Constitution Day rally focuses on religious liberty

By Diane Blakemore -

PINNACLE — NC Constitution Day Jubilee will be held on Septe. 12. The one-day event will host numerous guest speakers, music, and food vendors.

The rally began with a group of Tea Party supporters, according to Kevin Shinault, rally organizer. After a successful march in Pilot Mountain in 2010, the Surry County supporters banded together with four other counties to sponsor a Constitution Day rally. Held at Jomeokee Park in Pinnacle since 2012, several hundred people have attended each year.

No longer associated with any specific political party, Shinault explained, “we are just common sense folks who want good government.”

The free event commemorates the signing of the constitution on September 17, 1787, and serves to educate the public about the constitution, its history, and its impact on our lives today. The day emphasizes that educated citizens make the best decisions at the polls.

During the revolutionary war, influential Christian ministers who spoke in favor of independence were named the Black Robe Regiment. Four pastors making up the rally’s Black Robe Regiment will speak on this year’s theme of religious liberty. Pastor Rafael Cruz (father of Ted Cruz), Pastor Mark Harris (Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charlotte), Pastor Ron Baity (president of Return America), and Pastor Kevin Broyhill (Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church) comprise the regiment.

“It should be very educational,” said Shinault. Constitutional scholars Bill Flynn, Scott Cumbie, Darrell Calloway, and David Dombrosky will be sharing their knowledge throughout the day. Other guests include Sergeant Major Hamody Jasim, known as the Terrorist Whisperer, who will share his story of working for US Intelligence in Iraq, and Gadi Adelman, Senior Security Correspondent for Israel News Talk Network. Currently serving legislators and government officials have also been invited.

“We are expecting a couple hundred people,” said Shinault.

The NC Constitution Day Jubilee will take place on September 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Jomeokee Campground, 1140 Paces Place Road, Pinnacle, NC. More information may be found at:

Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on twitter @PilorReporter.

By Diane Blakemore

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