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‘Opportunity Scholarships’ Hit Another Snag

Applicant families and private schools urged not to be discouraged and move ahead as planned, expect payment to come a little later
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 21, 2014

ScholarshipProponents of North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarships urged applicant families and private school authorities not to be discouraged by a Superior Court judge’s second ruling against the program on Thursday.

“While we are disappointed with this ruling, it was not unexpected,” said N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam (R-Wake).

“It was the same judge who ruled the same way in February. In May he was reversed by a Writ of Supersedeas from the State Supreme Court. We have no reason to think that anything has changed that would make the Appellate Court change its mind.” Read the rest of this entry »

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Still Under Attack from ACLU on Prayer Policy

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

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WINSTON-SALEM — Some seven years after being sued for allowing clergy members to pray however they saw fit prior to meetings and months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of such prayer, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is still under attack from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the issue. The organization known for its hostility to religious expression in the public square is fighting the board’s request to have lifted a 2010 injunction that prevents uncensored prayer. Commissioners filed their request after the High Court ruled 5-4 last spring that the policy in place in Greece, N.Y., which is very similar to that of Forsyth County, was constitutional.

While he admitted that the Town of Greece was a significant case, Chris Brook, the NC-ACLU’s legal director who filed a brief Aug. 12 opposing the board’s request, told The Winston-Salem Journal that it did not give legislative bodies “carte blanche to engage in any prayer practice they choose.” Read the rest of this entry »

SCOTUS Issues Stay in Virginia Marriage Ruling

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 20, 2014

MarriageWASHINGTON — Just hours before clerks of court in Virginia were slated to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the United States Supreme Court has issued a stay on the federal appeals court ruling that struck down that state’s marriage protection amendment, much to the relief of supporters of traditional marriage throughout the 4th Circuit, including North Carolina.

“This is certainly an answer to prayer as so many Christians have earnestly asked for intervention in this matter,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. Read the rest of this entry »

In Last Minute Move, Bill Passes Allowing Community Colleges to Teach Brewing Course and Sell Beer to Wholesalers and Retailers

Legislation puts Community Colleges in the beer business
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 20, 2014

image002RALEIGH — In a last-minute move that the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, considers one of the worst decisions of the 2014 Legislative Session, Tar Heel lawmakers late last week voted to allow community colleges with brewery courses to sell the resulting beer not only at special limited events, but also on an ongoing basis to wholesalers and retailers.

The alcohol provisions were tucked inside a 47-page Regulatory Reform Act (S-734) that was filed in May, bounced in and out of Senate and House committees, was believed dead and then emerged as a conference committee report. The measure was quickly adopted Aug. 15, as part of what Dr. Creech called a “Christmas tree bill.”

“If this alcohol legislation would have had to stand on its own, it would have failed, but all the other items in the bill propped it up,” he explained. “Not very many people were willing to cut this tree down for the sake of a few bad lights.” Read the rest of this entry »

The News About Same-Sex Marriage You Didn’t Hear

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 14, 2014

News“Inevitable,” “unavoidable,” “only a matter of time,” “a foregone conclusion” — if you’ve heard these types of descriptions in recent same-sex marriage news bytes, you haven’t heard the whole story, said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Despite some major blows delivered by the judiciary to believers in biblical marriage, a number of recent events reveal this fight is far from over. Read the rest of this entry »

4TH Circuit Court Denies Stay; Same-Sex Couples Could Wed in Virginia as Early as Next Week

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

VirginiaHomosexual couples could be saying their wedding vows in Virginia as early as 8 a.m. Thursday morning now that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to issue a stay in its July 28 ruling against the state’s marriage protection amendment. But many watching the case across the nation say the Supreme Court is likely to step in before that date and put the process on hold.

“That is certainly our hope and what we are urging believers to pray for,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. Read the rest of this entry »

To Be Involved or Not to Be Involved?

Biblical Recorder
August 13, 2014

InvolvementCertain well-meaning Christians believe followers of Christ should shun political activism, while many others believe it is a biblical mandate. In this week’s edition of the Biblical Recorder (Journal for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina), under Tar Heel Voices, these two views are contrasted.

Tim McKittrick believes “political activism” is not needed and argues the country simply needs “layman and pastors who will speak out with the truth of God’s Word”. Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action, takes the opposing viewpoint, arguing, “’Christian political activism’ doesn’t supplant the Gospel”, but brings the “’word of truth’ to bear upon the political process.” Dr. Creech says engagement is biblical and necessary.

The two views are contained in the following article. Many Christians will find the contrast enlightening. Read the rest of this entry »

4th Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Issue Stay on Va. Marriage Ruling

Christian Action League
August 13, 2014

MarriageDear Christian Friend,

It was bad news on the marriage front today.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled at noon they will not stay their decision that Virginia’s Marriage Protection Amendment is unconstitutional. Same-sex marriages could begin in that state as early as next week.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Attorneys had asked the court to delay its decision on behalf of a county clerk in Northern Virginia.
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Data Leaves No Room for Lowering the Drinking Age

By Chris Woodward
August 12, 2014

Underage DrinkingAn advocate for alcohol awareness and education says setting the minimum drinking age is one of the smartest things we’ve ever done for public health.

According to a July 2014 Gallup poll published last week in USA Today’s snapshot section, Americans still oppose lowering the federal drinking age. In fact, the poll found that 74% of Americans are not in favor of lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18.

Mark Creech, president of the American Council on Alcohol Problems and executive director of the Christian Action League, says this data is consistent with previous findings by Gallup in 2001 and 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

Motion Filed for Stay on 4th Circuit Virginia Marriage Ruling

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
August 7, 2014

4th Circuit CourtRICHMOND, VA. — If the legality of same-sex marriage is ultimately going to be decided by the Supreme Court, shouldn’t we wait for that ruling before implementing the 4th Circuit’s July 28 decision against Virginia’s Marriage Protection Amendment? That’s part of the reasoning behind a motion filed Aug. 1 asking that the 2-1 decision be stayed while Bostic v. Schaefer is appealed to the High Court.

“Every child deserves a mom and a dad, and the people of Virginia confirmed that at the ballot box when they approved a constitutional amendment that affirms marriage as a man-woman union. The people of Virginia and every other state are free to preserve that understanding of marriage in their laws,” said Byron Babione, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, who filed the motion on behalf of Prince William County Clerk of Court Michéle McQuigg in defense of the MPA. Read the rest of this entry »