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NC Voter ID Law: Beyond Civil Rights

Oct 22, 2013   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

As laws like NC Carolina’s recently enacted Voter ID Law can be tied to a long history of discriminatory treatment of African-Americans that in turn create or sustain adverse socio-economic conditions directly tied to premature death, the issue becomes whether such laws should be viewed as something far more serious than an obstruction of civil rights.

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Gun Rights Fatal Flaw: Attacking American Diversity

Nov 15, 2012   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

Although individual groups representing blacks, Hispanics, and women have called for stricter gun control measures in the past, none of them have carried enough clout at the polls to effect legislative change. But what we just witnessed in this past general election is a game changer.

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North Carolina’s “Abomination”

May 11, 2012   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

Protect marriage? It is high time that we protect one of our most cherished founding liberties, our First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

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LGBT Discrimination and Amendment One: A Compilation

Apr 25, 2012   //   Politics, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free and civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes”. Thomas Jefferson. A compilation of articles from this site about NC Amendment One and discrimination is provided.

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In Defense of Same-Sex Marriage

Apr 22, 2012   //   Featured Story, Tolerance  //  Comments Off

“A government cannot be premised on the belief that all persons are created equal when it asserts that God prefers some.” US Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

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Calling Them Out By Name

Oct 9, 2011   //   Tolerance  //  7 Comments

With the Tea Party and the Christian Right rapidly losing ground in public opinion, Republican Politicians have to walk a fine line in motivating an important element of their base without alienating the middle. But when prominent politicians, for political purposes, lend their support to a summit backed by entities whose lies and language foster hate crimes against a segment of our citizenry, it is time to call them out. By their stature and mere presence, these politicians have given sanction to bigotry and assistance to persecution thus betraying their duty in governance. And for what purpose? Look no further than the cause of the anger fueling the Occupy Wall Street movement. It is time we stop the manipulation of bigotry and fear for financial and political gain.

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Under Attack By The Religious Right: Our Establishment Clause

Sep 19, 2011   //   Tolerance  //  3 Comments

The NC Constitutional Amendment that would prohibit same-sex unions is more than a civil rights matter. It represents nothing short of an assault by the Religious Right on one of our most cherished founding liberties, that of religious freedom through the separation of church and state by our First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. This article further explores the claim that America was founded as a Christian Nation, and examines whether the Bible should be considered an infallible source upon which to base law.

Sponsor of Constitutional Amendment: “We Need to Get [Homosexuals] to Change their Lifestyle to the One We Accept”

Sep 10, 2011   //   Tolerance  //  1 Comment

Regarding the proposed NC Consitutional Amendment that would ban same sex marriage, the following statement by the NC Senate Deputy President Pro Tempore, a physician, was published in the press: “We need to reach out to them [homosexuals] and get them to change their lifestyle back to the one we accept”. It deserved a response.

Banning Same Sex Marriage: An Agenda of Hatred, Ignorance and Political Manipulation

Sep 9, 2011   //   Tolerance  //  2 Comments

A proposed amendment to the NC state constitution banning same-sex marriage is coming before a special legislative session. When the religious objections are removed, as is required in civil matters, what is left is simply hatred borne of ignorance and political manipulation

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Lefties, and Commies, and Nazis! Oh my!

Feb 22, 2011   //   Tolerance  //  1 Comment

A Brain to think about what we say; a Heart for our fellow humanity; and the Courage to accept we’re not all that different.

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The Cruelty of NCs House Bill 2

North Carolina’s House Bill 2 is fundamentally flawed. Quite the opposite of legislators bogus claims that public facility non-discrimination laws create safety concerns from sexual predators, the law actually increases the risk of abuse, both verbal and physical, to the already vulnerable transgender population. Further, in the state of NC that houses the Research Triangle Park and multiple world class medical institutions, legislators have pandered to religious factions and organizations that have stigmatized, ostracized and even demonized transgenders, some of whom suffer from a recognized medical diagnosis. The situation for transgendered youth is particularly grave, a population that already suffers a high rate of both abuse and suicide attempts. The law is cruel and untenable from both business and civil/human rights perspectives, and should be repealed.


NC’s Anti-LGBT Law and the Legislature: Little Business Sense

In this published Letter to the Editor (Raleigh N&O), powerful members of the North Carolina legislature have demonstrated little understanding of the importance of customer retention in building the business base of the state.


North Carolina’s LGBT Discrimination Law HB2: Its Folly and Motivation

By using sex on a birth certificate to define sexual identity, NC’s legislature and governor have shown much ignorance about the complexities of biologic diversity. But it is the pandering to LGBT hate groups by ranking members of the GOP at both the national and state level that reveals the underlying discrimination that motivated the law.

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The Year the GOPs Con Game was Exposed

The GOP’s decision to reinstate tax cut policy in 2001 exposed their hand. It was not about deficit reduction, growing the economy, or job creation. It was about ideology and, no doubt, special interests. It was a backdoor approach where government revenue was cut in an attempt to curtail spending on popular programs they otherwise could not take head-on. This while obstructing the work of Congress, spinning a web of deceit about the benefits of their policy, and weakening our country’s financial standing. It’s time to play hardball during ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations and force them to be specific about what spending cuts they are talking about to offset the tax benefits they wish to preserve for the wealthiest. They wouldn’t have the nerve.