NOTE FROM PAM: There’s a must-read today on Vote For Marriage NC by Scott Wooledge: “Oops. I exposed the ‘notorious leftist’ ‘radical agenda’ of Daily Kos. Sorry.”


When your ideas are morally bankrupt, as is the case of people who are pimping Amendment One to enshrine discrimination in NC’s constitution, you can’t win on logical arguments based on civil law. You have to load up a bus and drive around to convince North Carolinians to vote to “save marriage from the homosexuals” using religion-based bigotry and try to pollute the minds of children by offering up gifts and candy.

This is the broken world of Vote for Marriage NC and the Values Bus rolling around the state in support of right-wing candidates and the ballot initiative that is coming up on May 8:

Feel free to let them know how you feel about pimping bigotry to children from its “Values Bus”: http://www.facebook.com/Vote4MarriageNC

Who’s behind this Values Bus? Tami Fitzgerald, Chair of VoteFORMarriageNC.com, is proud to hang out with the professional bigots at the Family Research Council, which is of course, headed up by Tony PerkinsBack in 2010, Perkins “couldn’t recall” hanging out with/speaking to the Council of Conservative Citizens (photo), another org —  like the FRC — that has been declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Apparently he passes muster with Vote for Marriage NC even though Perkins also procured the mailing list of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. Peas in a pod, I guess that’s fine with Tami.

FRC Action blogger Connie Mackey is proud of the work of the Values Bus on its bus stops in NC. From “The Cloakroom“:

Yesterday, I met with Pastor Greg Mathis of the Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, providing an opportunity to talk with him about FRC and the Champion program.  Pastor Mathis, like all North Carolinians we have met with, is concerned that the marriage amendment, which will be on the ballot May 8, passes and gives North Carolina the same protected status for one man, one woman marriage that 30 other states have set up.  Joining the FRC Team in front of the Values Bus was Mark Meadows, a candidate for the 11th District Congressional seat.  The FRCAction PAC has endorsed Mark.  He and his wife Debbie and their family have been friends of FRC for twenty plus years and we have witnessed his commitment to faith, family, and freedom.

Folks can ask Mark Meadows why he embraces the Family Research Council and Vote for Marriage NC: http://www.facebook.com/MeadowsforCongress

UPDATE: From the latest garbage e-blast from Fitzgerald, again, trying to hide behind “religious freedom”:

Preserving marriage is vital for protecting religious liberty in North Carolina. If activists were to redefine marriage for society, citizens, small businesses and religious organizations whose own beliefs are at odds with the new definition of marriage will find themselves subjected to legal consequences if they do not comply with the new definition of marriage. That’s why we need your support to pass the Marriage Protection Amendment on May 8th.

…One of the very reasons our country was founded was to protect religious liberty. Now, the freedom to practice our religious beliefs is under attack. We urge you to join us in protecting religious liberty by donating to this battle to keep marriage between one man and one woman.

As a reminder, you are also invited to join us as we rally for marriage across North Carolina with the Heritage Foundation and the Family Research Council on the Values Bus Tour. For more information about how you can help defend marriage in North Carolina, visit VoteForMarriageNC.com. Campaigns cost money, and this campaign is in its most critical time for mobilizing our forces. Making a generous donation to protect marriage from radical re-definition is the best way you can help. I hope you will!

Sincerely,
Tami L. Fitzgerald
Chairwoman, Vote FOR Marriage NC

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On the positive side — fighting that bigotry on the bus — the Campaign to Protect All NC Families is holding  Speaker’s Bureau trainings this weekend to help people speak to their friends, neighbors and local businesses about the harmful, unintended consequences that will hurt children and families throughout North Carolina. See details below the fold.

Here are the dates and locations:

Raleigh
Sunday, March 11, 2012,  3-5 pm (free)
Pullen Baptist Memorial Church – Finlator Hall
http://www.pullen.org/page/contact-us
1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605

Chapel Hill
Sunday, March 11, 2012, 6-8pm  (Free)
http://www.unitedchurch.org/directions-united-church
United Church of Chapel Hill – Fellowship Hall
1321 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Asheville
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 5:30-8:00 PM (free)
University of North Carolina Asheville
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall 139
http://www2.unca.edu/campusmap/karpen.htm

You can RSVP by clicking here: http://www.protectallncfamilies.org/speakers-bureau