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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Furman conversations with Balmer and Sellers

Come back to this blog in the next couple days as it will only get bigger; like that joke whats his face told at the Oscars about ten years ago.

Came up tonight to hear Randall Balmer talk about the religious right, but did not know till it was over Charles Marsh's Hero of God's Long Summer (also Fannie Lou Hamer) Cleveland Sellers of the Orangeburg Massacre was on campus along with Marshall Frady and Jack Nelson's friend Jack Bass.

I crashed the microphones at the end of the 2nd event and asked what Sellers thought; asked if there was any out for Barack Obama in the face of Jeremiah Wright's "God Damn America" remark.
Sellers, and you have to know his history as he and Marsh can explain to you; said Obama is in a fix; the black church is coming to defense of Wright and Trinity UCC and Sellers is not sure white America and Limbaugh and CNN and the media sound bite frenzy will let him breathe.

I think Marsh, and Matthew Morgan and Will Willimon and the editorial board of the Christian Century understand, but whether or not White America will be receptive to even other white folk explaining, in this climate is hard to understand.

I did ask the question.

Balmer was sterling as well earlier. He explained the abortion question away, but whether folks like Uncle Prentice will ever get it; well that is another question.
What did the Congress do for the 12 months the Republicans placed in power by the Christian right had all the balls in their court; what did they do with aborton; not a damn thing. Balmer says he is convinced there are right wing strategist who see abortion as too valuable a political wedge to let it be resolved.

Obama speaks in the morning.
I am praying for him and I am also praying for our Country.

Google up Marsh and Obama and buy their books or go to Hell in a Handbasket; just kiddin, but do read their books, and read this new book on the Orangeburg massacre by Jack Bass and Jack Nelson.



Blogger jr said...

gave the same lecture there that he did here...which was really good. I'm interested to see how Obama's speech goes tomorrow in Phillie. I get the feeling that it will be all or nothing...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...


Have the Campbell Community check the discussion in faith and practice at
I hope several of you will attend the Obama ralley in Fayetteville tomorrow and can work to have better takes than the one of My Uncle in the Observer Fayetteville Oped pages.
Have someone in the Campbell community enlist Charles Marsh to write an oped in Fay Obs, as well as hope several of you there in Div School will get letters published in the Observer.
It would be a shame to let my Uncle Pass as representing Baptist thought at Snyder Memorial and the wider community there.


9:32 AM  
Blogger jr said...

Well...I don't know your uncle, but knowing my leanings on economics and foreign policy, I doubt I'm really the one you want writing regarding Obama. ;-)

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