Dan Forest and other Christofascists holding rally today


Return America of Amendment One infamy is hosting the event:

A group of Christian leaders plans to rally in downtown Raleigh on Thursday, demanding that churches should be allowed to reopen like retailers. The group, named Return America, will be led by pastors and Christian educators. During the rally, they'll announce a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper over allowing indoor assembling at churches.

The rally is expected to take place at 11 a.m. outside the legislative building. The Primitive Quartet, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will speak, according to Return America.

In a perfect world. both Return America and Berean Baptist Church would lose their tax-free status by allowing a candidate (Forest) to give a speech at their rally. But we don't live there. And if you're wondering about my use of "Christofascists" in the headline, wonder no more:

A prominent North Carolina pastor has joined the chorus of voices speaking out in favor of Amendment One, which would define marriage as being between a man and a woman in the state’s constitution.

Ron Baity, founding pastor of Winston-Salem’s Berean Baptist Church and head of the anti-marriage equality organization Return America, referred to homosexuality as “a perverted lifestyle” in a Sunday sermon before telling his congregation that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people should be prosecuted, Good as You is reporting.

“For 300 years, we had laws that would prosecute that lifestyle,” he is quoted as saying. “We’ve gone down the wrong path. We’ve become so dumb that we have accepted a lie for the truth, and we’ve...discarded the truth on the shoals of shipwreck!”

Make no mistake, if Dandy Forest is elected Governor, he would gladly sign laws making same-sex marriage illegal, not to mention pushing for harsh anti-abortion restrictions and other "biblical" efforts. It would be the pinnacle of achievement for the Tarheel Taliban, setting our state back not just decades, but centuries.




Dandy Dan's polling isn't so dandy. In the last set of polls listed at 538, Cooper leads Forest by at least 9 points (that's the relatively cautious Civiqs poll from May 5th of registered voters) and as much as 27 points (the A-rated SurveyUSA poll from April 28th of likely voters.) Cooper's approval will have to drop through the floor for Forest to have any kind of chance and I just don't see that happening. For all the sturm und drang from groups like ReopenNC and Return America, they just don't have the support of the public on forcing Cooper to change what he's doing. That means that we as a state will have better outcomes between now and November than the states they're pointing to, like Georgia. All Cooper's campaign has to do is direct the media's attention to how much worse off they are (and they will) and that public support will remain strong enough to ensure we still have Gov. Cooper running things next year.