Organizations: The Birch-Barkers

Conservatives, Congressmen, clergymen and Communists were all sounding off last week about the way-way-right John Birch Society (TIME, March 10). Items: ¶Said Richard Cardinal Gushing of the society and its founder, Robert Welch: "Everyone must salute the efforts of sincere and dedicated men who engage in anti-Communist efforts. Robert Welch is such a man. On the other hand, we must deplore the exaggeration and excesses which discredit even a good thing. Anyone who suggests that President Eisenhower promoted Communist causes is speaking in absurdities."¶U.S. Communist Chairman Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 70, solemnly refuted Welch's charge that Ike was a "conscious...

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