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Lawmakers in the State House Overwhelmingly Approve Repeal of Sunday Hunting, 83-35

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
May 1, 2015

Sunday HuntingRALEIGH – Tuesday evening, lawmakers in the North Carolina House approved HB 640 – Outdoor Heritage Act by an overwhelming margin of 83-35 votes.

Among a number of other provisions related to hunting activities, the bill most notably repeals the 145 year-old ban on hunting with a firearm on Sunday.

HB 640 prohibits hunting all migratory birds on Sunday or the use of a firearm to kill deer that are run or chased by dogs. However, it does allow hunting with a firearm seven days a week on private property with written permission. Hunters must also be at least 500 yards from a church or residence not owned by the landowner. Sunday hunting would not be allowed in counties with a population density of 700,000 or more – a provision that only covers Wake and Mecklenburg counties. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. House Passes ‘Powdered Alcohol’ Ban, 114-4

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
May 1, 2015

Powdered AlcoholThe recent commercial spots from Talk It Out NC on underage drinking are jarring and depict a parent’s worst nightmare; losing a child to death or dealing with severe injury. So while North Carolina is trying to come up with ways to keep our kids from drinking, someone thought it a good idea to come up with powdered alcohol!

The product is called Palcohol and was approved by federal regulators last year. The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved labels for the product allowing it to be sold in the U.S. unless otherwise prohibited. It would be available in a pouch that looks much like a child’s juice container and becomes an alcoholic beverage with the addition of water or a mixer. The makers of the product intend to market it to backpackers and others who want a more portable form of liquor. Read the rest of this entry »

Pro-Life Lobby Day is Tuesday, May 5th

North Carolina Right to Life
May 1, 2015

ProLife Join us at Pro-Life Lobby Day to stand for the unborn babies whose lives depend on you! Learn more about current pro-life legislation and let your representatives know that you care about these crucial bills.

When: Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Where: Legislative Building, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC

Meet in Auditorium (3rd Floor or at the top of the red carpeted stairs at the entrance to the building)

Why: To show grassroots support for pro-life legislation to extend the abortion informed consent waiting period from 24 hours to 72 hours and to oppose legislation that would allow doctor assisted suicide. Read the rest of this entry


The National Day of Prayer is Next Thursday, May 7th

by Alysse ElHage
North Carolina Family Policy Council
April 30, 2015

National Day of PrayerWith the U.S. Supreme Court set to issue a landmark ruling on the legal definition of marriage this summer, and with religious freedom being challenged nationwide, it is more urgent than ever for Americans to come together in prayer for our nation and its leaders during the 2015 National Day of Prayer. The fitting theme for the 64th observance of the National Day of Prayer (NDP), which will take place next Thursday, May 7, is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” and is based on I Kings 8:28, which states, “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

According to the NDP Task Force, the theme is intended to emphasize “the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.” Read the rest of this entry »

Swing Vote Justice Kennedy ‘Not Persuaded’ by LGBT Arguments at Supreme Court Hearing, Ryan Anderson Says

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
April 29, 2015

CourtWASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on whether states should be constitutionally obligated to issue same-sex marriage licenses adjourned Tuesday afternoon, Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson said in a news conference outside the building that the likely swing vote justice, Anthony Kennedy, was “not persuaded” by LGBT arguments.

As many are predicting the Supreme Court’s decision in June to come down to a narrow 5-4 vote, Justice Kennedy has been pegged again as the justice who is likely to decide which way the court leans in making the tough decision on whether the 14th Amendment requires states to uphold same-sex marriages and validate same-sex marriage licenses given out by other states. Read the rest of this entry »

House Speaker Says Religious Freedom Legislation Dead for this Session, but the Issue Not Dead with the People of North Carolina

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
April 24, 2015

GavelRALEIGH – Speaker Tim Moore told the press on Thursday that the N.C. House would not consider a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) this session. Two RFRA bills were waiting in the wings, one in the House, HB 348 – NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and one in the Senate, SB 550 – NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

On the House side, primary sponsors of the legislation included, Representatives Jacqueline Schaffer and Dan Bishop. On the Senate side, primary sponsors, included Senators Warren Daniel, Buck Newton, and Dan Soucek.

Moore said, “For this session, the bill is not going to move.” He said the measure in its “current format, at the current time, is not the proper path to go.” Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. House Passes Bill that Extends Waiting Period for an Abortion from 24 to 72 Hours

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
April 24, 2015

image002RALEIGH – On Thursday, the NC House voted to pass House Bill 465, the informed consent bill that extends the waiting period for having an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. The vote was 74-45, along party lines.

In addition to extending the waiting period, the bill requires doctors to send the patient’s ultrasound image to the Department of Health and Human Services if the procedure is performed near the end of the legal period allowed for abortions to take place (abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy are illegal in NC).

Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, attempted to amend the bill and remove that requirement saying “There is no other law in North Carolina that requires health care providers to provide copies of X-rays or ultrasounds to the state. Such images should remain in the hands of the woman’s doctor and personal medical file, not in the hands of the state.” Read the rest of this entry »

Grandparents Visitation Proposal Fails in Committee by a Tie, 6-6 Vote

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
April 24, 2015

GrandparentsRALEIGH – A bill that would have provided for an expansion of grandparent’s visitation rights under existing law failed in a Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The vote on HB 413 – Expand Grandparent Visitation Rights resulted in a tie of 6 – 6. Parliamentary procedure requires a majority vote for a motion to succeed.

The conference room in the Legislative Office Building was filled to nearly overflowing with grandparents eager to observe the proceedings. But the failure of the legislation resulted in a number of grandparents demonstrating fits of rage, shouting at Committee Chairs, and physically being removed by the Sargent-at-Arms.

The debate between lawmakers on the committee, however, was civil. Read the rest of this entry »

Homosexuals Ransak, Tag NC Churches with Pro-Gay Slogans

By Michael F. Haverluck
April 24, 2015

Bales Memorial Wesleyan Church, Jamestown, N.C.

Bales Memorial Wesleyan Church, Jamestown, N.C.

JAMESTOWN – Homosexual activists trashed two North Carolina churches over the weekend and spray-painted pro-“gay” messages over the church properties, which sustained thousands of dollars’ worth of damages.

Bales Memorial Wesleyan Church in Jamestown, N.C., was the first Christian house of worship to be targeted last weekend by militant LGBT advocates, who destroyed the church’s sign, broke windows and pulled parking signs out of the ground. Not stopping there, the homosexual activists tore up flowers in the parking lot and vandalized the church bus by scratching up its hood and jamming a sign through its front grill, according to the Christian News Network.

On Saturday, members of the Wesleyan church also found their church building covered with broken eggs, silly string, and pro-homosexual jargon fused with hate speech. Some of the spray-painted vandalism written on the outside walls of the Jamestown church included, “Gay’s OK,” “He hates you!” and “God loves [expletive]!” Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent Action Alert: Don’t Add Insult to Injury – No Sunday Hunting

Christian Action League
April 23, 2015

MarkDear Friends,

It was disappointing to hear today the announcement from House Speaker Tim Moore that the NC House will not take up the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The legislation has apparently divided the House GOP caucus and there were not enough votes among members to move the measure forward.

The Speaker told the press this afternoon, “For this session the bill is not going to move…This bill in its current format, at the current time, is not the proper path to go.”

For a short explanation on RFRA, see the end note at the bottom of this alert.

In my entire career of observing legislation and politics, I have never seen a subject about which there has been more misinformation, and even purposeful deception than RFRA. It’s astounding! Gay activists have perpetrated the deception. The media has facilitated the mischaracterizations. In steep ignorance of what RFRA actually does, corporate interests have fostered fear by flexing their political muscle and threatening to retaliate against passage of a RFRA bill. Read the rest of this entry »