IFAS | Freedom Writer | November/December 1992 | quote.html

Quote of the year: Arlo Guthrie

Early in 1992, folk singer Arlo Guthrie, a neighbor of the Institute for First Amendment Studies, purchased the church made famous in "Alice's Restaurant." When he announced his plans to hold a seminar on holistic healing, the town fathers balked. Arlo, t hough, registered his newly acquired property as a religious institution, putting it beyond some of Great Barrington's by-laws.

When interviewed by the Berkshire Eagle, one of the town's selectmen complained that Guthrie found a loophole in the law. When the newspaper asked Arlo for his response to the charge, he stated, "The First Amendment is not a loophole."

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