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
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)
1:00 pm at IHOP, 1295 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC (I-40 Exit 192)
Sunday, May 27
8:30 a.m. at the Boone Mall Parking Lot, 1180 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC
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.