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Church Leaders Speak Out Against Amendment One

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The above ad appeared Thursday in the Carolina Peacekeeper, a black community newspaper in Guilford County, NC. What you see are black clergy, all of whom are speaking out against North Carolina's Amendment One, which would define marriage as an exclusively man-woman pairing.

The text beneath the photo reads:

As agents of justice, healing, and unity among all people of all races, God has positioned us to be the heirs and guardians of a long history of unearned suffering, including slavery, lunch law, and Jim Crowism. Our people are, even today, the victims of random hate crimes. Many of our teenagers and young adults are languishing in prisons, while millions of others are without work and live in poverty. After careful and prayerful consideration, we are persuaded that the proposed Amendment One to the North Carolina Constitution would further impoverish and punish so many innocent people. Therefore, we have no choice but to stand against this unnecessary and unjust proposed amendment.

(HT: Pam's House Blend.)

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  1. that is wonderful!

    Posted by: BC | Apr 28, 2012 12:02:53 PM


  2. Oh oh, BKT, only news about horrific black homophobia gets you hits on this site.

    (Seriously, it's nice that you're highlighting this. Thanks!)

    Posted by: Chitown kev | Apr 28, 2012 12:12:27 PM


  3. This is huge. It made me cry a little.

    Posted by: Markus Taylor | Apr 28, 2012 12:31:16 PM


  4. Wow, call me stunned. It's a nice change after hearing how the Vatican wants to unite with Muslims, their mortal enemies for 1,000's of years, to fight us.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 28, 2012 1:13:48 PM


  5. This is why, I try not to equate Homophobia with religion. Religion is a powerful thing. It can be used for both evil and as this shows, good. Of course, good and bad are subject to perspectives, but I find this is an amazing example of love and compassion for human and a interest in humanity. A far superior example of a community brought together for everyone's interest as opposed to examples set by others.

    Posted by: Cocoa | Apr 28, 2012 1:16:41 PM


  6. It is great to see the African American community supporting us this way. Very good strategy. Excellent response to NOM.

    Posted by: NullNaught | Apr 28, 2012 1:26:22 PM


  7. This is very refreshing. Hopefully, this message will spread virally and reach well beyond NC politics into the national and world view.

    Posted by: MattS | Apr 28, 2012 1:27:56 PM


  8. Awesome! I totally agree with everyone above, this is a huge deal, and I really hope this connects with society at large and not just North Carolina.

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 28, 2012 2:45:32 PM


  9. Good for them. I do wish they'd use a red X instead of a check mark in the tag line, though. A check implies approval or acceptance, which would be a mistaken yes vote; X means means "no" or disapproval. Although it plainly says "against", people do remember images more than words (which is why logos and trademarks exist, after all).

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Apr 28, 2012 3:01:00 PM


  10. Wow this is awsome,because it is obviously rare.I'm an atheist,and i have no problem with religious people who do right by others.The only time I talk about religious people negatively is when they try to force their beliefs onto others,and create/support injustice,inequality hatred, and intolerance.If you respect me i'll respect you.

    Posted by: Miguel | Apr 28, 2012 4:16:28 PM


  11. Atheist here, but I'm glad that church leaders are doing this.

    Posted by: J.J. In The Navy | Apr 28, 2012 5:58:02 PM


  12. a great step forward in the (religious) aa community. nice to see.

    Posted by: gomez | Apr 28, 2012 6:54:39 PM


  13. I'm glad to see this.

    Puzzled a bit by "lunch law" ... was "lynch law" intended?

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 28, 2012 10:33:33 PM


  14. Glenn I, they may be referring to lunch counter laws which, in various iterations, reserved the lunch counter for whites only (blacks could take out or sit in colored only sections, but not the counter), made blacks give up tables if whites needed the space (shifting white and colorer sections), or flat out prioritized whites for service or refused service for blacks entirely, as whites needed their food promptly so they cpukd get back to their important jobs, etc. There were many other horrible variations throighout the South, and a lunch counter protest (where blacks sat at a forbidden counter and refused to move) was a seminal event in the last gasp and final downfall of Jim Crow segregation.

    Posted by: llm | Apr 28, 2012 11:27:37 PM


  15. north carolina? african american church leaders? wow. it's nice to see we have allies where i'd never expect to find them. cool.

    Posted by: dh | Apr 29, 2012 1:03:06 AM


  16. Wow! This is fantastic news. The African American clergy are highly respected and have great influence in their communities. This is a very big deal. Thank you to these men and women.

    Posted by: jack | Apr 29, 2012 5:14:53 PM


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