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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– More than 50 people marched through downtown Wilmington today protesting what they call a blurring line between the separation of church and state.

“America is betraying and violating our separation of state from church,” said protester Larry Center.

The fallout from the Amendment One decision in North Carolina is still having its effects throughout the state.

“We are advocating change of the preamble, repealing of Amendment One, and essentially any other civil rights related issue that is relevant to separation of church and state,” said Sam West, the protest organizer.

Many people downtown found the group’s message and signs offensive but that did not stop them from marching on.

“It’s pretty disturbing how they have a sign saying ‘God hates you’ because I’m religious,” said spectator Quentin Asche. “I’m a Christian and I don’t think that God hates me.”

For some of the protesters the main goal was to show their disappointment with the Amendment One vote. For others they just simply wanted to share that not everyone has religious views.

“I mean this is a pretty conservative area where churches have a lot of power. I think that a group of people like this, coming out on a Sunday in the late summer, is a very powerful statement,” said protester Ed Tilley.

The protest originally started with a Craigslist ad. Organizers say depending on the interest following this event they may eventually do another march.

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  • Guest2020

    There is no separation of church and state in the Constitution so how can you blur a line that does not exist?

  • GuestMan.

    Actually, I couldn’t make it. I was with a bunch of tea baggers burning books about evolution.

  • guesty

    Good for you.

  • YourGodismySatan

    …just like a scared child, all you can do is call me names? Your fear of my ability to dismantle your weak religious sect is very clear. =] Keep doubting.

  • GuestMan.

    makes no sense whatsoever. I love it when you call me names. Do it again. Please.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Why did people no raise hell at Obama just a few months ago?????????? No answer right? Can’t figure it out can you? Let me help you out with it. You’re a hypocrite. The man does not believe in gay marriage. It’s his right. Live with it.

  • GuestMan.

    Where were you anyway? I think they missed you.

  • GuestMan.

    being a bigot is wrong. If you were a bigot and then had an epiphany then you would not be a bigot anymore. That is probably easy enough for even you to understand.

  • Guest461

    …and you will accurately decribe your demeanor. What a freakazoid! You may need to revisit your meds!

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    …for going too far, I have to say that these people are crackpots who have no comprehension of the simple fact that a voter has every right to vote based upon his religious beliefs.

    The churches didn’t vote – the citizens of North Carolina did. I didn’t like the results, they came as no surprise, but I am not so ignorant as to think people voting their conscience in any way chips away at the separation of church and state.

    Indeed, my money says that people voting their conscience, rather than some liberal agenda checklist, is what TRULY offends these people.

  • guesty

    I was spending time with my family. I’m sure you more than filled in for me.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Leave. No really, leave. Simple right?

  • Guest 10101

    — “America is betraying and violating our separation of state from church,” said protester Larry Center.” [Larry, hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you have that one backwards. Don’t worry, you’re not alone]

    — “We are advocating change of the preamble, repealing of Amendment One” [Advocate all you want. That’s your prerogative in a Democracy. That’s the same prerogative the majority of voters chose to exercise when they voted FOR Amendment One]

    “essentially any other civil rights related issue that is relevant to separation of church and state,” said Sam West, the protest organizer.” [What Sam means is that people who go to church shouldn’t have a right to vote on social issues based on their opinions just like he does. Uh Sam, not going to happen. EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO VOTE. That’s called democracy.]

    — “It’s pretty disturbing how they have a sign saying ‘God hates you’ because I’m religious,” said spectator Quentin Asche” [Hey Quentin, your getting all disturbed for nothing. Why would you let someone WHO DOESN’T BELIEVE IN GOD tell you what God thinks concerning you. When you think about it, that’s kind of silly.]

    — “For others they just simply wanted to share that not everyone has religious views.” [Silly little protester; that IS a view on religion.]

    — “I think that a group of people like this, coming out on a Sunday in the late summer, is a very powerful statement,” said protester Ed Tilley. [Gee Ed; hate to bust your bubble but probably not. A powerful statement would be something like THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS VOTING IN FAVOR OF AMENDMENT ONE]

    — “Organizers say depending on the interest following this event they may eventually do another march” [I’m sure the majority of voters support your right to an orderly protest whenever you feel so inclined. Of course, in the interest of fairness, we do expect you to respect the rights of the majority of voters to vote as THEY see fit to vote, not as YOU think they should have voted]

  • Guest5555555

    Fruitloops

  • Almost sounds like you could be a bigot.

  • YourGodismySatan

    …the only truth that really matters at this point is that Humanism has existed ever since humans have, and will continue to exist so long as we do. Christianity will soon go the way of Zorastorism, and the other hundreds of religions that it mimics. (Yes, Christianity is nothing more than an amalgamation of older religions.) The tenants of humanism require that we hold human happiness over all…if there is some mystic guiding spirit, and it can’t get in line with that, I’ll remain defiant and happy.

  • Grand Ole Party

    Why is it that Don Cathy is being called a bigot for holding the same view of marriage that Barack Obama himself held until just a couple of months ago?

    I don’t remember people calling the President a bigot back then. Why all of the sudden is this such an evil point of view?

  • Guest7969

    show me where you see “separation of church and state” in your rights…..

  • GuestReality

    If you want to find the truth in anything, you need to base your beliefs on more than ONE website.

    The statement about a wall of separation between church and state was made in a letter on January 1, 1802, by Thomas Jefferson to a church (the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut). The congregation heard a widespread rumor that the Congregationalists, another denomination, were to become the national religion. This was very alarming to people who knew about religious persecution in England by the state established church. Jefferson made it clear in his letter to the Danbury Congregation that the separation was to be that government would not establish a NATIONAL religion or dictate to men how to worship God. Jefferson’s letter from which the phrase “separation of church and state” was written was to affirm first amendment rights.

    The “wall” was understood as one-directional; its purpose was to protect the church from the state. The people did not want freedom FROM religion, but freedom OF religion.

  • Guest123456

    The church didn’t vote. The people did. And the people have spoken.

  • Guesticles

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state#Use_of_the_phrase

    It doesn’t expressly say it, but:
    The phrase “separation of church and state” is derived from a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Baptists from Danbury, Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper soon thereafter. In that letter, referencing the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Jefferson writes:

    Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.[19]
    ———————————————–
    So, according to one of the founding fathers of America, his interpretation of the first amendment, where it states “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, means that the government will not force religion on anyone. Everyone has the right to believe in or not to believe in whatever God they want to. Places like churches should not be tax exempt corporations. Places like public schools should not be places to hold prayers nor Bible readings.

    You should read the wiki, it’s pretty interesting.

  • guesty

    Was some nut banging on a drum or an empty 5 gallon bucket.

  • Guest666

    Like the passing of the ammendment was a surprise to anyone…North Carolina had to have the federal government force them to begin treating African-Americans as more than sub-humans…this state, and region, has a history of bigotry and hatred towards anyone that doesn’t agree to the backward thinking lifestyle they choose to live. Doesn’t matter if you are from a northern state, are a different color of skin, your first language is not English(lets be real…i have heard many foreigners speak English better than many living in the southeast), or live a lifestyle not in line with the fairy tales in the oh-holiest of books. Until the government determines that the ammendment is unconstitutional, because it infringes on individuals rights to live their lives how they want to(as it doesn’t affect others lives, just their OPINIONS), this state and its close-minded inhabitants will continue to spew hatred and attempt to take all of us back to Mayberry…ohhh boy!

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