Tuesday, September 21, 2004

When the Klan made marriage a issue

The popularity and mainstream appeal of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s is usually glossed over. The Klan elected mayors, Senators, and Presidents. It many parts of the US it was as much anti-immigrant and anti-Catholic as anti-black and anti-Jewish. One of their causes was the defense of family values and marriage.

True to his promise, [KKKImperial Wizard 1923-39 Dr. Hiram] Evans launched his campaign against Roman­ism and Catholic-marriage practices. In the spring of 1927, Klan publications heralded the effort, while friendly lawmakers introduced Klan-drafted bills into their state legislatures. The proposed laws sought to punish any criticism of civil marriage, prohibited prenuptial pledges concerning the religion of children bom of interfaith mar­riages, and barred interracial unions

--David M. Chalmers, Hooded Americanism: The History of the Ku Klux Klan. 290

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