Religion: Campaigning for God

"Great to be with you," says the beaming, blue-blazered man in the pulpit. "Great to be alive." "Amen," agrees the sturdy, prosperous crowd of Texans, the men in natty suits and white shoes, the women in beehive hairdos. "Great to be an American," continues the voice from the pulpit. ("Amen.") "Greatest of all to be a Christian." ("Amen.") "Born again." ("Amen.")

Billy Graham? Oral Roberts? Not quite. The speaker is Lester Maddox, former Governor and now Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, onetime wielder of ax handles to keep blacks away from his Pickrick restaurant in...