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Time On The Cross


The current discussion should include one anecdote from the life of James Michael Curley, the witty Irish Catholic Democratic rascal. In Curley’s peak years (the 20s and 30s) the Klan was also a virulently anti-Catholic organization. When Curley ran for governor of Massachusetts, he attacked it on those grounds–and during one speech, saw a flaming cross on a distant hillside: the threat made visible!

The cross had, of course, been lit by Curley’s own supporters.