“It is chilling to note the
paranoid symptoms of those among us who cling to segregation: their violence,
their sensitiveness to criticism, their stereotyped defenses, their inability
to identify their over-esteem of themselves with the emotional needs of others,
their reluctance to reach out and accept new ideas, their profound desire to
withdraw from everything hard to face, everything that requires of their
personalities further growth.” - Lillian Smith (Author of “Strange
Lillian Smith wrote this in 1944, referring to the segregationists in the south of the United States, but reading these words today, they are still more than true of all “those among us” (religious right) who, desperately clinging to the bronze age holy texts, condemn to hell, discriminate against, or even go as far as to call for execution of people who are different than themselves.
It’s also those who seem to shout the loudest that the rest of us have to respect their beliefs… NEVER!!!