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‘In God We Trust’ Decals Placed on Rutherford County Patrol Cars

Local church makes the project possible
By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
February 11, 2016

In God We TrustRUTHERFORDTON – Thanks to Fairview Baptist Church of Golden Valley, N.C., ‘In God We Trust’ decals will be placed on all marked patrol cars of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Chris Francis said in a statement released this week that he had been considering the display of the motto on the vehicles for several months, but funding the project was an obstacle.

That’s where David Ledford entered the picture. Ledford, the pastor of Fairview Baptist, said his church is a very conservative Southern Baptist congregation. “In addition to being God-fearing people,” Ledford said, “The people here are patriots. They love their country. They love their state. They love the county in which we live.” Read the rest of this entry »

Charlotte City Council to Move Forward on ‘Non-Discrimination Ordinance,’ Franklin Graham Calls It ‘Absurd’

Citizen Christians Urged to Act
By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
February 12, 2016

Franklin GrahamCHARLOTTE – Monday, the Charlotte City Council, voted 7-3 to move forward on the exceedingly controversial “non-discrimination ordinance.” Council members intend to vote on whether to finally approve the measure on Monday, February 22nd.

The ordinance, which has also been referred to as “the bathroom ordinance,” adds the self-determined categories of “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” to the current list of already protected classes like sex, race, and nationality. This presents a serious problem on “public accommodations,” allowing men to use women’s restrooms and vice versa. Moreover, it will make businesses like wedding photographers, cake bakers, florists, etc. that hold a sincerely held religious objection to same-sex marriage subject to severe fines, penalties, and even closure.

Three days before (Friday, February 5th) the city council met to discuss the ordinance, Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, posted a Facebook message expressing his opposition as a member of the Charlotte community. Read the rest of this entry »

Will NC Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Medicinal Pot in the Short Session?

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 11, 2016

MarijuanaRALEIGH – This week, Carolina Journal (CJ), ran an article titled, Short Session May Consider Legalizing Medicinal Pot. The article featured Rep. Kelly Alexander’s (D-Mecklenburg) advocacy for making medicinal marijuana available for people suffering from terminal illnesses.

“We passed two bills dealing with CBD oil that were driven by compassion,” Alexander told CJ. “It would make a lot of sense if we were to build upon what the legislature has done and look at people who are in the end phase of life.”

Alexander was the primary sponsor of HB 78 – Enact Medical Cannabis Act last year. The measure had a serial referral to be heard in the Judiciary I, Health, and Regulatory Reform Committees, but didn’t even clear the first committee. Instead, it was given a unanimous unfavorable report, which prevents any legislation with a medical marijuana component from being taken up in the 2015-2016 legislative biennium. Read the rest of this entry »

AG Cooper Drags His Feet and Makes Disparaging Remarks Concerning NC Religious Liberty Law, Liberty Counsel Files Motion to Intervene

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 5, 2016

image002FRANKLIN – Liberty Counsel, a pro-bono assistance law firm based in Orlando, Florida, dedicated to advancing religious liberty, the sanctity of human life and the family, announced Thursday that it had filed a motion to intervene in Ansley v. North Carolina.

The case erroneously argues that the legislation, SB 2 – Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies, that became law in June of last year over the Governor’s veto, permits magistrates to violate their oath of office.

Senator President Pro-Tempore, Phil Berger, the bill’s champion, has rightly described the lawsuit as “just the latest attempt by the far left’s political correctness mob to force their beliefs on everyone else by trampling the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom.” Read the rest of this entry »

Craven County Commissioners Approve Resolution Requesting Ban on Refugees from Designated Terrorist Nations

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
February 5, 2016

CravenNEW BERN – In New Bern, more than 200 people met in a main courtroom to weigh in on a controversial resolution of the Craven County Commissioners Monday night. The resolution called upon a local refugee ministry (Interfaith Refugee Ministry), an affiliate of the Episcopal Migration Ministries (based in New York), to decline the placement of refugees from designated terrorist nations.

Interfaith Refugee Ministry has placed more than 2,000 immigrants in the Craven County area for more than 20 years. Commissioner Scott Dacey, who introduced the resolution, said in a statement released before the meeting that he hoped the ministry would continue its good work of providing safe passage and support for refugees, but the current circumstances presented the community with a different kind of refugee, one who wanted to hurt Americans because of their values. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Christian Leaders Provide Collaborative Response to Islamic Misinformation

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
February 3, 2016

IslamHICKORY – During January, The Hickory Daily Record ran a feature story on Duane Muhammad, a middle school teacher and active community member, who is also Muslim.

The article provided such a positive spin on Islam that it precipitated a collaborative response from various North Carolina Christian-based organizations and pastors who felt the need to set the record straight.

The story, Hickory Community Member Serves, Teaches with Love of Allah highlighted Muhammad’s history of introducing residents to the religion. The Navy and Coast Guard veteran moved to Hickory 18 years ago and said that when he arrived there were no Muslims. So he organized a study group where the Quran could be taught, and people slowly started coming. Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments on Rowan County Commissioners Prayer Case

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
January 29, 2016

CourtRICHMOND, VA. – Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Rowan County Commissioners faced off before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on Wednesday. The case was the appeal of U.S. District Judge James Beaty’s ruling in May of last year that the way the Commissioners opened their meetings with prayer was unconstitutional.

At issue in the case, Lund v. Rowan County has been that the commissioners prayers referenced Christianity, and asked those in attendance to stand.

Beaty contended that the practice of the elected officials praying sectarian prayers, asking the public to stand and not giving them an option to leave was discriminatory.

His ruling read, “The board’s practice fails to be nondiscriminatory, entangles government with religion, and over time establishes a pattern of prayers that tends to advance the Christian faith of the elected commissioners at the expense of any religious affiliation unrepresented by the majority.” Read the rest of this entry »

CSX Railroad Corporation Could Still Use Eminent Domain Taking Properties in Johnston County

Executive Director says the situation reminds him of when King Ahab in the Bible took Naboth’s Vineyard
By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
January 29, 2015

CSXSELMA – “This is where I grew up, this is where I learned how to catch my first fish in that farm pond…I had a dream of building a business, and I was proud to do it on my family farm,” said Trent Lassiter.

“There’s a big two story house over there,” said Randy Wall, “that’s where my grandmother was raised…this entire neighborhood was related. Everyone in here was related. My great grandfather was buried right there. It’s gonna ruin this community, as far as I’m concerned.”

Jennifer Edwards said, “This farmland is precious to me. It’s been passed down from hundreds of years ago. My grandparents and my mother entrusted me to care for this property, and they always wanted it to remain as an agricultural farm. They wanted it to remain in the family and on their dying beds I promised them that would be done. And now it appears that I have no choice.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lottery Money a Bad Gamble

By Bob Luebke
Civitas Institute
January 25, 2016

LotteryAs the Powerball jackpot soared over a billion dollars, much of the discussion in the Tar Heel State turned to the North Carolina Education Lottery and what that money does for public education.

The conventional wisdom says it’s a pretty simple equation: more money spent on the lottery means more money for education. However, it’s not that simple, especially if you look at how the money is spent as well as the other costs associated with running a billion-dollar state lottery.

First, let’s say the lottery is generating money for public education. Since 2007 the lottery has provided over $3 billion for public education in North Carolina. Critics will immediately say lottery funding merely supplanted existing funding and didn’t add to it. That’s a question for another time. In 2007-08, the lottery generated $325.5 million for public education. In 2014-15 that figure rose to about $529 million, about 4 percent of actual total spent on public education. Read the rest of this entry »

State Legislator for Mecklenburg County Vows to Fight Charlotte’s Radical LGBT Ordinance

Urgent Action Needed by Charlotte Pastors and Key Church Leaders
By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
January 21, 2016

CLTCHARLOTTE – “A small group of far-out progressives should not presume to decide for us all that a cross-dresser’s liberty to express his gender non-conformity trumps the right of women and girls to peace of mind in the intimate setting of a public bathroom or shower,” said state Rep. Dan Bishop (R). Bishop represents Mecklenburg County and vows to fight a dangerous proposed LGBT ordinance for Charlotte.

The City Council is expected to vote on a “non-discrimination” policy as early as February 8th that will add “sexual orientation and gender identity”. In an alert sent to its supporters, the North Carolina Values Coalition described the ordinance in this way:

It “would allow men to enter women’s bathrooms legally, for any reason. This ordinance will apply to all businesses, sports and entertainment venues, parks, the YMCA/YWCA, gymnasiums, schools, and any public place whatsoever. Amazingly there is no exemption for churches or private faith-based schools. Read the rest of this entry »