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Prince: David O. McKay and Communism 83 better go in." Accordingly, the statement was published in the Church Section, but the controversial (italicized) passages were deleted at McKay's request. When Clare Middlemiss found out about the deletion, she brought up the matter with McKay, saying that "many recordings had been made of the statement and that many people are calling the office to find out why these paragraphs had been deleted." McKay replied that his son Lawrence, at the instigation of Hugh B. Brown and N. Eldon Tanner, had urged that he omit them, "pointing out that they would tie the Church in with the John Birch Society." Three days later, Middlemiss again pressed the issue with McKay, saying that she had received many letters protesting the deletion of the paragraphs. Furthermore, Mark E. Petersen had recently published an editorial in the Church News that was critical of the John Birch Society. The offending passage proclaimed: "The Church has nothing to do with Communists, nothing to do with racists, nothing to do with Birchers, nothing to do with any slanted group." At that, McKay reversed his previous position: "I told Clare that I did not wish these paragraphs deleted; that I gave them and the statement should stand as given; that many people have recordings of the full statement----These things are very upsetting to me, and the deletion of what I said at Priesthood Meeting is causing a lot of people to question and to wonder what is going on." As a result, the deleted paragraphs were restored when McKay's statement was published in the official Conference Report and in the Church's monthly Improvement Era. Middlemiss was not satisfied, however, and pushed for the statement's publication in full the following week in the Church News—a presumptuous move by a secretary that strongly suggests she was acting as a surrogate for Benson, who in fact had brought up the same subject with McKay two days earlier but had 133. McKay, Diary, April 12, 1966. 134. "Conference Talk Texts," Church News, April 16, 1966, 7. 135. McKay, Diary, April 15, 1966. 136. "Politics and Religion," Church News, March 26, 1966. Church News editorials, both then and now, are unsigned. 137. McKay, Diary, April 18, 1966.