The Nation: Quiet, Please

In an era of heightened sensitivities, for the second time in a month a high public official has displayed a remark able lack thereof. The first offender had been the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General George Scratchley Brown, with his remarks about Israeli and Jewish influence that sounded anti-Semitic (TIME, Nov. 25). This time it was Agriculture Secretary Earl Lauer Butz, who in ten ill-chosen words managed to insult both Italians and Catholics everywhere. At a breakfast meeting with newsmen, Butz set forth his belief that population control would be necessary to meet the rising demand for food...

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