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Statement on 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling that Virginia’s Marriage Amendment is Unconstitutional

By Dr. Mark Creech    
Christian Action League
July 28, 2014

image002The decision today by the three-judge-panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declaring Virginia’s state constitutional marriage amendment as unconstitutional is disheartening, but not entirely unexpected.  We’ve seen this trend by federal courts in more than 20 legal decisions on marriage around the country.

Nevertheless, regardless of how many times such rulings come down from the courts, they are fundamentally flawed and the worst form of judicial activism. Judge Henry F. Floyd wrote in the 4th Circuit’s opinion today that Virginia’s marriage amendment impermissibly infringes on a same-sex couple’s fundamental right to marry. Read the rest of this entry »

Opposition to Proposed Catawba Indian Casino Cranks Up Another Notch

Many residents and leaders starting to ask, ‘Is this who we are?’
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
July 24, 2014

GamblingKINGS MOUNTAIN — The battle to keep a proposed Catawba Indian casino out of Cleveland County has cranked up another notch after nearly 200 people heard from Stop Predatory Gambling’s Les Bernal during three meetings sponsored by the Kings Mountain Awareness Group (KMAG) earlier this month.

While giving residents answers about what they might expect if a 16-acre site off I-85 is turned into a gambling mecca, he also raised an important question — “Is this who we are?”

“Back during the Great Depression, we used to encourage people to buy savings bonds, to invest in their country,” he said, comparing that push toward thrift and savings with the failed public policy experiment of government sponsored gambling.

He said predatory gambling creates financial, social and civic inequality. Read the rest of this entry »

ENDA Executive Order Spells End to Religious Freedom

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
July 23, 2014

image002What’s more important to the future of America — religious liberty or individual choices about sexual behavior? President Obama clarified his answer July 21 by signing an executive order that gives a preferred legal status to employees of the federal government and government contractors who identify with or engage in homosexuality, bisexuality or transgenderism or otherwise claim a special “gender identity.”

Refusing to include a religious exemption in the order, which was heralded by gay rights groups as key to the advancement of the LGBT agenda, the White House thumbed its nose at the concerns of leaders of faith-based organizations across the nation, many of whom will be forced to choose between their freedom to hire those with like beliefs and their ability to vie for government contracts.

In fact, a letter to the president, signed by more than 150 faith leaders, points out “vital services that religious organizations provide when acting as federal contractors” including overseas relief and development services in partnership with USAID, services on contract with the Bureau of Prisons and research, technical assistance, and other services. Read the rest of this entry »

Physician and N.C. Lawmaker, Rep. Jim Fulghum Goes Home to Great Physician

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
July 21, 2014

Jim Fulghum

Jim Fulghum

Members of the Legislature joined friends, relatives, former patients and associates in mourning the death of Rep. Jim Fulghum (R-Wake), a retired neurosurgeon and philanthropist who passed away July 19 from cancer.

“We are saddened by the passing of our good friend and fellow representative, Dr. Jim Fulghum. He was an accomplished retired neurosurgeon, but he knew the Lord as his Great Physician,” said Rep. Bert Jones (R-Caswell).

“His courageous battle with cancer is over, and now he is perfectly healed for eternity,” Jones added, referencing John 14:1-6. “Please join us in prayers for his family.”

The 70-year-old was finishing his first term in the N.C. House when he was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach and esophagus on June 28. By July 3 he had canceled his bid for a seat in the N.C. Senate.

“Though his career in the General Assembly was cut short, his life was well-lived and will long affect those who came in contact with him,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. Read the rest of this entry »

NC General Assembly Leaders Seek U.S. Supreme Court’s Review on ‘Choose Life’ Specialty Plates

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
July 17, 2014

Choose LifeAfter years of detours, efforts to offer a Choose Life license plate to North Carolina drivers may be back on the road again as Alliance Defending Freedom is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether abortion supporters can demand censorship of the plates.

ADF attorneys and allied lawyers representing N.C. Speaker of the House Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) and Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) filed the request, which centers on the government speech doctrine, July 11, five months after the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld a lower court ruling denying the state’s right to offer the plates. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Pastors Call upon Gov. McCrory to Defend State’s Marriage Amendment

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
July 16, 2014

Dr. Mark Creech speaks at NCPN Press Conference Tuesday. Behind him Dr. Mark Harris, Patrick Wooden and more than 30 pastors call on Gov. McCrory to defend State's Marriage Protection Amendment

Dr. Mark Creech speaks at NCPN Press Conference Tuesday. Behind him Dr. Mark Harris, Patrick Wooden and more than 30 pastors call on Gov. McCrory to defend State’s Marriage Protection Amendment

RALEIGH — “The courts have been operating on the question of marriage in a tyrannical fashion,” the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, told a crowd gathered outside the Capitol on Tuesday as he challenged the Governor and Attorney General to use every legal means necessary to defend the state’s marriage amendment. Dr. Creech was one of four speakers featured at a press conference sponsored by the North Carolina Pastors’ Network in anticipation of an upcoming ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in a Virginia case that could upend the law passed by Tar Heel voters on May 8, 2012.

Outlining a host of challenges the amendment had faced, Dr. Creech said in spite of an “incredible mountain of opposition,” much of it from outside the state, the people of North Carolina “declared that marriage is foundational to our culture, that it is an institution of such profound significance that its fate should not be left to the uninformed notions of activist judges or legislators.” Read the rest of this entry »

No New Abortion Clinic Rules Yet

By L. A. Williams
Christian Action League
July 15, 2014

Abortion ClinicA year after the N.C. General Assembly passed landmark pro-life legislation that included an assigned overhaul of abortion clinic regulations, the Department of Health and Human Services has yet to release any new rules.

The agency has, however, asked for an additional $900,000 to implement the anticipated stricter regulations that will likely include more regular inspections.

“The General Assembly did not mandate a timeline for completion,” Drexdal Pratt, director of the Division of Health Service Regulation, said in a statement released to the media earlier this month, “but DHHS is thoroughly working through the process.”

He emphasized that the agency is “fully committed to complying with Senate Bill 353,” and that any revised regulations would “address patient safety and privacy without unduly restricting access.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pastors to Support Traditional Marriage Needed for Press Conference in Raleigh, Tuesday, July 15th.

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
July 10, 2014

MarriageAlthough not specifically part of the case now before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, North Carolina’s Marriage Protection Amendment is nonetheless in the crosshairs. And the North Carolina Pastors Network is calling for believers to take action now, before a lethal shot is fired.

“Because North Carolina is under the Fourth Circuit’s jurisdiction, the decision on Virginia’s Marriage Amendment — which will almost definitely be to declare it unconstitutional — will directly and adversely affect our own hard-fought victory for biblical marriage here in North Carolina,” said Dave Kistler, president of the state affiliate of the American Pastors Network.

In anticipation of the Court’s ruling, NCPN is calling for pastors, key lay leaders and other concerned Christians from across the state to head to Raleigh Tuesday for a press conference to ask Gov. Pat McCrory to defend the MPA by appealing a negative ruling as soon as it is announced. Read the rest of this entry »

Lottery Proposal Nixed in Budget Negotiations

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Actin League
July 10, 2014

LotteryRALEIGH — North Carolina lawmakers agreed this week that expanded lottery advertising is not the best way to fund teacher raises — a move applauded by the Christian Action League. Nevertheless, as of Thursday the General Assembly still hadn’t settled on a final spending plan.

“I am relieved that House members have decided not to pursue the expansion of lottery advertising. In a state and nation where liberty is considered our most sacred right, it is unconscionable the state promotes something that sustains or profits state coffers by making many of its citizens expendable to a form of slavery,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, the League’s executive director. “Lotteries make approximately 80 percent of their profits from 10 percent of their users — people who are addicted to its games.”

He said no North Carolinian should be reduced to collateral damage because of a teacher pay raise, no matter how deserved. Read the rest of this entry »

Nation’s Foremost Authority on Gambling Coming to Cleveland County

Rev. Mark Creech will share podium with nation’s foremost authority on gambling, Thursday, July 17, in King’s Mountain – Pastors and lay leaders urged to attend
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
July 10, 2014

GamblingKINGS MOUNTAIN — One of the nation’s foremost authorities on gambling’s negative impacts on society is headed to Cleveland County for a trio of informational meetings this coming week, as the Kings Mountain Awareness Group continues to gain momentum in its fight against the Catawba Indians’ plan to construct a $340 million casino complex off I-85.

“The people of Cleveland County need to hear from Les Bernal, the national director of the Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, who will join Bernal at the podium Thursday at a noon luncheon for pastors and lay leaders. The event, to be held at Second Baptist Church at 120 Linwood Road, in King’s Mountain will be preceded by a Ladies Breakfast Forum at 9 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist at 605 W. King St. and followed by a Citizens Informational Forum slated for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Family Worship Center at 1818 Shelby Road.

Dr. Creech urged Cleveland County residents to set aside time to attend at least one of the events to learn specifics about what a gambling complex could bring to their community. Read the rest of this entry »