BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — For some, opposing Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation law against illegal immigration is a chance for Bible Belt redemption.
During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, many state
churches didn't join the fight to end Jim Crow laws and racial
segregation. Some cross-burning Ku Klux Klan
members took off their hoods and sat in the pews with everyone else on
Sunday mornings, and relatively few white congregations actively opposed
segregation. Some black churches were hesitant to get involved for fear
of a white backlash.
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