55 years ago today - Mar 17, 1966

T]he First Presidency published a denial of any sponsorship of the [Birch Society - Robert] Welch dinner and emphatically stated that "the Church has no connection with the John Birch Society whatever." McKay stopped publication of his photograph in the Birch magazine and withdrew his permission for Benson to introduce the president of the Birch Society at its meeting during April conference.

["Church Tells Position On Dinner for Bircher," Ogden Standard-Examiner, 17 Mar. 1966, A-10; "Notice To Church Members," Deseret News "Church News," 19 Mar. 1966,2; "So Much For Mr. Welch," Rocky Mountain Review, 17 Mar. 1966, 4. 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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