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 »
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 »
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. 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
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
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 »
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 toldBaptist 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 »
Filing argues it’s not enough for homosexuals to have same access as heterosexuals By Bob Unruh Would Net Daily January 30, 2017
“Gay”-rights advocates in North Carolina are in court to force every state magistrate to endorse “same-sex marriage” by performing ceremonies, even if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
The demands in the Ansley v. Warren case in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals undermine the claim that the objective of same-sex duos is to have the same access to marriage as heterosexual couples.
It’s not enough to have the same access, the plaintiffs contend.
The “gay”-rights activists aim was profiled in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in the case, which had been dismissed by a trial judge. Liberty Council is seeking to intervene on behalf of the constitutional requirement that the state not burden faith, because “the attorney general will not vigorously defend the law.” Read the rest of this entry
Those same concerns were confirmed again when WNCT News 9 reported:
“Craft breweries across North Carolina are hoping legislators repeal a law this session…[t]he legislation caps distribution at 25,000 barrels. Past that, an outside distributor must take over…The debate could lead to the General Assembly this session as some breweries have teamed up with lobbyists to raise the cap to 200,000 barrels.”
Red Oak Brewery in Greensboro has had a large sign next to their facilities beside Interstate 40 East that reads, “Lift the Cap” for several months. Read the rest of this entry »
Janet Mefferd Today Christian Action League January 26, 2017
Janet Mefferd is a radio talk show host for two nationally syndicated daily Christian broadcasts: Janet Mefferd Today and Janet Mefferd Live (on American Family Radio). Her shows have a combined reach of more than 350 radio stations nationwide.
Mefferd is a former news and religion reporter and editor for newspapers including The Dallas Morning News and the Daily Herald. She also has more than 25 years of Christian broadcasting experience.
Wednesday’s broadcast of Janet Mefferd Today featured the Christian Action League’s executive director, Rev. Mark Creech. Mefferd interviewed Rev. Creech to inquire about what’s next for HB 2, the “bathroom bill.” Janet’s interview of Rev. Creech was the second half of the broadcasts and begins at the 24:22 minute mark.
You can listen to Wednesday’s Janet Mefford Today, by clicking here