Pete: "The Preacher said it absolved us." Everett: "For him, not for the law. I'm surprised at you, Pete, I gave you credit for more brains than Delmar." Delmar: "But they was witnesses that seen us redeemed." Everett: "That's not the issue Delmar. Even if that did put you square with the Lord, the State of Mississippi's a little more hard-nosed."
Pete thinks that the dip in the holy water will make the state forgive them for their crimes.