Several N.C. newspapers displayed an AP story about the Franklin Graham tour out of Greenville on their front pages. I can’t say that I have much respect for the Rev. Graham, given that he doesn’t preach the llove-your-neighbor kind of Christianity that I believe in. I got as far as this quote before I stopped: “I do feel like we are, as Christians, the first line of defense for the president,” Christina Jones, 44, said before Graham took the stage. Trump is “supporting our Christian principles and trying to do his best,” she added, even as “everybody’s against him.” When Christians believe that Trump is supporting Christian principles, well, the church is in a bad place.
Raleigh: The News & Observer has two good ones on its front page. First, a story about Shannon Dingle, whose husband, Lee, was hit by a rogue wave off Oak Island in July and it broke his neck. It’s a sad, courageous story of both Lee and Shannon, and worth your time.
The second story is about a group that wants to stop “a program in which students meet regularly in circles to talk with their classmates and teachers about their feelings, hopes, dreams and concerns….Wake school officials say the use of “Community Circles” is helping to build a sense of community in schools and empowers students to take responsibility and resolve conflicts….The group says the circles are putting students at risk of having their privacy being breached when they discuss sensitive personal matters.”