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Wilmington, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Deb Butler, candidate for North Carolina Senate, will lead a cross-state caravan to Newton, NC for the “Love, Not Hate” protest against a recent sermon by Rev. Charles Worley in which he advocated placing homosexuals in death camps. Worley’s videotaped sermon has gone viral on YouTube and attracted nationwide media attention, creating a backlash of outrage from coast to coast.

“Rather than working on jobs like he promised back 2010, my opponent sponsored the Amendment that forced this hatred into the public square,” said Butler. “It’s a matter of priorities. We should be competing to bring more companies to North Carolina – not giving them reason to stay away. We’ve seen from national examples that states focused on dividing citizens and discriminating against their own have a harder time attracting top tier companies that bring good jobs with them. I think North Carolinians are more concerned about issues like job creation and preserving education, and that’s what I’ll focus on when I’m a state senator.”

A local group calling itself Catawba Valley Citizens Against Hate has planned a peaceful protest from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 27 on the lawn of the Catawba County Justice Center in Newton, NC. Butler plans to speak at the event and is rallying citizens to participate in a convoy that will leave Wilmington on Saturday, May 26 with stops in Winston-Salem and Boone. Those wishing to participate in the “Carolina Caravan Against Hate” should contact the Butler campaign at 910.616.0399. The caravan will rendezvous at the following locations and times:

Saturday, May 26

· Wilmington
8:00 a.m. at the Best Buy parking lot at 309 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC

· Chapel Hill
11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at the Falconbridge Shopping Center parking lot, 6118 Farmington Rd., Chapel Hill, NC (I-40 Exit 273 A/B)

· Winston-Salem
1:00 pm at IHOP, 1295 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC (I-40 Exit 192)

Sunday, May 27

· Boone
8:30 a.m. at the Boone Mall Parking Lot, 1180 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC

· Newton
10:30 am at Catawba County Justice Center Lawn, 100-A Southwest Boulevard, Newton, NC

A local attorney and real estate agent, Butler serves on the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, the Board of Trustees of Historic Wilmington Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Cape Fear Green Building Alliance. She announced her candidacy for NC Senate in February.

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  • Beach Bum

    Overwhelming majority voted against legal gay marriage as well as benefits for single parents. You want the benefits, stay married and think about your family instead of yourselves.

    Don’t like how the majority voted, move.

    What I want to know, is when people are not interested or agree in your choice of lifestyle or they are not interested in getting to know you or be your friend, why are they the ones with the problem?

    That is a rhetorical question…never mind. Idle hands are the devils work.

  • david

    why is a hate spewing preacher allowed to promote the death of a different lifestyle and people can not unterstand why they would not protest?

    Thank you to the YouTube poster who brought light to evil that is being spread from the pulpit

  • M. Lynn Shoemaker-Younce

    Deb Butler had very little to gain politically from this caravan. She went to Newton because it was the right thing to do. Her voters are here in Wilmington, and we supported her going across the state, leading a charge, a movement FORWARD for North Carolinians. My parents always reminded me as I was growing up that one sees with his/her heart; in other words, if you want to know how a person feels, listen to what s/he says b/c it is reflected in what s/he “sees”… Not everyone is a self-serving user. Some people do what is right b/c it is the right thing to do. Deb did the right thing this weekend.

  • Guest 10101

    by a wannabee politician.

    Everyone already knows that Charles Worley’s a despicable idiot. This is just a pathetic attempt to use someone else hateful remarks as a way to get some free publicity.

    If this is the best she’s got, why would anyone want to see her in a position of leadership?

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    ….I could not vote for Amendment 1 because of the provisions that went beyond banning the idiotic notion of “gay marriage.”

    That said, I find nothing enjoyable about being on the same side of the fence with these loonie-toon, Kubayah-singing characters and their “Caravan Against Hate.”

    Fight for your legal, Constitutionally guaranteed equal protection of law and stop worrying about who hates you. Jeez!

  • Grand Ole Party

    I am not a baptist. Is that always the answer from the left? Redneck? Racist? Can’t find anything new cupcake?

  • GuestMan

    Actually, he is red neck Baptist like you.

  • wayne johnson

    I’t not time to hate but it is a time to stand on the WORD.
    Let’s make morality an issues again.
    Thanks for you comment it’s great.

  • You can “caravan” all you’d like. There are some things in this life that people will not budge on. I thank GOD for those people. Personally, I think it’s a pity that this individual is using this as a campaign ploy. The issue’s a little more important than that.

  • Guest21

    In my opinion, Charles Worley is a total nut. I really don’t think anybody takes him seriously. He is just another windbag like Neil Boortz or Rush Limbaugh who spew nonsense for entertainment purposes and the almighty dollar.

  • Grand Ole Party

    I agree, kind of like the windbags Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, and that P.O.S Chris Matthews.

  • Guest1986

    I voted for Ms. Butler back in 2010 and I’m a Republican. At the time I thought Ms. Butler did a great job of talking about economic issues, and we got too many good-ole-boys on the County Commission.

    But now she has gone way too to the left on social issues for my taste, and she is also hurting herself with Independents and Conservative Democrats on this issue.

    I was going to vote for Goolsby regardless of who ran on the Dem Side this year, but Ms. Butler’s far left view on Gay Marriage definitely tilts my vote even more in Goolsby’s direction.

  • Guest2020

    You can call it hate all you want to, that doesn’t make it so. The Christians who voted for the amendment did so out of love. We love our God enough to stand up for Him.

  • Mitchy

    Deb Butler is a left wing hippie that does not serve the interest of New Hanover County — she lost her bid as a commissioner and now she’s trying to be the next Julia Boseman. Fact: Deb is a major proponent of “gay marriage” and actively attacks conservative Christians, moreover she’s failed lawyer and realtor — I’d give her career a C- at best. As for her service on boards, the Green Alliance is just a group of hippies and WRAR is happy to have anyone to pump out the hot air.

  • Guesttseug

    …..is Butler, Boseman on steroids, or vice versa?


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