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URGENT: Compromise Bill on HB 2 Filed

Please contact your North Carolina House Representative
By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
February 24, 2017

RALEIGH – Wednesday, Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), filed a bill intended to be a House compromise on HB 2, commonly referred to as the “bathroom law.”

The measure, HB 186 – Repeal HB 2/State Nondiscrimination Policies, includes both Republican and Democratic sponsors Reps. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson), Ted Davis (R-Wilmington), Marvin Lucas (D-Spring Lake), and Ken Goodman (D-Rockingham). Nineteen legislators have been listed as cosponsors, fourteen are Republicans and five are Democrats. The majority of Republicans listed in support of the bill are from urban or suburban districts.

The response to HB 186 has been negative from both the political Left and the Right.  Read the rest of this entry »

Libs Can’t Bank on Boycott in NC

By Tony Perkins
Family Research Council
February 24, 2017

The boycott North Carolina bandwagon has a new rider: the NAACP. Despite the fact that most people’s attention is on Texas, not Tarheels, some far-Left groups are still trying to inflict pain on the states that listened to voters and protected privacy. But if inflicting pain was what the NAACP had in mind, they’ll have to try harder. Today, they showed how selectively they view those civil rights by urging businesses to pack up and leave the state because it wouldn’t let men into the girls’ restrooms. Although the details of the boycott are unclear, the organization’s CEO, President Cornell William Brooks, issued an angry statement insisting that North Carolina is oppressing its people.

“The federal court has declared and North Carolina citizens have discovered that partisan legislators are discriminating in the voting booth, school bathrooms, the workplace and across the state. Seldom has such a poisonously partisan few violated the rights of a nonpartisan many: workers rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, and voting rights. Therefore, the NAACP must use the power of the purse to demonstrate the power of our democracy. We will use economic leverage, moral persuasion, civil disobedience and litigation in North Carolina and across the nation–as needed and now. Unrelenting resistance is the order of the day.”

Having an economic impact on the state is a tall order, especially after North Carolina has not only weathered the storm over HB 2—but thrived in it. Read the rest of this entry

There Are No Homosexuals or Transgenders

By Gary DeMar
GaryDemar.com
February 23, 2017

If you are going to win an argument, you must get down to the operating assumptions of what’s being argued. We first heard that homosexuals were born that way, just like heterosexuals are born with desires for those of the opposite sex. While numerous scientific studies have been done to find a genetic link, nothing is conclusive. And even if there were a genetic link, it would not mean that the behavior was either normal or moral.

There are males and females. People who engage in same-sex sexuality do not become a new sexual category. There is no third gender. The same is true of people who identify as transgender. It’s all made up. These new categories of gender and sexuality are social constructs.

How would genetics explain bisexuality? Where are the genetic markers for men who “identify” as women, and women who “identify” as men? Again, there are no genetic markers. Read the rest of this entry

A Fine Thing to Know on Presidents Day

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
February 20, 2017

Today is Presidents Day. The origin of Presidents Day goes back to the 1880s when the birthday of our first President George Washington was celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968, a proposal was made to Congress to change Washington’s Birthday to Presidents Day to honor both Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays, both of which were in February. Lincoln’s birthday was already celebrated in many states but never made into an official holiday. The name change was first rejected, but in 1971 President’s Day became the commonly accepted title for the day.  Read the rest of this entry »

Legislation to Repeal Law Imposing Free Speech Restrictions on Pastors Filed in Congress

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
February 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Who should determine what a pastor says from the pulpit? His own conscience before a Holy God or his government’s taxing authority?

Pastors, who have been silent on social issues for more than 60 years out of fear of the Internal Revenue Service and its widely variant interpretation of the Johnson Amendment, may once again find their voices if Congress approves the Free Speech and Fairness Act. The bill, filed this week in both the House and Senate, would restore free speech to churches, charities and their leaders.

“Dr. Martin Luther King — the greatest ‘political pastor’ in the nation — spoke forcefully from the pulpit about how the issues of the day were to be driven by pastors and the people in pews,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said this week at a press conference. “For the whole of American history, churches have been at the forefront of shaping debate and public policy. That’s where they ought to stay.” Read the rest of this entry »

Legislation for Repeal of HB 2 Filed

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
February 3, 2017

RALEIGH – Three Democratic Senators introduced a measure for a full repeal of HB 2 on Wednesday. Senators Jeff Jackson (D-Wake), Angela Bryant (D-Halifax), and Floyd McKissick, Jr (D-Durham) filed SB 25–Repeal HB 2. The three Democrats argue that repeal is necessary to get the state back on track.

HB 2 was passed in March of last year after the city of Charlotte passed an egregious ordinance requiring private businesses, public buildings, schools and even churches allow men and women to use the locker room, shower, or restroom with whichever gender they subjectively identified. HB 2 overturned Charlotte’s ordinance, mandating that public schools and government buildings maintain separate men’s and women’s facilities and that the fundamental privacy rights of private businesses and religious groups be restored.

According to ABC 11 News, former Representative and current director of Equality NC (the state’s premiere Gay rights organization) and supporter of SB 25, Chris Sgro, said, “Our economy is not going to recover until we’re able to repeal House Bill 2. Sen. Jackson told WRAL News that repealing the measure would be the biggest economic development of the year. Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth about HB 2 and Discrimination

Former Speaker Pro-Tem of the NC House explains in the simplest of terms why HB 2 does not discriminate
By Paul Stam
Christian Action League
February 2, 2017

North Carolina state law on non-discrimination is the same or very similar to that of 28 other states.[1] For visual proof please examine the two maps below compiled by opponents of HB2. (Maps are viewed with full article at the link below) On each map the gray states like North Carolina do not have extra special rights based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”

Proponents of the Charlotte type discrimination ordinance say it has been enacted in 200 cities nationwide. Some of those cities are in states marked gray. Their leader, Chris Sgro, uses 100 cities. Whether it is 100 or 200 means that about 10,000 other cities and towns nationwide do not have an ordinance similar to Charlotte’s.

NORTH CAROLINA LAW PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF LGBT PERSONS. LGBT PERSONS HAVE

THE SAME RIGHTS THAT OTHERS DO. Let me explain in detail: Read the rest of this entry »

Judge Gorsuch: President Trumps Supreme Court Nominee, is No Stranger to Religious Freedom

ADF helps us learn about the President’s U.S. Supreme Court Nominee
By Michael Farris and Jim Campbell
Alliance Defending Freedom
February 1, 2017

After much build up, rumor, and speculation, President Donald J. Trump has announced that Judge Neil Gorsuch is his pick to fill the current opening on the United States Supreme Court. While ADF does not take a position on the merits of Supreme Court nominees, here are some things that you might be interested to learn about him.

Judge Gorsuch has been a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit for 10 years. He was nominated in May 2006 and confirmed two months later by a unanimous voice vote.

His career has also included prior work at the United States Supreme Court. Indeed, soon after graduating from Harvard Law School in the early 1990s, he clerked for both Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy.

As Eric Citron wrote earlier this month at SCOTUSblog, Judge Gorsuch’s “background is filled with sterling legal and academic credentials,” including that he was “a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford” where he earned a Doctorate in Legal Philosophy. Read the rest of this entry

Girls Can Now Be Boy Scouts

BSA will now base membership on ‘gender identity’
By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League

Cartoon by Dave Eden

For more than 100 years, it’s been the Boy Scouts. Its purpose was to grow and develop young boys into good men who become great citizens. Churches by the thousands have sponsored the Boy Scouts program because of its emphasis on being “morally straight.”

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law: to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight,” says the Scout’s Oath.

But Monday, the BSA announced that they would be making a major policy change. Membership would no longer be based on what’s recorded on an individual’s birth certificate, but according to the gender a youngster identifies. In other words, girls who believe they are boys can join. Read the rest of this entry »

Pastor: ‘Unholy Alliance’ Puts SBC Agency on Thin Ice

By Bill Bumpass
OneNewsNow.com
February 2, 2017

A Tennessee pastor says he was “blindsided” by a Southern Baptist agency’s involvement in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the building of mosque in New Jersey.

Pastor Dean Huan of First Baptist Church in Morristown stepped down from his position with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board in November after six years of service because he felt they had come to an impasse. He told Baptist Press it “was one of the most heart-wrenching decisions” he’s ever had to make in his ministry. Read the rest of this entry »