I had never heard that the KKK started out as a religious club without racist overtones. Has anyone else heard of this? As I recall, the KKK has had several incarnations. The first was as a violent anti-Negro, anti-carpetbagger organization in he first decade after the Civil War. I believe it lapsed into somnolence for a while after a violent twenty or thirty years. Did someone dust off the name of the old violent organization and try to start it out as a religious club?