The ACLU of North Carolina filed a public records request about whether Gov. Pat McCrory’s office used tax dollars to publicize religion at an upcoming rally in Charlotte.
McCrory is the event’s main speaker, according to the website.
“North Carolinians deserve to know whether Governor McCrory is spending their tax dollars to promote religion,” said Chris Brook of the ACLU.
The governor’s office said that no taxpayer money has or will be used in conjunction with the event.
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“It is unfortunate that the ACLU is opposed to the governor speaking as an invited guest to a group of pastors,” said McCrory spokesman Graham Wilson. “This is still America, right?”
A full page ad in the Observer on Monday touted The Response, an event scheduled for Sept. 26.
“Come Join Me in a time of worship, prayer, fasting and repentance,” the ad says over McCrory’s name and beside a picture of the governor. It goes on to say The Response is “to call on Jesus on behalf of America that he might hear our cry and heal our land.”
Earlier this week, the Observer reported that McCrory had distanced himself from the language being used to promote the rally.
“Neither the organizers nor the Charlotte Observer had been given permission to invite people on his behalf as stated in the advertisement,” said Wilson.
The Response will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center.