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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript From the Minority t'ietvs (Report, pp. 439-2) It must be remembered that even though the Congress soundly rejects and repudiates the majority report, as it should, the report will stand forever in all its spuriousness as a "majority report ' of facts and the- sober conclusions of a majority of the members of a duly constituted committee of the House of Representatives of the Inited States and will he quoted by every fear peddler in the Nation as incontrovertible fact. In addition, the real mischief in these proceedings rests in the effect which they may have on the future conduct of the tax-exempt foundations. If. as a result of this inquiry, the foundations shall surrender to timidity, then the- aim of those who would destroy the effectiveness of the foundations shall have been accomplished. Truly, the integrity of the foundations will hinge on the manner in which they meet this challenge. It is unfortunate that the minority report, limited as il must be to the record and the majority report, is compelled to place major emphasis upon the errors of both. However, these errors are so basic and shocking that it is of public importance that they be identified so that every citizen of the land can know what has occurred. There is little that the minority at this point can recommend as lo what the report should contain that can give any real guidance to the Congress in this sensitive area, for there are no reliable facts in the record made up by the staff. The minority recognizes that foundations an- favored by State and Federal tax laws. Even if they were not, however, they have a high duty of public responsibility. This responsibility, how- ever, does not divest such foundations of the rights guaranteed by our Constitution. Inherent in such guaranties is the- proposition thai Government may not dictate, directly or indirectly, what the- officers of such foundations should think or believe or how liny -hall exercise their trust responsibilities. Government cannot interfere with th" lawful operations of these private organizations in any manner. The fad that some or all Members of Congress might dis- agree with all or a part of the acts of a foundation does not alter the constitutional protection against this attempted invasion of their private rights under the guise of ihe laving authority. The' majority report should, in all fairness, state at least the following: 1. The purposes of the resolution were not carried out. 2. The proceeding- weir grossly unfair and prejudged. 3. The record which was constructed by the staff is not reliable. Page 56 4. If there is a necessity, in the public interest, to inquire into the validity of the tax-exempt status of foundations and other charitable institutions, then a new inquiry must be authorized to seek all the facts and to give all interested persons an opportunity to be heard. In truth, such an investigation, made in conformity with Ihe great tradition of congressional inquiry, is the only way in which Congress can be properly advised of the fail- in lliis area — and in which the foundations can be relieved of the cloud of suspicion placed upon them by Ihe majority report. The proceedings and the rendition of the majority report arc- both tragic events. The minority members are filled with a sense of deep sorrow in the contemplation of the monstrous nature of both. The minority members have discussed long and soberly this dark reality, and they have concluded that the cloud of fear so evident in all phases of our national life in recent years has enveloped this committee staff, and lhat these pro- i ceilings, under their guidance, are only a part of a greater and more ominous movement under the direction of a group who would use the- deadly evil "I feai for their own purposes purposes which would, in their realization, destroy American constitutional liberty. In this reality, the minority invites the militancy of all Members of Congress and all citizens of this free land to root out now and forever this evil and those who nurture it. The proceedings and the majority report evidence the tragedy of the men and women of lb" committee's staff who, having lived and prospered under freedom, yet do not believe in due process and American fair play; who fear the thinkers and those who dare to advance the new and the unaccepted; who believe thai universal education for our people can be risked only if the teachers and their pupils accept their doctrine and are shielded from the menial contamination of other thoughts and beliefs. They would deny the righl of individuals to seek truth without limit or restriction. Happily, the staff is representative of only a small and unhealthy minority in the Nation. The fear-sickness of this group leads them lo brand as conspiratorial and un-American the citizens and organizations who support the glial liberal tradition in our society including such well-known persons as Edward R. Murrow, Paul Hoffman, Senator-elect Clifford Case, of New Jersey, and Senator Paul Douglas, of Illinois, and such highly respected organizations as the Federal Council of Churches, the Parent- Teachers Association, the National Education Association, the Anti-Defamation League, and some of the most pieeminenl newspapers and publishers in the land. dom; not in fears. This tragic t-wnl evidences the* which has resulted from the cynic illusionment of the minds of Iref and women. These unhappy ci* have forgotten the touchstone of j lea's greatness — freedom. The i an faith is one which accepts thai of free people lo make mistakes an" lieves thai a free people, despite its lakes, will sustain and advance ,, ^ wisdom the common good. If there is an element of good t*Muii found in these proceedings, it •'Instil challenge to high leadership. Leade-was ; al every level of society from the -*Anui est community to the White House -p^ find ways to strengthen those am"] ,jm|s in this free and vigorous land who W;-, lost faith in freedom. We must ret Ls tate those who somehow have fori m(j that America's individual and coll' or ( strength in a tortured and str^n||, world is. and has always been. *;„u supremacy of a positive faith in n-anl the nursing of douW jas Wayne I. Haf '..'j' Gracie Pfost ^ * « » * * end Sample of Material in the K'^' (Report, pp. 157-60) ,||(, The Moscow University am. Summer Sessions ji p In the hearings starting at page' orm disclosed a remarkable docunie1 ssis travel information folder publish* alio World Tourists. Inc., an agency ' lie Soviet Government, announcing ear Anglo-American Section of a sijfited session at Moscow University. 1* be sliliile of International Education-Coin is listed as the "American Adviso' ors ganization," and among its indjColu "advisors" appear the names of u isoi S. Counts and Heber Harper- ,9oS there is listed a "National A*j '|'| Council" which contains the na%as: some eminent professors, president*. k li r ■ -.- J a <""a chancellors ol universities, and " tion of social scientists and exe<-*»ciii of foundations. Immediately iu"l? * list of names there is the f"' iam recitation: SI "The tremendous progress ° " Soviet I nion in the cultural field dir„ for Americans an unequalled "rUi,,, tion ground for education. psycnj a|| and the social sciences. The I liinn presents a unique (ipportii'",'"!" Ihe- sluiK of III" pini esses of c " change.*** The Soviet Union l'0" Vl' ll"- niosl progressive system of rh'm education, extensively makin ihe la-si achievements of intef-KU( pedagogy." (,, Summer courses are then ai""'/.ih to be held in the University of ^' \ and the- attendance of Amerir* sN dents is solicited. Apparently ll"'^;du learn how pleasant life is i" liussia and how much heller the Ac FACTS FORUM NEWS, Jan uait
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