Hate-spewing bigots in churches and politics use the Bible to explain away contempt for certain segments of society — most commonly blacks and homosexuals. Likewise, Adolf Hitler used Mein Kampf to justify the massacre of millions of Jews and homosexuals during his reign of horror. The Ku Klux Klan thumped the Bible over the decades to attract killers, psychos and hangmen. (I should know: I interviewed the Klan’s Grand Dragon, Robert Shelton, when I was a reporter in Wilmington, N.C., in 1965.)
Sen. James Forrester and his ilk grasp the Bible to explain their social intolerance, too. Take away their clothes and you may find that Hitler, the Klan, Forrester and company are all brothers under the skin. They all use a book to justify their intolerance.
Perhaps if we undesirables moved to Forrester’s hometown of Gastonia he would wave his arms over us undesirables in welcome — but only if we terminated the qualities that he despises.
— Jery Tillotson