Largest association of black Baptist churches urges NC church-goers to vote against all six “blank check” amendments
The General Baptist State Convention of NC, the largest association of black Baptist churches, today joined the NC Council of Churches in urging church-goers to vote against all six constitutional amendments on the ballot in November. Click here to read the General Baptist State Convention resolution opposing all six amendments.
The organization held a press conference in Durham on Thursday to announce their opposition to the six “blank check” amendments, and released a flyer with information about the amendments which the General Baptist State Convention will distribute to more than 1,500 member churches in all 100 counties of North Carolina before Tuesday’s election. On Wednesday, more than 1,200 GBSCNC delegates from across the state voted at their annual convention to approve a letter of opposition to all six amendments.
Speakers at Thursday’s press conference included Rev. Dr. Nilous Avery II and Rev. Dr. Leonzo Lynch, the current president and incoming president of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, as well as Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearman of the NC NAACP, and Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland of the NC Council of Churches.
“At a glance the amendments may seem to represent the best interest of all the citizens of our state, but upon careful examination we find something vastly different,” said Rev. Dr. Nilous Avery II. “These six misleading amendments would give the General Assembly a ‘blank check’ to fill in later, and we hope all people of faith in North Carolina will vote against all of them.”