Group plans “prayer chain” for Gov. McCrory visit to Asheville

Chad Nesbitt, Andrew Sluder, Wendell Runion and Carl Mumpower are inviting what they term the “disorganized conservative movement” to stage a counterprotest to an alleged progressive demonstration at the Governor’s Western Residence this Saturday, when Gov. Pat McCrory will be staying there.

Here’s the  email from Carl Mumpoweer:

— Our Elected Officials Are Right on HB2—
Prayer Chain Planned for Governor’s Saturday Asheville Visit

May 12, 2016

From:                Chad Nesbitt, Pastor Andrew Sluder, Pastor Wendell Runion, and Carl Mumpower
To:                    Whom It May Concern
Reference:       Press Release – Support for Governor’s Visit

North Carolina’s duly elected officials passed HB2 (NC’s Bathroom Safety and Privacy Act) through appropriate Constitutional and administrative procedures. There is an organized movement of liberal politicians, entertainers, special interest groups and business interests seeking to reverse this action.  We are a disorganized conservative movement working to challenge their misguided mischief.

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, our Governor McCrory is coming to the Asheville Governor’s Residence. It is our understanding that an antagonistic protest is planned that includes estimates of 1,000 participants, toilet paper rolling at the residence, vulgarity actions, and other ‘creative’ initiatives to make their claim that free-range potty access is a social justice issue.

In support of the Governor and our State Assembly’s majority, we are organizing a much simpler event –

A Prayer Chain
When:                         Saturday, May 14, 2016                    12:00-1:00

Where:            We meet in the parking lot directly behind the Top-A-Stop bus shelter on the corner of College Street and Town Mountain Road at 11:50 – transportation is arranged from there.

What:              We will hold a 1 hour prayer chain – no signs, no drama, no protest of anyone – just prayer.

Who:               Anyone. We would like to make a quiet statement that there are people who support the courage of our elected officials in challenging the absurdity of indiscriminate restroom access; overreach by the Department of Justice; and misconduct by a variety of agents who see coercing the rule of law as an appropriate big business enterprise.

Chad Nesbitt               Pastor Andrew Sluder
828-216-0147              828-231-3316

Dr. Carl Mumpower   Dr. Wendell Runion
828-318-2595              828-230-0217

About Jeff Fobes
As a long-time proponent of media for social change, my early activities included coordinating the creation of a small community FM radio station to serve a poor section of St. Louis, Mo. In the 1980s I served as the editor of the "futurist" newsletter of the U.S. Association for the Club of Rome, a professional/academic group with a global focus and a mandate to act locally. During that time, I was impressed by a journalism experiment in Mississippi, in which a newspaper reporter spent a year in a small town covering how global activities impacted local events (e.g., literacy programs in Asia drove up the price of pulpwood; soybean demand in China impacted local soybean prices). Taking a cue from the Mississippi journalism experiment, I offered to help the local Green Party in western North Carolina start its own newspaper, which published under the name Green Line. Eventually the local party turned Green Line over to me, giving Asheville-area readers an independent, locally focused news source that was driven by global concerns. Over the years the monthly grew, until it morphed into the weekly Mountain Xpress in 1994. I've been its publisher since the beginning. Mountain Xpress' mission is to promote grassroots democracy (of any political persuasion) by serving the area's most active, thoughtful readers. Consider Xpress as an experiment to see if such a media operation can promote a healthy, democratic and wise community. In addition to print, today's rapidly evolving Web technosphere offers a grand opportunity to see how an interactive global information network impacts a local community when the network includes a locally focused media outlet whose aim is promote thoughtful citizen activism. Follow me @fobes

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3 thoughts on “Group plans “prayer chain” for Gov. McCrory visit to Asheville

  1. Jason

    Yes, because Jesus would certainly have a problem with men and women sharing a bathroom……

  2. Shultz!

    I wonder if my prayers that the anti-HB2’ers will see the error of their ways – prayers to He of the Great Noodly Appendages – would be found acceptable by this crowd?


  3. TH

    I guess I must’ve missed the excitement…I just saw various folks with signs, some went into the residence and :::gasp::: TALKED with Governor McCrory…and, others, :::wait for it:::, PRAYED IN PUBLIC…even stopping at the St James AME Baptist Church to honor Isaac Coleman.

    (Because, we all know you cannot be “liberal” and be civilized). Thank you for the warning, Mr. Mumpower). BTW, I saw no other folks praying. Did y’all have to take the shuttle past the State Troopers?

    Thank you for your concern over folks’ souls, Mr. Mum power. Perhaps, you’ll live your compassion in action, and donate to or volunteer for Isaac Coleman’s favorite group, “Read To Succeed?”

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