Skip to comments.1921 slaying of Catholic priest gets renewed interest
Posted on 05/28/2010 7:41:33 AM PDT by GonzoII
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) The 1921 murder of the Rev. James E. Coyle on the front porch of his rectory was no ordinary slaying. Involved were the anti-Catholic Ku Klux Klan, a future Supreme Court justice and a preachers daughter who secretly married a Puerto Rican.
In her book Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America, Ohio State University law professor Sharon Davies digs deep into the Coyles murderand the dark chapter of anti-Catholicism in American history.
There are so many things about this story that are really compelling, said Davies, who stumbled across the case while doing research for a law journal article. When I found it, I was absolutely captivated by it. This story needed to be told. We cant afford to forget this.
The murder trial was historic partly because future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black defended the accused killer, Edwin R. Stephenson, a Methodist minister and member of the Ku Klux Klan.
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I found an article you didn’t...ha..ha...
Ain't they full of fun?
I am afraid that chapter is still being written around the globe.
Bookmark for DH! (ty)
There was an unholy connection between the old Methodist Church and the Ku Klux Klan and part of the connection was because of the anti-alcohol stand of the Klan and of the Methodist Church.
They probably viewed the Catholic Church as a particularly virulent opponent as they used real wine in their liturgy instead of fruit juice. (I guess the Methodist Bible of the time didn’t include the Miracle at Cana.) In some areas the Ku Klux Klan was employed to enforce prohibition.
Read “The Invisble Empire” all about the Klan. At its height in the 1920’s it was not a Southern phenomenon. Places as disparate as New Jersey, Montana and Maine had Klans and people as high as governors and Senators were Klan members. As late as the 1950s I remember reading a Life Magazine article with a bunch of Klansmen in brightly colored robes - Kleagles, etc posing with their hoods off for the camera, grins on thier idiotic inbred faces.
Harry Truman, a Democrat and briefly a Klansman, condemned them as a society of Hooded Bigots after he had left them with disdain.
Today’s United Methodist Church is still anti-alcohol - sort of, but has strayed from the path of anti-Catholocism to the equally disagreeable path of Political Correctness.
How idiots in the Klan could reconcile their virulent anti-Semitism with the worship of a Jewish Christ is beyonod me.
But I guess if you are a nut, there is no room for logic in your brain.
The story of Coyle is an interesting one and truly reveals the heart of the Democratic Party...particularly as it operated in the deep South.
I can't stop laughing at that one....;0)
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Since most Puerto Ricans have black blood (a no-no back in the day), it doesn't surprise me that the reaction was so violent.
The Klan didn’t like Jews, blacks, Catholics, Italians, Spaniards, Orientals, or American Indians. There were probably a few groups I let out there.
I remember a pretty funny news item back in the 1960s about a group of Lumbee Indians in North Carolina who oraided a Klan rally. They had nice shots of the hooded bigots running away in terror, persued by the yelling indians.
Heck, the Klan was strong in many parts of the country, not just in the South.
Roll Tide Role. The author an Ohio State employee probably wants to influence future voters for the national championship to shun the State for alleged improprieties. Find it strange she doesn’t mention similar incidents in Ohio or Michigan where both state universities had coaches (Crisler, Yost and Hayes)who refused to play Catholics at various junctions of the 20th century,
More to the point, much of Protestantism in the Southern U.S., where I was born, raised and still live, and other parts of the U.S. such as the rural midwest, was tied to the KKK in some form back first half of the 20th century, either explicitly in this case or implicitly in most cases.
Most notoriously, they had a majority of the state legislature in Indiana in the 20s (the high point of Klan support in the United States), but were brought down in the Hoosier State thanks to their leaders propensity to rape and murder.
Never heard this story. Interesting read.
True, but the Methodist connection was a very strong one. So was the Presbyterian one.
The Klans’ height was in the 1920’s but it remained a serious menace up through the 1950’s. With the end of segregation, it seemed to implode.
But the Klan is a funny thing. It has a LONG history going back to the post Civil War and during that time it flared up, died down, and repeated itself again and again so, like Frankenstein, it has the potential to rise from the grave at any moment.
I think the reasson it may be dead for good is more people are better educated today, the population has become more ethnically diverse yet at the same time more culturally and biologically amalgamated.
I’m a white Protestant. I don’t hate any religion and respect them all with the singular exception of Islam which I view as a cult, not a legitimate religion.
I don’t see anyone’s religion or race as any of my business as long as they consider themselves AMERICANS.
Today, conservative Protestants and Catholics should realize they have more in common with each other than they differ. Right to life, sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, an oppostion to acceptance of homosexuality as a life style and most importantly - the worship of the same God Jesus Christ.
And Christians and Jews today, I beleive, recognize themselves as cousins. They come out of the same religious background in Hellenistic Judaea.
If they take out the Catholic Church, they can take us all out.
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