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Aug 22 2013

Christian Action League Opposes Sunday Voting in NC

The Christian Action League, which is the North Carolina affiliate of the American Family Association, is cheering a new law in that state that bans early voting on Sundays, along with a bunch of other heinous provisions designed to reduce the number of minorities who vote. Because…Sabbath!

Tightened from 17 days to 10 days by the bill, early voting will still include the same number of accumulative hours. According to the new law, all early-voting sites within a county will post the same days and hours of operation.

“We have always opposed voting on Sunday for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Sunday is the church’s prime time for developing the character of a nation,” Dr. Creech said. “It is a Sunday-cultivated character that makes an electorate fit to guard and preserve its liberties.”

He said a nation that wants to secure the blessing of liberty for posterity cannot, at the same time, ignore the Fourth Commandment. North Carolina began allowing Sunday voting in 2000, and last year, 21 counties opened One-Stop Early Voting centers at least one Sunday.

He has it precisely backwards. A nation can only maintain liberty as long as it does not impose the religious views of some on everyone. Don’t want to vote on Sunday because you’re in church? Good for you. Don’t do it. But your beliefs should affect only you in this regard, not others.

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  1. 1
    Doug Little

    “… Sunday is the church’s prime time for developing the character of a nation,”

    I just threw up in my mouth a little.

  2. 2
    VeritasKnight

    It’s a fine piece of bullshit rhetoric.

  3. 3
    Gregory in Seattle

    I wonder how they would respond if a Muslim group demanded that polling places be closed on Friday. Or if Jewish groups and Seventh Day Christians were demanding that the polling places be closed on Saturday.

  4. 4
    cottonnero

    One of the reasons they’re opposed to Sunday voting being that it’s something that black Democrats do in large numbers.

  5. 5
    Henrietta Swan

    Paul’s own words contradict Dr Creech (if you believe that sort of things, as I am sure Dr. Creech does):

    So now that you know God (or should I say, now that God knows you), why do you want to go back again and become slaves once more to the weak and useless spiritual principles of this world? You are trying to earn favor with God by observing certain days or months or seasons or years.

    Galatians 4:8-10

  6. 6
    D. C. Sessions

    We have always opposed voting on Sunday for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that Sunday is the church’s prime time for developing the character of a nation

    … by watching football. And going to a polling place after church would be a terrible imposition on the sacred Tube Time.

  7. 7
    alanb

    When I was a wee lad many areas had blue laws that prohibited businesses from opening on Sunday. Those laws are almost all gone. According to Wikipedia the only blue laws left in NC are prohibitions against hunting on Sunday and against selling liquor before noon. Unless the AFA is also lobbying for re-imposition of blue laws, they are being hypocritical. A trip to the mall generally takes more time away from character building than a trip to the polling place.

  8. 8
    machintelligence

    In the immortal words of the church lady “How convenient!”

  9. 9
    Trebuchet

    The Sabbath is, of course, sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. That’s when Jesus, if he existed, celebrated it.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    Sunday voting is UnConstitutional. It’s right there in the Bill of Rights, “Fourth Amendment: Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy”.
     
    cottonnero “One of the reasons they’re opposed to Sunday voting being that it’s something that black Democrats do in large numbers.”
    Bullshit. It’s the only reason.

  11. 11
    arakasi

    It’s hard to see how sitting in a church will do more for “developing the character of a nation,” than exercising one’s civic duty by voting.

  12. 12
    Chiroptera

    Gregory in Seattle, #3:

    Heh. Yeah, so much for those Judeo-Christian values, eh?

  13. 13
    timgueguen

    Funny how all sorts of countries don’t seem to see a contradiction between religious worship and Sunday voting. I remember a commenter elsewhere being surprised we didn’t have Sunday voting in North America.

  14. 14
    colnago80

    Re alanb @ #7

    That was one of the things that struck me when I moved from California to New York State to go to graduate school. Supermarkets in California, which had no blue laws, stayed open 7 days a week. In New York State, they closed at 6:00pm on Saturday and did not reopen until 8:00am on Monday. Quite a cultural shock.

  15. 15
    exdrone

    The big reason for not voting on Sunday … the game’s on.

  16. 16
    gwangung

    One of the reasons they’re opposed to Sunday voting being that it’s something that black Democrats do in large numbers.

    Because they do it after church.

    Irony, irony, irony….

  17. 17
    Donovan

    If they were Real Christians, wouldn’t they have been raptured last year?

  18. 18
    busterggi

    Why Trebuchet, everyone knows Jesus wasn’t a ‘real’ Christian, he was one of those dirty pre-JudeoChristian Jews.

  19. 19
    Loqi

    So they’ll be outlawing football then, right?

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