Originally created 11/04/02

Birch Society not linked to Klan



Surely, Joaquin Godoy (letter on Oct. 8, "Another sign offends") has something better to do than to attempt to demonize the John Birch Society. The old leftist trick of trying to associate the society with the Ku Klux Klan just won't fly.

To those who might be interested, the John Birch Society was founded by Robert Welch in December of 1958. It is named after the missionary-turned-soldier, Capt. John Birch, who was killed by the Chinese Communists 14 days after the end of World War II.

I have been a member for over 35 years, and we believe the American system of government - a constitutional republic - is the finest yet developed.

We believe that the traditional moral values of our Judeo-Christian heritage form the cornerstone of Western Civilization, and that the family is the basic and most vital unit of society. We believe the free-market system, competitive capitalism and private enterprise afford the widest opportunity and highest standard of living for all.

We also believe in the dignity of the individual. The society welcomes into its ranks individuals from every walk of life and from all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.

Judging others only by character and ability - as we wish to be judged ourselves - our common bond is a love for liberty and our rejection of totalitarianism under any label. We believe that the rights of the individual are endowed by his creator with inalienable rights of life, liberty and property.

If Mr. Godoy was truly seeking the truth concerning the John Birch Society, he could simply have gone to our Web site, www.JBS.Org, to see for himself.

Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.