Court Order Upheld Banning Nazi March in Skokie Before May

The Federal Court of Appeals upheld a lower court order that bars members of a Nazi group from marching through Skokie before May. A three-judge panel on Friday rejected a request by the National Socialist Party of America and its director, Frank Collin, that the judges vacate a March 17 ban by U.S. District Judge Bernard Decker which imposed a 45-day stay on an earlier ruling which barred the Village of Skokie from enforcing three ordinances designed to keep Nazis from marching in uniform wearing swastikas.

Meanwhile, an editorial in the April issue of St. Anthony’s Messenger, a national Catholic magazine, urged Christians throughout the United States to wear the yellow Star of David that European Jews were forced to wear during the Nazi regime in Germany and in countries conquered by the Nazis, on April 20, Hitler’s birthday.

The editorial, written by Barbara Beckwith, a native of Skokie, urged Christians to repudiate the march and declared: “Imagine the force of repudiation of Nazi ideas if millions of Christians would wear the Jewish star April 20 in acknowledgement of our Christian debt to Jews.” The magazine, published in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a circulation of 280,000.

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