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Letters between reporter Ron Brown and Governor Atiyeh supporting a moderate response to the Rajneesh crisis

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Letters between reporter Ron Brown and Governor Atiyeh supporting a moderate response to the Rajneesh crisis

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Letters relating to the Rajneesh crisis between Rob Brown, reporter for 100 FM, and Governor Atiyeh. Brown had recently heard Atiyeh speak about the Rajneesh at a Medford Rotary meeting and is writing with additional thoughts. He compares the Rajneeshees, as an unpopular religious sect, to the Mormons in 1800s America. Brown warns that there is a danger in responding too harshly to the Rajneesh, and as an example, he encloses a copy of an "Extermination Order" that Governor Boggs of Missouri issued against the Mormons in 1838. Brown expresses respect for Oregon officials's moderate handling of the Rajneesh situation and hopes that violence will not erupt in Wasco County. In a letter of response, Atiyeh agrees that all groups, even unpopular ones, must be handled through legal means. This item was a part of the papers of Bob Oliver, Governor Atiyeh's legal counsel.

Creator

Atiyeh, Victor

Contributor

Oregon. Governor (1979-1987 : Atiyeh)

Date

1984

Subject

Rajneeshpuram (Or.)
Rajneeshees

Identifier

PUA_MS96_2716

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Atiyeh, Victor, “Letters between reporter Ron Brown and Governor Atiyeh supporting a moderate response to the Rajneesh crisis,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed November 19, 2017, http://exhibits.lib.pacificu.edu/items/show/7835.

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