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From: kleyzemer@aol.com (Kleyzemer)
Newsgroups: soc.culture.jewish
Subject: Holocaust-denier David Irving in Portland, OR
Date: 14 Oct 1994 03:47:02 -0400
Message-ID: <37ld1m$q9o@newsbf01.news.aol.com>

Holocaust-denier David Irving spoke at the Colonial Heights Prebyterian
Church in Portland, Oregon last Monday night, 10/10/94.  

The church claims to have been unaware of Mr. Irving's anti-semitic
agenda.  However, church leaders refused to cancel the event even when
they were informed of Mr. Irving's agenda.  The event was apparently
organized by Northwest Concerned, a neo-Nazi organization.

Mr. Irving spoke to a by-invitation-only audience in the church.  No
reporters were allowed inside to hear the speech.

A group of approximately 150 individuals demonstrated outside the church
to protest the event.

Two arrests occured at the event:

Derek K. Stenzil was arrested for violating the terms of his probation on
a 1993 assault charge.  Stenzil is a leader of Northwest Concerned, the
neo-Nazi group involved in the arrangements for Mr. Irving's appearance.

Alaric Brown was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest,
after having allegedly spat upon David Irving.

The Oregonian newspaper reported on the story the next morning with the
headline, "Protester spits on Holocaust dissenter."

Complaints have been made to the church about its having provided a venue
to Mr. Irving.  Suggestions have been made that Colonial Heights
Presbyterian Church issue an apology to its membership and to the
community.  It has also been suggested that the church fund, publicize and
host a true educational program on the Holocaust as a way of repairing the
damage. 

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