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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 www.clsnet.org 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.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Tea Party and Titanic Struggle for the Soul of Alabama

One of my Mother's first cousins was the President of the Student Body at Huntingdon College in Montgomery in 1949. In late September Wayne Flynt will deliver the President's lectures there with the endorsement of the UMC Bishop of Alabama, Will Willimon, the former Chaplain of Duke.
I have Willimon's collection of sermons from the Duke Chapel, grand ones indeed including efforts by Will Campbell, Fleming Rutledge and Barbara Brown Taylor among others.
Flynt has a memoir coming out soon to be celebrated Homecoming Weekend at Samford, where Flynt graduated in early 60's. See Willimon's Peculiar Prophet blog endorsing Flynt.
Flynt has been speaking long time about The Titanic Struggle for the Soul of Alabama.
One of the nits, the distractions to Flynt's aspirations for the character of the state is the Tea Party Movement. The late Bircher Albert Lee Smith's widow Eunie is key leader in that mess. Sad to say a lifelong friend of the Fox Family, Mary Anne Cole, a niece of former JSU president Houston Cole is caught up in the gunk.
See the recent Boston Globe story about the Tea Party Express. Also google NYbooks.com story about how nihilistic the tea party footprints are in Ohio.
Mary Anne Cole is a gracious woman. She has always been kind to me and I enjoyed singing Stamps Baxter Songs with her brother Fowler at my Grandmother's family Reunion in East Tenn in 86. Mary Anne two years ago was present for the graveside service of my Dad's sister Katherine, in Rome Ga.
But for the future of Alabama I'll go with Flynt and Bishop Willimon, Cherilynne Crowe and her associate at the Baptist Joint Committee Brent Walker and Holly Hollman of Jackson, Mississippi, the latter.
Google the above references. Have conversations in your church. Talk to products of DekalbCounty who have gone on to Vanderbilt and Yale, UVA and Baylor; even heard of Stephen Black's ethics classes at UBama.
But Run from the Tea Party. It is a soul molester and God is Not in it; no more than he was with the Nativists against Lincoln in 1850's.

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