“Let us face the facts. This is a harvest. It is the crop of things sown. It is the harvest of those so-called Christian ministers who have chosen to preach hate instead of compassion. … It is not possible to preach lawlessness and restrict it. To be sure, none said go bomb a Jewish temple or a school. … But let it be understood that when leadership in high places in any degree fails to support constituted authority, it opens the gate to all those who wish to take law into their own hands. There will be, to be sure, the customary act of the careful drawing aside of skirts on the part of those in high places. ‘How awful,’ they will exclaim. ‘How terrible. Something must be done.’ But the record stands. … For a long time now it has been needful for all Americans to stand up and be counted on the side of law and the due process of law – even when to do so goes against personal beliefs and emotions. It is late. But there is yet time.”
– Ralph McGill (Atlanta Constitution, October 13, 1958) on the previous day’s bombing of the Atlanta Jewish Temple
Sarah Palin, you reading? Gov. Jan Brewer, you thinking?
“[T]he bigotry that goes on in this country is outrageous, and unfortunately… Arizona has become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry,” said Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.