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  •  A talk show yesterday had a guest from UT (0+ / 0-)

    that noted H. L. Hunt, then world's richest man, was funding an anti JFK campaign and the right wing, fundamentalist Baptist preacher W. A. Criswell was fanning anti Catholic hatred toward JFK. Both were active also in the split of the Southern Baptist Convention into that body's present fundamentalist cast and other Baptist that couldn't stomach the Criswell dictum. The guest also noted General Edwin Walker had found Dallas the "only place on Earth to live."

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 10:43:07 AM PST

    •  That was my Dallas (2+ / 0-)
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      My uncle, a Bircher, attended Criswell's church every Sunday (at the time it was said to be the largest Baptist church in the country), and Walker was everywhere.  My friends liked to point out that Oswald was from Ft. Worth.  Regardless, whatever your theory, no nutwinger from Dallas killed Kennedy despite the apparent ease with which that was accomplished.  It was nothing to do with the outrageous, despicable conservatism of much of the population of Dallas.

    •  The story of Hunt and Criswell.. (1+ / 0-)
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      is detailed in the "Dallas 1963" book.
      I strongly recommend it to everyone.

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