I have to admit that over the past few months it seems like the Southern states are really trying to set this country back a few hundred years (ahem; Texas, Florida, Georgia). And while it seems like the GOP is finding it increasingly easy to brush off bleeding heart liberals poor moral standards with quotes from the Bible, a group of protesters from North Carolina are sticking it to them right in the Bible belt.
The NAACP in North Carolina has organized a series of protests called Moral Mondays. A church-backed movement that uses the same lack of separation of church and state against the majority. Now in the 12th consecutive week, each Moral Monday starts with a sermon. Hymms are sang. A specific topic is touched upon each week. And not just by some holy rolling Baptist. So far they have had reprsentatives of the Quaker and Church of Christ congregations as well.
The protests start at the same time every mondayas. 5pm. Halifax Square, Raleigh. They take the same marching route. They take the peaceful stand and hold their signs and pose for pictures with the press. Then those who are ready to take it to another level are prayed over and head into the state building.
Then they stand there and speak about the wrong doings of the government until the cops come in and arrest them for trespassing after the building is closed. This has become so commonplace that the cops pull up to the state building with buses to take the arrested to jail. BUSES of people are getting arrested every week in North Carolina because they are pissed at the government. At the jail, they are greeted by lawyers and supporters, bailed out, and taken back to church for a potluck dinner.
That’s been the course of action for 12 weeks. The arrest count is right about 900 folks.
Tese people have met up and had something to be mad at the government about for 12 weeks. 12 separate topics. From women’s rights to gay rights to tax reform to voter registration laws. 12 weeks of leaders of the churches speaking out against the GOP lead government in North Carolina. 12 weeks of people pouring through religious texts and finding that maaaaaabye Jesus would help out the poor and want to heal the sick. Just maybe. Maybe as humans we should look after one another.
Although I’m not sure the churches have enough funds to constantly bail these people out of jail it is interesting that this has been going on for 12 weeks and it’s just now crossing my Twitter timeline is interesting. And I can’t say if this will swing votes towards the Democrats (also just because you’re anti these Republicans doesn’t automatically make you a Democrat). But it is starting to paint a picture of people coming together and rallying against what they will not stand for.