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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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GuestMan.
2016 years 2 months ago

Where were you anyway? I think they missed you.

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GuestMan.
2016 years 2 months ago

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.

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Guest461
2016 years 2 months ago

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

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Commonsensenotcommontoday
2016 years 2 months ago

…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.

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Guest666
2016 years 2 months ago

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… Read more »

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