Politics: Thunder Against the Right

Since last spring, when the John Birch Society was flushed from the secrecy of its chapter meetings into public view, a new and militant minority of the far right has increasingly become a force to reckon with in U.S. political life. But last week came the reaction—and across the land, there was thunder against the ultra right.

At the annual meeting of the National Catholic Welfare Conference in Washington, the U.S. Roman Catholic hierarchy accepted a study report from the conference's Department of Social Action, which attacked chauvinistic extremists who "divert attention...

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