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Pastors IRS Provision for ‘Housing Allowance’ Ruled Unconstitutional

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
October 13, 2017

Last Friday, the U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, Barbara Crabb, ruled the IRS provision for a tax-free minister’s housing allowance is unconstitutional.

The decision was the result of a lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) against the housing allowance. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 and FFRF has argued: “Any reasonable observer would conclude that the purpose and effect of the statute is to provide financial assistance to one group of religious employees without any consideration to the secular employees who are similarly situated to ministers.”

Crabb ruled in favor of FFRF in 2013, but her decision was overturned in 2014 by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said FFRF did not have standing in the case. Last year, FFRF renewed their challenge to the housing allowance in Gaylor v. Mnuchin. Read the rest of this entry »

Department of Justice Issues Federal Guidelines Restoring Religious Liberty

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “This news is astounding. We’ve seen so much of religious liberty diminished in recent years. What the President has done to restore our God-given right to practice our faith is not just a breath of fresh air but more like oxygen to someone who had lost his ability to breathe,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Dr. Creech was talking about last Friday’s announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding federal guidelines that pertain to President Trump’s executive order (Order No. 13798) issued in May to protect religious freedoms. The guidance by the U.S. Department of Justice is directed to all administrative agencies and executive departments of the United States government and it interprets religious liberties in Federal law. Read the rest of this entry »

Recent Studies Show Marijuana Linked to Violence

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
October 12, 2017

Mention marijuana and most people picture a happy and harmless stoner slumped on a couch with few cares and even less ambition. But at least two studies released in the past 18 months reveal growing evidence of links between cannabis use and violence.

Late last month, researchers from Montreal, Canada, studying the habits of 1,136 recently discharged psychiatric patients reported that those who consistently used cannabis were 2.44 times more likely to display violent behaviors than their counterparts who did not use the drug.

“The persistent use of cannabis over time showed a more constant relationship for violence than alcohol and cocaine use,” the researchers reported in the September issue of the peer-reviewed journal “Frontiers in Psychiatry.” Read the rest of this entry »

Las Vegas Shooter Had a Serious Gambling Machine Addiction

By Les Bernal
Stop Predatory Gambling
October 5, 2017

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had a serious gambling machine addiction. Read the latest New York Times story on his gambling behavior. Electronic gambling machines were at the center of his life.

Yet news coverage continues to use terms like “professional gambler” when describing Paddock. He was not a professional gambler.

No professional gambler uses slot machines and video poker machines like Paddock did. The machines create the allusion of skill but a user is mathematically guaranteed to lose all their money the longer they play them. Once you press the button on the machine, there is no skill involved. The computer inside the machine (known as the Random Number Generator) decides whether you lose or win. The player has no control over the outcome. Read the rest of this entry »

Rowan County Commissioners Vote to Appeal Prayer Case to U.S. Supreme Court

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 29, 2017

ROWAN CO. – In a specially called business meeting on Monday, Rowan County Commissioners voted unanimously (5-0) to appeal their prayer case to the United States Supreme Court.

Four years ago the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Rowan County’s prayer policy at County meetings in Lund v. Rowan County. The policy permits each county commissioner, on a rotating basis, to offer a prayer or moment of silence as an invocation. Each commissioner decides for himself the content of his prayer as well as the decision of whether to have a moment of silence. No one is coerced into participation.

In May of 2015, U.S. District Judge James Beaty said Rowan County’s prayer policy was unconstitutional because the method of elected officials praying sectarian prayers (prayers that reference Christianity or prayed in Jesus’ name) failed to be nondiscriminatory.

Rowan County appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and in September of last year, a three-judge panel overturned Judge Beaty’s ruling, declaring the County’s prayer practice was constitutional and in keeping with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway. In the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision made in Town of Greece, the High Court affirmed that Americans were free to deliver uncensored prayers at public meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Brunch Bill Doesn’t Get Support in Marshall

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 29, 2017

MARSHALL – Last week another proposed Brunch Ordinance failed. This time it was in Marshall.

According to the Asheville Citizen-Times, Jamie Stokes, Marshall’s town attorney, had been ordered to draft language for a Sunday Brunch Ordinance to be presented to town alderman during their September meeting.

Following Stoke’s presentation of the proposed ordinance, which would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales to begin at 10:00 a.m. instead of the current 12:00 noon, Mayor Jack Wallin asked for a motion on the ordinance but never received one. Thus, the bill died. Read the rest of this entry »

The Death of Hugh Hefner and the End of the Sexual Revolution

By Michael Brown
Christian Post
September 29, 2017

Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91. I hope he found grace and repentance before leaving this world. I also hope that his death will signify the end of the sexual revolution. It has failed miserably on every front. May it never rise again.

The sexual revolution promised freedom but produced bondage. It promised excitement but produced emptiness. It promised thrills and produced STD’s. It was destined to crash and burn from the very first day.

It’s a terrible shame it took so long.

Although Alfred Kinsey’s perverted sex studies, first released in 1948, helped pave the way for the sexual revolution, the real seeds were planted with Playboy’s nude photoshoot of Marilyn Monroe in 1953. Then, those seeds grew with explosive force in the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. And the rest, as they say, is history – a very sad history, for sure. Read the rest of this entry

Wilson Daily Times Blasts Rev. Mark Creech as a ‘Pharisee’ and a ‘Legalist’

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
September 22, 2017

WILSON – Because of his opposition to Sunday hunting legislation, an August 4th editorial by the Wilson Daily Times (WDT) blasted the Christian Action League’s executive director, Dr. Mark Creech, as a “Pharisee” and “legalist.”

“Neckties, pantsuits, and lapel pins have replaced the flowing robes and tassels, but modern-day Pharisees are as comfortable in Raleigh as their predecessors ever were in Solomon’s temple,” reads the editorial. “Like the Jewish authorities who held sway in Jerusalem two millennia ago, North Carolina lawmakers are imposing their personal religious preferences on the public. The General Assembly relaxed, but didn’t rescind, blue laws that banned Sunday hunting…”

In 2015, lawmakers repealed North Carolina’s 145-year prohibition on Sunday hunting with the passage of HB 640 – Outdoor Heritage Act. The legislation, however, did retain a prohibition on Sunday hunting from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – the hours most churches meet on Sunday mornings.

The WDT’s editorial references legislation which passed this year, HB 559 – Outdoor Heritage Act Enhanced. It expanded Sunday hunting by removing certain other restrictions that also remained in law, which pertained to Sunday hunting on private lands, allowing Sunday hunting on game lands, and allowing the hunting of migratory birds on Sunday. Read the rest of this entry »

Mayor Jennifer Roberts Announces No More Prayers at the Start of Charlotte City Council Meetings

By Cal Staff
Christian Action League
September 22, 2017

CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte City Council will no longer begin its meeting with prayer, announced Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on Monday.

Mayor Roberts was the champion for the repeal of HB 2, commonly known as the “bathroom bill.” The measure prohibited men from using women’s restrooms, locker rooms and showers.

Last week Roberts lost her Mayoral re-election bid to a member of her own Party, Democrat Mayor Pro-Tem Vi Lyles.

Roberts said the City Council had consulted with its City Attorney Robert Hagemann and in light of a U.S. 4th Circuit of Appeals ruling, which declared that prayers led by elected officials are unconstitutional, they would be skipping the invocation and going directly to the pledge of allegiance.

Roberts said she wanted everyone who attended the City Council meetings to feel comfortable.

“We want them all to feel comfortable coming to our meeting and it’s clear from other rulings, other cases – that some people when there is an invocation that invokes a certain religion – people are asked to stand and honor that religion – they’re not comfortable with that,” said Roberts. Read the rest of this entry »

‘See You at the Pole’ is this Coming Wednesday

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
September 22, 2017

Wednesday of next week (September 27th), millions of students from around the globe will gather around their schools’ flagpoles. It’s called a See You at the Pole (SYATP) event.

This year marks 25 years for SYATP. At a SYATP event, students from every time zone come together for essentially one thing – to pray. They pray for their schools, friends, families, churches, and communities.

This year’s theme for SYATP is “Fix Our Eyes,” which is taken from Hebrews 12:2, which admonishes to “fix our eyes on Jesus.” Read the rest of this entry »