Shuck and Jive

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Philadelphia Freedom!

It is hard to get more "Presbyterian" than the Presbytery of Philadelphia. It is all about history and form and...equality.

Philadelphia voted overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment A, 182-108 today. Nice work!!

Also, kudos to Monmouth for a strong YES, 74-32!

We were hoping for a flip in Carlisle, but it wasn't to be. Despite good work by supporters, Carlisle voted no 89-102. Last time it was 71-74. Both sides got out the vote and wheeled in granny to cast a ballot. There were more grannies on the opposing side it appears.

The tally is 73-52.

We need 14 more YESes to hit 87. It will take us at least to mid to late May to get there as the bulk of the presbyteries have already voted and the remaining will trickle in.

John McCrosky has a schedule of who is voting when.

I know I shouldn't do this. But it is irresistible.

Which presbytery will cast the deciding 87th YES vote?

OK, my prediction of the presbytery that will put us over the top is....

....either Charlotte, New York City, or Des Moines. All three will vote on May 17th.

The presbytery that votes second on that day will be the 87th.

That is my prediction.

OK, OK, I know, I know.

C'mon, what is the worst that will happen? We don't get 87 and we do it all again in two years.

This is fun, right?

If it isn't fun, then get out the vote and pass this thing.

Here is the schedule for this week:

  • Baltimore on Thursday, March 24 (Hold)
  • Coastal Carolina on Saturday, March 26 (Miracle Flip)
  • North Puget Sound on Tuesday, March 29 (Possible Flip)


  1. Can't help but think of this from Molly Ivans when I read this latest post! The whole essay that includes this quote always lifts my mood:

    "Keep fighting for freedom and justice...but don't forget to have fun doin' it. Let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cat, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was." - Molly Ivins

  2. Thanks for putting in the Philly vote totals. I was at the meeting and forgot the totals. The brain is going . . .

  3. Thanks Wandika! I love that quote!

    Hey Bob, I appreciate you, my friend.

  4. Baltimore voted YES on Amendment A 108-36-4.

    Tally 74-52.