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Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Ryan, can you send me your email address? I'd rather talk about this in a space that's not an open forum. Hopefully, someone at CL will still have my email address, who knows? If not, let me know in this space and I'll call you at the office. Thanks!

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Posted by John Grooms on 04/03/2016 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Finding religion's open arms

Christianity is about accepting Christ (and His teachings). If you study the four Gospels carefully, you will see that Jesus preached repentance and the kingdom of God. Jesus Himself stated, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish". (Luke 13:3)

Yes, God is a God of love but also a God of judgement. If we reject Him and His words, there is nothing left but judgement. The good news is that through accepting Christ we can escape the judgement that is coming upon the world.

Posted by LiketoFish on 04/02/2016 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

John,

It was my decision and nobody else's to run the aforementioned column alongside a response from Matt. Never was I pushed by (nor did I ever even speak to) anyone in ownership regarding that decision. I saw the pro-HB2 column and had the same thoughts about it that I believe you did. I decided letting Matt respond directly to the columnist and people who think that way was a different way to go about it, since by our print time the local news was already inundated with op-ed pieces against HB2 in a handful of other outlets. I see that you disagree with the decision but I thought I'd at least explain why I included it as context for Matt's column.

Thanks,
Ryan Pitkin

Posted by RyanPitkin3 on 03/31/2016 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Please put me on record as thinking it is appalling for CL to have published the anti-LGBT protections piece from the Triad. This city has a newspaper of record, that's what the Observer is there for. Alt weeklies, as I posted elsewhere, should be the ones poking the dragon, and not debating whether the dragon has a good point or not. This is what happens when clueless right-wingers buy out a formerly award-winning newspaper without even understanding their readers. Ludicrous. Just completely ludicrous.

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Posted by John Grooms on 03/30/2016 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Counterpoint: The state overreacted

Great points Matt. I especially like this:

"The reality is actually so much simpler. Whether you're white or black, male or female, gay or straight, cisgender or transgender, people simply want to be treated equally, with their full inherent dignity as human beings honored, recognized and respected. This universal desire of all humankind, reflected in faiths and beliefs throughout world history, was at the crux of Charlotte's LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinances."

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Posted by Jeff on 03/30/2016 at 11:26 AM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

I just said to Dawn that since living in NC, in predominantly "other" neighborhoods we have never gotten knocks on our doors or seen the groups making rounds. I believe that certain neighborhoods are targeted which is interesting and speaks to the idea that some folks need saving more than others when the fact is that people are people and if you have found a good thing why wouldn't you want to share it with everyone. It perpetuates racism, separatism, and classism. Enlightening piece as usual Mr. Easley

Posted by icydew on 03/29/2016 at 9:08 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

LOL… Faith is deeply personal for me. And for that reason, I do not want to be broadsided by it with all the burnish of a 90s summer high schooler’s magazine spiel to offset college tuition. We realize that everyone sells us everywhere—home, in and outside of stores, restaurants, on and through electronic devices— and some of it admittedly we think is creative and even will find an official go-fund-me spirit in us for a few dollars. But proselytizing for all it’s little old ladies, deep-voiced authoritarian men or even Easter Sunday basket toting youngsters seems to assign more than it asks, dictate more than it derive when it comes to moral attitudes, dispositions and approaches. I refuse to be bum rushed. I am first to verbalize and commit to eye contact that say “Thanks for the interest but I have other approaches to which I am committed. Have a good day.” If they repeat I say no thanks again. I keep walking, not answering anything afterward. When I feel targeted where I live, I have been known to ask if calling the leadership to have my house removed from listing will help maximize their efforts in favor of more suitable areas. Turning the pitch works for me. Seeing the hardliners turn and head in the opposite direction, all the more…

Posted by Tony-Tony Stark on 03/28/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

Funny stuff. I wouldn't say I live in a ritzy neighborhood, but it's pretty solidly up in the upper middle/lower upper designation. And yes, the Saints do come knocking on our door. Mostly Jehovah's Witnesses but there are others as well. I usually let them know pretty immediately that I'm not in the market for salvation.
Anyway, keep up the good work.
Also, if you have a moment, I'd like to speak with you about your spiritual needs.....

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Posted by VC on 03/25/2016 at 12:17 AM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@Tmarshall lol now that is a sure way to shut down the conversation. Thank you for reading and sharing.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/24/2016 at 9:23 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@Linda Peace They were on me like a tick....lol Thank you for reading and sharing.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/24/2016 at 9:18 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@Rusty Sheridan Be careful what you ask for man...lol Once they have you on their radar there is no escaping.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/24/2016 at 9:17 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@BrandonIamHiphop King man and they are out in force....lol Thank you for reading Sir!

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/24/2016 at 9:16 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

Very funny! My encounters are short and sweet. They say hello and I say I'm an Atheist and they're gone. Conversation over. Best deterrent ever!

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Posted by Tmarshall on 03/24/2016 at 10:41 AM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

That is too funny. I think you gave them a challenge. I can envision them all sitting around together discussing their "military strategy". Lol

Posted by Linda Peace on 03/24/2016 at 1:42 AM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

I wish I got these visits. I never do. And I've lived everywhere from the hood to the ritzy neighborhoods (rented in the latter, lol). I'd love to have an intellectual dialogue with those folks.

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Posted by Rusty Sheridan on 03/23/2016 at 8:04 PM

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HA! Welcome to the wonderful world of the Saturday Morning Saints. The Mormons, Jehova Witnesses, and others will start coming out now that its getting warm, just like bees.

Posted by Brandon Iamhiphop King on 03/23/2016 at 6:45 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@drew Kinney Oh no not the backdoor stunt....lol If I don't walk door to door to discuss film theory or the cultural nuances of the Golden Girls then I do no not want folks at my door to discuss anything unsolicited. Thank you for reading and sharing your memory.

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Posted by Charles Easley on 03/23/2016 at 5:05 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@cole butler I think the political slant and big money rhetoric have turned a lot of people off but the sad thing is if most were committed to the basic principles of looking out for your fellow man then maybe more folk would welcome a conversation about faith. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/23/2016 at 5:03 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

@mqj18 I get that they are happy about their beliefs but why do you have to chase folks down....lol thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Posted by Charles Easley on 03/23/2016 at 5:01 PM

Re: “The recent nice weather has brought out the bugs, bees and Bible thumpers

When I was a kid. I remember a knock on our front door. I looked thru the peephole and saw it was Jehovah's Witnesses. I told my Mom and she said, "I'm not answering that door." I had to go to work, so I exited the back door, got into my car and drove away. I still remember the look on their faces when they realized I split on them.

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Posted by Drew Kinney on 03/23/2016 at 11:46 AM

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