NC Lawmaker Won't Apologize For E-mail Joke

A North Carolina state legislator says he was only joking and won't apologize for an e-mail that some critics say disparaged women.

Multiple media outlets reported Friday that GOP Rep. Bill Current of Gaston County responded to an invitation to a women's history event saying he couldn't go because he "promised to be at the organizational meeting of the 'white male' historical society."

Current meant to send the e-mail just to the event's organizers, but hit "reply to all" instead.

Women's advocates called the comment improper, and state Democratic Party Chairman David Young wants GOP leaders to condemn the remark.

Current said he was making a joke and says he's tired of dividing citizens by gender and race because it doesn't unite the American people.


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  • by NS Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    Newport-I am retired and post on my own time. I worked for 35 years.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 20, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    Pirateman went to a Peter, Paul and Mary concert and sat on the front row and shed a tear for world peace. Pirateman loves himself now that he cares so much for others and wants government to take care of everyone.
  • by newport Location: newport on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    with everything that needs to be done to help this country run better i cant believe they have time to do stuff like this, who cares about the joke, you have nothing to do with your time when working for the people of north carolina, we are so happy to hear that this state is running so wonderful mt legislator that you have time to joke around, so we will all make sure you get to keep your job since you are doing so great!!!!!!
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    I did not use Republican or Democrat in any of my posts. I explained how I see the inconsistency in THOSE who see this as a Christian country and why I believe in a separation of church and state, but you are so anxious to draw blood that you didn't even read it carefully and just came out shooting. I made it clear that these were my beliefs and you didn't have to agree. I never said I always live up to them, nor accused you of less. Here you come, with your mockery. If you need absolution, look elsewhere. I don't look into hearts-I look at voting records-I made it very clear that I don't care about their hearts, that's not my job. These are my convictions, these are principals I try to live by-where I fall short is none of your business. I never said government replaces charity, it isn't an either/or thing. I won't apologize for these principals and leave your to yours.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:35 AM
    NS- you are so good and pious. You must feel whole and so good about yourself. You are an excellent example of Christian. We should all follow your example. I wish I had known how to be Christian before. I shall look to politicians who want to help people from now on. I will support those politicians you support who actually in their heart care. It is so quaint that you can see into their hearts and know they truly care and they are not just trying to buy votes with taxpayers' money. Ahhhh, the bliss of sanctimonious ignorance some would say; I now know these politicians are so good and pure and really do care as I do.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:26 AM
    Pirateman used to be a greedy Republican who gave to charity to ease his guilty conscience for making money. Pirateman is now a compassionate Democrat who feels peoples' pain and CARES. Pirateman now supports every government giveaway program and gladly pays his taxes. I am not telling a lie here. I do support those programs and my taxes are my charity. I shall never give to any charity again and I shall refer them to government. Thank you NS for my absolution. I care. I fell so good about myself AND I am going to encourage others to care this way. I am NOT being sarcastic here. You have changed me.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:12 AM
    Thank you for saving me NS. Now I know the path to heaven is supporting every government giveaway program so the "nation" can be Christian. Please tell me of the government programs in biblical days that Jesus was speaking of as an example. Did he say the government should be "Christian"? PLEASE, so I have an example to go by. I feel so fulfilled now that I support every government giveaway program with a vacant smile on my face. I feel so good about myself. That bum that asked me for money for crack today was disappointed when I told him government should help him and I support government helping him.
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 19, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    NS- you win! I used to be a greedy Republican who gave to charity and took tax deductions for it. (Republican lies and idiocy helped) Now I am a Democrat and I pay my taxes gladly and give no personal money to charity. When they come by my office asking for money I pat them on the back and explain I have switched. I believe government should take care of everybody and I gladly pay my taxes. "Christian country"!! If I don't support every government giveaway program I am NOT Christian. So you win. I AM NOT JOKING!! I do not give to any charity anymore and when they come by my office I tell them I will gladly write a letter to politicians supporting a government program to help them (My personal charity). With a crappy smile on my face I tell them I feel their pain just like Bill Clinton.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Mar 18, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    To be accurate-backed in my corner *S*- Aramaic and Greek are also original biblical languages-I don't speak them either.I am a strong believer in the separation of church and state. I know of no theocracy that was not or is not repressive and oppressive. I also believe that God's kingdom is not of this world. Humanitarians aren't necessarily Christian; therefore I look to politicians who satisfy my humanitarian beliefs and to my God and those I respect theologically for my spiritual needs. I don't care what religion Jefferson held, I admire the man for his political views. I hope all this makes sense. No, you don't have to agree, but there is some consistency in my positions.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Mar 18, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    Pirateman, You did hit on a legitimate debate. This is, a separation of church and state would indicate that government imposed charity is unnecessary. However, what we have are those who want to declare this a Christian country-not following Christian-political action. We also have those who insist on separation, wanting the government to practice "charity". One would think, they would switch sides. That is what I take personally, the assumption that since I believe in public charity-I must not be Christian. Nothing could be farther from the truth. My belief in public charity is humanitarian. Humanism is not Christianity although their actions sometimes overlap.
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