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Greenville paper blasts Pope-Civitas tactics surrounding Moral Mondays

This morning’s edition of the Greenville Daily Reflector included this excellent editorial:

“The men and women arrested each week during the “Moral Monday” protests at the Legislative Building know they will face charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. Until recently, however, they could not expect that their name to land in an online database compiled by a right-wing advocacy group once funded by the state budget director.

The Civitas Institute, which maintains the listing on its website, is violating no law in compiling this public information and claims to be merely fighting back against the protesters’ message. But the organization’s connection to Art Pope, the conservative financier who Gov. Pat McCrory tapped to write the state budget, gives the database a more sinister overtone and makes the practice highly questionable.

As is now typical in Raleigh, a large crowd gathered on Monday night to decry the work of the Republican-led General Assembly. North Carolina Democrats and their supporters cannot halt legislation and therefore seek to offer a rhetorical counterpoint through protest and civil disobedience.

This week marked the 10th event, dubbed by the organizing NAACP as “Moral Mondays.” What began in small numbers now draws thousands to the Legislative Building, and more than 600 have submitted to arrest as a result of their deliberate action. Though the courts will determine the legal ramifications, peaceable assembly and the right to petition one’s government are both protected by the First Amendment.

The Civitas Institute, a nonprofit organization backing conservative policies, has a vested interest in seeing these protests fail….”

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One Comment

  1. Doug

    July 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Oh no….someone doing something in full view of the public, enticing the local TV cameras, being interviewed by newspapers, getting arrested……then expects that they will have complete privacy after they have participated in a blatant publicity scheme. That really defines the law of Ignorance of Liberalism. You know why? Because these are the same tactics that the liberals have used for decades against others.

    What also strains credulity is that all of the information that Civitas has found is PUBLIC information. If the MSM were not in the pockets of the left then they would use some journalistic curiosity to do the same investigations. You can bet they would do the same thing if the people being arrested were say Tea Party activists…..maybe have public sector jobs……maybe the primary orgainzations sponsoring the “protests” received millions in government funds (Looking at you NC Justice too!)….and were protesting democrat policies. To the poster/commenter….how about you think if this were turned around….would you then be ignoring the situation, or be up in arms. My guess is your would hear crickets chirping all around this blog.