The Ku Klux Klan was responsible for the rise and expression of anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic prejudice in the period following World War I. The resurgence of the KKK was a matter of great public concern. The Federal Council of Churches made the first concerted and authoritative Protestant response in a statement on September 22, 1922.
The Ku Klux Kreed
We, the order of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, reverentially acknowledge the majesty and supremacy of the Divine Being, and recognize the goodness and providence of the same.
We recognize our relation to the Government of the United States of America, the supremacy of its Constitution, the Union of States thereunder, and the constitutional laws thereof, and we shall be ever devoted to the sublime principles of a pure Americanism and valiant in the defence of its ideals and institutions.
We avow the distinction between the races of mankind as same has been decreed by the Creator, and we shall every be true to the faithful maintenance of White Supremacy and will strenuously oppose any compromise thereof in any and all things.
We appreciate the intrinsic value of a real practical fraternal relationship among men of kindred thought, purpose, and ideals and the infinite benefits accruable therefrom, and we shall faithfully devote ourselves to the practice of an honorable clannishness that the life and living of each may be a constant blessing to others.
‘Non silba sed anthar’—Original creed revised.
[From U.S. House Committee on Rules. Ku Klux Klan Hearings. 67th Cong., 1st sess., 1921.]