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Fighting the 'Judeo-Marxists' in Alabama

Boy, Kathy at Birmingham Blues has a live one for you. We all know that the average Deep South wingnut politician has to demonstrate fundie credentials, but Montgomery, AL lawyer and failed attorney general candidate Larry Darby takes the cake for originality.

Darby is an atheist, but he felt abandoned by atheist community in the primary, so he has decided to turn to Jesus.

Alabama’s most prominent atheist is no longer an atheist.

Larry Darby, a former candidate for attorney general who lost in the Democratic primary but won most of North Alabama, said he is embracing Jesus as he crusades against “Judeo-Marxism.”

“Contrary to expectation, many atheist member organizations or many groups that allegedly represent free thinkers were quick to jump on the Judeo-Marxist bandwagon and dis(a)ssociate themselves from me,” Darby wrote.

…In his announcement Darby also called the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, which often takes on racist or anti-Semitic groups, “agents of Judeo-Marxism.”

…Darby said he changed his views on atheism “based on experiences or understanding of the world around me.” He didn’t respond directly when asked if he was renouncing atheism to position himself better politically.

Alrighty then. Check out Kathy’s smackdown.

Oh, yes, and there might have been a couple of other teensy reasons besides the “Judeo-Marxist bandwagon” that Darby’s candidacy tanked — the fact that he questioned whether the Holocaust occurred, and that he embraced Neo-Nazi groups — even speaking at a white supremacist conference in May.

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