Oh sweet Jesus does God have a sense of humor or what? The irony is rich, indeed:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — After a lengthy legal battle between a black South Carolina church and members of the Ku Klux Klan, a judge has ruled that the church owns a building where KKK robes and T-shirts are sold.
A circuit judge ruled last month that New Beginnings Baptist Church is the rightful owner of the building that houses the Redneck Shop, which operates a so-called Klan museum and sells Klan robes and T-shirts emblazoned with racial slurs. The judge ordered the shop’s proprietor to pay the church’s legal bills of more than $3,300.
Since 1996, the Redneck Shop has operated in an old movie theater in Laurens, a city about 70 miles northwest from Columbia that was named after 18th century slave trader Henry Laurens.
Ownership of the building was transferred in 1997 to the Rev. David Kennedy and his church, New Beginnings, by a Klansman fighting with others inside the hate group, according to court records. That man, according to Kennedy, was feuding with store proprietor John Howard over a woman and “developed a spiritual relationship” with Kennedy’s church, the judge wrote.
A “spiritual relationship” huh? I’m guessing …. no.
I’m filing this one away under the heading “Stories that should be made into Hollywood films starring Tom Hanks but nobody would believe them if they did.”
Can you even believe this? So just to recap: two racists get into an argument over a woman and one exacts his revenge by deeding the local racist supply store to an African American church. Sometimes you’ve just gotta love the South for its sheer weirdness.