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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2012, 8:42 A.M.

Sheriff wannabe Winkler defends cross burning

A white power activist campaigning to be the next Bonner County sheriff hosted a cross burning last week with fellow Ku Klux Klan members and is defending the ceremony as a historic Christian ritual.

Shaun Winkler, 33, said mainstream society misses the point about cross-lighting rituals, seeing them only as a symbol of hate and racial intolerance.

“We look at it more as a religious symbol,” Winkler told the Bonner County Daily Bee. Full Story.

"Most people don’t know that we don’t just oppose the Jews and the Negroes,” Winkler said, according to the newspaper. “We also oppose sexual predators and drugs of any kind.”

Oh...it was purely a historic Christian ritual! What can be done to combat the hate and ignorance of Winkler and his ilk?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.