A speech sponsored by the Cincinnati 912 Project at a local Catholic high school has been canceled because it violates the Archdiocese's policy prohibiting partisan events.
The 912 Project, a group inspired by right-wing talk show host and self-professed “rodeo clown” Glenn Beck, had rented space at Purcell Marian High School in East Walnut Hills for the Dec. 11 event.
The group planned to present a speech by Frantz Kebreau, a black Tea Party supporter who spouts a radical, revisonist view of history designed to sway African-Americans to the cause. It was scheduled at the school from 5-7 p.m., after classes had ended for the day.
Dan Andriacco, an Archdiocese spokesman, said school President Al Early was assured by 912 Project leaders that the event was nonpartisan when they booked the space. After CityBeat informed Andriacco this morning that Kebreau's planned speech was entitled, “Stolen History: What the Democrats, Progressives, and the Left Don’t Want You to Know,” the Archdiocese reconsidered and canceled the group's reservation.
“The title of the talk did not appear in information given to Al Early before he granted permission to use Purcell Marian facilities,” Andriacco said. “In a phone call this afternoon to a member of the Cincinnati 912 Project board, Mr. Early withdrew that permission because the title of the talk definitely indicates a partisan program.”
Andriacco stressed that Kebreau's appearance wasn't sponsored by the school and the Archdiocese doesn't endorse Kebreau's views. He noted that other groups have also rented the space, including the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center on Sept. 25.
“Neither the Archdiocese of Cincinnati nor Purcell Marian High School endorses the platform of any political party or movement in toto,” he said. “We endorse the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the policy aims of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Conference of Ohio.”