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American Theocracy

Posted in "North Carolina", Local Government, Religion, Winston-Salem by helenofmarlowe on February 23, 2010

It was a circus, the county commissioners meeting tonight.   I have photos and video, but I don’t have the heart to post them.

The people in our large overflow room singing Christian hymns.

The shouted and hollered Amens and Yesses! when speakers spoke about Jesus.

The buses — I have photos of the church buses lined up along Chestnut Street — this is what our democracy (theocracy?) has become.   It will not be on your tv.

I am so disheartened, I am going to bed, simply to get this day over with.

Bob, and one retired Baptist minister who said he was also a member of the ACLU (and was booed for it) were the only speakers who asked them to let this drop. All the other speakers invoked the name of Jesus as they successfully urged our commissioners to go forward in our march to theocracy.

A man sitting behind me hollered,  If they don’t want to pray, they can stay at home!

I turned around and said to him, What if they have county business?

Bob leaned over to me and said,

You have to look on these people without  hating them.  Don’t hate them.

Well I don’t, of course, but was sorely annoyed.

Church buses herd the troops

When the group broke out in song, in a Christian hymn (clearly practiced and on cue) I felt disheartened.  Bob, with his philosophical and moral strength, just smiled at me and said,

That was an interesting moment to observe.

We have a major university in our city.

Not one Wake Forest University  professor– not one professor of history, not one professor of religion, not one professor came out to identify the misrepresentations made tonight about our history and our constitution.

We also have a state university here.   If there were any representatives from Winston-Salem State University, they did not get media coverage and I am not aware of their presence.  It was needed.

Seven hundred sheep getting off church buses, and with very few exceptions,those reliable few, our citizens declared this a Christian nation.

Commissioners Beaufort Bailey, Ted Kaplan, and Walter Marshall cast minority votes against the appeal.

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  1. alvason said, on February 23, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Well! That all sounds extremely scary and so extremist I wondered what country you are in for a while.

    What is one to do in the face of such blind idiocy?

    Beats me.

  2. markthecarp said, on February 24, 2010 at 8:45 am

    This behaviour would never have been tolerated in the main meeting room. I wonder why it was allowed in the overflow room.

    I think Plyler would have voted against it if the county was footing the bill. I wonder about the legality of a private organization paying the county’s legal bill.

    • helenofmarlowe said, on February 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

      You’re right, Mark, they would not have allowed this in the council chambers, and should not have allowed it in the overflow rooms. The reason the county attorney refused to take the case is because she knows that this is unconstitutional, and she knows the county will lose. They had to find a religious right-wing lawyer to take the case. Of course, if the county attorney took it, she would be doing it on her regular salary. I also wondered about the legality of the commissioners going into closed session to make plans with this religious group.

  3. Gus said, on February 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    When I moved down South a few years ago, a few of my friends up North warned me about this kind of mindless religious behavior. Fortunately, it seems to be limited to the extreme right. But Helen was right in asking where were the Universities professionals? Apathy is even a bigger risk to Democracy than the Religious Right.

  4. Henry said, on February 27, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    the man who hollered If they don’t want to pray let them stay home is basically saying the governement belongs to Xians. These people are stupid and mean. You should not have to be a Christian in order to go to a government meeting.

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