Wow. I mean, wow.


OK, so yesterday I blogged about James Potts, the Alabaman who is running for governor. I noted how he’s, well, crazy; how he thinks Muslims do not deserve displays in public, how school prayer is OK, etc … etc.

Since I don’t cover politics (hence, no conflict of interest), I think it’s important to let people like Mr. Potts know how strongly I object to his ignorant stances. So I sent his website the following note:

I don’t live in your state, so you don’t really have to worry about this. But your comments on Muslim displays is just so … so … so embarrassing. And narrow-minded. I know you want to win an election, and you’re running in an especially bigoted state. But do you REALLY feel that way? REALLY? What if, tomorrow, you no longer accepted Christ? What if you chose a different spiritual path? Does that mean you no longer quality for fair representation?

Dude, pathetic.

Just a few moments ago, to my shock, Mr. Potts responded:

When a religous group wants to degrade women, kill christians, and destroy our country.  I have a problem with that. These muslim extremist should live in a country that caters to them.  If they have converted to another religion, then I have no problem with their being here. But they should be able to pledge allegiance to the flag of this republic to enable them to live here, and mean it !!

I am fifth generation here.  My family has served in the military, from WWI,
WWII, Korea, Vietnam, & Desert Storm. A Muslim Major kills 13 and wounds others and says no Muslim is going to kill another Muslim.  And you tell me I’m bigoted and narrow minded. who ever you are, you need to review the facts.  Who do you kid !! People in NY are rude and bigoted, NOT
Alabama. We don’t ignore people who need help as with most of NY city slickers.
Wake UP !!!

James Potts


Where to begin? The large blue font? The underlining? The grammar?

I’ll choose none of the above, and let the letter speak for itself. Dear God …

PS: The above picture is from Mr. Potts’ website. Oddly, it’s in the photo section. The caption reads: My daughter Wendy Nicole’s farm dog (and a great one, now deceased), guarding hay for the herd of cows.

PPS: Admittedly, I probably shouldn’t have called Alabama a bigoted state. Except, well, it’s a pretty bigoted state. History don’t lie.

10 thoughts on “Wow. I mean, wow.”

  1. I am an avid reader of this site. I also live in Alabama. This dude will not be the next governor of my state. I am an African American man and I feel that bigotry exists in every state. As a citizen of the state of New York, I’m sure you’re quite familiar with the Sean Bell case.

  2. Jeff,

    This guy is clearly a moron and if you hadn’t mentioned him, I never would have known who he was. You’ve only given him more of a platform.
    I read your blog every day and hate to criticize, but day in and day out I see a lot of hypocrisy coming from this site. Mr. Potts is a goon and someone whose views I don’t share. But you also label his entire state bigoted. Isn’t that the same as his labeling all Muslims in a negative light? You generalize, Jeff, with a narrow-mindedness reminiscent of the very folks you criticize.
    I think your statement about Alabama sums up a lot of your posts on this site. You spend a great deal of your space on this site criticizing others, most of whom simply disagree with you, don’t share your basic liberal values (which by the way, I do share) or aren’t “nice guys”.
    You saw a huge backlash with your Randy Johnson comments, probably because people are sick of the negativity – or at least the seemingly baseless negativity that you employ on a weekly basis.
    I would give more examples to back this up, but visitors to your blog are unable to view an archive. I would, however, be glad to point this out in the future.

  3. I agree with Steve’s response, withiout your mention i never would have known who this guy was. That being said, he is definitely not the brightest candidate out there. Case in point this from his Q&A section:
    Q: Do you feel that homosexuality should be taught as an alternative lifestyle in Alabama schools?
    A: Absolutely NOT! Whatever someone does privately is their business, but don’t try to brainwash our children.

    Just ridiculous, brainwashed?? Seriously

  4. Proud son of Alabama here. Look, history shows we had our problems in regards to race–as did every other state in the country (seriously, Alabama in the 1960s is freakin’ California-esque in its tolerance compared to Mississippi). Anybody who does or wants to deny that is a moron.

    However, there are several instances of racist incidents in places like Boston (Bill Russell having his house vandalized after moving, the busing incidents of the 1970s, Charles Stuart). BTW, Potts will win the governorship of the state of Alabama when hell freezes over. If Roy Moore got shellacked like he did in 2006, this guy has no chance in hell.

  5. Jeff,

    As you have demonstrated time and time again on your blog, you are a bigot. You are bigoted against Christians, Republicans, libertarians and conservatives. While your sort of bigotry might be acceptable among Utne Reader subscribers, it is nevertheless the rough intellectual equivalent of many of Potts’s positions.

  6. Jeff may be “bigoted” against Republicans, for example. But he’s not running for governor of New York on a platform that they should be, as a group, singled out for rights deprivation by the government. My problem with Potts isn’t that he’s a bigot, which he is. It’s that he clearly as as much understanding about the First Amendment as his girlfriend Sarah Palin had about the right to privacy.

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