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Seventy-First Year
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'Operation Abolition'
Merits Student"Concern
Daily Staff Writer
ALTHOUGH NO ANNOUNCEMENT of a public showing was made,
the film "Operation{ Abolition" drew a capacity crowd to Student
Government Council meeting Wednesday night. Most came specifically
to see the film; most stayed to hear the debate.
Before debate began, several constituents expressed the hope that
SGC would not come to a final decision until more students had an op-
portunity to see the film and express their opinions. They were very
concerned that students should know about it, see it and evaluate it.
Student Government Council's functions include the expression of

SMARCH 3, 1961


Appeals to Authority
Inv-alid on HUAC Issue

EALS TO AUTHORITY have been raised
gain and again in defending and attack-
Operation Abolition." Though the validity
ch an argument was destroyed in the
Middle Ages when Aristotle's concepts of
zs were proved false, it still has great'
arity among some Student Government
cll members and their constituents.
en debating the extent of Communist in-
ce in the demonstrations against the
e Committee on Un-American 'Activities
ngs in San Francisco last May, a certain
of people 'are always cited and their
ns entered as or factual moral factors.
ig the names most often mentioned are
Igar Hoover, Fulton Lewis III,' George,
tophet (mayor of San Francisco), James
velt, William Wheeler (a HUAC investi-
) and Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.
s easy to see why such people are referred
debates about HUAC. They have all had
hing strong to say about the committee
e specific film. They are men with pres-
n the public community; the support of
argument by a famous and respected'
always enhances it.
ere are valid reasons, however, for re-
g the opinions of many of these people.
Hloover, for' example, who clearly sees
nunist infiltration of the demonstrations,
not on the scene when they occurred. He
has' a past record of exaggerating the
nunist menace inside the United States.
r Christopher's absence from the locale
aphically remembered by the students
istopher was out of town,
we turned to Archie Brown.
hority can be readily doubted in these
instances, because the authority is not
letter position to evaluate the proceedings
the majority of the population. In fact,
at many persons who were at the hearings'
a much more truthful idea. of what really
NVALUATING THE internal self-contra-
tions of the film, and more generally,
ctivities of the committee and its philo-
and character developed during its 22
life span, most Americans have equal
s to the facts involved. The judgments
d by studying the public behavior of the
ittee do not depend on a thorough know-
of the hour by. hour events which took
in and around San Francisco's city hall
cases like this, appeal to authority does
nuch added moral weight to your defense
ack, whatever it be. To have a prominent
a speak out on an issue which everyone.
wally able to judge is to add importance
ir argument.
s also very difficult to defeat this kind of
nent. About the' only logical stand you
ake in refutation is to say that no matter
says something, is true, that does not
it so. Or you may attempt to discredit.
uthority by attacking his personal charac-
defaming his occupation, or social group.

THE YOUNG AMERICANS for Freedom gave
a good example of such deplorable be-
havior Wednesday night. Passionately devoted
to a weak and vague Sharon Statement, the
YAFs are also committed to defending. the
committee, Senator Barry Goldwater and,
sometimes, the late Senator McCarthy.
The University of Detroit chairman of YAP
listened in on various segments of the SGC
debate on "Operation Abolition". When con-
stituents' time was announced, he delivered a
long defense of the committee, the movie and
an attack on the committee's critics.
Though most of his points were rationally.
untenable, they were at least interesting to
hear and often amusing. This was true until
our YAFer decided he must retaliate against
attacks on the committee made by the highly
regarded National Council of Churches and
Bishop Pike,
The YAFer did not attempt to delineate
these attacks or offer a defense to them. He
felt he must reduce himself to the level of
an underhanded religious propaganda attack.
Sunday Visitor's" editorial that is found
elsewhere on this page. The bigotry and blatant
prejudice exhibited there need little explica-
tion. ,
The YAFer, however, was not 'content with
the remarks, of the Catholic priest who wrote
them. He saw fit in his attempted "rational"
argument to stress the religious background of
the author, implying that this was an un-
assailable authority. This fledgling conservative
spoke with the utmost gravity on this matter
and thus, his faith in the outright bigotry was
There is no intention here to argue that
'the remarks of Fr. Ginder are representative
of anybody or anything but Fr. Ginder him-
self. I would prayerfully hope that his opinions
are shared by only a small minority, ineffectual
in our social and political life.
YAP, however, is advocating'these views or
at least using some of them for propaganda
attacks. YAF is a growing organization and
ultimately, I am sure, intends to have political
power within the University, within the state
and within'tie nation.
I DO NOT THINK that any interpretation of
the Sharon Statement or other seriously
developed conservative doctrine would condone
or encourage such vicious statements as were
heard Wednesday night.
A belief in the freedom of speech necessitates
a defense of the YAF's leader's right to say
what he did, but the opinions and ugly rumors
he did state are totally unwelcome in any
thinking community.
YAP does not exists on this campus to
serve the role of a Ku Klux Klan or a Hitler.
Such roles never had nor never will have a
legitimate reason to exist. If YAP wishes to
reconstruct the American Ideal, it will never.
succeed if it continues to employ the des-
tructive tools of bigotry, Intolerance, lies and

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student opinion on relevant topics.
the more or less considered judg-
ments of 18 people.
This isn't because they choose to
ignore the student body's opinion;
it isn't because they haven't made
enough effort to find out the stu-
dent body's opinion.
* S *
IT'E BECAUSE the student body
doesn't have any, opinion about
an . astounding number of prob-
lems. It's because the student body
often does not even know the
problems exist. So the question of
evaluation is left to the few who
do know about problems.
"Operation Abolition" w a s
shown by the Political Issues Club
in December. There was not much
publicity for the event, but word
spread among people who had pre-
viously expressed concern about
social issues. The film was shown
to a standing-room-only , crowd
then. The 100 people who saw it
have been expressing their concern
These people are at present
about the only faction on campus
that has gotten excited about
"Operation Abolition" until this
week. They are generally opposed'
to the film and to the House Un-
American Activities Committee.
But there aregundoubtedly seg-
ments of the student body which
would react very differently - if
they saw the film.
* * * -
THE STUDENT body has a clear
obligation to become informed on
issues like the film "Operation
Abolition" and the more general,
questions surrounding the HUAC.
The student body has a further
obligation to make its well-consid-
ered opinions knowni.
An excellent way for these
opinions to be expressed is dur-
ing, constituents' time at SGC
meetings. Because of its opinion
function, the Council continually
concerns itself with issues that
ought to concern every student.
Hence the Council room ought to
be filled to capacity for every



Usually this expression consists of

Supports .House Committee

for music should know by now
about ONCE, the contemporary
music festival coming up the end
of this month. At last we shall
get to hear how local far out
composers stand up beside recent
Europeans-Boulez, Stockhausen,
and especially Luciano Berio.
Recently the Forsythe Gallery
displayed a rather large' collection
of ONCE posters created and do-
nated by a group of Ann Arbor
artists. Profits went to ONCE.
There was, forturnately, no at-
tempt at uniformity of style or
technique: George Manupelli put
together a wonderfully repulsive
poster from old portraits of Ab-
raham Lincoln. Andy,Argyropou-
los' stylized jungle was decorated
with writing, most of which would
require at least a spiritual gift
to interpret.
AT .THE END of the gallery,
several ONCE composers set up
an exhibit of scores and were
kept busy most of the evening ex-
plaining the unusual notation of
a Stockhausen Klavierstuck or
Robert Ashley's Sonata. (One of
the best groups of posters-those
by Milton Cohen-were in fact
inspired ,by a Stockhausen score.)
No one seemed anxious to explain
Bussotti's pieces for prepared
piano-it has been claimed that
only David Tudor knows how ;o
read them-but several people
tried to buy them for framing.
The posters sold. There were
very few left at closing time. I
was disappointed that no one
picked up John Goodyear's con-
struction from a projecting piece
of wood and four watch-glasses.
--Bernard Vatdrop

(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following
article was the focus of controversy
among constituents during Wed-
nesday'sS GC meeting. A represen-
tative of Young Americans for
Freedom from Detroit quoted the
article in support of his opinion on
the House Committee on Un-Amer-
ican Activities. It originally ap-
peared in Our Sunday visitor, a
Catholic weekly, March 13.)
* by Webster as any one of sev-
eral secret societies) were to open
an orphanage in your town, how
many of the local clergy do you
suppose could be induced to serve
on its board of directors?
Don't answer too quickly, be-
cause when the Communists open-
ed up all kinds of do-good outfits
during the 30's and 40's,4 Protes-
tant clergymen came flocking into
them literally by the thousands.
"But there is a big difference
between a Communist and a Black
Hander." There certainly is! The
Black Hander is more civilized.
In his own twisted way, he believes
in God and religion, whereas your
Communist is an avowed atheist
out to destroy religion.
* * *
non so worried a group of lay
men in the Methodist Church--
the thought that so many appar-
ently dedicated servants of Christ
should be using the prestige of
their sacred office, exploiting the
natural reverence of their congre-
gations, to advance the causes of
Anti-Christ-that they organized
a committee known as Circuit
Riders, Inc., to tabulate and pub-
lish the record of this Judas ,ele-
ment in their own midst.
Apparently the Circuit Riders
operate like an IBM machine. For
example, when, on Feb. 7, 1949, the
Daily Worker published an Appeal
to Acheson Urging Truman-Stalin
Peace Talks, they simply sifted out
and filed the names of all the
preachers listed-and so with in-
numerable other fronts and
Then every once in a while they

put out their findings in tabula-
tions which are about as lurid and
exciting as a telephone directory.
They take a preacher's name and
under it they have three columns:
the name of the fronts, his affilia-
tion with them, and the Circuit
Rider's source of information.
* * * '
SO WHEN the story of that Air
Force Manual broke, I got in touch
with M. G. Lowman, co-ordinator
of the Circuit Riders in Cincin-
nati. In a lengthy telephone inter-
view, he passed along some hair-
raising statistics.
Mr. Lowman estimates that his
group has processed the names of
some 9,000 American Protestant
ministers implicated at one time
or another in Communist fronts.
A total' of 2,224 Methodist min-
isters or 8 per cent of the Meth-
odist clergy have had Red-front
Of the Episcopalians, 1,411 rec-
tors have similar records, or an
average of 20.5 per cent of all
P.E. clergymen.
The Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
had 614 ministers involved. This
includes 101 with three or more
pro-Communist affiliations, plus
the names of 513 with only one or
two such affiliations.,
The Unitarians are most numer-
ous percentagewise. Some 43 per
cent of their clergy have records,
a percentage that goes up to 59-60
if one counts the retired and oth-
erwise inactive.-
Figures among the Jewish cler-'
gy approximate those of the Epis-
copalians: around 20 per cent.
* * *
WHEN I ASKED Mr. Lowman if
there were any Catholics involved,
he said that there was a front
called the Committee of Catholics
for Human Rights organized some
years ago in New York by Em-
manuel Chapman. This man man-
aged to trap about 50 priests and
welfare workers before he was ex-
posed by the Brooklyn Tablet.
Invited to defend their state-
ment before Congressman Walters
and his House Un-American Ac-

W SU Unfait
EVIDENCE PILES up. Wayne State
versity has acted unjustly to the Inde-
it Socialists Club on campus.
Feb. 20, officials announced, both to'
rs of the other two political clubs at
and representatives of the Daily Col-
the campus newspaper, that the In-
lent Socialists had lost their recognition
for non-conformance with WSU regu-
requiring affiliation with a state politi-
i, the next day, the committee super-
political clubs on campus, apparently
g that its position looked a .little one-
announced that all three clubs were
e their recognition suspended pending,
NG DEAN OF Students J. Don Marsh,
nember of the committee, made it clear,
,r, that the Young Democrats and Young
icans could regain their status easily,
at the Independent Socialists could not.
only justification the committee offered
s stand was that they were bound to
s the 1954 regulations for political clubs,
hat' these required affiliation with a
il party on the state ballot.
' did not explain why their stand differed
hat of the political science department,
had supervised the clubs until January,
he new committee was appointed. The
ment had not enforced the affiliation
STILL, THE committee's second stand,
least, seems tenable this far and not
rily unjust, although there are strong'
ions of the latter.
the~re is mor v 9icimm.T~~a+ t npwat.A,

Political Clubs
Eder announced that his group was also un-
able to conform to the regulations on party
He reported that the campus YD's were not
in any way affiliated with their state party,
but only with national organizations.
To the committee, which had already an-
nounced that its only concern was enforcing
the regulations as they existed, this should
have sufficed-if the ,supervisors were as im-
partially bureaucratic as they claimed, they
would have denied any chance for recognition
to the YD's as they had to the Independent
BUT THEY DID not. Marsh, asked about this
point, said that the technical non-con-
formance with regulations was "no stumbling
block" to recognition of the YD's. The com-
mittee, he said, was "favorably disposed to-
wards giving the YD's every consideration."
But not the Independent Socialists. Marsh
repeated the earlier stand on ,the possibility
of their recognition-no affiliation, no recog-
nition. And the Independent Socialists cannot
agree to affiliate with any specific one of the
several state socialist parties.
Eder called this stand a denial of "equal
Justice," and speaking for all the clubs, said
that none had any intention of asking for
recognition as long as the committee "showed
Eder has much more justification on his side
than Marsh. The committee's stands certainly
do not give "equal justice." They deserve con-
demnation and reversal, and the clubs are
certainly right in not asking for recognition
under such a group.
ET'S SEE SOME fair play. If the committee

tivities Committee, the Council of
Churches haughtily r e f u s e d:
"Facts are what we say they are,"
Besides, at an open hearing, they
might be proved wrong, which
would be mightily embarrassing.
Pushed to the wall, a "joiner"
will generally claim that he did
not know what he was getting
into. That was always Bishop Ox-
nam's plea. You will notice, how-
ever, that he never denounces the
Red front. On the contrary, it is
always the reporter who exposed
him that gets denounced.
s s s
WITH 9,000 Protestant clergy-
men implicated in Red causes at
one time or another in their ca-
reers, it is not hard to understand
how public opinion could have
crystalized so quickly, so firmly
against the late Sen. Joseph Mc-
Carthy of Wisconsin.
Nevertheless, that he accom-
plished much is attested not only
by the constant regurgitation of
slanders against his memory in
the liberal press, but also by let-
ters such as Attorney J. F. Schla-
fly, Jr,'s in the February Issue of
the American Bar Association
Journal, which reads in part-
"It was McCarthy who first ex-
posed the hidden agent William
Remington, who yoccupied a key
position in the Department of
Commerce where he was able to
hold up export licenses for the
delivery of supplies to the Re-
public of China while it was strug-
gling to prevent the Communists
from seizing mainland China
(conviction affirmized 208 F. 2d
"It was McCarthy who first ex-
posed Edward Rothschild, who
was handling the assembly of se-
cret military and Atomic Energy
Commission documents in the
Government Printing Office, after
these documents had 'been,print-
ed piecemeal in separate areas to
prevent any. one person from
knowing their total contents.
* *
"IT WAS McCARTHY who first
exposed the espionage ring in the
electronic warfare laboratories at
Fort Monmouth. Two years later
a high-ranking Russian electron-
ics warfare officer defected to the
West. Testifying under the pseu-
donym of Colonel Andriyve to p'o-
tect his family, he told the Senate
Internal Security Subcommittee in
June, 1956, that he personally
examined in Moscow a great
quantity of secret and top secret
American radar documents which
had been stolen from Fort Mon-
"It was McCarthy who first ex-
posed Owen Lattimore. Later, aft-
er hearing 15 volumes of sworn
testimony, the Senate Internal Se-
curity Subcommittee, which was
composed of seven lawyers and did
not include McCarthy, unanimous-
ly concluded that' Lattimore was
a 'conscious articulate instrument
of the Soviet conspiracy.'
"It was McCarthy who uncov-
ered a Communist named Annie
Lee Moss working in the code
room of the Pentagon. The Anti-
Anti-Communist League went in-
to action and . . . accused McCar-
thy of witch hunting. On Oct. 30,
158. nr sdisnatches announced

To the Editor:
Tuesday, February 21, Mr. D.
Marcus wrote nineteen (19) lines,
of editorial content under the.
heading, THE FIFTH.
In a spirit of inquiry: 1) Was
there any connection between the
finding of the "several bottles"
and the recent East Quad fire,
other than the fact that they both
occurred in East Quad? 2) How
many bottles is several? More than
one? 3) What constitutes a seiz-
ure? 4) At the time, did the
owner's protest that the bottle(s)
only contained a carbonated bev-
erage? 5) If so, on what basis
could it be said that the staff man
was . "oblivious" to the owner's
protests? (This question is super-
fluous due to the answer to num-
ber 4.) 6) Can a bottle be opened
when it is not closed?
* * *
man in the residence halls leads
me to question the tone of the
article and its heading. Drinking
violations, unfortunately, are not
as infrequent as they should be.
But each is not publicized by an
editorial. If the staff man had
been irresponsible in his handling
of the matter, especially if he
had in fact "deprived (one)hof
life, liberty, or property, without
due process of law," Mr. Marcus'
opinion would have more factual.
basis. In the house which I am
in charge of the staff respects
and believes in the Quadrangle
(and Residence Halls) policy per-
taining to the use of' house stu-

'Leg alQEagle
D-isc usses Quad Fire

dent judiciaries. The term 'due
process' means affording a fair
hearing. The hearing in our house
is not held by the staff, but by
student representatives appointed
by the student house council.
My law school education has
imbued me with ahigh regard for
the ascertainment of facts.
* * *
field of Radio and Television has
taught me the importance of re-
sponsibility which persons in the
public communications media have
toward themselves, their readers,
their sponsor (school), and their
The basic facts, of ,this editorial
were significantly incorrect. A
writer of editorial matter must
have correct facts. A responsible
editorial can (and should?) be
written which will evoke disagree-
ment as to the opinions in that
editorial. I not only disagree with
the opinions stated, but maintain
that the opinions have no basis in
fact on the six points supra. Thus'
Mr. Marcus has done a disservice
to the judiciary system which we,
students and staff alike, have at-
tempted to strengthen, to the
"residence hall authorities", (his
term) (which doesn't include me),
and to those of us who believe in
a free and responsible press.
-Warren E. Eagle
Residence Advisor
Letters to the editor must be
signed and should be limited to 300
words in length. The Daily reserves
the right to edit or withhold any

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