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Rev. Dr. William Barber, Clergy Condemn Amendment One: VIDEO


A must-watch speech from Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP, who has been an outspoken opponent of Amendment One for months, condemning the measure yesterday at a press conference of clergy assembled from around the state.


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  1. Utterly Magnificent.

    Certain to be discounted by the racist trolls who flock to this site.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 7, 2012 3:06:09 PM

  2. as an athiest - THANK YOU SIR

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 7, 2012 3:16:06 PM

  3. William Barber is a hero for ALL North Carolinians. He is truly a civil rights icon who stands up whenever injustice rears its ugly head. He's been a constant target of the racist right wing in this state for years, and now has taken on the homophobes too. No matter what happens tomorrow, Rev. Barber has made it clear that he and the NAACP stand behind us in our fight for equality. I for one and truly grateful.

    Posted by: gaylib | May 7, 2012 3:22:46 PM

  4. thank you reverend, as a child brought up in a southern baptist home, i thank you for speaking the words that i can't speak. thank you for being brave for me, when i cannot be brave enought. don't even know you, but i love you.

    Posted by: ben thomas | May 7, 2012 3:26:30 PM

  5. Excellent stuff here. I hope posts like this get more comments that the upteenth post of "I-said-crack-their-wrists-but-I-OBVIOUSLY-didn't-mean-hurt-them" pastor.

    Posted by: JFE | May 7, 2012 3:27:07 PM

  6. Thank you God, even though I don't believe you exist, for sending us the Rev. Barber.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 7, 2012 3:31:22 PM

  7. Wait, what? A person of color against the amendment? Several,, even? There are people who regularly post here whose heads just exploded.

    As for the gentleman in this video, BRAVO!

    Posted by: TJ | May 7, 2012 3:35:50 PM

  8. So important to have people of faith likes these standing up and speaking out against those who would dominate the conversation about religion and LGBT rights with their bigotry.

    Posted by: luminum | May 7, 2012 3:37:46 PM

  9. Andy,

    Rod McCullom has been covering Dr Barber's fight against Amendment One. I was hoping that you would also. Thanks.

    'Course some people only want to hear about anti-Gay Black assistant football coaches in Nebraska--of all places...the one with the big juicy buns (I couldn't help but notice)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 7, 2012 3:42:22 PM

  10. This is one of the most important videos I have seen in a long time. He's giving us ALL excellent tools in how we can quickly re-frame ANY debate in our own home towns and states. I need to watch this again and take some notes. This is excellent advice. The power is in OUR hands in how we correctly shape the debate in ways that will guarantee our win.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! I've re-posted to my Facebook!

    Posted by: Marc | May 7, 2012 3:43:49 PM

  11. PREACH!

    Posted by: QJ201 | May 7, 2012 3:53:31 PM

  12. Yes! Amazing speech from Reverend Barber!

    Posted by: Francis | May 7, 2012 4:05:25 PM

  13. What a powerful speech. Lawmakers, and hate groups ought to listen and hear it.

    Posted by: Henry Blackman | May 7, 2012 4:18:45 PM

  14. And my shizzy Monday is turning out just fine now!

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | May 7, 2012 4:38:01 PM

  15. Those people who don't like gays are precisely the same people who don't like blacks. Don't let the NOMnuts divide and conquer. First they come for the gays, next will be the blacks.

    Posted by: simon | May 7, 2012 4:45:04 PM

  16. Thank you so much Reverend- you are truly a giant for justice, equality, and the TRUE meaning of righteousness.

    Posted by: scott | May 7, 2012 4:58:14 PM

  17. Great man! Great words. Love it.

    Posted by: Michael J. Hildebrand | May 7, 2012 5:10:02 PM

  18. Thank you!

    Posted by: Jeff | May 7, 2012 5:39:32 PM

  19. After seeing so many examples of religious people who don't get it, it is really wonderful to see this man lay it all out so clearly.

    Posted by: Urmensch | May 7, 2012 6:08:31 PM

  20. Beautiful. Truly, truly beautiful and inspiring.

    But one question: why the hell hasn't this been voiced loudly and consistently for the last month or two? Why are we only getting this amazing viewpoint a couple days before the election?? THIS is what should have been in the TV spots all along!

    Posted by: jim | May 7, 2012 6:31:12 PM

  21. Good for the Rev. Dr. Barber for speaking out against Amendment One.

    But most likely, the good reverend represents an insignificant number of the black (or white) preachers in North Carolina.

    Posted by: elg/edwin | May 7, 2012 7:43:39 PM

  22. Preach!!

    Posted by: just_a_guy | May 7, 2012 10:20:52 PM

  23. A beautiful speech. As a Christian who is an LGBT ally it is wonderful to hear more pro-LGBT support from religious communities.

    Posted by: Buffy | May 7, 2012 10:51:16 PM

  24. MSNBC Laerence O just showed

    & He will be on at 2 tomorrow afternoon with Tamron Hall

    Posted by: say what | May 7, 2012 10:52:48 PM

  25. Rev William J. Barber offers here a worthy,
    valuable lesson in American history, to which
    he has so eloquently stood up to the tawdry
    sides of. As a native of North Carolina now
    in New York, I am nonplussed by this reactionary move in North Carolina. The hope
    is that this timeless lesson spreads like
    wildfire around for all to witness.

    Posted by: William | May 8, 2012 12:14:53 AM

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