55 years ago today - Apr 7, 1965

Ezra Taft Benson complained to BYU's president that "many of our political science and economics teachers are teaching false doctrine." This was a month after the Provo "section leader" of the John Birch Society began receiving reports from a Birch student majoring in economics about his "covert surveillance" of BYU's "liberal professors," including professor Richard D. Poll. BYU's Wilkinson concluded that Apostle Benson had received this information through his son Reed. Wilkinson was ... receiving separate reports from this same BYU-Birch student about Poll.

The Deseret News reports: Departing from his prepared text, Elder Benson ... referred to the fight against communism as "the war in heaven now raging on the earth." ... Elder Benson detailed the various arguments which he said Satan is using in a effort to blunt the fight against communism. ... "The Lord may not set up a specific program to fight for freedom for fear it might split the Church."

["Benson Ties Rights Issue to Reds in Mormon Rift," Washington Post, 13 Apr. 1965, A-5. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

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