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Dan ForestIt apparently happened six months ago, but Lt. Gov. Dan Forest is no longer on the Board of Directors of Faith Driven Consumer — a Raleigh-based nonprofit that seeks to connect consumers to companies to which it gives high ratings for their supposed level of faithfulness to a “Biblical world view.” The nonprofit reported last week that Forest was replaced on January 30 with man named Edward J. Dillon — also of Raleigh.

As NC Policy Watch reported in late November of last year, Forest had been one of the group’s founding directors when it first filed papers with the Secretary of State in 2011.  As we also reported, one of the group’s main outputs is a series of company reviews in which it grades corporations with zero to five stars for their supposed faithfulness to the group’s particular brand of “Christianity.” Read More

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An editorial in this morning’s Fayetteville Observer does an excellent job of getting to the heart of the folly in the legislature’s ridiculous decision to approve the minting of “choose life” license plates.

“The original sin here, dating back many years, is the legislature’s decision to turn vehicle identification tags into billboards for all sorts of cockamamie stuff. Had license plates remained simple regulatory aids, none of this would be happening.

Still, if pro-lifers want those plates, there’s a quick and easy way to get them. Their allies in the General Assembly can rewrite the statute, and include comparable and equal provisions for those who hold different points of view on the subject.”

Read the entire editorial by clicking here.

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Wow! Some of this stuff never ceases to amaze. According to the Carteret County News-Times,  a group calling itself the “Crystal Coast Tea Party” will play host this evening to one of the country’s more seriously troubled public figures. The guy’s name is Rev. Terry Jones. 

Jones, as you will recall, is a Florida-based “pastor” who quite arguably caused the deaths of a number of Afghans by threatening to burn copies of the Qur’an a while back. Jones’ threat led to violent protests in Afghanistan at which multiple people were killed. Later, Jones actually burned some of the books.   

Now, Jones is running for President. You can click here to check out his “campaign” website.

A post on Blue NC implies that  some caring and thinking folks will actually be in Morehead City tonight to protest the event. This may be a bit of overkill for such a complete buffoon, but best wishes nonetheless.

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(This story was written by our friend Greg Flynn and initially posted at Blue NC)

International Christian relief and evangelism charity organization Samaritan’s Purse run by Franklin Graham contributed $150,200 towards newspaper and TV advertising in support of the NC Marriage Amendment, according to an Independent Expenditure report filed with the NC State Board of Elections.

A total of $272,593.70 was reported spent by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on full page ads in NC newspapers featuring the image of Billy Graham and words attributed to him and, on TV ads with similar content all with the legend “Paid for by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association”. $190,200 was reported as contributions from other persons or entities leaving $82,393.70 as the assumed direct contribution of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Of the $190,200 contributed by others $150,200 came from Samaritan’s Purse based in Boone, NC. $20,000 came from Mark DeMoss of Duluth, GA, and another $20,000 came from Dick Furman of Boone, NC. Mark DeMoss is an evangelical who runs a Christian PR agency and serves as an advisor to Mitt Romney. Dick Furman is a doctor who founded World Medical Mission which is part of the Samaritan’s Purse organization, on whose board he sits.

In soliciting donations on its website Samaritan’s Purse states: Read More