Nutcases Among Us

The Alabama Democrats have done the right thing, informing Holocaust denier Larry Darby he is not welcome in their party. The big news, however, is not that Darby ran for Alabama attorney general, as nutcases often pull such stunts in order to get attention. What concerns me is this:

Darby lost to Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson Jr. in the June 6 primary race. He received 43 percent of the vote.

During the campaign, he denied that millions of Jews died in the Holocaust during World War II.

Umm, does anyone else find it a bit frightening that a Holocaust denier received 43 percent of the vote? It is possible that some factor other than his views motivated his supporters, I suppose, but I’m not sure which ones. Darby is the founder of the Atheist Law Center, something I’m sure doesn’t fly well in Alabama, so it probably wasn’t conventional social issues.

The vote does show that Democrats aren’t above bigotry, but such a strong showing by Darby cannot be a good sign for anyone.

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