The administration of Hofstra Uni-
-vereitY-,„bes reversed itaelf and or-
- dered:CMCnf its students not to fly
Nazi'• flag from his dorinitory
But the.student, 20-year-old ,soph-
o zn ore David Kerr, was permitted
to place a sign from his window
advocating, freedom of speech,. for
Nazis during a visit to the campus
by Jewith Defense League- leader
Rabbi._ Ideir- Kahine...-.
A- university spokesman, Gene
Boneker, explained that university
officials, whose initial 'decision not
to force the removal of the flag
was upheld by the school's board
of trustees, were moved to change
their position because of indica-
tions that violence might erupt on
the campus as a result of the in-
volvement • of people outside the
High4tanking Nazi to Go
on , Trial in Bonn in Fall
- Order Student to Remove Nazi Flag
university in the ilirgisnintroversy-
-Consequently, the administration
asked—rnot ordered Kent 1.9
move the flag which he first flew
on Feb: 13; And Kerr complied
with the- request: ,„Kerr *direated
publicly, that • he- would ,put it, up
once again ,when, Rabbi Kahane
scheduled -la -speak:
thit-ihe night before -Kabane's
1BPeeranee, the , university's,
:president, -Clifford -Lard, met-
with 'Kerr in tiarri:-strident's' 114.
floe alarm' rob* , and banal the.
directive • forbidding him to fly
the! flag' ,1WMiere-
- Subsinquently; permission to:plat*
a sign reading "Free Speech for
Nazis" was granted. Kerr told the
.ITA during a phone interview that
he kept it- in his window because
"I didn't want ;anybody to •think
that I - was" 'afraid' .Or giving in
to all the threats." -' •
A number of major religious or-
ganizatioms had protested the
school's decision not to insist that
the flag be removed.
'Rabbi ICahane's speaking en-
gagement, _;which he- reportedly
used to MU about 1,000 people that
"there is a quick and efficient
method of dealing with David
Kerrs," had been scheduled before
Kerr started flying the flag.
The 'flag episode is now over,
Hofstra spokesman Boneker said.
But the school's Catholic chap-
lain, Father Robert Smith, asserted
that "the question of principle"—
namely, whether or not Nazis
propagating their political views
are protected by the Constitution's
First Amendment — has still not
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