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Chapel Hill passes non-discrimination ordinance

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Equality is not just a slogan:

Tonight the Town Council of Chapel Hill, North Carolina voted to pass an ordinance broadly protecting members of the LGBTQ community from discrimination. The ruling comes in the same week that Hillsborough and Carrboro passed similar ordinances. Municipalities regained the freedom to pass such measures on Dec. 1, 2020, following the expiration of a key prong of HB142.

Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality North Carolina, says that it was past time for the vote. "North Carolina has lagged behind the rest of the nation when it comes to protecting LGBTQ folks and creating a culture where our most vulnerable can thrive. The tides are changing, and we hope other cities and towns across our state will be encouraged by these victories and do the right thing for their own citizens in the weeks ahead."

Just gonna throw this out here and see if it sticks: Charlotte has been battling an image problem for some time now, with overzealous policing and support for Trump's RNC debacle. Now would be the perfect time to set an example for the entire Southeast by enacting another NDO to protect all citizens, regardless of their sexual orientation. If the Queen City fails to do this, the ghost of HB2 will be running the show and making the City Council appear ineffectual and timid. Like this kinda does:

In The Lancet: North Carolina HB2 is bigotry's counterattack on LGBT rights

Founded in 1823, The Lancet is a well-respected, peer-reviewed British medical journal. Not a hotbed of politically correct ideologues. Though if all you read were the McCrory et al federal court filing in defense of HB2, you might be granted temporary forgiveness for thinking so. When in fact, The Lancet's works stand squarely on the scientific evidence.

Will we choose to be a Hate State or a Love State?

I read today that social justice is not just a liberal tradition, it is a Christian tradition too. That sounded right to me, certainly thinking back about Sunday school at the Newmarket Baptist Church in Hampton, Virginia. It was all about Jesus' love. Pure and simple.

Nothing else mattered.

Today we're up against all sorts of madness, with the heart of our state hanging in the balance. One side demonizes and seeks to dominate. The blacks, the browns, the gays, the women, the teachers, the atheists. It is what they do.

The other side? Love and let live.

This is One Wall That Needs Re-Building

The Wall of Separation Between Church and State has had some holes punched in it over the past few years by those wanting everyone to believe, erroneously, that the US is some kind of 'Christian nation.' When we think about it, we all know that the only way that I can be free to follow my own religious beliefs is to allow you to be free to follow your's. And the only way that can be accomplished is if no one group's tenets of faith are enacted as the law of the land.

Tim Moore's machination machine

From time to time we may all encounter a little “craftiness". Defined as “deception”, it also lends itself to “astuteness” as in “intelligence manifested by being astute (as in business dealings.)” But an additional meaning shines brightly and continues to magnify the Republican controlled North Carolina General Assembly. That word is “chicanery.” “Chicanery” digs deeper and is truly the hallmark of current affairs. Defined as “verbal deception or trickery, especially in legal quibbling; dishonest or sharp practice”, it also means “the use of sly or evasive language, reasoning, etc.

The Cost

It would be nice to have a running total of costs and impact that HB2 has had on the state so far, if such a thing could be calculated. In the meantime, the Williams Institute at the UCLA Law School has provided their own conservative estimate of cost to the state, not only in lost business, federal funding, and tourism but also in terms of discrimination, development, and diversity.

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