First of all, I fail to see how one person, or group of people praying to their God before a meeting "infringes on the rights" of others (if they so choose) to pray to whomever or whatever they believe is god. In addition, the often quoted establishment clause “Congress shall make no law respecting an Establishment of Religion.” to me says exactly that...congress has no business saying who or what anybody prays to!
"...(Praying before a meeting is legal, but praying to the god of a particular religion is not."- HOW RIDICULOUS of a statement is that? If you are praying to nobody in particular, then how exactly is it considered prayer?
I believe it is high time the majority of us Americans stop allowing ourselves to be pushed around by the minority of people who apparently just want something to whine about when there are much bigger common problems affecting ALL Americans. I say SHUT UP AND PRAY TO WHOEVER YOU WANT!!
Like it or not, The United States of America was founded as "One Nation Under God". Furthermore, Wikopedia states, "...According to the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) (2008) 76% of the American adult population identified themselves as Christians..."
If you don't want to live in a Christian Nation, MOVE ELSEWHERE!!
As a resident and native North Carolinian I can tell you the evil Rethuglican greed and power have decimated our once fair state. I have come to the conclusion that Rethulgicans are pure evil. ABSOLUTE EVIL!
Following what I also agree was a rather one sided article, I am pleased to see comments in support of The Goathouse Refuge & Siglinda. Not only have I been a cat rescuer for many years myself, I too have frequently visited GHR with friends, and have seen nothing but many well cared for, happy cats in a very clean and pleasant environment. Many of the cats there would have died if not for Siglinda's kind heart. Her volunteers are to be commended as well for all of their hard work helping to care for so many homeless cats in need.
Few people will dedicate themselves and their lives to this extremely dire cat overpopulation crisis, as Siglinda has, and yet when they do, they should be embraced and helped instead of criticized, especially in the media. She not only cares for a large cat population, but also has many wonderful fundraising events which lead to both cat adoptions and/or donations to also help the cats there. It is very easy for others to criticize those who take on such enormous responsibilities, when they have done little in comparison to help the same needy cause. Like any non-profit organization/rescue, there are problems that ideally are corrected, learned from and improved, as they continue moving forward. It is my hope (and that of other Siglinda supporters I know), that any problems will be addressed and quickly corrected, and that GHR can continue to do an outstanding job in supporting the community and the many cats in need. Perhaps if more people volunteered and foster homes were used (even if on a temporary basis?), and there were few if no more intakes for a period of time, the cat population could be better monitored, if that is indeed one of the main issues, as highlighted in the article.
In any case, I applaud GHR & Siglinda, and any other organizations and individuals dedicated to helping myself and other rescuers to battle the ongoing cat overpopulation crisis - which is extremely expensive, quite exhausting (physically & mentally!), and often overwhelmingly sad. I recommend that anyone who has time to criticize all that GHR is working so hard to accomplish, should instead offer to use that time to volunteer either there, or at any other non-profit group, shelter or private rescue in the area, that could ideally use more helping hands to assist all of the poor, innocent, wonderful felines we are working so hard to save.
If someone feels so strongly that their prayers have to be Christian prayers, then they should either choose to not pray at all at public meetings or not hold office.
Perhaps they should go back to the dictates of their honored 'conservative', Thomas Jefferson. They love to say "I am a Jeffersonian Conservative".
It was the pleas from the disenfranchised, harassed, threatened, and even killed, outcasts known as the 'Baptists' that established freedom for ALL religions in the USA.
The Baptists, as noted, were often 'run out of town' wherever they showed up and tried to establish themselves. In Virginia, where Jefferson was governor, they wrote to him and pleaded that, which was the overwhelming movement of the day, 'Episcopalian' (of which, I am one) should be the 'official religion' of the state of Virginia.
Jefferson, no additional notation needed, said that the US Constitution and Bill of Rights restricted any state from doing so.
Thus, today we have the 'Baptists' (aka: fundamentalists) saying we as states DO have the right to mandate an 'official' state religion.
Funny, isn't it? The very 'fundamentalists' demanding this type of legislation are the ancestors of those who where the VICTIMS of what they now propose as law.
I would like to provide a bill that I am looking to enter on the floor of the house or the senate. I have not yet found a backer in the General Assembly, but I'm assuming there is one for this bill, given the other things I've seen coming out of the GA.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION SJF27604
Sponsors: Imaginatrix-in-Chief Farber
Referred to: Committee on Awesomeness
A JOINT RESOLUTION to proclaim the Official Animal of the 2013 General Assembly is the great and noble steed, having one horn, and whose blood has magical curative powers, the Unicorn.
Whereas, the Constitution arguably no longer applies in some counties and jurisdictions of North Carolina;
Whereas, legislators are more interested in Tea Party action items duplicating federal protections for firearms and then flouting federal regulation of the same than other topics;
Whereas, in recent times, the some persons have suggested they are both in favor of shrinking state government and in favor of highly regulating the vaginas, cervixes, and uteruses of women and highly regulating the medical providers with an interest in said organs; and
Whereas, North Carolina suffers under a high unemployment level, serious loss of manufacturing jobs, problems with racial disparities in educational achievement, and problems with racial disparities in law enforcement, damage to its coastal areas with increasing frequency from mysteriously strong weather events, and with providing clean, safe energy sources for its citizens, among other numerous pressing actual problems; and
Whereas, the legislature does not currently have an official animal; and
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
SECTION 1. The North Carolina General Assembly asserts that the mighty Unicorn is its official animal.
SECTION 2. The North Carolina General Assembly shall obtain with all deliberate speed a herd of Unicorns to be kept on the lawn of the legislative offices. All legislators will honor the General Assembly’s official animal by wearing caps with a unicorn bust embroidered upon them at all occasions where business of the legislature is conducted.
SECTION 3. This resolution is effective upon ratification
So last week I pointed out that Wake County's top Republicans were working to kill Dix Park -- backing the state GOP's efforts -- instead of standing up for their constituents. (I wrote that before heading to the hills of Nicaragua for my leftist training, Mr. Proudly.)
This morning, Public Policy Polling confirmed my critique. It's not just leftists who are for Dix Park. It's the vast majority of Wake County voters -- including most Republicans: http://www.indyweek.com/citizen/archives/2…
I am so glad we celebrated Thomas @ Valentine's Day this year with a We Love Thomas Party! We love you Thomas! Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.
Chris Weedy & Jimmy Creech
Without entering into a debate about religion, I interpret Jennings to have said "study your enemy" -- which is not bad advice under any circumstances.
There will be a resurrection, or if you prefer resurgence, of progressives in North Carolina. And I hope that when the elections of 2020, 2030, 2040, etc come around, everyone remembers how damaging it was to have failed utterly in the election of 2010 and thereby to have handed the state over to reactionaries for what could be a bitter decade. If anyone was under the mistaken impression that elections to the General Assembly don't really matter, I hope the notion has been obliterated by now.
Otto, I think you misunderstood me. I'm saying that this article provides important information that few of us knew about how UNC has mishandled sexual assault cases. Anyone considering enrollment at UNC needs to be aware of the charges made in this article.
Would you rather young incoming women don't know how victims are treated at the school? Maybe you'd want to send your own daughter to such a place? Where is your priority?
The timing of your investigative report was most opportune. There are many high school seniors who are weighing offers right now from UNC and other institutions. Now they can take this information into account when making their decisions.
I've been to the goathouse a few times and fell in love with the place and in love with siglinda and all the wonderful things she has done and continues to do. With that being said I adopted 2 cats from the refuge and both had a lot of health issues. One had to have all but 4 teeth removed and the other had ear mites and severe diarrhea and both had round worms. I have been fortunate enough to have them treated and now they're heathly and happy cats. If anything I hope what comes of this article is a positive thing. Siglinda has a beautiful heart and place for these cats I just wish that people will step up to help keep it going. Maybe more vets and vet techs step up to volunteer and offer advice and hopefully more people in general will want to volunteer so that cats aren't overlooked.
What happens to the ones that were mentally abused and sometimes locked in rooms or barnes to keep them from being a part of the group.......sometmes being told they retarded when they were not . This is a very complicated isssue and some people are trying to sweep " the dust under the rug.
@Terryboo- Mitch Easter did not record the Huguenots album, they recorded it themselves in their practice space and he mixed it for them.
I live in Atlanta but have been to the Goathouse Refuge several times, and have been donating to them for years. I had 4 cats; two were feral and 2 from rescue groups in Atlanta. The shelter cats had health problems common to shelter cats when I adopted them, but they were loved and cared for by the staff (one had to be bottle-fed) and had been excellent companions for 12 years.
After visiting the Goathouse, I swore that the next cat I adopted would be from Siglinda. I learned so much from her about things you can do to improve the health of cats. The shelter was very clean and the cats had excellent care and having the ability to roam and get exercise is a benefit that shelter cats rarely have.
After my beloved shelter friend died, I adopted a cat from Coweta County the day before he was scheduled to be euthanized. He had been in a tiny cramped cage for over 2 months and spent his first few weeks just stretching and getting his muscle tone back. If he had been at the Goathouse he would have been so much better off. The reason I didn't adopt from Siglinda was that this was an emergency situation, but I think she would approve of the fact that there is one less cat on death row.
I hope people who read this article will recognize the negative slant the writer took and see that it is indeed a worthwhile organization to support. Siglinda is a treasure and has saved hundreds of kitty lives!
12% is nowhere near "general." What would make NC State less bigoted? Let me guess -- offering no-meeting classes in African-American studies, offered to members of various athletic teams?
If that is your criteria, so be it.
Don't read the bible? Are you serious?
Mr Jennings, I know more about your holy book than the overwhelming majority of your followers. Of course, I've also read the religious text and practices of countless other religions as well. That, my good Reverend, is precisely why I'm not religious. The same is true for every atheist I have ever met.
As for respect. Well, I'll respect your right to believe what you want. I will not, pretend I don't think you're a fool and will not abide proselytizing. Of course, I'm not running for public office either. I don't have it in me to pretend to be religious like so many of our politicians.
Here's a thought. If we wiped the slate clean today, how many people do you think your religious text would convert? How many people would make it through Genesis before throwing it in the trash? How many of those would be left after Leviticus? Would there be any? Aside from the scholars or self-ordained priests?
Amen Thad! Nice research on the history of this terrible policy put in place by the NCAA. I am struggling to stay engaged with the games as I get older due to excessive TO's. Problem is that money drives everything and they will never roll it back until the game has been ruined. I am surprised that coaches haven't raised the roof on this?!
I think mitch easter is a little overrated. I have the Huguenots album he recorded, and it's really nothing to write home about (not the songwriting or performance I'm referring to).
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