Angry religious callers from around the country gave school administrators in Sarasota, Fla., an earful for canceling a speech by Smokey Robinson because his talk touched on religion.
Robinson, the legendary Motown producer-composer-singer responsible for such hits as "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ooo Baby Baby," was the featured speaker during the Youth Explosion Anti-Drug rally. He spoke Wednesday to about 1,400 middle school students and briefly talked of how religion changed his life.School officials reacted by canceling a second planned rally Thursday, saying Robinson had violated an agreement to keep religion out of his comments.
On Thursday, someone faxed a news story about the situation to conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and G. Gordon Liddy. Phone lines at the school district lit up after both read all or part of the article on their shows.