Ray Nothstine

Opinion Editor, Carolina Journal
Ray Nothstine is opinion editor at Carolina Journal. He previously served for over seven years as managing editor of Religion & Liberty, a publication of the Acton Institute, an internationally top-ranked think tank in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

His writings have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Detroit News, Charlotte Observer, The Birmingham News and numerous state policy think-tanks. He has extensive experience in radio and lecturing on public policy and cultural issues. He has worked in Christian ministry, journalism, and on the staff of former U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss).

Nothstine is a graduate with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford. He currently lives in Garner with his wife and two sons.

Posts by Ray Nothstine

  • WRAL features heartwarming story of 5-year-old boy who feeds homeless for birthday

    Jeremiah Smith said he didn’t want toys for his birthday. Rather, the five-year-old Durham boy said he wanted to feed the homeless. More from WRAL:  Jeremiah and his family received their own surprise while handing out food – a Durham police officer stopped by. The birthday…
    Ray Nothstine, August 2, 2021
  • Struggling to Understand the New Woke Religion?

    James M. Patterson, associate professor of politics at Ave Maria University, has offered up the best explainer on “wokeness” as a new religion. Patterson’s piece appears in the Summer 2021 issue of National Affairs. It’s a must-read and particularly so if you…
    Ray Nothstine, June 22, 2021
  • Ending the Jim Crow era pistol permit is long overdue

    The pistol permit law in North Carolina is a Jim Crow relic. A holdover from the early 20th century, 1919 to be exact, and similar laws have been repealed in every other Southern state. Reason called the pistol permit process the “Klan’s Favorite Law.” The entire…
    Ray Nothstine, April 16, 2021
  • Revisiting Forrest McDonald’s Jefferson Lecture in praise of the Constitution

    In the office, Bob Luebke and I got into a recent discussion on the late historian Forrest McDonald (1927-2016). McDonald was a professor who spent much of his time at the University of Alabama and wrote extensively on early America and its founding. Luebke mentioned the…
    Ray Nothstine, April 5, 2021
  • Will North Carolina join the growing constitutional carry crowd?

    The General Assembly has two firearm bills on the calendar for March 9. H.B. 48 and H.B. 49 should pass the House on March 10. In the interest of public safety, H.B. 48 gives certain trained medical first responders…
    Ray Nothstine, March 9, 2021
  • Is pushback to critical race theory a new civil rights issue?

    Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson recently fired shots against the new social studies curriculum in North Carolina that is oriented more towards critical race theory. Robinson’s comments, and the resulting backlash from a disgusting WRAL cartoon, have helped to highlight the issue statewide.
    Ray Nothstine, February 16, 2021
  • The potential federal gas tax hike and why it will harm the poor

    Incoming Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says he is open to a federal gas tax hike. One of the arguments for hiking the federal gas tax is that it hasn’t been done since 1993. Many on the left want to tie the gas tax to inflation. At…
    Ray Nothstine, January 25, 2021