If you’ve doubted that truth is stranger than fiction, consider the latest chapter of the story of Larry Darby, former champion of church-state separation based in the heart of the Bible Belt, Alabama, who we reported on in a previous INQUIRER newsletter.
When we left Mr. Darby, he had won a respectable 44% of the vote in the Democratic Primary (Ed.’s note: Republicans can vote in Democratic primaries in this state) for Attorney General of Alabama despite being a holocaust denier and cozying up to white supremacists while being an atheist!
A bitter loser, he was particularly hurt by the opposition to his candidacy by the Freethought community. In an online post of July 8, 2006, he wrote that “groups that allegedly represent free thinkers were quick to jump on the Judeo-Marxist bandwagon and disassociate themselves from me…” He managed to throw in this comment as well: the 9-11 attacks “were planned… as some evidence and logic suggest, by Israelis and disloyal Americans in high positions of government…” For the whole post go to http://www.mathaba.net/0_index.shtml?x=539389.
The real shocker came at the end of his post which is as follows:
Statement Disavowing Atheism: I no longer categorically deny the existence of God. My views have changed based on experiences or understanding of the world around me. I appreciate the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson who, in the Declaration of Independence, spoke of the laws of nature and of nature’s God. I agree with moral precepts put forth by Jesus of Nazareth and I am Chirstian in a sense that Jesus of Nazareth would approve.”
Somehow, I do not think the Freethought community will be missing Mr. Darby.