What could South Orange County Community College District trustees possibly have been thinking? They voted to allow a seminar that injects anti-Semitic overtones into conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Even Thursday's announcement that the course will not be held on campus was unsatisfactory. The fact that the chairman of the college board, Steven J. Frogue, still plans to hold it at all is appalling.
Frogue is a high school teacher in Tustin. Students and parents have objected to some of his classroom statements over the years and should continue to keep an eye on him. At community college board meetings, audience members and some fellow trustees have objected to his rants against the Anti-Defamation League, a civil rights group. Although he now denies saying it, Frogue said in an interview last year that he believed that Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's assassin, "worked for the ADL," which he contended was behind the killing.
Frogue's opinions are his own business, though they are far outside the large body of reasonable inquiry into the JFK killing. But one wonders why the voters put him on the board and especially why his fellow trustees, who presumably knew something about him, picked him as chairman. No educator should be spewing such vile nonsense.