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URGENT ACTION ALERT: This May Be Your Last Opportunity to Speak Out Against Legalizing Sunday Hunting with Firearms

Sunday hunting bill to be considered on the Senate floor
Christian Action League
May 27, 2015

Sunday HuntingSenate members in the Senate Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee took up HB 640 – Outdoor Heritage Act today. The bill is commonly called the Sunday hunting bill because it repeals a 145 year-old ban on hunting with firearms on “The Lord’s Day.”

The Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS), which was introduced today and added a provision that hunters would have to wait until after noon on Sunday before hunting, cleared the committee. The new provision makes a bad bill a better one, but the Christian Action League continues to remain opposed in principle. The bill is calendared to be considered on the Senate floor tomorrow (Thursday, May 28).

Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League told the committee:

“It is easy to get lost in the weeds of this debate. But I want to assure you that I, nor the Christian Action League, is so much concerned about a law or laws that restrict action in a free society as we are in promoting the benefits that accrue from the tradition of a Christian Sabbath. You know, the Dutch used to call the day “God’s dyke” – a bulwark against the insidious inroads of secularism, materialism, and even paganism.”

Read Rev. Creech’s Raleigh News and Observer Op-Ed: How Sunday Hunting Would Weaken the Value of the ‘Lord’s Day.’”

Although Senate members passed the measure in committee today, it appears many of them are still struggling with support for it. Read the rest of this entry »

Men Who Paid Freedom’s Price

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Christian Action League
May 22, 2015

Memorial DayOn July 4, 1776, there was signed in the City of Philadelphia one of America’s historic documents: the Declaration of Independence. It marked the birth of this nation which, under God, was destined for world leadership.

We often forget that, in declaring independence from an earthly power, our forefathers made a forthright declaration of Independence upon Almighty God. The closing words of this document solemnly declare:

“With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

The fifty six courageous men who signed that document understood that this was not just high-sounding rhetoric. They knew that if they succeeded, the best they could expect would be years of hardship in a struggling new nation. If they lost, they would face a hangman’s noose as traitors. Read the rest of this entry »

Omnibus ABC Legislation Heard in Senate Commerce Committee, Section 4 of the Bill Allows for Retail Sales of Liquor Outside of ABC Stores

Please contact your state Senator about this legislation
By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
May 22, 2015

ABC LegislationRALEIGH – Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee rolled out an omnibus alcohol measure (HB 909 – ABC Omnibus Legislation) that makes a serious change to the state’s alcohol laws that would allow for the sale of spiritous liquor outside of the state’s ABC stores.

The proposed legislation contains language from four alcohol bills that passed the House before the crossover date, April 30th. The Senate took the four bills and rolled them into one, and then added language from companion bills that were never taken up for consideration by the House.

“The bills that previously passed the House and sent to the Senate were relatively innocuous,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “We didn’t take a position on any of them, except for the bill that banned powdered alcohol, which we supported. The others were just basically technical in nature and without much controversy,” he added. Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent Christian Action Alert: We Don’t Want to Start Selling Liquor Outside of ABC Stores!

Christian Action League
May 19, 2015

ABCDear Friend of the Christian Action League,

Please let me have your utmost attention. I’ll be brief and to the point.

I recognize that alcohol legislation is not always high on people’s radar these days. There are so many other issues such as marriage, abortion, and religious freedom that grab all the headlines. I understand and agree that such issues are imperative and often should take priority. Nevertheless, alcohol policy deeply impacts public health and safety and needs a response too.

Right now, there is dangerous legislation, HB 909, in the NC Senate Commerce Committee which has a provision (Section 5) that would allow distilleries in our state to sell spirituous liquor at the distillery. If this legislation passes, it would grant authorization for the retail sales of spirituous liquor outside of our ABC stores – something never permitted in N.C. history. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Motto Action Committee Having Phenomenal Success across North Carolina

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
May 15, 2015

In God We TrustThe Rockingham County Board of Commissioners is one of the latest governmental entities to approve the installing of the National Motto, “In God We Trust.” The Board unanimously made the decision during its May 4th meeting and plans to display the motto on the Rockingham County Governmental Center.

Rockingham County Commissioner Zane Caldwell told the Greensboro News-Record, “If we can put it on the money in our pockets, then we can have it displayed on our county building.”

The Kings Mountain City Council made the same decision in a 6-1 vote, Tuesday, May 6th. The national motto will be proudly erected in bronze lettering on the front of the Kings Mountain City Hall. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
May 15, 2015

ProLifeWASHINGTON, D.C. – In a reversal of a failure to vote in January of this year, the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 13, passed H.R. 36: the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” with new language. The bill would effectively ban most late term abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.

The bill was supposed to be presented in the U.S. House to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22. Instead, some female Republican representatives objected to the language in the bill and wanted to include exceptions such as rape, incest and the life and health of the mother.

It was a move that shocked and dismayed pro-life groups, especially those who had gathered in Washington, D.C. for the annual march for life. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Judge Rules Against State’s Religious and Constitutional History

By Gary DeMar
American Vision
May 11, 2015

Constitution“A federal judge in North Carolina has ruled that commissioners in one local county can’t present prayers only in Jesus’ name even if they all are Christians because doing so isn’t ‘nondiscriminatory’ toward other religions and elevates Christianity in government.”

If this is true, then the United States Constitution as well as North Carolina’s constitution are unconstitutional.

Article XIX of North Carolina’s 1776 Constitution reads, “All men have a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences.” Article XXXII is specifically Christian in stating the following qualifications for public officers in the state: Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Hunting Will Become a Reality if You Don’t Do Something to Stop It

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
May 8, 2015

Sunday HuntingLegislation that repeals the 145 year ban on Sunday hunting with a firearm passed the North Carolina House recently, 83-35. The measure, HB 640 – Outdoor Heritage Act, has gone to the state Senate for consideration. The bill currently resides in the Senate Rules Committee.

Here are some of the fundamental problems with the legislation:

  1. The legislation pits rural North Carolina against urban North Carolina. HB 640 exempts the more densely populated counties of Wake and Mecklenburg from Sunday hunting. But all other counties have to allow it. Lawmakers representing 30 counties in the state sought to run an amendment that would have allowed them to opt out by ordinance, but the amendment failed by a mere 7 votes.

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Sweepstakes Gaming Dealt a Devastating Blow in North Carolina

By M.H. Cavanuagh
Christian Action League
May 8, 2015

SweepstakesRALEIGH – Sweepstakes Gambling was dealt a devastating blow on Wednesday.

Six companies that provide the software for sweepstakes parlors, in order to avoid prosecution, made an agreement with federal prosecutors to cease operations in North Carolina.

A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, Thomas G. Walker, says that White Sand Technology LLC., Sierra Software LLC., TNT Software LLC., Digital Reveal LLC., Figure 8 Technologies Inc., and HSV Entertainment LLC., will end their presence in the state by July 1.

The announcement comes a little more than two weeks after the North Carolina Supreme Court declined to take up appeals in two video gaming cases. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Judge Rules Rowan County Prayer Procedure Unconstitutional

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
May 8, 2015

JudgeWINSTON-SALEM – U.S. District Judge James Beaty ruled Monday that the Rowan County Board of Commissioners’ manner of opening their meetings with prayer is unconstitutional. There is now a permanent injunction against their prior practice.

At issue was that the commissioners led in the prayers, referenced Christianity in them, and asked those in attendance to stand for the prayer.

The Salisbury Post reported that Commissioner Craig Pierce commented that it was never their intent to promote a specific religion. It just so happened that all the commissioners were Christians. He said, “Everybody that was on the board when the lawsuit was filed was a devout Christian. We just felt it was something that was the right thing to do.”

The ACLU had brought the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs Nan Lund, Liesa Montag-Siegel and Robert Voelker. Lund took issue with praying at a government meeting and asking everyone to participate by standing. Read the rest of this entry »