Wednesday, January 12, 2005

And the show has reached a new low

On Marshall County's official website, Sheriff Mac Holcomb has posted an open letter to his constituents that expresses a nostalgic longing for the Alabama of the 1940s and 1950s, a kinder, gentler place where staunch dedication to good Christian values reigned supreme. (Unless you're talking about what happened to black people back then, of course, which would make you a perverted Northern liberal troublemaker who's up to no good, and you should probably go ahead and move to France.)

Undaunted by inconvenient historical facts, Holcomb has fond memories of a bygone time that never really existed: "During this era, love of God, family, and country abounded. Men were men and women were women and there was no mistaking which was which. Both were proud of their individual roles. Homosexuality was very queer and a despicable act... an abomination."

Ah, yes, those darn gay folks, always raising armies to break into your house and convert your children to their same-sex ways in the middle of the night. I sure am glad Holcomb's on top of that menace to society. Now, if someone could find a way to keep those uppity women in the kitchen and give those pot-smoking hippies a haircut, what a wonderful world this would be.

What kind of fellow is Holcomb? County Commission Chairman Billy Cannon is glad to tell you: "Take Rush Limbaugh, Roy Moore, and Buford Pusser and roll them together and you get Mac."

Sadly, Holcomb's vitriol probably will remain on the sheriff's department's website unless a court order forces the issue. Even worse, good-hearted Marshall County residents who want nothing to do with Holcomb's views will get a bad rap as this story spreads across the nation. One such resident is Cannon, who told The Birmingham News, "I totally believe that someone's sexual preference is their business and not mine. [Holcomb] needs to step down from his soapbox just a little bit."

Let's hope Marshall County voters do the right thing and take that soapbox away the next chance they get.

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