25. April 2012 · Comments Off on N.C. Episcopal bishops oppose Amendment 1 · Categories: Equality, Family, Freedom, Politics

On the subject of Amendment One, proposed for inclusion in our state’s Constitution, a pastoral letter signed by all three Episcopal bishops in North Carolina concludes with these passages:

Whether we agree or disagree with same sex marriage, civil unions or unmarried couples cohabiting, we can agree as people of faith that, as the book of Genesis says, all human beings are “created in the image of God.” That means that all persons are to be treated with the love, respect and dignity that befit a child of God. Therefore we do not believe that the Bible or the Constitutions of our state and nation should be used to oppress, harm or restrict the human rights and dignity of any human being. On the contrary, Jesus has taught us that the greatest and most important of all the commandments of God are to love God and to love our neighbor.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“ On these two laws hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)

Amendment One falls dangerously short of that standard.

Your Brothers in Christ,
Michael B. Curry
Clifton Daniel
III
G. Porter Taylor

This website will participate tomorrow, January 18, 2012, in protest of the SOPA law. That law would restrict the Internet freedoms of everyone for the somewhat questionable  financial benefit of a few media companies. In order to restrict alleged piracy, they would restrict the entire Internet. Web sites could be closed without any warning or even proof that they were in violation of any law—except the laws of greed.

Read about SOPA and the protest.

This bill will break the Internet as we know it.

Voting appears to be slow in North Carolina today. Is this because so many people have already voted? Or is it because of the rainy weather?

Whichever it is, there is no excuse for not voting. The lines are currently short and people in many countries must dodge bullets instead of raindrops to cast their vote. And yet they do.

What is your excuse?

Today, November 4th, is Election Day! Remember to vote—not just for Barack Obama, but for Senate candidate Kay Hagan, and other Congressional, state, and local candidates as well.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Remember, in North Carolina, you have to vote for president separately. If you only vote a straight Democratic ticket, then you haven’t voted for president.

Where and when do I vote?

Find your polling place, voting times, and other important information by checking out these sites and the hotline below. These resources are good, but not perfect. To be doubly sure, you can also contact your local elections office.

What should I do before I go?

  • After you’ve entered your address on either Vote For Change or Vote411, read the voting instructions and special rules for your state.
  • Voting ID laws vary from state to state, but if you have ID, bring it.
  • Check out all the voting myths and misinformation to look out for: http://truth.voteforchange.com/

What if something goes wrong?

  • Not on the voter list? Make sure you’re at the right polling place, then demand a provisional ballot.
  • If you’re voting on an electronic machine with a paper record, verify that the record is accurate.
  • Need legal help? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
  • Try to get video of the problem and submit it to VideoTheVote.org

Want to do more?

  • Text all of your friends: “Vote Obama today! Pass it on!”
  • Volunteer at your local Obama office. Find an office here or here.

Now everybody go vote!!!

There are many rumors and myths flying around about voting and voter challenges. The Durham Indy web site link below takes you to a web page that debunks many voting myths and some of the current emails going around that are blatant attempts at voter suppression.

http://www.indyweek.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A266397

Don’t let one of these myths keep you from voting!

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it.”

– Mark Twain

It’s Also Good Reading Any Other Time. These articles were originally published in 2003 but they are just as important today, if not more so.

From the Durham Independent