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Black Pastors Say Unequivocally – ‘Transgender Agenda is not Civil Rights’

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 27, 2016

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RALEIGH – Activists or politicians who try to place the push for transgendered people to use the restroom of their choice on par with the civil rights struggle of African Americans need to learn the difference between immutable characteristics and chosen behavior.

That was the message Tuesday as some 40 pastors gathered at the North Carolina Capitol grounds to challenge the federal government’s attack on HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act that Tar Heel lawmakers passed in March to keep Charlotte from forcing area businesses to allow anyone who feels like it to access restrooms and dressing rooms other than those designed for their biological gender. The event came a day before Texas and 10 other states filed suit against the White House directive on transgender student access in public schools. Read the rest of this entry »

Putting the Brakes on ‘Fundamental Transformation’

By Charlie Butts and Billy Davis
May 27, 2016

TransgenderThe so-called “bathroom wars” have spilled over from department stores into courtrooms, where a legal battle is under way over the power and reach of the federal government.

“The Department of Justice has become an ideological weapon,” observes J. Christian Adams, himself a former DOJ attorney who quit with the new title of whistleblower in 2010.

Adams has been a watchdog of the DOJ ever since, and lately he’s been watching the federal agency fight the state of North Carolina over House Bill 2.

Meanwhile, another court battle is brewing after 11 states, led by Texas, are challenging the Obama administration and its transgender-friendly edict over public school restrooms, shower rooms, and locker rooms.

North Carolina’s legislation, signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory, stipulates people must use the public restroom that corresponds with their gender at birth. Read the rest of this entry »

Alexander County Commissioners Want Legislation for Wittenburg Township Alcohol Referendum

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
May 27, 2016

AlcoholTAYLORSVILLE – Wednesday evening, Alexander County Commissioners passed a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to determine a means for allowing Wittenburg Township to have an alcohol election.

The resolution noted that during the last alcohol election in 2013, the Wittenburg Township, which is mostly comprised of the Bethlehem and Wittenburg districts, overwhelmingly supported county-wide alcohol sales. Because the county voted it down, the resolution alleges the Wittenburg Township is losing positive tax and business opportunities.

“Now, therefore, be it resolved,” says the resolution, “that the Alexander County Board of Commissioners does hereby request the NC General Assembly pass legislation to clarify existing laws and give the Wittenburg Township alone the right to hold an ABC Referendum in the precincts comprising of the Wittenburg Township only.” Read the rest of this entry »

How You Might Make a Difference for a Lifetime – Even Eternity

Christian Action League
May 19, 2016

Dear Christian Action League Supporter,

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you that we were rebuilding our email list to make us more effective. That process is still ongoing and we need your help.

It will take less than 5 minutes, but it could make a difference for a lifetime – even eternity!

I don’t need to belabor with you all the many ways we’ve been strategic as a light for Christ in the North Carolina General Assembly. We’ve been in the middle of every major fight in our state for marriage and the family, the life of the unborn, religious liberty, and protecting the public from the dilatory outcomes of alcohol and drug abuse.


House Speaker Tim Moore Shows Resolve – Shoots Down Budget Amendment to Repeal HB 2

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 20, 2016

2016051922:41:27RALIEGH – House Speaker Tim Moore shot down an attempt to repeal House Bill 2 before it ever got a hearing Thursday, ruling a proposed amendment to the state budget bill out of order.

Democrat Rep. Darren Jackson, who wanted to repeal the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act and earmark $2 million for an ad campaign to “rehabilitate North Carolina’s image as a business leader,” did not seem surprised that his amendment was not welcome, even as he referred to HB 2, a law passed in late March specifying public restrooms as sex-specific, as the “elephant in the room.”

“Of course it’s not the wooden elephant that stands on people’s desks, but it’s the potential loss of federal funding,” Jackson said. “But I understand that is a debate for a different day and a different time.”  Read the rest of this entry »

NC Senate Committee on Healthcare Considers Ban on ‘Kratom’

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 20, 2016

RALEIGH – Members of the N.C. Senate Committee on Healthcare got a crash course on “kratom” this week and will learn more about the psychoactive, plant-based, recreational drug next week as they continue to consider Senate Bill 830.

Proposed by Sen. Tom McInniss (R-Richmond), the legislation would deem kratom a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance and ban it from the Tar Heel state.

“It’s sold in beautiful, bright packages with sexy names with no limit to quality, quantity, or age,” McInnis said of the substance he fears could be the next big epidemic. “Easily available to children, sold on the streets, convenience stores and over the internet.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Administration Issues Edict Requiring New Radical Bathroom Policies for Public Schools

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
May 13, 2016

ObamaWASHINGTON – Friday, the Obama Administration issued an edict requiring that all public school districts nationwide allow students to use the bathroom, locker room or showers, with the gender they subjectively identify.

The directive, in a letter written and signed by officials of the U.S. Justice and Education Departments, says the decree is being sent in response to “an increasing number of questions from parents, teachers, principals, and school superintendents about civil rights protections for transgender students.”

The letter states: “A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are required to do so.” Read the rest of this entry »

HB 2, Now a National Issue, Sparks Four Lawsuits in One Week

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 13, 2016
HB2RALEIGH – The debate that some regarded as a tempest in a teapot in February when the Charlotte City Council decided to give transgender people access to the bathroom of their choice has become a national issue that sparked four lawsuits in the past week.

House Bill 2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act — passed by the North Carolina General Assembly just in time to preclude Charlotte’s ordinance — has been welcomed by thousands across the state who value their privacy and want to keep sexual predators from gaining access to women and children. But the law has drawn fire from the LGBT community, from corporate activists and from the U.S. Justice Department which issued a letter May 4 accusing the state of violating Titles VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act.

It was that letter, giving N.C. Governor Pat McCrory five days to agree not to enforce the law, that prompted the flurry of litigation.

On Monday, the governor filed a declaratory judgment action asking the federal courts to clarify federal law.

“The Obama administration is bypassing Congress by attempting to rewrite the law and set restroom policies for public and private employers across the country, not just North Carolina,” said McCrory. Read the rest of this entry »

Civitas Institute and NC Values Coalition Make Records Request of AG Cooper

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 11, 2106

PressReleaseRALEIGH – Did North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper conspire with businesses and the U.S. Department of Justice in their efforts to bully and blackmail the state over House Bill 2? And if so, to what extent did he use state resources and personnel to campaign against the new law? These are questions that the Civitas Institute and the North Carolina Values Coalition hope to get answered via a public records request delivered to Cooper’s office Monday.

The Public Facilities and Security Act, passed in March primarily to maintain sex-specific bathrooms in public buildings, has come under fire from several nationwide businesses which have threatened to boycott North Carolina or have canceled expansion plans in the state. Read the rest of this entry »

Liberals Attacking Christians Should Read What Thomas Jefferson Said About Religious Freedom

By Rit Varriale
Independent Journal Review
May 11, 2016

ThomasJeffersonThomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, drafted in 1777, is one of the most important documents in United States history. It’s also perfectly suited to address the recent controversy surrounding North Carolina’s HB2.

Jefferson’s primary concern in the statute is the “natural right” of people to express their opinions without interference or retribution by civil or ecclesiastical authorities. For this reason, he begins the statue with the statement, “Almighty God hath created the mind free.” Thus, he wrote:

“To suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous fallacy…” Read the rest of this entry »