I’m from Alabama. I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m even from a small town that most people can’t find and a GPS won’t pick up. Let me tell you that this doesn’t reflect the views of most people in Alabama, or the South in general. I’m ashamed that my home state made national news for something this shocking.
If you haven’t looked at either one of the links, let me break it down. There’s a little town called Lamar County. A pastor there, named Mel Lewis, is holding a conference for only white people. There are KKK flags and white supremacy posters, yet the ‘Christians’ say they have been treated unfairly. They want ‘freedom of religion’ and say that white people are ‘part of the chosen race.’
Lewis is the founder of Christian Identity Ministries.
Their event ends tonight, and as the grand finale they’re setting a cross on fire. They claim it’s not a cross burning, but a sacred Christian cross lighting. The event is open to all white Christians. The KKK was present, but did not actually sponsor the event.
Those are the facts of the situation, so now I’m going to give you my opinion. Lamar County is about three hours north of where I live. Down here, we’re in the Bible Belt and most of us are Southern Baptist. I’ve heard of snake handling and other extremes, but I’ve never heard of burning a cross for sacred religious reasons. In my opinion, that’s more than a tad disrespectful. Everyone knows that racism is alive and well here in the south (on both sides. It’s not only whites that are racist), but this is taking it to a new extreme.
Everyone thinks that people in the south are ignorant rednecks, am I right? People think about the creepy, incestuous, undereducated men in “Deliverance“. Things like this don’t do much to debunk those stereotypes. I’m also of the opinion Mr. Lewis is only pastoring hate.