In chapter 5, Scout is sitting on Maudie's porch having a discussion when Scout inquires about Boo Radley. Miss Maudie explains to Scout that Boo was a kind child and informs Scout that Boo's father was a foot-washing Baptist. Miss Maudie elaborates by telling Scout that foot-washers consider any type of pleasure to be a sin. Maudie mentions that foot-washing Baptists even criticize her for working in her garden and believe that women are a sin by nature. In an attempt to explain religious fanaticism to Scout, Maudie says,
"There are just some kind of men who—who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results" (Lee, 46).
Essentially, Miss Maudie believes that foot-washing Baptists like Mr. Radley are so strict and self-righteous that they end up not getting along with anyone because they are too concerned about their own salvation. Religious fanatics like Mr. Radley have an adverse affect on those around them, which is why Boo has been kept inside his home for all these years.