OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Burton Y. Neal, Yorba Linda Pastor

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The First United Methodist Church in Yorba Linda has served the city's Methodists for 92 years now, and a good overview of it is in Yorba Linda: Its History, a book written in 1970. In it, author March Butz gives a thorough telling of the city's pioneer churches; with the Methodists, they first organized as the First Methodist Church, and where the fuck is the OCeeker to explain what's the difference between a Methodist and a United Methodist?

"Ground for a parsonage was bought from C. W. Morris for $3,000," she wrote. "This seemed an exorbitant price at the time, but it was on Yorba Linda Boulevard (where the dress shop and milk station now stand) and no suitable ground closer to the church was for sale. This was in a day when a parsonage must be within easy walking distance of the church. The parsonage was built in 1923 during the pastorate of the Rev. Burton Y. Neal."

But what she didn't write was that the rev' was Klan.

There were some Methodist klukkers, but a lot of them were actually Congregationalists, and that's where Neal eventually ended up in by 1928, at what's now the First Congregational Church in Buena Park. Nor the Yorba Linda history, the United Methodists' history, or the First Congregational history talks about Neal's past, but look at the bright side: at least Neal wasn't a pedophile like too many Catholic priests!

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9 comments
Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

Yet another accomplished man allegedly in the Second Klan. Yet another post lacking any bad action whatsoever.

NGCoot
NGCoot

Mentioning that the Klan controlled Anaheim .. is the easy jab people always employ against ... Orange County ... whenever they want to describe us as fundamentally racist. But, … the Klan's rise in (OC) during the 1920s is well-documented--as a stand by good people against racist terror, an easy narrative to write and honor. Besides, the Klan's time in (OC) had little to do with suppressing minorities--especially Mexicans.

queenesther
queenesther

@GustavoArellano FASCINATING stuff. Please keep it coming!

ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Both share roots in the 18th century English Methodist movement of John Wesley. There are over forty denominations that descend from John Wesley's Methodist movement and together comprise the world-wide Methodist Church today. The United Methodist Church (UMC) is one of those denominations and founded in 1968 by the union of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.As for Morris, there were only thirty-one members in his tiny congregation. Not many Methodists in Yorba Linda in those days.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @NGCoot Yeah, except for those African-American pastors in LA this group threatened to kill, and the DA that got death threats. Don't you have some pedophile-priest protectors to make apologies for?

queenesther
queenesther

@GustavoArellano People really believe the KKK existed primarily in the South, historically. They were EVERYWHERE - especially California.

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