Thanks to Gretchen for fleshing out the reality of the Newton
situation. I had guessed after checking out the "Massachusetts News"
that this was an organized right-wing effort. I noticed an article
about it in the Boston Herald, and a letter applauding these 'upstanding
citizens,' so it seemed to add up. I wonder if you (Gretchen) know any
more about this rag, "Massachusetts News" --is it a religio-right-wing
paper, a website only? Is it Newton-based?
> On the whole Newton residents believe in the right to express divergent
> opinions, including allowing Howard Zinn to speak at the high school.
> However, there is a small group of radical religious fundamentalists who are
> well organized and wish to end diversity by imposing their views to the
> exclusion of others. They have been attempting to overtake the school board,
> but have been voted down. However, they are willing to use any kind of
> tactics, working with hysteria, distortion and lies in the press to get their
> way. This has been going on for some years.
> Gretchen Klotz
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