Amendment one

7 May

My brother sent me this.  We both agreed it’s awesome to see someone you least expect to stand up for what they think is right.   I believe it’s absolutely wrong to change the constitution to benefit right-wing conservatives.  It is immoral to discriminate against individuals due their sexual orientation.  This is a political hate campaign against the gay community.  People in support of this amendment are a religious group of narrow-minded people who want to force the total population to ascribe to their beliefs.  I think if this passes, someday we will look back at this and find comparison to the Jim Crow laws that discriminated against African American’s.  We must learn from history and not be forever doomed to repeat it. 

 Dr. William Barber. Screenshot from Youtube.

The president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s North Carolina chapter strongly condemned Amendment One, an amendment that would define marriage in the state as only between a man and woman, Sunday afternoon.

Rev. William Barber described his opposition to the amendment in a passionate sermon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Barber was among 100 black clergy figures displaying their united stance against Amendment One.

“I tried to find somewhere where the Lord discriminated against people, even if he didn’t agree with them,” Barber said. “And I found out that God gives every human being certain constitutional rights, that can’t nobody revoke. You know, those rights that just come with being a human. You know, like the one that says that allows to sun to shine on the just and unjust.”

 “God gives everybody constitutional rights, to air, and sun, and rain and existence. So your motivation to the polls should be, ‘How dare some human being tried to give folks less rights than God himself? How dare us take our puny little human document and try to write something, an appalling human document, that’s less than God, who made us, does?’ That ought to be your motivation.”

Barber didn’t restrict himself to just Biblical references to chastise Amendment One, which would also ban same sex civil unions and domestic partnerships, to galvanize those against the measure.

“Harriet Tubman got 500 folks out of slavery, and she didn’t have Twitter,” he said. And she didn’t have Facebook. From now to Tuesday, you ought to call everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to text everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to email everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to Facebook everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to MySpace everybody you know. From now to Tuesday, you ought to tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet.”

Barber and fellow black clergy figures’ opposition to Amendment One in North Carolina contradicts the plan by the National Organization of Marriage to intentionally cause a rift between black and LGBT.

The amendment is on the ballot for the North Carolina primary on Tuesday.


3 Responses to “Amendment one”

  1. This Sydney Life May 7, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    Awesome post, Janis. What a guy!

  2. Amy May 8, 2012 at 2:30 am #

    Love this post! 🙂 And I totally agree.

    • loosygoosey May 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

      Thanks, like minded in our values I bet, that all humans deserve basic constitutional rights, happy tuesday!

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