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Sex Between Lobbyists and Lawmakers ‘Has No Monetary Value’ Doesn’t Need to Be Reported as Gift, Rules NC Ethics Commission

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
March 4, 2015

NCThe North Carolina Ethics Commission has ruled that sexual favors or sexual acts between lobbyists and state government officials don’t need to be reported as a gift or “thing of value” in disclosure forms under the state’s lobbying laws.

Under North Carolina law, lobbyists are required to report any gift or “thing of value” given to a state government official that exceeds the value of $10. Although sex is something that is often purchased illegally through prostitution throughout the world, the ethics commission ruled in mid-February that sex doesn’t hold an official value, therefore there’s no need for lobbyists to disclose sex they might’ve had with a government official.

“Consensual sexual relationships do not have monetary value and therefore are not ‘reportable expenditures made for lobbying’ for purposes of the lobbying law’s expenditure reporting provisions,” the commission’s advisory opinion states.

The commission’s opinion comes in response to an inquiry from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s lobbying compliance director, Joal Broun, sent on Dec. 15. Read the rest of this entry »

Charlotte City Council Votes 6-5 to Defeat Proposed LGBT Ordinance

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
March 3, 2015

CharlotteCHARLOTTE – Media reports say the Charlotte City Council meeting held Monday night of this week was one of the most contentious in many years. Hundreds of concerned citizens gathered at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Building to express their support or opposition to a proposed city ordinance that would have included enumerations of “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” as legally protected categories.

With more than 100 people speaking at the meeting, each for two minutes and more than 40,000 emails sent to the City Council concerning the proposal, the ordinance failed by a 6 – 5 vote.

During the five hour long meeting, approximately 60% of the speakers expressed their opposition to the proposal. Clergy, business owners, people from academia, soccer moms, concerned fathers, people from all walks of life, spoke with passion, often citing Scripture, arguing the proposal would diminish religious freedoms and make women and children vulnerable to sexual predators. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Senate Passes Bill to Protect Religious Liberties of Magistrates and Register of Deeds

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 27, 2015

MagistratesRALEIGH – After passing scrutiny by the Senate Judiciary II Committee on Tuesday, legislation that protects the religious freedoms of magistrates and register of deeds was sent to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday. The measure passed by a 32-16 margin.

Senate Bill 2 – Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies is designed to allow magistrates and register of deeds to recuse themselves from performing wedding ceremonies, if they hold a sincerely held religious objection.

The necessity of the legislation follows the decision of some magistrates in the state who resigned after an Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) directive instructed they must perform same-sex marriages. The directive threatened refusal was grounds for “suspension or removal from office…as well as, potential criminal charges.”

Sen. Buck Newton (R-Nash), who presented the bill in both committee and on the Senate floor, argued religious freedom was paramount to North Carolina and America’s founding. Read the rest of this entry »

Distilleries Bill Allowing for Liquor Sales Outside of Local ABC Stores Filed in N.C. House

CAL Ex. Dir. says bill would compromise integrity of ABC system.
By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 27, 2015

DistilleriesRALEIGH – During the first week in February the Christian Action League cautioned that alcohol legislation that could have a negative impact on our state’s efforts at control was likely. At the time of that warning, one bad bill had already been introduced, SB 24 – Liquor Sales – Permitted Distilleries. Legislation of the same was filed this week on the House side, HB 107 – Liquor Sales – Permitted Distilleries.

These two bills allow for something never permitted during North Carolina’s history of alcohol control. They allow liquor manufacturers in the state to sell on premises their own liquor products. Spirits have never been sold outside of local ABC stores in the Tar Heel state.

These measures provide that visitors who take a tour of a distillery may be allowed an opportunity to purchase one of its products per calendar year and the liquor sold would be labeled “North Carolina Distillery Tour Commemorative Spirit.”  Sales would be allowed in places where ABC stores have been approved and made during the same hours ABC stores are open. Moreover, the legislation allows holders of distillery permits to conduct tastings at trade shows, conventions, shopping malls, festivals, balloon races, local fundraisers, and similar events approved by the North Carolina ABC Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

Franklin Graham, David Benham Warn Charlotte’s Transgender Bathroom Rights Proposal Would Open Door to Sex Predators, Limit Religious Freedom

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
February 23, 2015

Franklin GrahamFranklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, addresses the crowd at the Festival of Hope, an evangelistic rally held at the national stadium in Port-au-Prince, January 9, 2011.

As the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, Charlotte N.C., prepares to vote on whether to allow transgenders the right to use the public restrooms that are designated for the opposite sex, his son, Franklin Graham, is questioning the judgement of the city council for even considering such a proposal.

“I cannot see why City Council would even consider this. It is not only ridiculous, it’s unsafe,” Graham, the 62-year-old president of Samaritan’s Purse humanitarian organization and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said in a statement.

“Common sense tells us that this would open the door, literally, to all sorts of serious concerns including giving sexual predators access to children. It violates every sense of the privacy and decency for people.” Read the rest of this entry »

Updated Action Alert: Charlotte City Council Reschedules Consideration of So-Called Anti-Discrimination Policy – Provides More Time for Speakers

ADF says policy ‘does not contain adequate safeguards’ for religious dissent and endangers women and children
By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 19, 2015

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Gov. Bldg.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Gov. Bldg.

A recent tweet by the Charlotte City Council indicates that they will not take up the controversial “bathroom ordinance” as planned, February 23rd. Instead the tweet says they are moving its consideration to Monday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm. to give more time for speakers.

The City Council voted 7-4 on February 9th to put the controversial ordinance on the agenda. The proposed ordinance adds the categories of “sexual orientation,” “gender identity or expression,” “marital status,” and “familial status” to the city’s nondiscrimination laws.

According to a recent legal analysis of the proposed ordinance by Alliance Defending Freedom, the measure fails to “contain adequate safeguards for constitutionally protected speech and free exercise of religion.”

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League said, “Since federal judges legalized same-sex marriage in our state, it was inevitable such a radical change would produce societal conflicts that government, exercising its broad enforcement powers, would seek to resolve. We are seeing this already in policies like the one proposed by the Charlotte City Council. Their proposal places citizens, small businesses and religious groups whose beliefs, traditions and morals are at odds with the newly imposed definition of marriage, or the new designation making homosexuality equivalent to race, subject to legal consequences, if they are unwilling to comply with this new legal orthodoxy. Make no mistake. This is exactly what we are witnessing here.” Read the rest of this entry »

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Does N.C. – Based Radio Broadcast, Justice Moore and N.C. Lt. Gov. Dan Forest Have Made Similar Arguments

Listen to the radio interview with Judge Roy Moore talking about same-sex marriage rulings
By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 20, 2015

Chief Justice Roy Moore

Chief Justice Roy Moore

Alabama’s Chief Justice of the state’s Supreme Court has resisted federal Judge Callie Granade’s ruling throwing out Alabama’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman. Alabama voters overwhelmingly approved the amendment in 2006.

Since Granade’s ruling, Judge Moore has courageously stood up against the federal government’s overreach of authority. He has correctly asserted on several occasions that probate judges in Alabama that issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples are in violation of state law.

Moore rightly argues that what a federal judge declares in a ruling is not always automatically the law of a state. Judges may only interpret and give opinions on the law, but they don’t make law. Moore told Charisma News that twenty-one states had bowed down to lower federal court orders when it was unnecessary. The United States Supreme Court, which is the final authority, had not overturned any of the state’s constitutional marriage amendments. Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent Action Alert: Charlotte City Council to Vote on Egregious Anti-Discrimination Policy that Threatens Religious Liberty and Provides for Transgender Rights to Public Restrooms

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 13, 2015

CharlotteCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Christian organizations and clergy across North Carolina are warning about a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance to be voted on by the Charlotte City Council, February 23rd. The dangerous ordinance would require businesses that do work for the city and any “public accommodation” must abide by a non-discrimination policy which includes “marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression.”

A “public accommodation” refers to restaurants, hotels, theaters, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, public schools, public gymnasiums, private schools, and day care centers. It essentially means any establishment serving the public. Read the rest of this entry »

Magistrates Sue to Defend Religious Liberty

By NC Family Staff
North Carolina Family Policy Council
February 12, 2015

MagistrateA former and a current magistrate in North Carolina are suing the Administrative Office of the Courts arguing that an AOC directive would force them to solemnize the union of same-sex couples in violation of their constitutionally protected religious liberties and that it has placed their jobs in jeopardy. On February 11, former Moore County magistrate Charlie Smoak, along with a current magistrate who remained unnamed for fear of losing her job, filed the legal action against John W. Smith, Director of the AOC, and Susan Hicks, Clerk of Superior Court of Moore County.

The lawsuit highlights growing tensions that began when federal judges overturned North Carolina’s marriage laws last fall, including the state’s voter-approved Marriage Protection Amendment. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaston County Commissioners Resolve to Place ‘In God We Trust’ on Main Entrance to County Courthouse

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 12, 2015

GastonGASTON COUNTY, N.C. – Tuesday, Gaston County Commissioners passed a resolution that calls for the national motto, “In God We Trust” to be displayed at the main entrance of the county courthouse.

According to the Gaston Gazette, Gaston County Commissioner, Tracy Philbeck, says displaying the motto is not about encouraging people to pray, going to church or believing a certain way. He contends it’s simply a demonstration of patriotism – an ideology that America was founded on.

Philbeck told WCNC News, “I think history needs to be told, and why people get upset for displaying the national motto is beyond me.” He correctly argues that the majority of Americans support the motto and says the action taken by the Board of Commissioners is protected by legal precedent. Read the rest of this entry »