A Chautauqua Story by David Kyle Foster

A Chautauqua Story

David Kyle Foster on the Intolerance of “Open” Communities

What an exciting thing it was to be invited to speak at the venerable Chautauqua Institution. Founded in 1874 as the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, it touts itself in one promotional piece as “ecumenical in spirit and practice . . . [a place] where students share learning experiences in an open, congenial atmosphere . . . a community renowned as a center for the performing arts and a resource for the discussion of the important issues of our time . . . [and] a national forum for open discussions of public issues.”

In another piece, it claims to be “a commu . . .