On 04 Sep 2001 17:33:06 GMT, [email protected] (JimDBB) wrote:
> A Separation of Church and Hate
> Conflict: Osceola, Ind., Klan members argue that cross burnings are a
> religious ritual. Their neighbors don't buy it.
> By STEPHANIE SIMON
> TIMES STAFF WRITER
> September 1 2001
> OSCEOLA, Ind. -- Railton Loy leans across the table and proposes a deal: You
> ignore me and I'll ignore you. But he is not an easy man to ignore.
> He has the bifocals and wispy gray hair of a grandpa. He calls the waitress
> "hon." Yet he is dressed in all-black military garb. And his most sacred
> ritual is donning a pointed hood and setting huge wooden crosses ablaze.
In Riverside County, if you picketed one of these cross-burnings, the local District Attorney would prosecute you for a "hate crime" for "interfering with a religion." ptsc