to study new agricul
te chniq ues .

,es was applauded by an im


ive list of former Scopus hon
, including Peck, Prank and
,ra Sinatra, Barbra Strcisand
e with James Newton HowJerry and Jane Morgan
traub, Mehli Mehta, Milton
1, Harvey L. Silbert and Dr.
{lin D.Murphy.
lers attending were Sidney
", Vin Scully, L. A. Clippers
r Donald T. Sterling, Warner
'resident Terry Semel, Dionne
vick. George Burns, Robert
aume, flrock Peters, Vidal
,on, Barbara and Marvin Da
luth and Harry Roman, Ray
les and Carol Channing.

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alHIfT 7H8Y 9<'/:
f.iCI'I'T fiRe AT THe
FIRST A!<:485 )OU 5Ce
7HEiYU- ae RETReATING
;AiJ1?I5. HQ CAUh 7HE3M
BUMPS.'

Ueckwith. who continues to ad


vocale white supremacy, wastried

who headed up the I 'I - month in

that were being found at different

poillls around the city IJackson,


Mis .1 re late d to the case."
Indeed, the new evidence seems
to have surfaced like artifacts from
the past.
When Medgar Evers was shot,
John P. Kennedy was President,

men h.. d not I,mded on the moon,


American involvement in the Vi e t
nam War was just beginning an,1
Lhe C ivil flights sl"uggie was tal
lied daily in shootings, beatings;
sit-ins, march e s, uoycolts and
church burnings.
Myrlie I';vers was a 30- year-old
wonwn wit h Lhree children aged 9.
8 and :1. After the shooLing. she

went on 10 re ma rry and b u ild a


new life in California. becoming an
oil cDmpany execulive a11l1, today, a
Los Angeles public works commis
sioner. Through the years she waS
driven not only to hOi'll! fnr jll,llce.
hut to work f,,, it.1"in"lIy. she says.
her persistence began to pay off
with

may he

little

mer IIndcrcOvf r ill(Ol'manl fur t he


10 ' 01, the othel' a wlitel'. researcher
and magician.1'he book contuinsa
one-paragraph refc,'ence to an al
leged admission by B eckwith that
he had indeed killed Bvers. The
book, "Klandestine." figures in the
case hecause a person prosecutors
will not identify checked it out of a
library in Jackson and brought it to
their attention.
Myrlie 8vers herself supplied
prosecutors with another vilal doc
ument-the th, ee volume Lran
script of the firsL Lrial,essential to
reconstructing the case.
i!;vcrs, w)\() has mainlalned
strong Lies in M i ssi ssippi through
out her years in California, recalis
thaL when she Ii"st discussed with
prosecutors the reopening of the
casc, she "wus showll Cl I cg .1I fold( r
with abollt twO or three piece of
paper, and they said, 'This is all we
have: " Official copies of the tran
scripts apllarently had been
thrown out oecause M iss i ssippi (1,,:1
not maintain records of mistrials.
Uowcvc:', Ev.( l';; did---I-Wl ililmedi
ately turn over the transcript,
which she kept in a safe deposit
box She waited until "I saw that
.
there was somc effort being made
to reconstruct the case."
In another str'lnge twist, the
lIlurder weapon, a 1917-roodel mil
it ary rifle that had been missing in
the years sincc the second trial,
reportedly turned up in the closet
of a fonner judge.who also hap
pened to be the father-in-law of a
prosecutor in the case. "I shake my
head with total amazement with
that One ... ,," Bvers says of the
rifle's discovery.
The high-powered rifle, which
was found at the Illunler scenc
where it h;1(t lH'cll ilhallc!ollcd by
the assai l a nt, figured prominently
in the first two Beckwith trials. A
vocal segregationist and gun en
thusiasl. Beckwith was linked to
lhe rifle by

ringel-print

011

iloj

after th e

all-white

juries

we,'e o l'Opped in 19G9.


More routinely, other new wlt
IH'sses

have come forward who

reportedly place Ueckwith in Jack


son the night of the murder. l3eck
with has asserted that he was in
nnuth,'r town that night. One of'
those witnesses. the Hev. Roberl
L.T. Smith. 90, is a personal friend
of lhe E vers [amily.
Myrlie h:vers defends the fact
that Smith did not come forward
earlier. "You have to understand
Ihat period of time and what was
happening," she explains. "8ven if
you had seen
t,igger. th ere

the person pull the


WOllin be a "eluc

lUnce to say anything because your


life was on the l ine your business

was on the line, and there was an


attitude, and rightly so, that it
would make no difference whatso
ever i[ you said anything."

alls for a reopening of the case


began after the Jackson Clari-'
on- l.edger puhlished a series of
articlcs in 1 8U abOUl the Mississip
pi Sovereignty Commission. a stat e

agency

created

in the 1950s

to

Jlr serve segregation. The paper


reported thal the commission
helpcd Beck with's defense creen
potential jurors.

Evers says she

'This is going the last mile of the way. After this trial,
regardless of the outcome, I don't believe there are any
other legal methods available and I've got to go the

h elp [rom

ahove.
Among other thing , the I'eviv
al of the Eve,'s case hingcs on an
obscure I G7G book.the prodnct of a
colialJOralion hNWCC!1l lWO melll
bel'S of the righL-wing ,Iohn Birch
SOCiClY -one 1.1 preacher and fol"

Lelesco'
l lic sight

freed

last mile of the way. That's all.'

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-turned againsL the Klan because it


seized on the report La push for a
---offended his religious beliefs.
nelV investigation
into her - hus
The Birch Society, which has
band's murder, meeting with pros
sometimes been associated with
ecutors on--a lrip to Mississippi in
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racists but swunchly maintains
December,
that it is non-racist, is best known
--BUL, accol'ding to DeLaughter,
for its strident anti-communism. a
."Klandestine" was crucial to
stridence that cast the society into
hringing the case to a grand jury.

Begun by William

H.

disrepute.

Mcllhany

as a senior thesis at Washington


and Lee University, "Klandestine"
recounts the undercover career of
Dclmar Dennis, a formcr Ku Klux
Klan member who became disen
chan!.ed with the Klan and became'
an FBI informanL.Issued by con
serviltive publisher Arlington
House, the book sold fewer than
3.000 copies, according to Mcll

II

hany, who adds that he sold many

of Lhose copies himself while lec


LUring for the Birch Society.
I n the book's one rekrence to
Ilcckwith. the a llege d killer 'is
quoted a tell ing a Klan meeting,
"Killing that nigger Il!:versl gave
me no more inner discomfort than
our wives endure whcn they give

birth to our ch il dren . We ask them


to do lhi.ll fur tl:S. We :should Lio ju t
as much.So, let's get in there and
kill those enemies, including the
President, from the LOp down!"
The passage, DeLaughter says,
"gave us our first real hope of
being able to come up with some

thing new" in the c,, e.


Still, it took DeLaughter's offiee
several months to locate and inter
view Dennis, who now lives in

Seviervill . Tenn. . where he pub


lishes regional and relig,ous books
under the Covenant Honse imprint.
Dennis did not tcstify before the
grand jury but is expected to t;lke

the stand i[ the latest casc coines to


tnal.
The testimony of Dennis, 50, will
otelo fmm his threc y"ar as all
'B1 in formant on Klan activities in
Mississippi from 1961 to 1967, the
period when he heard Beckwith's
alleged confession to the Evers
::;1i.1ying:, IL will nol be the fir:3l lime
Dennis ha,; testificd in a civil righls

our care o r unde r 0111' c ont ro l . This


right to ncithe" be harmed nor
ulllised exlclHI
frum ollr fUllllly
pets to anilnals used for research

F'or example.

pressed with IDennisl a a hero


I'm kind of a hero-worshiper."

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If Deckwith is u l timat ely tried


and convicted for the Evers killing,
Mcllhany said he will be please"l

his book had a role.


"I'm very satisfied if the b ook ...
.and most importantly Ddma(s
work and efforts for so many

years-can result in justice," he


said.
:
Meanwhile, Myrhe
vcrs hop ss
that the latest indictment will hel '
l
her at last "c1osc the door" on th"
mUI'der of her hu batHl,
"I think of Medgar evel:y
day..
. It's extremely diffielllt
during the holidays even after all
this time. We were married on

Christmas 8ve, 1951, and theres

al"ways a litle something there:'


she s ays. "I look at our granrlchil
dren and find myself wishing th'll
'
he had lived to see them.
"I look at what is happeni')i{
today in our society and I sec a
retraction of al l of these things IIlilt
Medgar worked so hard for and ' J
ca n' t help but think about him. !'io
It's there every day, I live with it
every day, the good memories,the
encouragement, the wisdom that
he had, as well as the negative o f
losing him and how I lost him. "

vers hopes that somehow the

I'(,opening of the case will le 11


to a reass"ssme{lt of her fir;;t

husb<tnd's life. Too oftcn, she sai,l.

he is mentioned only as the leader


of a hoycott in Jackso n illld re
membered primarily for th0 way
he died.
She points out that he was a
Wol'ld War 1/ volunteer who r("
turned to MISSissippi detel'mine<i to
change the status of blacks. He was
the first black to apply to the

University of Mississippi, she says,


She remains proud that he "took 011

MYRLlE EVERS
l.A. Public Works Commissioner

t her narme,1 nor ahused when in

)atience Witl1 l)eers

case. He was an important witness


in the .trial of Klan members
charged in the death of three civil
rights workers in 1964. Those kill
ings were the basis of the recent
movie "Mississippi Burning."
Dennis. who in the late 19605
was sponsored by the Birch Society
to lecture on his undercover role,
said in a telephone interview, "I
never felt li k e I knew a lot about
Ithe I!:versl case . . . I was Stll'
prised that one paragraph [in the
book "Klandestine"l would cause
slleh a Stil'."
Dennis also described himself as
bitter that he has gotten little
credit for his often dangerous un
dercover role.
"I h a ve never received any
thanks. not a note,not a letter, not
a phone call [mm any civil rights
person In all these years," Dennis
said. Yet, his undercover work
"has just caused devastation to my
whole life," he said.
Citing his Birch Society mem
bership, Dennis, who also is a
minister of a small church in Pi
geon Forge, Tenn., said he prob
ably has gotten lillie recognition
because he does not fit any con
venient stereotypes.
"I've always stood in the middle
and I've always stood alone," he
said.
Once a committed segregationist
and still a religious and political
conservative, Denni
said h e

founder

Robert Welch once called Presi


dent Uwight D. 8isenhower a com

munist dupe.
Ironically, author Mcllhany, a
nativc of Roanoke, Va., who now
lives in Los Angeles, credits the
society, which he joined at age 14,
with saving him from his own
i nc ip ten l r aci sm .
.
. . . . the John Birch Society

the NAACP job when no one el,e


dared lake on the respon,ibility as
the sole spokesperson for blacks in
a state and society where you wer
saying, 'Here I am, kill Ol<!: i f you
took such a position,"
Evers acknowledged that she
has been urgel! to drop her pursuit
of the case.

"There have been well-meaning


friends who said, 'Myrlie, you have
gone on with your life. Why arc
you drsgging this up? It's goint: to
hurt you.' she explains. "And it

does hurt .. .. And then there are


those who have said to me, 'Let
'him [Beckwith I alone,he's 70 years
old.''' She slams her hand on the
desk. "BIg deal. My husband's
dead."
Later, she calmly recounts Lhe
night of the murder and how she
had allowed the three children to

first of all explained to me thaI if


, t<lY,!1P.li!I, .to wall for their father,
. in individualism, in '\ .wi)o..
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wila shot in the ba k as he gOL
perceiving people as individuals
, out of hi !!r. car In fronl of their
and evaluating them as individuals,
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we: \lon'!" put them mto categories
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' . 'o'l can't let It go, 1 just can't," she
, and put a label 011 them, whether
)said. "One of the regrets that I
it's class or race or whatever and
have Is tha t I was not with Medgar
evaluate' them 'according to that
when he lOOk his last breath.
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.
group label or that collective,"
fought, and when 1 say fought I
Mcllhany said in an interview.
m_eilll pJ!ysically fough.! 10 L!0 iQ I DC
"So (he Birch socieLY pointed oUl
car with him. He was put on a
to me that racism is just a racial
matlress and p t in a station wagon
version of collecti vism. So, if
and taken to the hospitat and
you're going to be anti-Semitic or
well-meaning neighbors held me
rueist, YQU might as well be a
back.
communist because basically
"They kept me from riding with
you're a collectivist."
him and I know they were doing

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r.

ike Dennis, Mcllhany, 39,

is

surp"ised that "Klandestine "


has found a second life in the Evers

case. "I often thought about the


fact that l3eckwith is still walking
. ," he said.
around unpunishcd. .
But he noted that many crimes
thought to have been committed

by the Klan wcre never prosecuted

and that he eventually "forgot"


about the pa:;sage in a book he had
begun as a college studcnt in the
early I 970s.
McIlhany, who worked almost
full-time for the Bil'ch Society for
six years and also is a professional
magici an, salll he wrote "Klandes
tine" because "I was really im

or!:anization.In fuct, I admire whut

you sland for and what you do.


It's the militant so-called animal
lovcl's who try to Interfere with
medical research th t I have lrou

what they thought was best. !:lut I


had walked every step of the way
with him and 1 wanted to be there
when he took his last breath and I

knew that was it. We had talked


about it, we had t"ied lO comfort
each other that it wasn't going to

happen and finally realized-Iet's

stop it. And I think that last month


was the closest time Medgar and I
had had in ali OUl' ycars of mar
rage."
After a pause, J,;vers cOlllillued,
"This is going the last mile of the

way. After this trial, regardless of


the oUlcome,I don't believe there
are any other legal methods avail
able ana I've gOl to go Lne tast mile
of the way. That's all."

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DIABETIC PATIENTS

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- charges Payne and other Birch
Society membe.. deny.
In the 196Os, the John Birch So
ciety claimed Martin Luther lGng
Jr. and other civil rights leaders
were communists. There are also
many documented cases of society
members making overtly anti-Se
mitic speeches.
One example is Eric Butler, an
Australian who worked for the
John Birch Society in the mid
196Os. . ' .: -' : .
But ler promcited the historical
fabrication t h a t J e w s crucified
Christ: "Ever since their active par.
ticipation in t h e crucifixion o f
Christ, the Jewish leaders have
worked ceaselessly to undermine

Anti-Semites expelled
The society Iui5 also J>een

survive rough winters, Payne said,


and Patrick Henry's faith in Christ
inspired him to help lead the rebel
lion against the British.

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Payn1 said.
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less government
throu h low)r taxation," he said.
On thts" grounds, the society
opposes anti-discrimination laws,
une mploy ne n t b e n e f i t s , f o o d
stamps, agri;w!ural subsidies and
other soci": .'''Ograrns.
The John! Eirch Society also sup
ports schoo: prayer and vouchers
for paren <; ho want to send their
children to y:-ivate schools, accord
ing to Payne.
Payne 54:J public school curric
u1a are toea), dominated by a "secu
lar.humaniS,.: world view" that g.
or de' grates th role Chris
n.0r
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tiamty pla ' :n U.S.h i story.
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ollr !oundi l t;; fathers r e l ie d on
"It's not being
God,"
taught."
For exal'1"le, the Pilgrims' firm
t bel,ped .them
be f. C
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Responsibility."
. "We prc:ncte

against :my spenciin g increases.


Payne """.2 one of the society's
slogans is "Le ; Crllvernment, More

laltll1tas:. gjq;uii\y UJ1)

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keen interest in domestic issues as
w lI.
. 'l'tahan's campaign for school
d on a
re

DomestIc agenda

Taxpaye <yh9 ;p'

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"I will

a cin, ,
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"I'd be more concerned with how


(a board member) votes."
In response to a Sentinel cam
. paign questionnaire this fall, Tra
han listed her top issues as the
quality of education, the escalating
school budget, and waste.
"The answer t o quality educa
tion lies in how the teacher pre
sents the !Daterial to the students,"
Trahan wrote. "Teachers should e
given back the control they once
enjoyed in the classroom. Teachers
should be given the freedom to ex
plore different methods of present
ing information when students are
confused. In other words: Let the
ach .-:;-)et the te chers
teachers
.
make their own agenda WIthin the
perimeters of state guidelines. Give
b a c k c l a s s r o o m c o n trol to t h e
teachers and you will .see a com
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.
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plete change." . -

budget," and she called for a cost


benefit analysis to ensure that cost.
remain under control. She also tar
geted administrative costs as too
. high.
On the other hand, she opposed
efforts to scale back minimum stan
dards for New Hampshire's public
.
schools: "A decision ro cut mini
mum standards will bring great
problems in education. and in the
end will prove to be irreversible."
Asked about scl;ool choice, Tra
han wrote: "If a school choice pro
posal can save real money for the
:taxpayers without compromising
the quality of education, the idea
may be good and productive. I
would study th proposal very care
.. fully before votmg." .
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In fact, when the John Birch So
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ters to Appleron, Wis., three years
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ago, the ADL ni'ade an effort to
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believe ." that the Jewish leaders
are destined to rule the world."
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taken from an expose o f t h e John
Birch Society, written by a former
director of the AntiDefamation
League.
However, the ADL and Birch So
ciety members point out that overt
antiSemites such as Butler bave
been expelled from the society.
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1963, denouncing both anti-Semit

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Saturday, December 12. 1992

Mary McGrory

eene. entine(

Clinton IE:

OPIN;ION PAGE
Edited by Guy MacMiliin

Keene, New Hampshire

Established in 1799

Editorial

Birch baloney
Newly elected Keene school board member Estelle Trahan
says th at the John Birch Society, for which she acts as a local
organizer, is just an "infonnative organization." In a letter t
the editor this week, she complained that a Sentinel article
about her affiliation with. the society was just an effort to promote sensationalism. Specifically, she resents implications
that the organization is anti-black, anti-Jewish or fanatical.
Well, it is true that, at least since the end of the Cold War,
l
the John Birch Society has dev oted itself primarily to feverishly fighting the concept of world government and attacking
people it believes are involved in an international conspiracy
to destroy national sovereignty. We haven't heard much of
.

late about the society's even more grotesque past. Perhaps its
runamok ideology will have no bearing on Trahan's duties on
the Keene Board of Education. Perhaps she is even unaware
of it. But service, in the John Birch Society can hardly be
I

passed off as just another civic activity.


The organization, which conservative columnist William F.
BuckleiJr. once accused of dishing out "paranoid and unpa
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tnotlc dnvel, sure made a lot of waves III the 19608. It.g pnncl
the United St tf\S i)ut of
pal activities at that time were to get
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i.ne Unitcu NatIOns (and VIce versa), to abOlish the mcome tax.

WASHINGTON - Bill Clinton


is getting high marks in Washing- .
ton for everything but punctual,
ity.
Reporters thought he might be
trying to tell them something by
showing up an hour late at his
second post-election Capitol Hill
press conference. "He made it
without us," they groused. "He'd
rather spend his time with Senate
committee chairmen. He doesn't
,
need us. He does need Congress."
But staff members said the..
press was wrong to take it personally. Yes, there is a little residual
resentment over what he regards
as the failure to emphasize the fat
check Gennifer Flowers got for
her revelations - which almost
sank him; but no, he was not get
ting even by making reporters
fume for an hour in a hot room.
.
"He is," staff members said
grandly, "always late" -as if it
were some picturesque quirk in a
scion of royalty. .
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They pointed out the domino
effect. He was, it is true,late to ev
erything. dinners. meetings. semi-'
nars, the Supreme Court, The jus- ,
t i ces. with v e n e r a b l e alumni .
were all drawn up a block away. I
while Clinton was finally answer. ing a few questions from the sullen scribblers. The members of the
Democratic Leadership Council .
the "different-kind-of-Democrat" .
organization that gave him a na
tionaI platform. were famished by
. the time he appeared at their tri
u m pl a
nquet . Dinner w a s

Warren) and to fight the international communist conspiracy,


which it believed was responsible for everything from the rise
of Hitler to fluoridated water. In 1966, the Birch magazine re

ported that the United States was 60 percent to 80 percent un

der communist influence and control.

before school desegregation and civil-rights legislation, he be

lieved. was a sort of golden era during which, he said in 1965,

el")' last hand shaken in any given


gathering - it was substance.
Rep. Chuck Schumer. D-N.Y . l
marveled at the breadth of his I
new leader's learning. his grasp of.
esoteric detail. po you know, .he.
said. he knows about th&,B,sel

there was only "a very, very tiny amount of injustice." The
civil rights movement \vas created by communists to destroy
America. "Fully expose the 'civil rights' fraud," he wrote, "and
you will break the back of the communist conspiracy."
Naturally, because it felt so strongly about the subject, the
John Birch Society conducted a frantic campaign against civil

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rights. And, when civil-rights champion Lyndon Johnson was

elected president in 1964, the Birch magazine editorialized:

Marines'

tion."
On anti-Semitism, the John Birch Society has a more con
is a

bad thing, drummed up by - take a guess - communists! But


Welch once noted that a significant number of Birch' Society
members did harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. "We have mem
bers resign every week because we won't come out and fight
the J 2WS," he S3 i d in 3 speech t.o followers.
Actually, he did fight them, after a fashion. A 1966 analysis
of the Birch magazine and of the books found in the society's
American Opinion Bookstores. found numerous, truly appall
ing examples of anti-Semitic claptrap. (See "Report on the
John Birch Society 1966," by Benjamin R. Epstein and Arnold
Forster, Random House.)
The John Birch Society, probably never had more than

100.000 members, and it certainly has considerably fewer ad

herents today. But the fact that a local elected official - one
with a big say over the education of our children - is trying to
advance its educational mission is certainly news. The society
is a marginal, xenophobic, irrational outfit, based on what
founder Welch said in 1981 are "unaltered, unalterable, un
Trahan is attracted to them, she is welcome to them.

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Rick Horowitz

"Forty-two million Americans voted for communizing our na

changeable. lncompromising doctrines and beliefs." If Estelle

So he left grumblers in his,


wake. but none amid the ranks of
dazzled Democrats. who were just
about blissed out over their new
leader. It wasn't just the thor- I
oughness of his politicking - ev- .

The man who founded the society, Robert Welch, had some
very peculiar views about American race relations. The period

is that anti-Semitism

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He in9i ted that all the congres- .
sionals in his train be invited to
speak. AJI did. except Whip David I
Bonior. who heroically forbore.
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to impeach the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Earl

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cam eramen met only token resr
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c 1earty no match for the 8Uperi{
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associate producer. "Once we pI
those lights in their eyes. thl
were pretty well defenseless."
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store Ratings, 8S the invasion hi
been dubbed. Network comma'
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I ould like to correct some of our nation's foreign and domestic indeed. co
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reported co ?sprracy!and t e ultunate goal of the CIVIl r I g hts m?vemen w!ls
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its militB;nt opposition o socialism; cialist government . Bush's call for a legitimate concerns, there .Vi re a
commurusm ..." The soclety's educa new world order and recent head- number of persons - many mleadtional fforts ncl de letterting lilies calling or a glo al army and a ership p sitions - who were either. '
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of htera stronger Uruted Nations are but a 'communIst or members of orgarutur , a speakers bu:eau, the publi few manifestations of this conspir zatio!1s that were iden ifi.ed all c m
murust fronts. Unfortunately, King
catIOn of a magazme, a summer acy.
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camp f6r youths, the showing of '. Due to our success and poten belonged to more than a few. In
videotapes on public access sta tial, a vicious smear campaign was . deed, President Kennedy persony w:une King t? , nd is, r lation and libraries, manning infor la';1Dched a&"ainst the society .
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lon hlp WI h ertam comm\lrusts
matIon booths at fall'S
d flea n;tar ; this campalgn h.as aba d, mamly
kets, etc. The world aggressIve ,due to our pubhc-relatIOns efforts m hIS orgamzatIOn.
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The people of Keene
should con
itant, absolutely nO.t /!
of the American people, there are , sider the,mselves fortunate te have
The article stated that "Birch still some who think that we are a woman of Estelle Trahan's caliber
Society members believe every som how afPliated with mti-Se on their school board. And the Tra
president from Dwight Eisenhower mitic and racist groups. Nothing, han family is an asse to th com
to George Bush has been part of a can' be further fi:om the truth. Yes" munity. The world could certainly
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communist conspiracy to under- over the years; some anti-Semites use more like them., ,',.
mine traditional American values and racists joined. These people be-'
Anyone who is interested in
and prom,o t e commun ism." We lieved the false stories they heard learning more about the s ciety
have never said any such thing. We from the media. When they were may call or write me for free infor
simply point out the record. We discovered, we dropped them from mation at 35 Webster St." Hyde
Park, Mass., 02136, or ,call 617-361
don't know why certain administra membership.
tions promoted programs that supThe John Birch Society never 5066.
ported communism abroad and so- claimed that Martin Luther King HAROLD S. SHURTLEFF
was a communist . We published in 35 Webster St.
cialism at home.,
But whatever the motivation, it formation about those
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Racism and police brutality: As force. This is a scary fact. We,as cit
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I cannot let Richard Dell'Erba's riots and the, beating of Rodney didn't have to worry about their
interesting and very true letter King are two examples that illus-, c,hildren being beaten up by a police
pass without a response ("False ac trate clearly that racism and police ,office),. Instead, they counted on
brutality are growjng.,They are that police officer to 'protect their
cusers should be punished," Reader
both major concerns in our, society
children.
Opinion Dec. 1).
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Yes, here must be a better way.
Racism: the notion that one's' dren's lives. Police bru tality is
The situation described was sim
ilar to an incident involving a mem' own.ethnic stock i,s superior. Is this growing everywhere. Again, Mr.
bel' of my own family, wrongly ac what our country is coming to? Rodney King is an example of a vic
tim of police brutality. Yet, the
cused, whose voice was not
' heard Black vs. white? Qnfortunately, the
judge let every one of those officers
amid the outcry.
truth speaks for itself. "
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Following the verdict in the Rod- free, and there was video proof. Is
Such occurrences are a result of
the current backlash of females de ney King case came the Los Angeles this' not enough?
What is happening to our COUll
riots. Is racism what people were
siring attention'
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thinking about as they tore a man try? Are we slowly dividing in half? .
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thIS does nQ good, for they do not
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death? The man in th trucl5 hap ity?
feel. or un erstand shame, 'only pened to be black. Did this make a
I can't tell you at this point in my
theIr own Wishes.
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Society and the court system
Rodney King? Was his beating also that people start to open their eyes'
place a stigma on the falsely ac a ''black thing"? '
and try to, adjust , to what is becom- ,
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Here's\ a small detail to think ing of our country around us. No
be forgotten, hence ruined lives.
about: Mr. King's assailants 'were matter how any of us got here, we
L. CARMEN WYMAN
police officers. I don't \mow about are here now.
5 Imelda Ave.
you, but this makes meW-onder KRISTY STEPHENS
Kee
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about how fair our police system is. Thayer High School
Police brutality: characteristic Parker Street "
of a brute; cruel; harsh; performed Winchester

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To The Sentinel:
Forty-eight years !lgo tod ay , in
the early morning hours of Dec. 16,
1944, commenced the greatest bat
tle ever fought by the U.S. Army the cruel beginning of the Battle of
the Bulge in Europe.
It took place in Belgium, central
ized mainly in the heavy forest re
gio n of Eastern Belgium and North
ern Luxembourg, known as the Ar
dennes.
Participating were more than
one million men: 600,000 Ameri
c a n s (m o r e t h a n t h e c om b i n e d
Union-Confederate force at Gettys
b u r g ), 50 0,000 Germans (th r e e_
armies and 10 corps, equivalent to
29 divisions), 55,000 British (three
divisions), plus contingents of Bel

gian, Canadian, and French troops.


The Americans sutTered 81,000
casualties, incl u din g 19,000 killed.
This battle began Dec. 16, 1944, and
ran through Jan. 25, 1945.
We were constantly hampered
by bitter cold, and I do mean bitter
cold and heavy snow everywhere.
In an address before the House
of Commons following the Battle of
the Bulge, Sir Winston. Churchill
s a i d: " T h i s is u n d o u b t e d l y t h e
greatest American battle o f the
war, and will, I believe, be regarded
as an ever-famous American
vic .
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tory."
This particular date, Dec. 16, has
a great significance. It means a lot
to many of us ex-GIs from World
WarIl. .

On Dec. 16, 1981, an organiza


tion known as the Veterans of the
Battle of the Bulge was organized
in Arlington, Va., to make certain
that this c ampai gn will never be
forgotten, and to never forget those
who didn't make it. Those of you
who were in this Battle of the Bulge
will never forget it. Let us all recall
it together. Come join us.
For more information, call or
write to me. At present, our na
tional total membership is way over
10,000.

ROGER DESJARDINS
President, Chapte r 17
Veterans oCthe
BattIe of the Bulge
4 Forest Park
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To The Sentinel:
A co py of The Sentinel's recen t
artic"le about a member of our orga
nization has reached us. As I r ead
it. I was once agnin llIade aware
that membership of a local citizen
in a group calling fol' less govern
m en t and more responsihility hns
attracted frontpag-e attention. hn
plicitiy. thereforc, it is a news cvent.
wh e n someone takes a 1I0-nonsense
p'Jhlic stand for the policies and
value;;; thot f()rmed t! i 'In1ion and
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Director of research
self he e n made t h e issue. Those
who seek world government and all The .John Birch SOl:idy
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During the recent- electiop. it
could have easilv beeil shown that
the two maj or l resi de ntia l candi
da t es both llild p ro va bl e ties to or
ganizations (the Council on Foreign
Relations and the Trilateral Com
missionl that arc working for wo rl d
governmcnt at the expense of an in
dependent United States of Ame r

ica.

If you failed to report sllch cre


dentials to your readers. you are
not alone in the newspaper world.
Nor are you alone in making a fuss
when some local citi 7. en, who tries
to point out such important facts
about important candidates, be
comes herself the issue.
In recent years, there has been a
great deal written and stated about
what is termed "political correct
ness." Somehow. defense of the pol
icies and traditions that have al
ways characterized America has

been made politically incorrect,


and advocacy of their o p pos i tes has
become fashio nable. Ever y o n e
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The' Keene Sentinel frontpage
____ article,' Wednesday Nov, 25, headalways a child." Since' God . was , and Istill'l readJit fr'OD); : '{(I 1.q,
lined "Trahan is Birch Society
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eliminated from A.'lIerican history; . .' over hecs';lse Ithink,!t'd
, member; 'newly elected to board," is
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books, gradually starting in the 'Job of keepmg
presented as if it should be a con; ::"e
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early part of this century, America: worldwide,.b ia;"
cern that local folks have About A
rst started harvt!sting the rebel-' ,'cal. " , ,; :
John Birch Society member serving
hOJ;1 of youth who have been selJa-, ' AIso ,mycongl'atllla Jonll.tQ
on the local school board.
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.,' phone interview of myself the pre-' in the 19 6 0s, Patrick Henry tells. to ,the U.,S.?:Benate:".n ', t$teph , '"
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vious'evening, 'in which the reo' how his cont lIing'for e o.f the E" Me"',lll roa;
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porter'took the liberty of playing, AmeTlcan colonlsts that IS hidden' ,Hampshlre- 'i" ::>' (*
from our children - Uthe biblical.:, ... We are a democ cy.,and,Deci:tO. ,
the devil's advocate for the parents
of Keene; His writing expertise is 'world view" - laid the foundation' ',demonstrate to t hel'efito(the worlel'
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too' strongly or'too often that this', " RACHEL M.
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ciety and Estelle Trahan, and put it, reh lon9 but o the gospel of Jesus.
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,'governm e nt, more responsibility' A&B
Perkin. lIome Cenur,
Keene p u b l i c sch o o l s , AS all .:. and w i t h God's help " a b e tter' and H.mahaw Lumber,
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pline. The wisdom of George Wash ,self promoters' who ' betrAY public.
ington, father of our country, en-. ' trust for. personal interest. Unfor
lightens us how powerful and from". tunately, this smaH minority of so
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where this moral discipline comes:':
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Birchers: 'To the Right or Adolph Hitler'


Many poople still believe Birchers 'are to the right
gf Adoph Hillei,' says the Society's New England Co
ordinato r Harold Shurtleff only half jokingly.
f And the public perception of the Jolm Birch Society
may best be summed up by a description written in the
Dorsey Dictionary of American Goverment and Politics:
'a secretive, far-right ultraconservative organization
(ounded in 1959 to fight communism and communist

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intIuences in American life.'


) According to Shurtleff, the definition contains both
truths and falsehoods. When asked why the society is

characterized as 'secretive,' Shurtleff said it is only be


cause the JBS refuses to reveal who its members ,are.
Would the Boy Scouts give anyone their membership
oster?' he questioned. 'What about a church?'
In reply to the idea tbat communism is now dead, Shurtleff said, 'I wish it were true.'
'The news of my death is greatly exaggerated,' he added, quoting Mark Twain.
Pulling out a copy of the Communist Manifesto, Shur
' lIeff references several communist planks written by Karl
Marx whi91 he says are in force in the U.S. today:
The abolition of land by the government. According
to irchers, the federal govenunent owns one third of
the land in the counlry. But under the constitution it is
rtain stuctures like
only authorized to own land for
forts and docks.
ative silence?
A heavy and progessive income tax.
Birch Considered First Victim of Cold War
Control of all credit in the federal government. In
l?hn Birch, the Society's namesake, was honored with
our government, credit is controlled by the federal re
distinction by lBS founder Robert Welch because he was
co nsidered the first victim of the Cold War when killed I serve, says the John Birch Society.
Free education for all children. Birchers see public
by Chi nes e Communists in 1945.
education as a way the government can control what is
Welch himself was no slouch. He graduated from high
taught to children.
school at the age of 12, and with honors from the UniShurtleff, an articulate and fast talker, said the term
versity of Carolina at 16. E du cated at Bethesda Naval
' pa ranoid ' - so often bandied about to describe the John
Academy and Harvard, the businessman traveled the
world aft er World War II. It was after he witnessed 'back . Birch Society - is also inaccurate.
'There's a difference between paranoid and con
room' political dealings while seiving as a delegate to I
cerned,' Shurtleff said.
a presidential candidate that Welch became disgusted
Paranoid' was probably coined to deride Birchers
wilh the status quo.
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WeIch 'declared the true cause of our imminent
when
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B
ccording
pu
to
a 1993 article
A
blished in the irch
danger as a semi-secret international cabal whose mem
magazine New American, prior to the formal founding
bers sit in the highest places of influence worldwide.'
of the society Welch had published a book that sooke
This conspiratorial organization was identified by the
out aga i n st the alleged betrayal of our country's lillies
Society as the true source of promulgation of worldwide
10 communist forces in the Soviet Union and China. Accommunism.
cording to the article, Welch claims Presidents Truman
It is still true today. said Welch. 'We didn't s ee it emand Roosevelt, General George Marshall and otbcrs
minating
from Moscow as much as New York City,'
;wrole off hundreds of millions of human beings 'into
said Shurtleff. 'We don't change our platform.'
!he terror and death of communism.'
Supected groups include the United Nations, which
; Fueled by righteous wrath, Welch gathered 11 fr iends
doles out foreign aid (unconstitutional, by thc way) with
nd began the'anti-collectivist, anti-communism' organthe goal of creating a world government. 'Who signs
(zation in 1958.
the checks?' Shurtleff asked. 'The United States.'
'We are concerned about certain policies and have
proof.' he claims.
He offers as proof of fact that U.S. soldiers serve in
U.N. Peacekeeping Forces, where they give up their al
liance to the United States, and the signing of treaties
between the U.S. and the U. . whi.cb usurps individu
stitu
tional bills, making decisions they have neither the right
.
or the authority to make.
Known as rabid opponents of communism, they also
claim there is a conspiracy underfoot to create a 'new
world order' through the United Nations and other est,ablished vehicles of power.
: While this may sound familiar to Americans over 40
w ho remember when the John Birch So ciety was in its
eyday, millions of citizens in their 20s and 30s either
ever heard of the society or have no idea for what it
!ands.
: Who precisely are the 'Birchers'? Have they changed
i ce the Cold War an? McCarthy era? Why are they
.
enJoymg a resurgence m popUlarity after years of rel

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trols weapons to harmonize the world.
They h ave an ag enda, Shurtleff stated They not o nl y
Ignored the killing fields of Cambodia and fighting in
Afgarustan, but i nvi t ed Fidel Castro to be a guest at the

tieff observed.

MembersbJp Has Grown

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Once numbering to nearly 100,000 in 1964, (accord


ing to 1990 Time Magazine article) the SoCiety's pop_
ularity dropped because of its 'lunatic frin ge image,'
according to Time.
Shurtleff' claims the approximate membership in the
not-far-profit corporation has grown from 30,000 10 be
tween 40,000 and 65,000 in just the last couple of years.
Subscriptions to t he New American have more than
doubled to 6ver 100,000 in the last year, he said.
When asked at the Newfield meeting if there was still
time to stem the tide againstlhe new world order, Shur
tle ff replied, 'I know we can still win lrus. I don't want
. to give up this country th ai easy.'
He summed up t he role of the John Birch Society in .

orgaruzation's 50th anniversary:

A Constitutional Republic

According to one of their 90zens of pam p hlets, Birch


ers firmly and vehemently believe in the American sys
tem of government, which was founded as a constitutional
republic (not a democracy, as so many believe.)
Calling the mselves Constitutionalists, they believe in
a strong but limited federal government. The rights of
individuals are to be respected, but like other conserva
tive groups, they also base their beliefs on Judeo Chris
tian principles. When God created man, he gave him
certain inalienable rights: to defend his life, liberty and
property. TIJis shou ld be t he basis of government. An
individual does not have the right to violate the rights
of another and neither does government, they stress.
Shurtleff said con rary to popular belief, the John Birch
Society is not a racist organization. 'Birch dedicated his
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life to non-whites,' he pointed out.
Homosexuals are a different story. Lilce many consel:
vative groups, the Birchers believe a homosexual li fe
style is a choice. 'There is no place for them here,'
Shurtleff stated firmly. But while they consider it 'a sin
fullifestyle,' th ey also grudgingly believe homosexu s'

this analogy:

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'Sound like our country?' Shurtleff asked. 'Our jub

is to wake up the Leroys of the world.'

lire nroteded under the constitution.


CUrrent Society concerns include the squashing of a

ohls

proposed Conference of the States. It is opposed by the


Birchers because t he y believe sending delegat es from
each state t o pass resolutions wo uJ d be unconstitutional.
Some of the goals of the natio nal organization are to
promote national sovereingty, defend t he second amend
m ent (the right to keep and bear arms), and support the
pro-life movement.
Most of the work is done by volunteers in small, na
tionwide chapters such as the one just formed in New
field. 'Through a grassroots effort consisting of leiter
writing campaigns, manning booths at fairs , scheduling

speakers, and airing videos on public television, the John


Birch Society hopes to change the status quo t hroug h

education. 'We do what we can to spread the word to


oppose bills that erode rights,' said Shurtleff.

Distribution of the society'S Tax Reform Immediately


(TRIM) bulletin, which lists the voting records of con
gressional delegates on certain bills, is a key educational
component. To avoid conflict within its ranks, the So
ciety does not support individual candidates; it is hoped
that by publishing voting records residents will come
10 their own conclusions.
Birchers credit the conclusions voters have come to

in the resurgence in membership. 'Waco and Ruby Ridge


were wake-up cal ls, says Shurtleff.
Bill Ginton's administration is also a big factor. 'It's
more likely people wi ll go after a Democrat than a Re
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publican' who is doing the

same

kinds of things, Shur-

A man named Leroy travels 20 miles three

times a week to drink beer. A leader in his church con


gregation saw Leroy one night and asked him if he was
ashamed to be seen drinking in his own community. Le
roy said, no, he drove to the next town because the beer
there is fiye cents che aper a glass and he saves money.
When the cburch leader pointed out that Le roy was driv
ing 40 miles a night to save a few nickels, Leroy rep
lied, 'I drink til I show a profit.'

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JOHN BIRCH SOCIETY GAINS

INFLUENCE ON CAPITOL HILL

The John Birch Society, whose late founder once accused


President Eisenhower of being a "dedicated, conscious agent of
the Conununist conspiracy," is showing signs that it is gaining
influence in the House.
Though the organization has faded into the political background
in recent years, its latest annual report boasts of modest
legislative successes, even as several members have reached out
to it.
Last weekend, Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) flew to Los Angeles at
the Society's expense, where he spoke to the group's council
about efforts to have President Clinton impeached. In October,
the council paid his way to San Francisco to speak on the same
subject. Since then, the Society has actively promoted Barr's
efforts to begin an impeachment inquiry by selling T-shirts, lapel
pins and bumper stickers calling for Clinton's ouster.
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), whom Society
officials say best represents their views in
Congress, taped a short interview for
their soon-to-be-released video designed
to expose the threat posed by the United
Nations.
Paul has also provided an endorsement
for a Birch Society magazine, The New
American. "I receive The New American
in my congressional office and consider it
a valuable source of information," Paul's
endorsement reads. "Its writers have produced groundbreaking
research on a number of topics ... often much in advance of the
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mainstream media. I find it very interesting and helpful reading. "


Earlier this month, Rep. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho), who is
running for the Senate, attended a luncheon sponsored by the
Birch Society and the East Idaho Business Forum. Even though
Birchers came away skeptical about his commitment to their
goals, the fact that Crapo felt obligated to attend was a sign of
the perceived influence of the group.
Another Idaho member, Republican
Helen Chenoweth, once traveled the
nation on Birch-sponsored speaking
tours before she was elected in 1994.
Headquartered in Appleton, Wis., the
John Birch Society has existed for more than four decades. It
will not reveal its exact membership, but claims that tens of
thousands pay the $48 annual dues.
Among the group's main causes in recent years have been its
battles against the United Nations, big government, and
"financial terrorism" by the Federal Reserve. Chief targets of its
wrath include the Rockefellers, the Trilateral Commission and
the Council on Foreign Relations.
Birchers acknowledge they sometimes conflict with the
mainstream. "We use the word conspiracy form time to time,"
said Thomas Eddlam, research director for the Birch Society.
"Some people would say too much. We see a conspiracy - a
dedicated, organized move to bring us into a world government,
the main front of which is the Council on Foreign Relations."
The Birch Society began as an anti-communist group in 1958
but quickly found itself on the political fringe by proclaiming
leading conservatives to be communist agents, said David
Bennett, a professor of history at Syracuse University and the
author of a book about right-wing politics.
"The Birch Society looked like an aberrant movement that was
founded by a nut," he said. "Once (these views) came out, it
became very difficult for the John Birch Society to grow and ...
to get mainstream conservatives to have anything to do with
them."
Despite a moribund membership, the Society opened American
Opinion Libraries around the country, featuring books by
founder Robert Welch and more-militant writers.
Today the group sells publications such as "Report from Iron
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Mountain," a key tract in the patriot and militia movements;


"Why Weren't We Told?," a book describing conspiracies of
American history; "Up from Slavery," about one-time slave
Booker T. Washington's life; and "The Pink Swastika,"
concerning the "Fascist heart of homosexualism" in various
cultures.
Given its checkered history, the group's ability to develop ties
with Congress is surprising, Bennett said. "I think its
remarkable. You have to be impressed by their resiliency."
Another expert said the Birch Society really does not have much
political clout. "You see the Birch Society at gun shows and
preparedness expos," said Mark Potok, editor of Intelligence
Report, a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center,
which monitors the radical right. "When all is said and done,
they have been low-key."
From its inception, Birchers have emphasized political action to
place pressure on Congress. "We really are just grassroots," said
Birch Society official Paul Smith. "We are not a lobbying effort.
We feel that the Congress has shirked its responsibilities."
The Society focuses its energies on influencing the House,
ignoring the Senate, where a Rockefeller - Jay Rockefeller (D
W.Va.) - still serves. "We want to shut off the source of money
and all money comes through the House," Birch Society
spokesman Eddlam said. "That's also the focus of our
impeachment campaign."
Paul's spokesman said he treats the John Birch Society like any
other organization, such as the American Civil Liberties Union
and the National Taxpayers Union. "The congressman is always
working with groups on issues that we agree with them on," said
Press Secretary Paul Sullivan. "On issues that we don't, well, we
can all stay friends."
The Society claims that it has had political influence. In its
annual report in February, Birch CEO G. Vance Smith notes that
it helped block Anthony Lake from being confirmed to head the
CIA, declaring that his choice was "as irresponsible as
nominating Charles Manson to head up the FBI."
Smith continued: "Yet, without the mounting volume of protests
stimulated by members of The John Birch Society, subscribers to
The New American and those who were influenced by the many
appearances of our spokesman on talk radio, it is unlikely that
the Senate would have found the backbone to seriously question
an Establishment-anointed nominee, even with Lake's sordid
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record."
At the time, a New York Times editorial blamed the "ludicrous"
charges of Birchers for creating the momentum to torpedo the
nomination.
Smith also pointed to the "cumulative results" of the Society's
35-year campaign against U.S. membership in the United
Nations for the "growth of stiff opposition to the U.N. in
Congress." He noted "with a great deal of satisfaction" the June
4, 1997, vote on an amendment to terminate U. N. funding,

which drew 54 votes in the House.


The most-organized Birch Society campaign right now involves
its affiliate known as the National Impeach Clinton A.C.T.I.O.N.
Committee, which is credited with bringing a modest
groundswell to the effort to oust the president.
If it can raise the money, the committee plans to air media
advertisements in the districts of Reps. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) and
F. James Sensenbrenner (R- Wis.), the top Republicans on the

House Judiciary Committee, to pressure them to call


impeachment hearings.
This fall, the Birch Society plans to continue blanketing the
nation with its TRIM Bulletin, which ranks members of
Congress based on their voting patterns.
In its 1997 annual report, the society claimed that its TRIM
Bulletin distribution "probably ... helped several incumbent
conservatives survive well-financed challenges," namely Reps.
Chenoweth, J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.), Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.),
Jon Christensen (R-Neb.) and Mark Neumann (R-Wis.). While
none of these rank among the top 10 supporters of Birch Society
causes, they voted that way more often than not.
Barr, whose district was represented by a
former chairman of the Birch Society two
decades ago, said he has seen many
constituents carrying the voter guides into
town hall meetings. "It probably does
have a pretty big impact," he said. "When
you see those TRIM Bulletins ... you
know its having an effect."
While voter guides have caused some in
Congress to pay attention to the Birch Society, its
uncompromising stands on issues has led to rocky relations with
some House members.
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Wednesday, September 22,1999


By JACQUELINE WALSH
NORTHAMPTON - Gregory Hession of Belchertown
says he is forming a chapter of the John Birch SOciety.
He wants to use the organization to advocate for what he
calls the wisdom of the Constitution and against the folly of

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Big Government.
"We're hoping to build this into a very substantial
organization here," he said Monday. "Our purpose is to
expose the plans of those who would basically enslave us
to government regulation and taxes and controL"
Hession doesn't believe there has been a John Birch
Society chapter in Hampshire County. But David Cramer,
who was Northampton mayor in the 1970s, remembers one locally. He believes
the founder lived in Amherst.
"It was a very inactive one," he said.
The society, after nearly disappearing in the mid-1980s, picked up momentum in
the '90s. Its membership has grown to nearly 100,000 nationally, said Harold
Shurtleff, the society's New England coordinator.
Robert H. W. Welch Jr., the society's founder who believed the United States
betrayed China to the communists after World War II, named the organization
after American missionary John Birch. Welch said Birch was murdered by
Chinese communists shortly after the war ended. The organization argues that
secret elites are working to create world government.
Welch said Presidents Eisenhower, Truman and Roosevelt were agents of the
Communist Party.
In 1989, the group moved out of the Belmont headquarters where it was founded
to Appleton, Wis., the hometown of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy.
Hession strongly believes Bill Clinton is a Marxist. "His policy follows the
Communist Manifesto," he said, referring to Karl Marx's 1848 document. And he

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says that the voting records of U.S. Reps. John Olver, D-Amherst, and Richard
Neal, D-Springfield, are getting more and more Marxist.
"They're always voting for more taxes and more government," Hession said.
William A. Tranghese, spokesman for Neal, objects to the John Birch Society's
philosophies.
"The John Birch Society is a small, far right-wing group that believes the federal
government is engaged in an international conspiracy to rule the world. It is an
organization that still mourns the loss of Sen. Joseph McCarthy. There is clearly
a great distance between those views and mainstream America."
One of the new chapter's first actions will be to distribute voting records of the two
congressmen. Shurtleff said the group plans to meet monthly, probably
beginning in the second week in October, at the Belchertown library. He said
there are about 15 chapters in Massachusetts, including ones in Chicopee and
Athol.
The Belchertown chapter has seven or eight members, he said.
Hession depicted the society as mainstream. "Our members are the guy next
door," he said.
The John Birch Society has always excluded bigots, he said. "If somebody makes
an anti-Semitic or racist remarks, they're history. They can't join," he said.
Some of the society's stands include the dismantling of "the welfare state," the
government withdrawal from Medicaid and Medicare, and opposition to
government-funded schools, Hession said.
Chip Berlet, senior analyst at the Political Research Associates in Somerville,
said that while John Birchers don't see themselves as racist, anti-Semitic or
sexist, the outcome of their ideas would tend in those directions.
He said they oppose affirmative action and special legislation protecting
minorities and women. Berlet called them "the armchair version of the militia
movement."
Frederick Clarkson of Northampton, who is the author of a book about far-right
groups called "Eternal Hostility: the Struggle Between Theocracy and
Democracy," said the group has opposed every civil rights advance, including the
Voting Rights Act.
Hession has been in the public eye before, representing Hampshire Regional
High School parents who objected to AIDS educators speaking at their children's
schools, a professor who put up homophobic literature at Columbia University,
and a Florida anti-abortionist who said a Hampshire College newsletter defamed
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or forty-eight years
a single organization has led the way in
preserving Americas national sovereignty while
helping to fortify the
moral blockade on our failing culture.
And like most organizations that stand
up to the machinations of wickedness, this group has suffered the unjust
disparagement and ridicule from those
who misunderstand its mission or are
trying to subvert its efforts. This contempt of The John Birch Society (JBS)
has left it isolated with few who will call
themselves allies to its cause.
Those who have stood long beside Chalcedon, and the mission of
Christian Reconstruction, can heartily empathize with that same sense of
national quarantine. Such organizations
have chosen to keep to the straight and
narrow, and they understand that it is
usually a remnant who will make the
difference. Attempts to allure the masses
are considered anathema to those whose
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R. J. Rushdoony once wrote, The


key to the John Birch Societys effectiveness has been a plan of operation
which has strong resemblance to the
early church: have meetings, local lay
leaders, area supervisors or bishops.1
This resemblance to the early church is
understandable in that the JBS is both
criticized, hated, and attacked as the
early church was to a far greater degree,
and that it is led by volunteer laymen.2
The JBS has preserved itself by
maintaining a simple but effective
model of information distribution, and
both my father and I have participated
for many years as representatives for
both the mission of the JBS as well as
Christian Reconstruction. We see them
as having complementary missions, and
both endeavors are needed now more
than ever. My hope is that after reading
this article, you will have a greater appreciation for organizations like the JBS
and Chalcedon. Such groups deserve
our support and prayers.

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What Is The John Birch Society?


What do you know about The John
Birch Society? Maybe youve heard that
the JBS was a far-right racist organization reminiscent of fascistic Nazis or
hate-lled Klansmen. Or maybe youve
caught wind that the JBS is a paranoid
think tank for conspiracy theorists
perpetually decrying the impending
takeover by the United Nations. Either
way, identifying oneself with the JBS
has meant risking a public relations
blemish that could stain ones efforts for
years to come, and this has frightened a
good many Christian conservatives from
publicly endorsing the JBS mission.
This is why I was delighted when
Chalcedon asked if I would contribute
an article on the JBS to this issue on
Christian action. My family has always
viewed participation in the JBS as a
primary means of preserving Christian liberty for our countrymen and
ourselves, and as the threat to personal
freedom looms closer than ever, I feel we
are long overdue an insiders view into
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For the best perspective on the
mission and work of the JBS, I recently
interviewed the president of the society,
John F. McManus. I believe you will
nd that despite areas of difference,
there is a genuine congruence between
the JBS and Chalcedon. I hope also
that more can be done in the future to
galvanize the mutual missions of such
organizations so that peace, freedom,
and Christian civilization may be preserved for succeeding generations. Our
faithfulness to Christian action now will
greatly determine the health of liberty
for years to come.
Q: Mr. McManus, how long have
you been afliated with the JBS?
A: I joined the JBS in 1964. I accepted
a staff coordinator position in 1966, and
August rst will mark my fortieth anniversary on the JBS staff. They brought
me into JBS headquarters in 1968, and
I was named JBS Director of Public
Relations in 1973, president in 1991.
It has been quite a ride, and I certainly
have no regrets.
Q: When was the JBS founded, and
what prompted its founder, Robert
Welch, to create it?
A: The JBS was founded on December
89, 1958. Founder Robert Welch met
with eleven men in Indianapolis, Indiana. He spoke to these men for seventeen hours over two days. The transcript
of his lengthy presentation can be read
in The Blue Book of The John Birch
Society. There were three major concerns
that led him to launch the Society: (a)
the spread of communist control over
many nations and the penetration of the
U.S. by Communists and Communist
sympathizers; (b) the disease of collectivism, as he termed the growth of government everywhere, especially in the
U.S.; and (c) the rise of amorality, the
attitude among so many who hold that
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and who therefore conduct themselves


with only self-promotion as the goal.
These people have no concern about
the moral codes given by mans Creator,
and they t perfectly into being used by
powerful and wealthy forces who have
evil designs.
Q: What is the mission of the JBS?
A: The goal of the JBS is found in the
organizations motto: Less government,
more responsibility, andwith Gods
helpa better world. It has always
been the belief of Society members
that a satanic and diabolic conspiracy
formed by and kept in existence by
totally amoral individuals has been
working for many years for the complete opposite of what The John Birch
Society seeks, meaning [this conspiracy
seeks] more government leading to total
government, less responsibility among
persons and organizations, and, while
effectively shaking a st at the sky, no
acknowledgment of Gods existence or
His dominion over mankind.
Q: Does the JBS have a religious
afliation?
A: The John Birch Society is not a religion. Practically all members are deeply
religious, though not in agreement
about which particular faith. Because
the organization is not a religion per se,
members of various faiths can and do
work together for the common goals
noted above. Most who join the JBS
become more intensely religious.
Q: What sets the JBS apart from
other Americanist organizations?
What makes it different or more
effective?
A: Among the several features separating
the JBS from other Americanist organizations are (a) no ties to any political
party or to any candidate at any level,
(b) no tax-exempt status that could
be taken away at a critical point and

force the Society to go out of business,


(c) monolithic structure that does not
leave decision-making to a popular vote
of the members, (d) protection from
inltration via an agreement by all who
join that membership can be revoked
by an ofcer in the Society without any
requirement that a reason be given, (e)
a chapter structure whereby members
in a given area accept the challenge of
waking the town and telling the people
in their area, (f ) a steady stream of
recommended action programs with
the U.S. Constitution as the basis for
such action, (g) a nationally acclaimed
magazine and divisions that engage in
book publishing and lm and video
production, and (h) a fully paid eld
staff to guide member activity and build
membership where it does not exist.
Q: What are some of the major successes of the JBS?
A: As founder Robert Welch stated
more than once, staying alive was a
huge accomplishment in the wake of a
withering media campaign of smear and
falsehoods aimed at us in the 1960s. In
addition, creating awareness about the
proper role of government, as dened
in the Declaration of Independence and
U.S. Constitution, has been a signicant
accomplishment. Beyond these general
successes, other partial or complete
victories include:
(a) creating awareness about the difference between the republic created by
our nations founders and a democracy
which they despised;
(b) alerting fellow Americans about
the United Nations and the plans of
its partisans to build a godless world
government (new world order) to rule
mankind;
(c) impeding the plan to create
morale-destroying police civilian review
boards throughout the nation;
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prelude to converting the U.S. Southeast into a minority Soviet Republic;
(e) focusing attention on the many
programs of aid to the USSR and its
satellites that hastened the breakup of
the Soviet bloc;
(f) exposing the plans of the subversives leading the American Indian
Movement who sought to establish
an enclave within U.S. borders for the
purpose of spreading strife and terror
throughout the nation;
(g) torpedoing an already heavily
endorsed Declaration of Interdependence by Congress during the bicentennial years;
(h) successfully blocking ratication
of the subversive Equal Rights Amendment;
(i) having President Clinton impeached by the House and receiving
grudging credit for our leadership in
that effort from the leftist Washington
Post;
(j) stopping the drive to have
Congress create a Constitutional
Convention that would likely have led
to a complete rewrite of the venerable
document;
(k) cautioning fellow Americans
not to accept the fright peddlers who
claimed that Y2K would end civilization
as it has been known;
(l) exposing and blocking the plans
of the United Nations to steer American
children away from their religious-based
heritage with indoctrination leading to
the worship of the earth goddess Gaia,
the substitution of the blasphemous
Ark of Hope, and the adoption of the
UNs Earth Charter;
(m) exposing the subversive plan to
insert our nation and the entire Western
Hemisphere into a sovereignty-destroying Free Trade Area of the Americas via
congressional approval during 2005;
(n) distributing the voting records
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Congress that led voters to oust many


incumbents from ofce without ever
condemning them or endorsing their
opponents. More successes could be
listed, but those named above should
blunt the claims of anyone who may
insist that our organization has never
accomplished anything.
Q: Its my understanding that
R. J. Rushdoony, the founder of the
Chalcedon Foundation, worked
with or for Robert Welch at one
time. What was the relationship
between Rushdoony and Welch?
Did they have a falling out, and if
so, what was it over?
A: R. J. Rushdoony and Robert Welch
had a mutual respect for one another,
but their relationship was never very
close. Rushdoony authored numerous articles for the Robert Welchled
magazine American Opinion during a
period from the late 1960s until the
early 1980s. I know of no falling out
between them.
Q: The JBS has faced unrelenting
attack from the media, the Establishment, and others since its
founding. What was the most damaging and how was the JBS able to
survive?
A: The most damaging aspect of the attacks from the media and the Establishment was its intensity over several years.
No nasty adjective was spared as the Society was labeled secret, subversive, racist, anti-Semitic, like the Nazis, like the
Communists, like the fascists, like the
Klan, etc. None of these charges were
in any way justied, and some charges
were mutually contradictorysuch as
being labeled anti-Catholic in some
parts of the nation and pro-Catholic in
other parts, or being portrayed as proMormon in one area and anti-Mormon
in another.

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Q: What would you say are the demographics of the members of the
JBS? What is an average Bircher?
A: The JBS is made up of people from
all walks of life, from practically every religion and ethnic background,
and from all levels of personal wealth.
We delight in pointing out our many
blue-collar historians and our crusading
housewives just as much as we are proud
to number among our members many
entrepreneurs, clergymen, teachers, etc.
An average Bircher is someone who
loves this nation, believes that our government should be limited by the U.S.
Constitution, understands that individuals should rule themselves according
to a moral code such as is found in the
Ten Commandments, understands that
a conspiratorial plot against civilization
has infected our nation, and is willing to
join with others to expose and rout the
conspiracy while laboring to keep our
nation free and independent.
Q: How many members do you
have today, and when was membership the highest?
A: Membership numbers are never published, but, in general, there are several
tens of thousands of Society members.
Surprisingly, the greatest growth period
in the Societys history occurred in the
wake of several years of smear being directed at us. When the orchestrators of
the smear campaign realized that all the
attention being given us was helping the
Society by steering people to investigate
us, the smear campaign ceased almost
entirely.
Q: Is membership on the rise?
A: The current rise in membership is
not what we want it to be. We do take
in new members all the time, but we
constantly lose some through death,
personal problems, and burnout. Occasionally, we nd people who have joined
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we were racist or hoping that we would
support a political favorite or expecting
that they could gather support within
the Society for their own purpose (religion, consumer product sales, racism,
etc.). As soon as an unsavory purpose is
discovered in these persons, they either
fade away of their own accord or any
advance dues they may have paid are
returned and they are sent on their way.
Q: What do you think poses the
greatest threat to the United States
today, and what is the JBS doing
about it?
A: The greatest political threat to the
United States today is the drive to
compromise sovereignty via numerous
routesall of which are part of the plan
to deliver this nation to the United Nations. The threat isnt that the UN will
take us over. The real threat is that our
leaders are indeed delivering our nation
to the UN where they and like-minded
megalomaniacs will then rule the world.
But beyond the very real political threat
lies a far more dangerous threat to the
continued existence of a free country. It
is the decline of morality. Asked many
times over the years what he believed
to be the most serious threat facing
America, JBS founder Robert Welch
always pointed to moral decline.
Q: The New American magazine
seems to be gaining popularity.
Is readership on the rise? If so,
how do you account for this? How
about The New American website?
A: The New American magazine has
achieved popularity among many
friends and allies of the JBS beyond
actual JBS members themselves. Sad to
say, however, readership is not rising as
much as we would like. There are two
main reasons why this is so: (1) people
dont read as much or as well as they did
in former years, and (2) many rely on
the Internet for the information we sup-

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ply. We do post articles from each issue


of the magazine on TheNewAmerican.
com website, and we know that there
are many who avail themselves of the
opportunity to read them. This adds to
the effectiveness of the magazine, but it
is always our hope, of course, that those
who use the Internet will become actual
subscribers.
Q: Why doesnt the JBS afliate
or partner itself with other
organizations?
A: Robert Welch always believed in
working with other organizations, and
the Society did so during the years he
led the organization. He frequently congratulated others for a stand they had
taken, recommended other publications,
and sought to work with other groups
and individuals for the common good.
Sad to say, he was frequently betrayed
by many he thought were allies, the
most notable of these being William
F. Buckley, Jr., who has never ceased
disparaging the Society and its work.
During the past year, after a change in
leadership at JBS, a new campaign to
work with other groups has begun.
Q: How would you dene success
for the Birch Society?
A: Success for our Society will come
when a sufcient number of members
of Congress stand by their solemn oath
to honor the limitations on government
contained in the U.S. Constitution. If
the Constitution were adhered to, the
federal government would be 20 percent
its size and cost, and there would be no
undeclared wars, foreign aid, or federal
involvement in education, housing, welfare, medicine, and a host of other areas
where no authorization for such federal
action has ever existed.
Q: What would you say poses the
greatest obstacle to the success of
the JBS?
A: The greatest obstacle facing our

Societyand the nation itselfremains moral decline. Couple that with


a degree of cowardice among many who
hear and understand our message, yet
refuse to help, and you have two very
signicant barriers to our success. We
do believe, however, that there are more
good people than bad, and that there
are more than enough of these who will
meet their responsibility to oppose the
evil in our midst if we can reach them in
time. We emphasize with all whom we
reach that the JBS is vibrantly involved
in the struggle for good against evil, not
anxious to promote a partisan political
view or support a favored candidate. We
stress that patriotism is a natural and
praiseworthy virtue, and that loving and
protecting a country that has as ne a
foundation as ours should be a widespread goal.
Q: How do you see the next ve
years in terms of the success of the
JBS and the future of the United
States?
A: We look forward during the next ve
years to greater success in our campaign
to preserve the independence of our
nation while exposing those who want
it to become merely one part of a world
government under the UN. We will
be working to scuttle the plans of the
internationalists to continue transferring sovereignty piecemeal to various
UN-afliated groups and arrangements
(WTO, FTAA, SPP, and the UN itself ).
Q: Finally, what are the major misconceptions of the JBS that keep
otherwise sympathetic observers
from joining the ght?
A: Major misconceptions are those that
were long ago hurled at JBS: racist,
anti-Semitic, like the Klan, the Nazis,
or fascists, etc. Often, we can nd and
stimulate some people thirty to forty
years old who have never heard any of
the negative branding we endured but

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who will then mention having come
to know JBS to a parent or some older
American. They are then told by the
older American about the nasty images
painted about us so many years ago.
The result: the younger Americans back
away. Another problem is that people
have become very reluctant to join
anything for fear of having their name
show up on some list that might be used
by some government bureau to harass
them. They dont realize that they are
already listed by the government via a
Social Security number. There denitely
is a spreading fear to become involved
in anything that criticizes government.
We constantly urge people not to build
an Iron Curtain around themselves,
and we remind them that they are free
Americans who should never be afraid
to speak out when they see something
wrong being done in their name.
End of Interview
What can I say in criticism of the
organization that my family and I have
served for so many years? Not much.
Certainly, I do not embrace the level
of religious pluralism of the JBS, but
I understand that it is not organized
for a religious purpose. However, the
Chalcedon Foundation is organized for
advocating the distinctives of the Christian world and life view, and my hope
is that these great advocates of freedom
can support each other in their mutual
missions in Christs Kingdom.
Both Reconstruction and the JBS
recognize the evil of statism that robs us
of liberty. And as the darker forces work
to undermine national sovereignty and
usher in greater governmental control,
all other agendas face the threat of
being stied in the name of national
security. For this reason I am pushed
by a sense of urgency to awaken those
around me to the two-fold assignment
of preserving personal liberty while
building Christian civilization.

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It is not enough to simply state


what we oppose. We must also state
what we intend to preserve and make
clear what we envision to build. In his
1969 article Seeds or Weeds, R. J.
Rushdoony makes the analogy that if
you spend all your time pulling weeds
and never planting seeds, you wont have
any vegetables to show for your labor.
Yet, at the same time we must be careful
not to overlook the importance of weed
pulling. For it is the weeds that seek
to occupy the good soil while choking out the produce. It is quite obvious
that both labors are necessary to yield a
healthy, substantial crop.
Working in Terms
of Things Not Yet Seen
The war we are in is both spiritual
and tangible. My father recently apprised me of the fact that a good many
of our Lords miracles involved man
in action. This has been the consistent testimony of Gods great miracles
throughout Biblical history. For his
strong faith Noah and his family were
preserved from a great destruction.
But faith alone was insufcient to save
Noahs family. God required that Noah
do more than believe. Noah was to work
in terms of his faith for the saving of his
household. By doing so, Noah was also
a sign of condemnation to an immoral
generation:
By faith Noah, being warned of God
of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,
prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
by the which he condemned the world,
and became heir of the righteousness which
is by faith. (Heb. 11:7)
For over four decades both the
Chalcedon Foundation and the JBS
have warned of things not seen as yet
in politics, economics, nationalism, and
morality. However, these warnings are
now taking form on an unprecedented
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a national challenge were it not for the


leaders of the JBS and Chalcedon moving with fear in what they knew was fast
approaching.
It is difcult to predict the future.
Many Reformed economists, including
Rushdoony, expected a much earlier
collapse of the U.S. dollar due to fractional reserve banking and ever-increasing ination. In like manner, the JBS
anticipated a much sooner transition to
a world government under UN control.
Despite the fact that America retains
a semblance of constitutional freedom
and is experiencing only a mild recession
does not preclude the agenda of those
opposed to freedom and Christendom.
Since 9-11 America has been on
a fast track of government expansion. Despite the stated threats of
international terrorism, our leaders
in Washington are pushing for the
creation of a North American Union
based upon the open trade relationship between the U.S., Canada, and
Mexico. The crisis over immigration
is instilling great concern within the
hearts of most Americans, yet a good
many of them do not understand the
big picture. Organizations like the JBS
can provide the editorial resources to
educate Americans to the many threats
facing this once great nation.
My prayer is that equipping institutions like the JBS and Chalcedon will
gain greater access to the national debate
over religious freedom and civil liberties.
By heeding the warning early enough,
we can build an ark of preservation
should the oods of Gods judgment be
seen in our land. May God strengthen
our hearts and minds to move in terms
of His will and purpose.
Chad Bull is a 27-year member of the John
Birch Society and longtime supporter of
Chalcedon. After spending 9 years in the
U.S. Army as a UH-60 Blackhawk pilot,
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Rushdoony Macedonia cont. from page 9

Making themselves available for God


has meant a great deal of hard work for
Haig and Vula and those volunteers who
help them in the work of the Outreach.
The impact it is having in their lives and
those they help will have a long-term impact that will last for many years to come.
God didnt ask us to do this, Haig
has said. He doesnt need us. He can
do everything on His own. This just put
legs on our faith.2
1. Quotation from Couples Mission of
Mercy Is for Kids, by Kimberly Winston.
San Ramon Valley Herald, December 30,
1995.
2. Ibid.
[For more information about Macedonian
Outreach, a tax-exempt organization, visit
its website at www.macedonianoutreach.org,
write Box 398, Danville, CA 94526-0398,
or email MACOUT@acts.org.]

Bull John Birch cont. from page 14

Chad now uses his ight skills for law


enforcement purposes. In addition, Chad
is the publisher and editor of a web site
devoted to Christian activism (www.JPRCC.
org). He resides in Florida with his wife and
two children.
1. R. J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical
Law (Nutley, NJ: The Craig Press, 1973),
747.
2. Ibid.
Duigon Appomattox cont. from page 23

nationwide. But the church has founded


an Institute for Theonomic Reformation
(www.hisglory.us) to preach Christian
Reconstruction on the Internet.
Even with redemption, we still
err, Raymond said. We cannot offer a
utopia, but we do offer a system of beliefs and morals based on Gods Word.
And we ought to strive for a society
system that is theocratic.

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For those who are afraid of the


word theocracy, it means based on
Gods law, not a tyrannical government
by a small group of religious leaders.
The word for that is ecclesiocracy.
The ITRs mission statement sets
out the ministrys position in detail and
is recommended reading for those who
are unclear about the aims and methods
of Christian Reconstruction.
The weapons of the Christian
are not the carnal weapons of violent
revolution, the mission statement
says. The source of Christian strength
and victory comes as a direct result of
obedience to Gods Law. In its quest
to promote this obedience, the ITR
provides steadfast education, directives,
and application strategies of Gods Word
to every area and discipline of life. Gods
Holy precepts are the weapons of the
Christian Armory.
I have to make a conscious effort
to remember, Pastor Raymond said,
that salvation will not come from a
political or economic venue, but only
from Christ.
The labor of this pastor and his
congregation may be viewed as a small
thing, in worldly terms. But Jesus
Christ had something to say about small
things.
The kingdom of heaven is like to
a grain of mustard seed, which a man
took, and sowed in his eld: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it
is grown, it is the greatest among herbs,
and becometh a tree, so that the birds of
the air come and lodge in the branches
thereof (Matt. 13:3132).

Ortiz Israel cont. from page 31

appears to be the work of man more so


than God. Without inviting the label
anti-Semitican almost impossible
featthe Biblical case against Zionism
must be made.
As a Christian ministry, our primary
responsibility is the body of Christ and
its education. The danger inherent in
Christian Zionism is its gross distortion
of covenant theology and misunderstanding of the new Israelthe church
of the Lord Jesus Christ. This church is
made up of both Jew and Gentile, and
we bear the identity of spiritual Israel.
Our rest is more than real estateour
Lords Kingdom comprising more than
Palestine. We are the children of promise who are counted as the true seed of
Abraham (Rom. 9:68) and are destined
to bless all nations with the glorious
gospel (Gal. 3:8).
The solution to all world conict
is the gospel of peace. Attached to that
is also the corresponding doctrines of
eschatology and the church. While
prophecy teachers ll the airwaves with
their reinforcing theology of Zionism,
we must meet them with a sustained
shield of covenant theology and work
to reposition the church as the chosen
people of God and destined for cultural
dominion.
Christopher J. Ortiz is the Director of
Communications for the Chalcedon
Foundation, and the editor of Faith for All
of Life.
1. John Owen, Hebrews: The Epistle of Warning (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 1985), 63.

Lee Duigon is a Christian free-lance writer


and contributing editor for Faith for All of
Life. He has been a newspaper editor and
reporter and a published novelist.

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