Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

I am perhaps being a bit facetious but if some of my good Baptist brethren in Georgia had done a little preaching from the pulpit against the K.K.K. in the '20s, I would have a little more genuine American respect for their Christianity!
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Jan. 12, 1940, to Senator Josiah W. Bailey of North Carolina. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, pp. 304-305, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Bailey had written the President objecting to Myron Taylor being designated as an Ambassador to the Vatican, contending that the title would offend some Protestant groups in America. FDR took this occasion to suggest that such groups in the South had exhibited a peculiar lack of real Christian values in the past and their complaints were not very worrisome to him.
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