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Re: “Lesbian bishop Tonyia Rawls founds new church

This Immoral behavior if not repented from has some very serious ramifications. The Creator of the heavens and earth has forbidden homosexuality. The prophets that God (Allah)sent to to all the nations warned us of dire consequences if we don't worship him alone without any partners, meaning he has no sons and that all worship should be directed to him alone

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Posted by Caldwell on 04/06/2016 at 3:51 AM

Re: “Underground midwives flout N.C. law to give moms-to-be more choices

I am sincerely trying find out more about home birth. It would mean a lot if you could contact me as soon as possible as we just found out my wife is expecting. Thank you so much.

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Posted by John on 04/05/2016 at 5:39 PM

Re: “The fight against North Carolina House Bill 2 has officially begun

Yes, liketofish, you have every right to speak out on moral issues. Everyone does. BUT, when the culture you're living in goes through changes, do not expect to be greeted with open arms if your views go against the "new normal." That's just how it works, my friend. For instance, you'd be surprised at how many Southern "Christians" fought like tigers against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. And, you guessed it, they got mad when all of a sudden, people didn't want to hear them use the N-word anymore. Same thing here. Plus, hate to stretch that closed mind of yours, but there are plenty of Christians who think churches should leave LGBT folks alone.

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Posted by John Grooms on 04/04/2016 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Point: The City Overreached

And yet Apple continues to do business in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Y'all up to date on the treatment of women in that country regarding their basic human rights?

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Posted by pointsunknown on 04/04/2016 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Point: The City Overreached

My point, Jeff, is that readers have already been exposed ten million times to what anti-gay people think about things - our culture is soaked in that view and hardly needs a boost to bring it to people's consciousness. An alternative paper worth its salt would emphasize the, er, alternate views and stand for freedom and expanded civil liberties. As I said elsewhere, this city already has a "newspaper of record," the Observer, whose job is to tiptoe through all sides of an issue. Readers - or at least former readers of the more substantial version of CL - expect that from a real alternative newsweekly.

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Posted by John Grooms on 04/03/2016 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The fight against North Carolina House Bill 2 has officially begun

Isn't it amazing how the LGBT community preaches "tolerance", yet they themselves are the least tolerant of them all. If anyone dares to disagree with them, they are labeled "homophobic" and "transphobic" and "judges". Identifying unacceptable behavior is not judging. As a Christian, I have a right to speak on on moral issues also.

Keep in mind that God destroyed four cities in the Old Testament due to their homosexuality (i.e., Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim). God indeed is a God of mercy but also a God of justice.

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Posted by LiketoFish on 04/02/2016 at 10:00 PM

Re: “A discussion with seven protesters who have faced down Trump and arenas full of supporters

The Koran states the following:

• Sura 2:191 states, "Slay them wherever ye find them and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter."
• Sura 2:193 - "Fight them until religion is for Allah."
• Sura 3:28 states, "The believers never ally themselves with the disbelievers, instead of the believers. Whoever does this is exiled from GOD. Exempted are those who are forced to do this to avoid persecution. GOD alerts you that you shall reverence Him alone. To GOD is the ultimate destiny."
• Sura 4:101 - "The infidels are your sworn enemies."
• Sura 5:17 - "They have certainly disbelieved who say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary. Say, "Then who could prevent Allah at all if He had intended to destroy Christ, the son of Mary, or his mother or everyone on the earth?" And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them. He creates what He wills, and Allah is over all things competent."
• Sura 5:23 - "The just retribution for those who fight GOD and His messenger, and commit horrendous crimes, is to be killed, or crucified, or to have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides, or to be banished from the land. This is to humiliate them in this life, then they suffer a far worse retribution in the Hereafter. "
• Sura 5:51 - "O you who believe, do not take certain Jews and Christians as allies; these are allies of one another. Those among you who ally themselves with these belong with them. GOD does not guide the transgressors."
• Sura 9:5 says, "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them."
• Sura 9:123 - "O you who have believed, fight those adjacent to you of the disbelievers and let them find in you harshness. And know that Allah is with the righteous."
• Sura 47:4 - "So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds."
• Sura 66:9 - "O Prophet, strive against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh upon them. And their refuge is Hell, and wretched is the destination."
• Mohammed permitted lying. Jesus did not.
• Mohammed fought in 66 battles. Jesus fought in none.
• Mohammed permitted his warriors to rape women. Jesus did not.
• Mohammed killed 3,000 people. Jesus killed none.
• Mohammed owned slaves. Jesus did not.
• Mohammed tortured others. Jesus did not.
• In Hadith Vol. 9 it states to kill those who leave Islam.

It is evident from the plethora of verses in the Koran that it's believers are to incite violence, if necessary, and kill the unbelievers.

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Posted by Lovetofish on 04/02/2016 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Point: The City Overreached

This is part of a point-counterpoint column paired with the news feature story about HB 2. We hope that you read both columns to get a better understanding of what each side is thinking in the battle.…

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Posted by Jeff Hahne on 03/31/2016 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Point: The City Overreached

As the former, and longtime, editor of CL Charlotte, reading this tripe in CL nearly turned my stomach. What the fuck, people?

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/30/2016 at 7:33 PM

Re: “The fight against North Carolina House Bill 2 has officially begun

Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality N.C., called on the NCGA to "appeal" HB2 as its first order of business on April 25, when its next normal session starts, although others involved in the lawsuit said they don't expect that to happen.

NCGA should "appeal" HB2? I don't understand. Help me. Thanks

Posted by spaceley sprockets on 03/30/2016 at 6:46 PM

Re: “Underground midwives flout N.C. law to give moms-to-be more choices

Kelly, I would really appreciate it if you could share who your certified nurse midwife is. We come from NY where we had two homebirths and we anticipate getting pregnant soon here in NC and we want to do everything decently and in order. Please email me any information that you think will be helpful. Thank you so much.

Posted by pitchpatchdaddy on 03/22/2016 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Sex trafficking survivor Jillian Mourning finds L.O.V.E.

She let a man record her having sex with him for fear of a another sex encounter being leaked out? He must have paid her too, but that is being left out because then it would be prostitution. She either has no values or has some mental problems for not coming forward in the first place and allowing herself to be coerced into this.

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Posted by Mel wein on 03/20/2016 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Sex trafficking survivor Jillian Mourning finds L.O.V.E.

Come on ...
She gets raped and then grudgingly goes back and gets raped again ...

Why didn't she do then what she is doing now ?

This is simple pride and too much of it.

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Posted by Steve Smith 1 on 03/20/2016 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Courts ordered an end to gerrymandering in N.C., but foul play continues

The Federal Appeals Court did not order an end to gerrymandering per the headline. It ruled three Congressional Districts violated some combination of the current legal state of the 14th Amendment, CRA, VRA. The NC Legislature responded to their ruling and produced new Congressional Districts that follow the Courts ruling on those three districts. This is a first good step to get rid of some demographic data (in this case race) however the goal should be to remove ALL demographic data and use an open source algorithm to redistrict. No people involved, no demographic data used, no gerrymandering. Here is an example...

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Posted by Richard Bunce on 03/12/2016 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Courts ordered an end to gerrymandering in N.C., but foul play continues

You list Independents but leave off Libertarians?

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Posted by Garth Vader on 03/09/2016 at 10:27 PM

Re: “Who Stole the Stratton Kids?

You're right that unless we have access to all the info we don't really know if there was a case of neglect/abuse or not. But what IS being documented all over the country and has been documented by a very reputable research org. - the National coalition For Child Welfare Reform -- is that it's very likely that the parent/s' side of the story NEVER got on the record.

This is because of what appears to be a systemic violation of a parent/s' and/or caretaker/custodian's right to due process -- In NC, under UCCJEA, the parent and/or the the person who has physical custody of a child has to be given notice and an opportunity to be heard -- on the record --- before the custody of a child changes. -- unless there is an emergency. Beginning with NCGS 7B-406, the statutes governing Juvenile Neglect/Abuse/dependency tell how CPS is SUPPOSED to proceed - part of due process.

NC GS 7B-302 says that after the Director does an assessment of a situation based on a report of neglect or abuse -" (d) If immediate removal seems necessary for the protection of the juvenile or other juveniles in the home, the director shall sign a petition that alleges the applicable facts to invoke the jurisdiction of the court. Where the assessment shows that it is warranted, a protective services worker may assume temporary custody of the juvenile for the juvenile's protection pursuant to Article 5 of this Chapter."

Now in order to just go in and take a child, there has to be imminent danger.

Otherwise there is a process to invoke jurisdiction of the court, beginning with 7B-406 - and that includes summoning the parents to court to have a hearing to discuss the concerns - BEFORE taking a child.

Also, even if there IS an - "immediate need" and the courthouse is open, the DIRECTOR is supposed to take a petition -- containing FACTS - NOT conclusions - that explains what the concern is to the COURTHOUSE - not the magistrate. Even if the Director feels there is an emergency -- he/she still has to go to the COURTHOUSE if it is open. (if the courthouse is closed AND there is an emergency, the magistrate can write a petition)

Also if it's a true Emergency - imminent danger to the child if CPS doesn't remove him/her immediately - then the law gives CPS the authority to take the CHILD - but only for TWELVE HOURS --And the parent has a right to be WITH THE CHILD during that time. Then, says NC DHHS, there is supposed to be a meeting with the parents, the child (if the child is old enough) and CPS asap to basically see what is going on. THEN if there is STILL evidence for concern, a petition can be taken TO THE COURTHOUSE -- to request nonsecure custody .

If that occurs, the parents are supposed to get a summons and a copy of the petition with the allegations and THEN a hearing must be held within 7 days - and according to 7b-506 -(b) the parents have a right to be heard, cross-examine witnesses - have their own witnesses heard, and present evidence.

Now, here's the rub. If you question every parent in NC who's has a child taken from them, my guess is that you will find not ONE who was given his/her rights under 7B-506 (b) -- which also says that the burden of proof is ON THE PETITIONER to provide CLEAR AND CONVINCING evidence that the child should remain in custody.

I am a victim of this system. There was NO emergency. An emergency was not even alleged - harm to the child was not alleged and CPS admitted the child was healthy and unharmed. The petition not even ALLEGING an emergency was taken to the magistrate when the courthouse was open (see 7B-404). The required Affidavit that MUST state who had physical custody of the child and with whom he had lived in the last 5 years - -was fraudulent and the caseworker swore to its accuracy. UCCJEA requirement that the person who has physical custody of the child be heard (a federal law) was ignored, possibly because the affidavit was fraudulent.

I was NOT given the right to speak before or AFTER my grandson was taken from my arms, and I have been systematically prevented from presenting evidence - AND no one ever even alleged that my grandson was harmed or unhealthy. Furthermore, the caseworker violated NUMEROUS nc laws in her attempt to invoke jurisdiction of the court -- the case was NEVER VALId -- AND THE TRUTH NEVER got on the record ---

Therefore you can read the record, and all the authorities in the world can read what's ON THE RECORDS -- but that will not give you the facts -- it will give you DSS/CPS side of the story.

Whatever you think about a case, you should ask at least this: Was accused's right to due process violated so egregiously that he/she was prevented from being heard or from presenting evidence. If so then how much of a case could CPS really have, if they have to shut up the accused - if they won't let the whole truth on the record. Wouldn't you want to know what CPS is hiding? or distorting?

One more thing, imagine a grief-stricken parent, who doesn't even know what it is they've done to cause the action taken against him/her -- and having SEVEN days to come up with a defense -- and find an attorney - IF they can even afford one --- which likely CPS would not even bother them if they could..

In my case, CPS didn't even give me a copy of the petition - I didn't even know WHAT the accusations were - and the hearing was held TWO DAYS after my grandson was taken from me.

Imagine coming up with a defense in that time without even knowing what the "charges" are!

Instead of being so glib about such an important and heart-wrenching subject, you might consider doing a little research!

Posted by CPS Victim on 03/06/2016 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Youths found at the border fleeing violence are now being returned to the flames

They where ordered to leave they thumb their noses decided to go underground and got caught seems to me the actions committed by these illegals was criminal. Anyone who believes they should get special treatment should shoulder the cost's associated with it they had their day in court if they want to appeal the decision fine but the deportation order must be followed thru asap.

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Posted by John Lee on 03/05/2016 at 9:24 AM

Re: “The last days of Delvonte Tisdale

It does not matter if he was white,black,asian,hispanic or middle eastern he should have not done that. Why are you calling racism on people who are just pointing out he's to blame? Its dangerous to himself, he was trespassing his race has not part of that.

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Posted by nerd3 on 02/28/2016 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Underground midwives flout N.C. law to give moms-to-be more choices

My daughter was born at home with a Certified Nurse Midwife who was in partnership with the doctors at UNC. It was an excellent experience! I had prenatal visits with the midwife AND drs at UNC - they wanted to make sure that I felt comfortable coming to their hospital in the event of an emergency. I even had an ECV performed by the residents at UNC when she wouldn't flip... several weeks later we had a baby girl in the comfort of our own home and I felt well taken care of.

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Posted by kelly on 02/27/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Reason for the (Party) Season

LOL you forgot to mention my alma mater, Livingstone College, the CIAA champs for the past TWO years... I'm sure it was a mistake ;~)

Posted by Bobbie on 02/26/2016 at 12:22 PM

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