Taking Jesus AND the Ballot Box from the Voter-Suppressing Rightwing Radicals in North Carolina
Massive weekly protests reclaiming the moral high ground and confounding the ‘Tea Party’ in the once-moderate Tar Heel State…
By Brad Friedman on 7/23/2013, 1:39pm PT
I’ve always wondered why non-Rightwing Christians have allowed Rightwingers to take “God” and “Jesus” as their own, particularly since progressive principles are far more in line with those said to be the teachings of Jesus.
The folks in North Carolina — who are now under siege by Republican control of both congressional houses and the governorship for the first time in 150 years — have been going about reclaiming the moral high ground with a series of massive (and growing larger) “Moral Monday” protests at the state house, so far resulting in about 900 arrests for civil disobedience as of this week’s twelfth consecutive Monday protest.
The protests are being held by a wide coalition of groups in response to the radical Republican legislation — much of it written out of state by the Koch-funded corporatist lobby, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — meant to see the state government shut down women’s health clinics, cut education funding and, of particular note, suppress voters by truncating early voting, ending Sunday voting, banning NC’s successful Election Day registration program, instituting tax penalties to parents whose children vote at their college residences, and by putting in place draconian polling place Photo ID restrictions. (See Ari Berman today at The Nation for more on the NC Republican’s attempt to institute all of these “extreme voter suppression measures”.)