The Birmingham News reports:
The Alabama Democratic Party renewed its call for a state lawmaker to step down after he posted on social media that he had a “great time” honoring Confederate Army General and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest over the weekend.
And while the state’s Republican Party isn’t asking Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, to resign, the party’s chairwoman called the tribute improper. Dismukes said on Facebook Sunday that he had a “great time” celebrating Forrest’s birthday at Fort Dixie in Selma, adding that he gave the invocation for the festivities.
“Always a great time and some sure good enough eating!!” wrote Dismukes, who is a chaplain for the Prattville Dragoons, a chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy.
Dismukes is a Baptist preacher.
I cannot fathom why anyone in 2020 celebrates the birthday of the 1st KKK Grand Wizard. And while the body of a civil rights icon beaten by the Klan lies at state Capitol being honored by GOP/Dem leaders from all over the state. This mentality does not rep my party or my faith.
— Rep. Danny Garrett (@DannyGarrett44) July 27, 2020
Rep. Will Dismukes (R—1865) spent today honoring a KKK founder rather than a giant of the Civil Rights Movement. Both events were in Selma, but there really aren’t two sides to this.
— Alabama Democrats (@aldemocrats) July 26, 2020