Well, well, just down the road outside Alto Pass on the way to Anna-Jonesboro is the big ugly KKK cross signaling to African Americans that they aren’t welcome in Union County Illinois. It was a warning light to African Americans traveling along Hwy 127 that they should just keep on going to Cairo, don’t stop in Anna (which local lore erroneously states was named that because there “Ain’t No Niggers Allowed”). The white Anglo Protestants built the cross in the early 1960s (after a long fundraising drive after Brown v. Topeka….), and it was basically a rotted-out plywood wasp nest. Unfortunately, it has a steel infrastructure or it might have burned down in one of the many cross burnings on the side of Bald Knob. Instead of letting the thing rot and rust, local fundamentalists, aided by the local press and many local conservatives have sought to rebuild the big ugly cross, rather than donate the land to the Forest Service and give the people of the United States a nice camping area adjacent to the Bald Knob Wilderness Area and Trail of Tears State Forest.
What a shocker to learn that the grandstanding Pentecostal minister, Bill Vandergraph who took over the effort to rebuild the big ugly cross (pushing out a nice little old lady who is not a child molester) was just arrested for sexual assault on a child. Details remain sketchy, but my local sources suggest the victim was a four year old.
To add to the insult, these Christianist Cretins just got $30k from the bankrupt State of Illinois to pursue the work of Jesus in making a KKK symbol on land that should be absorbed into the Shawnee National Forest. That this “tourism grant” is blatantly unconstitutional seems not to phase local conservative Christianists, including the editor of the So. ILL. “newspaper.” Yes, Jesus wants you to fuck children, then shove it in our faces. Thanks.