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Urgent Action Alert: To All Pastors and Clergy of Cleveland and Gaston Counties

‘Gambling needs to be treated like a rabid dog coming down your street,’ says Ex. Dir.
By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
January 24, 2015

DangerLet me ask you a critical question. What would you do if you knew there was a gruesome predator headed down your street? Wouldn’t you do something about it?

One of my favorite movies is To Kill a Mockingbird, which features Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. One of the great scenes in that film shows a rabid dog coming down a neighborhood street – a short way from Finch’s house. A housekeeper, Calpurnia, watching Mr. Finch’s children, Jem and Scout, calls Mr. Finch at work and reports the danger. Finch waste no time rushing over with the county sheriff and shoots the dog down, instructing his children not to go near the dog, saying, it’s as dangerous dead as alive.

For greater imagery, view the clip of the movie by clicking here Read the rest of this entry »

Annual March for Life Marked by Pro-Life Victory Banning Taxpayer Funded Abortions, But Marred by Failure of Pain Capable Abortion Measure Derailed by N.C. Rep. Renee Ellmers

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
January 23, 2015

March for lifeWASHINGTON – Thursday, hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates descended on Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. They walked along Constitution Avenue to mark the 42nd anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 – a decision by the High Court making abortion legal. That decision has led to the deaths of more than 55 million innocent unborn lives.

Representatives in the U.S. House were also planning to vote on a critical measure in concert with the march. H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, has been called by the North Carolina chapter of Concerned Women for America, as “one of the most crucial pieces of pro-life legislation since the passage of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.” The proposal would protect babies 20 weeks and older in the womb who can actually feel pain, as well as shield women who are at greater risk from the dangerous effects of a late-term abortion.

But H.R. 36 didn’t get a vote as planned and was scuttled for the time being. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. State Sen. Earline Parmon Resigns to Work with Congresswoman Alma Adams

By M.H. Cavanugh
Christian Action League
January 23, 2015

Sen. Earline Parmon

Sen. Earline Parmon

RALEIGH – This week Sen. Earline Parmon (D-Forsyth) resigned her seat to take a job with U.S. Representative Alma Adams.

Parmon served in the North Carolina House for five terms, before announcing she would run for the Senate in 2012. She has served two terms in the State Senate.

Parmon told the Raleigh News and Observer she plans to be Congresswoman Alma Adams’ outreach director in the Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Lexington and Thomasville region.

Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, noted that Sen. Parmon is an associate minister at Exodus Baptist Church in Winston Salem.  “Of course, you would expect that I would have a great interest in any member of the General Assembly that’s a part of the clergy,” said Rev. Creech. “She’s a most gracious individual. We don’t agree on much politically, but we have great respect for each other and have prayed together.” Read the rest of this entry »

To Drink or Not to Drink? Pastor Says Acceptance of Alcohol in Church Is Like Committing Suicide, Although Jesus Made Wine

By Leonard Blair
Christian Post
January 22, 2015

image002Although one of Jesus’ most well-known miracles is turning water into wine at a wedding party, Mark Spitsbergen, a clinical science researcher in molecular biology and pastor of Abiding Place Ministries in San Diego, California, believes the acceptance of alcohol in some modern day churches is akin to committing suicide and the Bible doesn’t support it.

“We are supposed to be the spiritual leadership of the world, of humanity, and now we are going to condone something that society, at every level of measure, shows the terrible tragedies and pitfalls of flashing light warnings saying ‘danger’?” asked Spitsbergen in a recent interview with The Christian Post.

To drink or not to drink has been a controversial debate in church circles for centuries and the recent arrest of Heather Cook, 58, the first female bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, for a fatal drunk-driving incident that made national headlines in December has brought the question back to the fore. Read the rest of this entry »

Fox News Host Calls Out Duke University’s Hypocrisy for Considering Muslim Call to Prayer While Silencing Evangelical Christian Voices on Homosexuality, Abortion

By Anugrah Kumar
Christian Post
January 20, 2015

Fox NewsFox News host Tucker Carlson said Duke University was only pretending to be inclusive by offering to allow Muslim students to have Muslim call to prayer in the chapel, challenging the school to also allow pro-life messages or criticism of homosexuality to show “true” inclusiveness.

“There’s nothing inclusive about Duke,” Carlson said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning show.

Duke University decided to cancel its Muslim call to prayer, which would have begun Friday, Jan. 16, after receiving public backlash and citing a threat to students. The call to prayer, known as an adhan, would have aired for three minutes every Friday, encouraging Muslim students to gather and attend a traditional prayer service in the chapel. Read the rest of this entry »

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

By Dr. Mark H. Creech
Christian Action League
January 19, 2015

MLKIn 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill for the celebration of a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his peaceful civil rights activism. An African-American, King knew well the prejudice and social injustice committed against African Americans in the history of this country. King peacefully organized protest marches and even encouraged African-Americans to quietly go to jail if necessary. His highly moving and beautifully written speech about his dreams for civil liberty is, perhaps, the best-known public speech on civil rights ever given.

Reformed theologian James Danne, in Dictionary of Christian Ethics, marvelously defined the problem of racism. He wrote: “Skin color or different national origins are racial differentia. These differentia are incidental and relative to what constitutes authentic humanity. When these relative differences are turned into absolutes, race turns into racism. When the relative factor of white skin color is absolutized, white racism emerges. When Hitler absolutized Nordic origin, Nazism was born. When a feature of race incidental to our humanity is absolutized, the race possessing this feature exalts itself as a superior race, develops the consciousness that it is the historic bearer of a transcendent destiny to lead the world, by whatever required means, into its future. Its manifest destiny, however, is only manifest in its peculiar racial difference.” Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING NEWS: The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide on Marriage Case

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
January 16, 2015

SCOTUSWASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court announced Friday that it will review the Sixth Circuit Federal Appeals Court’s decision that upheld traditional marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

According to Liberty Counsel: “In the ruling affirming natural marriage laws, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based its decision on Baker v. Nelson, stating that it was still good law. In the Baker decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a law defining marriage as one man and one woman did not violate the U.S. Constitution, the United State Supreme Court ruled there was no federal question, and Baker became precedent.”

Tami Fitzgerald, the former head of Vote for Marriage N.C., the coalition organization that led the fight for North Carolina’s marriage amendment, was quick to respond. Read the rest of this entry »

Churches across America and North Carolina to Observe ‘Sanctity of Human Life Sunday’

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
January 16, 2015

AbortionThis Sunday, January 18th, will be observed around the country as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

On this day, the Church proclaims its duty to protect innocent human life – specifically, the life of the unborn child. Since the infamous Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court – the decision that essentially made abortion legal in 1973 – churches have been the primary force of opposition upholding the right to life. Christians believe that God is the giver of life and that all of humanity is created in His image.

The Scriptures read, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). All of mankind, even in his fallen state, reflects to a degree the likeness of God. When someone dares to lift their hand to take a human life, that person lifts their hand in rebellion against the image of the Almighty. When Cain killed Abel, the Lord said to him, “Thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10). Even nature itself records the violation of a human life. Read the rest of this entry »

Duke University Cancels Muslim Call to Prayer in Chapel; Franklin Graham ‘Glad’ for School’s Decision

By Sami K. Martin
Christian Post
January 16, 2015

Duke University Chapel

Duke University Chapel

Duke University has decided to cancel its Muslim call to prayer, which would have begun Friday, Jan. 16, after receiving public backlash and a credible threat to students.

The call to prayer, known as an adhan, would have aired for three minutes every Friday, encouraging Muslim students to gather and attend a traditional prayer service in the chapel. However, the public reacted with strong emotion and slammed the university for allowing students to perform the adhan. Students will now gather on the quadrangle outside the chapel to hear the adhan in a quieter setting, then proceed to prayer.

“Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students,” Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, told Duke Today. “However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect.” Read the rest of this entry »

Amidst Pomp, NC Lawmakers Elect Leaders, Give Speeches, and Set the Rules for the New Legislative Biennium

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

NC SealRALEIGH – Amidst much pomp, lawmakers who will make up the North Carolina General Assembly for the 2015-2016 Legislative Biennium met at the Legislative Building in Raleigh on Wednesday.  Before electing their leaders or performing any business, prayers were offered in both chambers. There were presentations of the colors, pledges to the flag, the singing of the national anthem, roll call of the members, and the administering of the oath.

Election of their leadership would follow. In the House, Rep. Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) was voted to be House Speaker and Rep. Paul Stam (R-Wake) as Speaker Pro-Tempore. In the Senate, Sen. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) was re-elected to a third term as President Pro-Tempore, and Sen. Louis Pate (R-Lenoir, Pitt, Wayne) was elected to a second term as Deputy President Pro-Tempore. Read the rest of this entry »