Group says NC violated separation of church, state

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Submitted: Mon, 06/11/2012 - 3:40pm
Updated: Mon, 06/11/2012 - 3:42pm

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A humanist group is claiming that the state of North Carolina violated the first amendment by allowing voting in churches that advocated anti-gay political stances.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center says it has “serious legal concerns” with the use of churches as polling places and says the state violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause that outlines the separation between church and state.

The group stops short of threating legal action, but a spokesman says he hopes for a change in state policy.

A spokesman for the State Board of Elections said Monday it would be up to legislators to make any changes to polling locations, but that the use of churches is completely legal. Previous appellate court rulings have backed the practice of using places of worship.

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  • GuestReality says:

    Personally, I would LOVE to see churches stop offering their sites as polling places. Nobody ever appreciates what they do anyway, and all people do is gripe and complain at them. I would LOVE to see all the complainers have to struggle to find parking spots at other places and wait long hours to vote because other places can’t handle all the voters and vehicles in their parking lots. People don’t realize the wonderful service that the churches offer. They’re one of the least appreciated organizations ever.

    This is just another attempt by gays to try to overturn a legal, legitimate vote that passed overwhelmingly. Get over it already.

  • GuestReality says:

    Amen! I would vote the same way again too, no matter where it’s held!

  • Guest 1 says:

    Which is probably where you went right after you voted for it in your church.

  • Noway101 says:

    I would still vote against it if it were held at a gay bar!!!

  • KirkW says:

    So it’s acceptable to curtail someone else’s rights as long as nobody messes with your rights.

    How very Communist of you!

  • Guest2020 says:

    There is no separation of church and state in the Constitution. The the establishment clause prevents Congress from establishing a religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion. I don’t think Congress had anything to do with the elections in New Hanover County.

  • Guest7969 says:

    the left has done a fairly great job of misinformation…when someone says SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE…I ask them to show me that in the Constitution…imagine their disbelief when its not there…

  • Guest2020 says:

    Churches get tax-exempt status because they are non-profit organizations. If you start taxing churches then you need to tax every other non-profit organization out there. You do that and you will see how fast people quit donating.

    The members of that church had the same freedom of speech to place what they wanted on that sign, as everyone else who placed signs at the polling places.

  • couldn't agree less says:

    what rewards do churches get from municipal funds? how are they not abiding by the constitution? they do the county and the local people a favor by letting them use the property as a voting place, other option, less places to vote and longer lines to wait in

  • Guest Redneck Across the River says:


  • SusanK6461 says:

    If a voting site refuses to present as impartial, then it should NOT be used as a voting site!!! I’m really getting tired of tax-exempt church groups reaping the rewards of municipal funds without having to abide by the Constitution. Let them get their money from their overflowing pews, since they obviously can pick and choose who’s “Christian enough”.

  • Guest7969 says:

    Can you point out what part of the Constitution you have an issue with as regards to this issue?…I’d love to hear it…I bet I won’t…

  • Guest857 says:

    I voted against the amendment and our voting place is in a church. It made no difference to me.

  • GuestMan. says:

    there is nothing in the constitution that says marriage is between a man and a woman. Imagine people’s faces when they find that out.

  • Guest33 says:

    Okay, suppose that this humanist group is right. Now, you have a larger problem, because marriage is created by God and it is a religious institution. Therefore, you cannot vote on it. In addition, God has already spoken and made the decision for all of us. Now, live with it.

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