"The reality is not that I lack respect for the law; it’s that I have greater respect for justice. Where there is a conflict between the law and the higher moral code that we all share, my loyalty is to that higher moral code."
Tim DeChristopher, July 26, 2011
A poll conducted by Elon University during the last week of February, 2013, found that up to 76% of North Carolinians support reforming our state cannabis laws.
It is my opinion that cannabis legalization may be the single most important issue facing our state and our nation today. No other issue addresses health, jobs, climate change, and human rights issues (to name but a few) as does the legalization of cannabis.
“One day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the oil?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?’ These are questions that must be asked.”
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tag Archives: gay marriage
“The long-term unemployment, the collapse of housing prices, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the draconian cuts in social spending have created a climate in which the vulnerable, the different, the marginal—from Muslims to undocumented workers to homosexuals—are blamed for the nation’s decline, White argues. This climate is fueling a culture of hate. Right-wing candidates, channeling the rage and frustration of a beleaguered working and middle class, use marginal and oppressed groups as scapegoats. And, [Mel] White says, those … Continue reading
The video below was posted by one of my family members earlier today on Facebook. It’s pretty powerful stuff, starting with some examples of the homophobic propaganda that used to be spread by ignorant conservative bigots (still is by a few), but ending on a higher note. We’ve come a long way as a society, in our willingness to accept those who are not like us, but we still have a long, long way to go. I’m sometimes asked, by … Continue reading
(SOURCE: ThinkProgress) During a recent public forum at the University of North Carolina, student Jeff DeLuca challenged North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) for supporting the proposed constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. DeLuca pointed out that the amendment sends a message to young gay people like him that they are not wanted in the state: DELUCA: I just want you to know that you are sending a message to many young people like … Continue reading
(SOURCE: News & Record) GREENSBORO — Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen and 10 other people filed a lawsuit last week that challenges a requirement that marrying couples in North Carolina obtain a state-issued license. The complaint, filed in Guilford County Civil Superior Court on Dec. 8, names state Attorney General Roy Cooper as the defendant. The plaintiffs include three Greensboro ministers and seven heterosexual and homosexual residents from Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Mocksville. They argue in the complaint that … Continue reading
This guy, ranting about the overt hypocrisy of black Christians who fail to see the correlation between the civil rights they had to fight so hard to win a generation or two ago, and the fight LGBT folks are still going through today, really hits it on the head. (If the kids are around, you might want to use headphones, this is a no holds barred rant.)
Actor, director, and apparently sane Republican, Clint Eastwood was recently quoted in the October issue of GQ magazine regarding gay marriage: “These people who are making a big deal out of gay marriage?” Eastwood opined. “I don’t give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of.” “They go on and on with all this bullshit about ‘sanctity’ — don’t … Continue reading
Marriage between first cousins (the offspring of one of your parent’s siblings) is legal in some form in half of the United States. This may help explain the prevalence of rampant stupidity among such a large percentage of our population. Note the rules for such incestuous relationships in North Carolina. No wonder so many of my neighbors act like a bunch of inbreeders – they probably are! h/t def shepard