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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, February 03, 2015

Jesse Helms now 2 for Three in the Minus column of Westminster Abbey

      At the Southern Baptist Convention of 1990 in New Orleans I hit the microphone to shine some light on the connectins of Paul Pressler and Jesse Helms and their collusion in the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Pressler was outraged and confronted me later in the bowels of the stadium where the Saints Play.

      Joe Ferguson, Chandler Davidson, Bill Moyers and Ellen Rosenberg have all written about how Helms andPaul Pressler were on the same page in the travesty of the last years of the Baptist life. And now Robert Wuthnow in Rough Country has made the case even stgronger.
     Many moderate Baptists of the 50s and 60s have things to explain about the Civil Rights era, but the leadership of the fundamentalist faction was hardwired to the wrong side. Birchers, folks in concert with the White Citizens Council, that was the stuff the leadership of the takeover came from, from leading deacons and forces in the churches of Adrian Rogers and Jerry Vines, Nelson Price and W.A. Criswell to dimwitted go alongs and massagers like Ed Young.
    Ferguson has a chapter Red White and BLue Bible in his book on Helms naming names and connecting the dots of Helms to Pressler's crusade.
      Now Pope Francis has announced El Salvador's Oscar Romero is on the Road to Sainthood. The New Republic of April 1985 says Helms was in concert with the Death Squads Roberto Daubuisson, a man who sat in a room and drew straws for the "privilege" of assassinating Romero.
     There are three men in Bust in Westminster Abbey, Greatest Christian Saints of the Twentieth Century: Martin King, Romero, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Helms called King a Communist and worse, opposed a celebration of his birthday till the day he died. Romeor I've just explained. And were Helms with us today he would be distoring the legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer like the Tea Party apologist Eric Metaxas.
      So Let's have the SBC be honest about the leadership of the Takeover as many of them now explain the movie Selma to their children and grandc hildren.

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