Janie Freeman: Protesters best of democracy

February 1, 2014 

In his Jan. 29 column, J. Peder Zane was right when he pointed out that politics and morality are a dangerous mix. However, he showed a complete misunderstanding of the Rev. William Barber’s message and of the Moral Monday demonstrations.

Barber is basing the protests on the Constitution and especially the Bill of Rights. Citizens are guaranteed the right to assemble peacefully and to address the government for a redress of grievances. As a democracy, we are taught that we have a government by and for the people. It then follows that as citizens we are all responsible for the actions of our government.

The concept of morality in Moral Mondays reflects the teachings of all major religions, that we live in community and must take care of one another, especially, as Barber says, the most needy and defenseless among us. Those of us coming to Moral Mondays come not from one creed but from all divisions of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and humanistic faiths. We come to protest and to face jail over the systematic transfer of wealth and privilege from the common people to the pockets of the few wealthy.

These demonstrations with their mix of poor and well-off, mix of colors and mix of political and religious thought truly point to the best of our democracy.

Janie Freeman

Chapel Hill

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