This was supposed to be such a time of legitimacy for the religion of Mormonism, predicted years earlier by academics such as Harold Bloom in 1992 in The American Religion and later on in the New York Times. But little could we have imagined the subtle way the religion of Joseph Smith was to worm its way into our collective national conscience. After Bloom, critics imagined Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, two supremely intelligent, intellectual and well-meaning men finally staging a national election of which we, as a nation, could be proud.
The reality of the 2012 election season has been much less kind, watching both candidates dumb down and shift their message to please whatever portion of the voting electorate they were focused on converting. Of particular disgust so far has been the way Romney’s religion, maligned by both our government in the 19th century, and Christianity later on, has not become part of our knowing of Mitt Romney. Continue reading →
The race for our state’s second highest office—Lieutenant Governor—features two very distinct candidates.
Linda Coleman is a union-backed career politician and former aide to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and Dan Forest is a conservative businessman who is a champion of inequality.
The News & Observer reported that “Coleman started by vociferously denouncing ‘forces of prejudice’ and calling the marriage amendment a distraction.” Linda Coleman spoke out against the Marriage Amendment that we worked so hard to defeat last spring, acting as a spokesperson for Equality NC.
And Indy Week reported Coleman as saying “I support civil unions. We need to change the law to allow people to live together.”
But Dan Forest, on the other hand, championed the issue of inequality: “Yes, I support marriage only between one man and one woman as God intended.”
You can’t get any clearer than that. We encourage you to vote for equality…again.
RALEIGH, N.C. – Early Voting lines wrapped around the block Saturday, May 5th, at OutRaleigh 2012. Voters stood for hours in sweltering heat to cast their votes against Amendment One. Even when thunderstorms struck, early voters could be seen rushing to get inside the Board of Elections office so their voices could be heard. The final push against Amendment One comes Tuesday, May 8th. If you did not early vote, double check your voting location and get to the polls this Tuesday.
Hey Wolfpack! Voting on Amendment One just became a lot easier!
With funding provided by the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, North Carolina State University will have a shuttle to the Board of Elections Office on Harrington Street during the early voting period for the upcoming May 8th elections! Students can catch the shuttle from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day between Monday April 30th and Friday May 4th in front of Reynolds Coliseum.
While NC State has its home in the capital city, reaching an early voting location from campus is a daunting task. It requires either walking a few miles or Continue reading →
Republican candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Tedesco recently released an Internet video touting his success. Yet the video his campaign released is illegal – violating the popular band Survivor’s copyright of “Eye of the Tiger,” synching video images to a protected piece of music.
Here is the irony. Tedesco is vying for the state’s number one teacher position, where he will have influence over North Carolina’s almost 1.4 million school children.
Blatant violations of the law – the Tedesco teaching method?
Jones Auditorium at Meredith College was standing-room only Monday night for Amendment 1: Religious and Political Dimension of Same Sex Marriage in NC – a panel discussion on the amendment’s religious, legal and civic motivations and consequences.
The panel included Maxine Eichner from the UNC School of Law, Nancy Petty from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Caroline Mann from Meredith College, Anthony Biller of Coats and Benner, P.L.L.C., and Patrick Wooden of Upper Room Church of Christ. Continue reading →
The news: Today, the Wake County Board of Commissioners will vote in support of Amendment One. The resolution is being introduced by Paul Coble, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners. The resolution is titled, “Resolution In Support of Voter Participation in the May 8, 2012 Amendment to the North Carolina Constitution Protecting Marriage.”
The text reads: “The North Carolina General Assembly voted to place an amendment to the North Carolina Constitution before the voters on May 8, 2012. The amendment recognizes that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union recognized in this State. The amendment will ensure that judges will adjudicate based on the law and not on activism, and keep the judiciary from redefining marriage inconsistent with the North Carolina Statutes.”
My comments: Paul Coble could care less about protecting marriage, in any form. This is purely a political move by Coble to garner conservative votes in the Republican primary for the 13th Congressional District seat. Paul Coble is a career politician and this maneuver is a defensive move against his primary challenger – George Holding.