Sean Harris' "give him a good punch" sermon is STILL on YouTube

You may remember that back during the Amendment One fight, Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, suggested in a sermon that if a child displayed gay tendencies, one way to deal with them was to "give him a good punch." The video went viral, and Harris was ultimately forced to issue a retraction. But three months later, the video is still available on Berean's official YouTube channel. See for yourself.

Fortunately something can be done. The church also operates a Christian school, Berean Baptist Academy. Tell the Division of Non-Public Education to investigate that school.

#YDDay Tomorrow!

This Saturday, August 4, Young Democrat Day will celebrate the service-minded Millennial Generation by giving Young Democrats across North Carolina the opportunity to give back through registering voters, donating blood, collecting canned food, and more. Events are planned in Murphy, Asheville, Black Mountain, Dallas, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Clayton, Elizabeth City, Wilmington, and Manteo. Follow the action starting at 4 AM using the #YDDay hashtag!

Click for a full list of events and sign up form!

All over the state, Young Democrats will spend the weekend making a difference. Gaston Young Democrats will help distribute school supplies, Mecklenburg Young Democrats will donate blood, Guilford Young Democrats will collect cans to combat a shortage at the local food bank, and Young Democrats from Asheville to Wilmington will register voters.

Fayetteville pastor tells parents to give gay kids "a good punch"--then claims it was a joke

Sean Harris, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, used his Sunday sermon to urge his flock to vote for Amendment One. But as he closed, he went off the deep end, giving the parents in his flock "special dispensation" to give their kids "a good punch" if they appear to be acting gay. Watch the whole thing here.

Apparently Harris knows he stepped in it, because now he's saying it was only a joke. No, Pastor. Child abuse is NEVER a joking matter. Tell Harris he needs to apologize.

Judge throws out death sentence in first Racial Justice Act appeal

Earlier this morning, Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Greg Weeks issued a potentially landmark ruling in the first-ever appeal of a death sentence under the Racial Justice Act. Weeks ruled that prosecutors in Cumberland County deliberately kept blacks off the jury in Robinson's 1994 trial.

Robinson relied heavily on a study by Michigan State that found a 20-year pattern of blacks being excluded from juries more than potential jurors of other races. Specific to his case, blacks were excluded 3.5 times more than whites.

Read Weeks' ruling here.

Mary Ann Tally files for Superior Court Judge

DATE: February 9, 2010

Contact: Jennifer Blue (jenniferblue@nc.rr.com)

Fayetteville attorney Mary Ann Tally filed today to run for Superior Court Judge. Tally filed for one of two seats in Cumberland County Superior Court District 12C. The seats are currently held by Judge James Ammons and Judge Lynn Johnson. Johnson is not running for re-election.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve the people of Cumberland County,” said Ms. Tally. “I have deep respect for our courts and judicial system and want to ensure that we can provide justice for all of our citizens.”

Ms. Tally has lived in Fayetteville since 1974 and has been practicing law for 35 years. She is currently an attorney with Tally & Tally, a family-owned firm whose other members include her husband and two sons. She also serves as the Director of the Trial Assistance Unit at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.

Revisiting the bullies of Fayetteville High

Violence in our schools and the thinking that leads to accepting the culture of bullying.

Perdue's consistent support for education

I know there's a sort of do-no-harm sensibility in talking about some of our leaders. In fact, I don't post much here because of it. But I think there's a place and time for asking questions and ensuring that accurate information gets shared.

So there's an ad on television that says strange things about Bev Perdue's legislative record. And the topic of the ad is education, which is, candidly, Perdue's strongest suit. Her credentials, her professional career and her legislative work all point to a leader who's for education.

I read Gary Pearce's blog post on Thursday, and read James's post on Thursday night, that included a response note from Perdue or the people who work for her.

fayetteville for Hillary

Mar 19 2008 6:00 pm
Mar 19 2008 8:00 pm

Our organizational meeting on March 10th drew a good crowd and we are on our way! We hope to be making local calls for Hillary within the week! Please join us!

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