Funamentalists in hipster clothing is a great line. Do the hipsters even wear hipster clothing anymore? That was so last year.
The certainty that fundamentalist and evangelicals possess in their religious convictions is scary. They are zealots, albeit nice taxpaying ones for the most part. But they are zealots nonetheless.
No one in Vintage and the evangelical community that Vintage is a part of will be able to get beyond the fact that their view of the Bible is THE correct view of the Bible. They'll maybe try hard, they will try to talk a good game, and they will be very warm and loving up to a point, but ultimately, they are convinced they are right. Bully for them, bully for the very conservative seminaries that produce their pastors and the giant parachurch organizations that feed and nourish these folks' souls with their version of Christianity. And I bet they all feel like rigtheous persecuted martyrs now. Isn't that special?
The thing is, no one outside of Vintage, or outside of the evangelical world, shares that world's certainty in their viewpoint. Mainline churches abound where the literalism and fundamentalism of this type of church are nonissues. And there are plenty of great places like UCC churches and Pullen Memorial where liberal Christians can engage with the Bible without thumping it.
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
I think the point of this article was less a retelling of the facts in contention in Jena and more about the impact on the civil rights discussion *here.*
Rev. Dr. Barber, Mr. Scott, and Prof. Joyner all made this much clear: Durham is not so different from Jena that a similar situation could not happen here.
What I heard at the meeting was a plea for students, law students particularly, to engage in the civil rights arena by voting, organizing locally, and participating in local government. The radical impact such young adult participation in the community would have is the real story here.
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