Activists ask: What makes a campaign, candidate 'moral'?

Posted September 12, 2016
Updated September 13, 2016

— About 200 people turned out Monday for a rally at the old State Capitol building to call on voters to help them "redefine morality" in politics.

The "Higher Ground Moral Day of Action," held in 31 state capitals Monday, is an extension of North Carolina's "Moral Monday" marches, which date to 2013 as a protest against actions of the state's Republican-led legislature.

The left-leaning group, coordinated by North Carolina NAACP President Rev. William Barber II and four other prominent preachers, argues in their "Higher Ground Moral Declaration" that issues of social justice should be important to voters as they consider their choices in November.

"We are making a declaration and calling on all people of conscience who believe in these deep moral values to exercise their right to vote at the polls in November and beyond," Barber told a crowd that included educators, civil rights and voting rights groups, organized labor, environmental and anti-war activists.

"A true moral agenda raises these questions: How do your policies treat the poor? How do your policies treat those on the margins? How do your policies treat the least of these? How do your policies treat women? How do your policies treat children? How do your policies treat workers?" Barber said.

Speakers urged voters to favor candidates who will battle poverty, lack of health care, the treatment of immigrants and those on the margins of society.

"We are challenging the fallacies and the theological malpractice of the so-called 'religious right,'" Barber said. "We are challenging those who claim to be evangelicals.

"We are declaring that it is not religiously right when you declare that the only moral issues are where people stand on prayer in public schools and where they stand on homosexuality and where they stand on a woman's right to choose. We declare that there is much higher ground," he said.

Video from Monday's rally provided by the organizers


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  • Aiden Audric Sep 13, 10:31 a.m.
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    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

    Sums it up quote eloquently.

  • Buster Brown Sep 12, 9:43 p.m.
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    Morality does not equate to an obedience to the demands of a self imposed concept of slavery or repression. That concept has been, and is, used to justify continued public financial support to the tune of amounts greater than that of non-minority individuals who actually work and contribute to society. As has been repeatedly proven, the color of a person's skin does not determine their economic or social achievement. To think otherwise is to fall victim to the old, trite and tired " I'm a victim of the past, and you owe me",. The problem is compounded by the fact that far too many non-minority people keep believing it.

  • Buster Brown Sep 12, 8:01 p.m.
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    Thank you for telling it the way it is, not how they want it tobe..

  • Judy Loftin Sep 12, 6:49 p.m.
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    These are not pastors of real churches. You cannot love God and money.....Jesus Christ. They want everything the world has to offer, and they want it for free. You don't have to be wealthy to love money. Just as many poor people love money. Morals? Not about money.

  • Clarence Drumgoole Sep 12, 5:28 p.m.
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    these people, (racist)? what people? All people have a right to protest. No one has to agree with anyone. For all the negative comments, someone feel the same way about you!

  • Roy Delbert Sep 12, 3:54 p.m.
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    If these people would like to see economic justice try getting a job. make a difference in the life you choose. If you do not work accept what you are given by the taxpayers and be happy its FREE. Ask the Rev. how much of the 1 million pulse he gets from this outfit he gives back to the community. If you look close William the 3ed is also a million plus worker along with several of his family members drawing large salaries from this organization. Keep feeding his family on problem he creates.

  • Teddy Fowler Sep 12, 1:53 p.m.
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    I just don't agree with their version of "morality".....

  • Will Sonnett Sep 12, 12:17 p.m.
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    Maybe the best explanation of the lack of intellectual integrity of the Moral Monday Movement I have ever seen. As I write this I am watching the parade of the "professionally offended" as they call upon the government to take from those who are productive and give to those who take no responsibility for themselves while demanding that others should be submissive to their single issue thinking.

  • Charles Phillips Sep 12, 12:14 p.m.
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    How moral is it to support a political party that supports the murder of unborn children? What kind of reverend supports that?

  • Jim Williams Sep 12, 11:53 a.m.
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    Is it moral to ask a group of people to pay 22 trillion dollars to fix a problem, and it is now worse than before the 22 trillion was spent. Expecting government to provide moral leadership is abdicating your own personal responsibility to act moral. These are a bunch of attention grabbing, narcissists who would not know morality if it bit them in the behind.