Both progressive leaders like famed Black theologian and mystic Howard Thurman — and extremists like the Rev. Gerald L.K. Smith of the Christian Nationalist Crusade — once made their way to the Ozarks.
BRANSON, Mo. (RNS) — Patriotism and inspirational Christianity have long made Branson a hot spot of spiritual tourism, where weary pilgrims seek refuge from the troubles of modern life in a place that offers a nostalgic vision of America.