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Talk of HB 2 Repeal Subsides

‘The danger for repeal has subsided for now, we should pray that it doesn’t raise its ugly head again,’ says Dr. Mark Creech
By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
September 23, 2016

HB2CHARLOTTE – Last week the Christian Action League released an Urgent Action Alert calling upon citizens to contact Governor Pat McCrory, as well as state representatives and senate members, to encourage them not to back down on HB 2.

Efforts by various business interests were attempting to broker a compromise which included the Charlotte City Council repealing the city ordinance that brought about the passage of the law. If the City Council repealed their ordinance at their regular meeting on Monday evening, the Governor pledged to call a special session of the General Assembly to take-up repeal of the legislation, commonly referred to as “the bathroom bill.” Read the rest of this entry »

When a Culture Rebels Against God

HB 2: ‘Why is the whole world coming down on North Carolina over something like this?’
By Tim Wildmon, AFA President
The Stand: American Family Association
September 23, 2016

LGBT“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” (Romans 1:28)

All was quiet in the home state of Andy Griffith until February 22 of this year when the Charlotte City Council passed an ordinance requiring all government agencies and private businesses to insure that men could use women’s bathrooms if they want to.

The legal problem with that move was that the state constitution of North Carolina requires all “public accommodation” laws to be handled at the state level. In other words, what Charlotte did was not within their authority, so the governor and the state legislature responded by passing HB 2 on March 23, which “mandates people use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex in public buildings, places, and schools.” Simply put, everything was fine – Charlotte enacted a law they had no authority to enact, and the state of North Carolina put everything back like it was. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Judge Dismisses Case against SB 2, ‘the Magistrates Bill’

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
September 23, 2016

CourtASHEVILLE – Two same-sex couples and one interracial couple filed a lawsuit in December of 2015 against the state of North Carolina, claiming that SB 2 – Magistrates Recusal from Civil Ceremonies, was unconstitutional. The law allows magistrates and assistant and deputy registers of deeds to opt-out of the issuance of a same-sex marriage license or the performance of a same-sex civil ceremony, whenever such public servants hold a sincere religious objection.

U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn, however, in a 38 page ruling, dismissed the case on Tuesday, saying the couples lacked standing “by virtue of the fact that their claims are merely generalized grievances with a state law with which they disagree.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fourth Circuit Court Upholds Rowan County Commissioners Right to Pray

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
September 22, 2016

Josh Bergeron / Salisbury Post

Josh Bergeron / Salisbury Post

RICHMOND, VA. – In a case where attorneys for the ACLU and Rowan County Commissioners had faced off in January, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals said on Monday that the way Commissioners opened their meetings with prayer was constitutional.

The 2-1 decision in Lund v. Rowan County overturned a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge James Beaty that concluded the practice of elected officials praying sectarian prayers (prayers that reference Christianity or made in ‘Jesus’ name) failed to be nondiscriminatory. Beaty said it entangled government with religion, and “overtime establishes a pattern of prayers that tends to advance the Christian faith at the expense of any religious affiliation unrepresented by the majority.” Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Restroom Bill Doesn’t Deter SBC Annual Meeting

By David Roach
Biblical Recorder/Baptist Press
September 21, 2016

CharlotteAmid controversy over North Carolina’s controversial transgender restroom law, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders estimate they’re less than two weeks away from finalizing contracts to hold the 2023 SBC annual meeting in Charlotte.

And they say they’re glad to support the state for its moral stand on gender and sexuality.

SBC President Steve Gaines said that “while other organizations such as the NCAA, NBA and NFL are seeking to punish North Carolinians for their state government’s bold and appropriate stand on gender and sexuality, Southern Baptists have voted and are resolute about holding our annual meeting there in 2023.”

“Because we are staunch advocates of religious liberty for all, we have no intention of changing our minds,” Gaines told Baptist Press (BP) in written comments. “My prayer is that other businesses and organizations will join us and make North Carolina their preferred choice for conferences, conventions and other similar events. Read the rest of this entry

URGENT ACTION ALERT – The Threat is real; Repeal of HB 2 is now under Consideration

Citizen Christians are urged to act immediately
By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
September 16, 2016

HB2It all started this week with the decisions by the NCAA and the ACC to move their championship games out of North Carolina in protest of HB 2, commonly known as “the bathroom bill.” Shortly after that, the Christian Action League began to hear rumors that some lawmakers were talking about either amending the law or fully repealing it. Those dreaded rumors were confirmed when lawmakers that had previously supported HB 2 started telling the Press the issue should be revisited.

The latest news is very disturbing! The Raleigh News and Observer (N&O) is now reporting that the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA) says that their industry is suffering as “collateral damage in a fight that they did not start or ask for,” so they have been working behind the scenes to broker a compromise.

The N&O reports, “NCRLA has received assurances this week from legislative leadership, that if the Charlotte City Council repeals (its nondiscrimination ordinance) at their meeting on Monday, the General Assembly is prepared to meet in special session as early as next week to repeal House Bill 2…Furthermore, Gov. Pat McCrory has assured NCRLA that he is willing to call legislators into a special session next week for this purpose if both the city and the legislators have the votes for repeal.” Read the rest of this entry »

Siting HB 2, NCAA and the ACC say they Will Move Their Championship Games from North Carolina

By Staff
Christian Action League
September 15, 2016

NCAAINDIANAPOLIS, IND., GREENSBORO, N.C. – This week both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) based in Indianapolis, Indiana and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), based in Greensboro, North Carolina, announced that they would be pulling championship games out of the Tar Heel sate as a protest against HB 2.

On Monday, NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement about the decision, “We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans and everyone else taking part in our championships.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of the NCAA

By Paul ‘Skip’ Stam
Speaker Pro-Tem of the North Carolina House
September 16, 2016

SnakeCiting a commitment to “fairness and inclusion,” the NCAA announced September 12 that it will move seven championship events out of North Carolina during the 2016-17 school year.

The hypocrisy of the NCAA’s “commitment” is breathtaking. The organization selectively boycotts North Carolina for policies it claims are unique to our state – but actually are common throughout the nation – and for daring to disagree with a sweeping federal mandate by the Obama Administration – a mandate that is currently being challenged in court by 24 other states. The NCAA is in violation itself of the civil rights provision of Title IX as interpreted by the Obama Administration. Let’s look at the facts.

FACT #1:  The NCAA claims that the “dynamic” in North Carolina is different from other states. But North Carolina state law on discrimination is the same or very similar to that of 28 other states and the statutory law of the Federal government. The NCAA will want to take a careful look at its activities and those of its thousands of members in these 28 other states in order to understand its “commitment to fairness and inclusion.”

Proponents of the Charlotte type discrimination ordinance say it has been enacted in 200 cities nationwide. Their leader, Rep. Chris Sgro, says it is 100 cities. Whether it is 100 or 200 means that about 10,000 other cities and towns nationwide do not have a similar ordinance. How many NCAA events, members or fans are located in these 10,000 other cities and towns? Read the rest of this entry

Franklin Graham Responds to ACC Tournament Move Out of North Carolina

By Franklin Graham
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
September 16, 2016

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham

On Wednesday, the Athletic Coast Conference announced it would move its December ACC Championship football game out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The move is a reaction to the HB2 law that protects women and children in bathrooms, dressing rooms and locker rooms.

Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, responded to the move, writing this letter to ACC Commissioner John D. Swofford with a copy sent to the presidents of its 15 member schools:

Dear Commissioner Swofford,

As a lifelong resident of North Carolina and current CEO and president of two organizations employing nearly 1,500 North Carolinians, I am saddened—even outraged—by the vote of the ACC Council of Presidents to move conference championships from our state in protest of legislation requiring people to use public bathrooms that correspond with their birth gender Read the rest of Franklin Graham’s letter


Craft Beer Industry Planning Attack on State’s Three-Tier System of Alcohol Control

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By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 9, 2016

Craft Beer

“The craft beer industry is planning an attack on the Three-Tier system of alcohol control in North Carolina,” warned Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Referencing an article, Pop the Cap Movement Paves Way to Craft Freedom, recently published in the Raleigh News and Observer (N&O), Dr. Creech said the craft beer industry has grown a lot since the ‘Pop the Cap’ legislation passed a little more than ten years ago. He said the industry has plenty of room to grow more, “but what they want now will undermine responsible alcohol policy.”

‘Pop the Cap’ refers to a legislative initiative pushed by craft brewers that passed in 2005 and lifted the cap on the amount of alcohol that could be legally contained in a malt beverage. Read the rest of this entry »