The NAACP of North Carolina has seen to it that the moribund century-old teachings of theological liberals are still given voice in state politics.
Although few people in the 21st century specifically invoke Walter Rauschenbusch’s Social Gospel, it is very much alive and well in North Carolina with “Moral Monday.” A creation of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, Moral Monday is a regularly scheduled protest on the grounds of the state house in Raleigh. The NAACP urges fellow travelers to descend on the capitol to protest measures enacted and contemplated by the North Carolina legislature. Dozens of protestors have been arrested for trespass and failure to disperse.
The protestors inveigh against cuts to unemployment benefits, proposals for school vouchers, and various budget-trimming efforts. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the state’s NAACP chapter, describes these legislative efforts as “George Wallace, Old South politics.” The Rev. Clarence Shuford of St. Phillip AME Zion in Greensboro avers that this is “a time when we care for the least of these, that we care for those who cannot care for themselves.” Maintaining and increasing government spending, Barber and Shuford lecture, is how North Carolinians can love their neighbors as themselves.
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