BUMPERSTRIPS: KENNEIn ’68 Fluorescent, genuine peel-off bumperstrip stock. 1 for 25c 6 for $1 100 for $10 1,000 for $65 Pass the Torch in ’68 Committee P. 0. Box 3395 Austin, Texas 78704 lators and state officials. The secretary was smiling his familiar, serene smile, seemingly unaware of the pickets who were chanting “Hey, hey, what do ya say; how many kids have you killed today?” Others were shouting “Fascist! Fascist!” Swelling applause from Capitol workers and other spectators, including some stu dents, drowned out, for several seconds, the derisive cries. Thus the secretary departed the Texas Capitol. G. 0. Vietnam: ‘A Dance in a Cemetery’ Rabbi Levi Olan of Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood in Dallas, and a regent at the University of Texas, continues to speak in Dallas on the Vietnam war in accents not often heard in the churches of the state. Here are excerpts from another of his sermons on the subject: “A Jew now living in Israel recalls his childhood with his parents who were living under the Nazis in a cemetery. They were spared their lives so that they could perform the grave digging detail for those whom Hitler was killing in the millions. He saw, as a child, deportations, death from disease, starvation, and the daily regular killings. He remembers that he managed to play in the midst of these macabre happenings. In fact, he played a game called deportations. He now says: ‘I became accustomed to my environment.’ We are in a frightful danger of becoming accustomed to living with war as a normal way of life. “The last half-century has been one of unrelenting destruction and terror. When I was in High School, it was the First World War. Then with the failure of all hopes for Peace, came Hitler and the Second World War. This was followed by Korea, and now Viet Nam. I have watched coffins returning to our land and hidden away. Visits, however, to the Veteran’s Hospitals, and dealing with war widows are somber reminders that death and destruction has been the way of life for fifty years. We live, it seems, in a cemetery and play our childish games. Viewers of television, we watch Mystery and Wild Western drama and also a picture of a little child in Vietnam blown to pieces. . . . Like that child under the Nazis, we have become accustomed to life in a cemetery-.-. . . “Our nation at this hour is playing the role of God while armed with terrifying power. There is a passion growing here to move in and destroy all competing Gods. We do not hesitate to use bombs that shatter, napalm that sears and burns on enemy and on friend. Our mood is one of passionate devotion to the God we have set up, the State whose actions it is becoming heresy to question. In ancient times men brought their children as a sacrifice to the God Moloch because he was God. The danger today is that the nation becomes our Moloch. “The events in Vietnam are distressing to all of us. It is a tragic place of destruction, disease, and death. For a thousand years the Vietnamese were ruled by China and then for eighty years as a colony of France. When they rebelled against the harsh rule of their French masters some ten years before the Second World War, the rebellion was led by the Viet Minh. They declared their purpose in their rebellion. It read like this: ‘All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ They fought hard against the colonialism of France, sacrificing much blood. America then gave the French over 21/2 billion dollars to stamp out the rebellion. Former President Eisenhower in explaining the success of the popular, sympathy and many civilians aided them by providing both shelter and information.’ When that rebellion was concluded by the Geneva Agreement of 1954, which provided for elections within two years, President Eisenhower again said: ‘80% of the people would have voted for Ho Chi Minh as their leader.’ “We have declared a holy war against communism and justify the death and terror of this hour by the devotion to our God. We equate our battle now with the struggle against Hitler and the Nazis, forgetting that there is a vital difference. Hitler used force to give the Aryan race dominion over all. The communists are not racists. They have a social and economic theory which they propogate by a subtle mixture of open and hidden propaganda and even subversion. They are a people with an idea appealing to those living in grinding poverty with no hope but a revolution. Instead of matching our own ideas against that of the communist world as an answer to poverty and frustration, we have resorted to force. Will we never learn that you do not destroy an idea with bombs? Almost half the world is caught up with this idea and we cannot police the world against it. The fact is that the history of the Twentieth Century records the expulsion of Western powers from Asia and Africa Britain from Palestine and India; France from Southeast Asia and Algeria; Holland from the South Pacific; and Belgium from Africa. None of these were communist inspired. MEETINGS THE THURSDAY CLUB of Dallas meets each the Downtown YMCA, 605 No. Ervay St., Dallas. Good discussion. You’re welcome. Informal, no dues. The TRAVIS COUNTY LIBERAL DEMOCRATS meet at Spanish Village at 8 p.m. on the first Thursday. You’re invited. ITEMS for this feature -cost, for the first entry, 7c a word, and for each subsequent entry, 5c a word. We must receive them one week before the date of the issue in which they are to be published. “The pity of it is that America has powerful ideas with which to win against communism in the struggle of the people for bread, shelter, and freedom. We, of all people, ought to understand the revolution of our age since we were born in a revolution against tyranny. But we seem to support the status quo, in China, in Cuba, and in Vietnam. We have a wonderful answer to oppression, poverty, ignorance, and fear but the use of bombs and Napalm is not it. “We had better not get accustomed to our role, to war as the way to defeat false gods. “We are carrying on a dance in a cemetery.” February 3, 1967 9 “THE PIPE HOUSE OF AUSTIN” Will D. Miller d Son Magazines Daily Newspapers High Grade Cigars and Tobaccos Pipes and Accessories 122 West 6th St. Austin, Texas Sen. J. 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