Nicole Allan is an editor at theatlantic.com, the web site of The Atlantic magazine. Here's what she recently wrote about former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee:
"People are sometimes caught off guard by Huckabee's intellectual competence because of his rural Arkansas habits (he and his wife lived in a trailer while the governor's mansion was being renovated) and his outspoken evangelical views."
Her implication, of course, is that if you are either from a rural southern state, or an evangelical, it's quite unusual for you to display "intellectual competence."
Imagine if she had written of a black athlete: "People are sometimes caught off guard by his ability to speak in complete sentences, despite his skin color and lifelong emphasis on sports."
There would have been a huge outcry, and she would have quickly been fired by her employers for displaying such shocking political incorrectness.
But if you turn your prejudice and bigotry against southerners, or evangelicals, then everything's okay, because those people are clearly less intelligent than the intellectual giants at The Atlantic.