Martyr in the Bible Belt The Shriners of Whapping have this interesting story about Fr James Coyle, a priest shot by a Ku Klux Klansman in Alabama in 1921. PatheosDwight2007-12-05T22:24:00-04:00December 5th, 2007|Categories: Patheos|4 Comments Share This Post, Choose Your Platform! facebooktwitterlinkedinreddittumblrpinterestEmail Related Posts No Salvation Outside the Church? May 15th, 2020 | 0 Comments Ghosts, Demons and Deliverance April 22nd, 2020 | 3 Comments The Chair of Peter: Furniture Matters… February 22nd, 2020 Sanity and Sanctity February 21st, 2020 | 3 Comments Sweet Heart February 14th, 2020 | 11 Comments 4 Comments Jeffrey Smith December 6, 2007 at 8:40 amLog in to Reply There’s a good website about him HERE. jasoncpetty December 6, 2007 at 9:04 amLog in to Reply There’s a good article about him if any of you have Westlaw or LEXIS or law library access: 20 Notre Dame J.L. Ethics & Pub. Pol’y 401. Interestingly, it was written by a United States Circuit Judge, Bill Pryor. Future Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black–a good Alabama boy–defended Father Coyle’s murderer. (Hopefully Pryor will get on the Court.) Jay Anderson December 6, 2007 at 10:02 amLog in to Reply Hugo Black, later a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, defended Fr. Coyle’s murderer and engaged in “questionable” trial tactics that appealed to the jury’s anti-Catholic and racist bigotry in order to obtain an acquittal.In a speech about the case that he gave to the St. Thomas More Society of Atlanta on June 22, 2005, entitled “The murder of Father James Coyle, The Prosecution of Edwin Stephenson, and the rest of the story”, Judge William Pryor of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals noted:“To three of the witnesses, [Black] saved his last question, ‘You are a Catholic, aren’t you?’ And when each witness responded in the affirmative, [Black] ended with ‘That’s all.’ “ blarg December 7, 2007 at 4:20 amLog in to Reply Since we’re on the topic of anti-Catholicism, I finally encountered the outrageous accusation that Catholics are not even Christian –from no less than a former Catholic. Apparently his Catholic upbringing was something other than Catholic, and the come-as-you-are church he attends persuaded him to think this way. Or he never felt challenged by the Gospel, less motivated to read it until he entered that church. Leave A Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.