Roy Falls at Norris' gravesite

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Letter to Star Telegram Editor October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011

Bud Kennedy
Star Telegram

Re: Oct. 23rd Sunday article entitled Religious prejudice never goes out of style in politics

Dear Mr. Kennedy,

Norris did not attack Catholicism simply because of religious views, but in the case of which your article refers, his attacks were directed on the basis of Catholic opposition to prohibition. The country in 1928 was divided on this issue. Why is it that J. Frank Norris is fair game for demonization, but others are given a free ride as if they deserve some sort of sacrosanct privilege?

You do give credit to Norris when he lauds the Catholics for their opposition to the menace of communism. Friends and foes alike agree on one characteristic of J. Frank Norris. Unlike many of his critics, he did not resort to subtle or misleading statements to express his opinions.

Mr. Hankins’ statement “Norris was part of a wing of fundamentalists who attacked Catholics simply because of Catholicism.” That is a subtle statement unworthy of comment. Would he say the same about the Capitol speech given by Dr. Truett?

The often quoted assertion that Norris killed an unarmed man is simply not true. The court records plainly reveal that at least 12 witnesses testified otherwise and then the jury ruled “not guilty”.

Truth is unassailable and for verification read the eulogy by Mr. Amon G. Carter upon the death of J. Frank Norris.

P.S. Stokes and Hankins resort to hearsay. At age 91 I am a first hand witness since 1928.

Roy Falls

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