I sub taught Marius son at Holston HS in Knoxville, Tn in 1980 or so. I remember he was a swimmer.
Marius taught at UTenn before going to Harvard and was raised ETenn Baptist in the Marney tradition. His Esquire article Dec 81 was one of the first to go to the guts of the SBC takeover majestically in a secular publication.
Dear Mr. Fox
Your interesting letter of May 13 has arrived....I am interested in the fundamentalists, and I may write something else about them sometime, but not now.
My story in the Dec 81 Esquire disappointed me for several reasons. Esquire cut out my effort to analyze the fundamentalist take-over of the convention and to link it with all sorts of right-wing groups. I talked at length with Paige Patterson. I said in my article that if anybody ever taught an elephant to talk, the elephant would sound like Paige Pattterson. But in their wisdom, the editors cut that out along with lots of other comments. I immensely disliked the fundamentalists because I thought that they represented the worst sort of religious bigots--people unwilling to admit their own doubts and eager to persecute others so they might prove to themselves that they do indeed believe. Of course I was a reporter getting them to to talk, and I made no response to their gibberish except to ask questions. I had a long telephone conversation with Ed McAteer. He sent me a lot of literature that I eventually threw away. McAteer and Pattterson freely admitted their friendship with Jesse Helms, and I had no doubt that the fundies see themselves as the religious wing of a great poliitical drive towards a certain kind of dictatorship in America. But I have thought all along that they would overextend themselves and die. I found Patterson,, his fat little cohort Paul Pressler, and Patterson's rotund brother-in-law (who edits the Baptist Advocate--hilarious people, worthy of burlesque. But I'm too busy now to do anything except look on from afar.
Good luck in your future [endeavours]. Alas, I have to stop drinking Coors Beer. I thought the sons had taken a more moderate stance than the old man had taken. But I see I was misinformed. I would be interested in organziaing a boycott against the firm.
Marius passed away about ten years ago. He wrote a book about Martin Luther