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Honor Saluting Honor

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 18, 2017

I would like to share something taken directly from The American Patriots Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb.

“The Civil War came to an end, for all practical purposes, in April 1865 when Robert E. Lee’s starving, exhausted Confederate army found itself hemmed in by Union forces in Virginia. On April 9 Lee met with General Ulysses S. Grant in a farmhouse at Appomattox Court House to offer his surrender. Grant’s terms were generous: the Southern soldiers were to be pardoned and could go home with their private property, including their horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers could keep their side arms, and Lee’s hungry troops could receive Union rations. “This will have the best possible effect upon the men,” Lee observed quietly. Read the rest of this entry »

The Solar Eclipse: A Sign of Judgment for America?

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 12, 2017

Harry was a caretaker of a recreation lodge on Spirit Lake about five miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. For two months there had been a series of small earthquakes and steam venting episodes on the volcano located in Skamania County in Washington State. All the evidence predicted that the great mountain would erupt with a fury and leave the forests flattened.

The Rangers urged Harry to evacuate, but he wouldn’t listen. Some of his neighbors begged him to join them in their exodus. His sister pleaded with him to be sensible. But Harry ignored every warning. Read the rest of this entry »

Brunch Bill Policies Exacerbate Alcohol-Related Harms and Negatively Impact Religious Influence

Solid Reasons NC Counties, Cities, and Towns Should Not Approve Brunch Ordinances
Christian Action League Staff
August 11, 2017

This year the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation (SB 155 – ABC Omnibus Legislation) that the media dubbed as the “Brunch Bill.” The measure, which Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law on June 30th, authorizes county commissioners, town and city councils to allow, bars, hotels, private clubs and restaurants to roll back the time for alcohol sales from 12:00 noon to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings – an increase of 2 hours.  It also expands the additional two hours of sale for retail sales of beer and wine in places like convenience and grocery stores. But before this can happen, local governing bodies have to pass an ordinance that allows for it.  The following are solid reasons NC counties, cities, and towns should not approve Brunch Ordinances. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Pastors Have a Beer?

By Shane Idleman
Christian Post
August 9, 2017

A few years ago, I attended a conference where pastors were encouraged to meet at a pub after the general sessions. A few of these pastors could exercise their liberty, but why publicly? I wondered how many people at the conference stumbled because of it.

The demands of life often tempt us to seek gratification in alcohol and other things. We must be on high alert. The enemy uses “opportune times” to draw us away from God. (cf. Luke 4:13.) The line is so thin that it is often hard to determine when we cross over.

The person who consumes alcohol walks a very fine line between freedom and sin, responsibility and carelessness, liberty and abuse — over-indulgence can even disqualify a person from leadership (cf. 1 Timothy 3). This discussion is not about a glass of wine or beer now and then, it’s about abusing liberty. Damage done to families and individuals through alcohol use demands a closer look.

Pastor John MacArthur states what many of us feel but seldom discuss, “It is puerile and irresponsible for any pastor to encourage the recreational use of intoxicants — especially in church-sponsored activities. The ravages of alcoholism and drug abuse in our culture are too well known, and no symbol of sin’s bondage is more seductive or more oppressive than booze.” Read the rest of this entry

Bill for Free Speech on NC College Campuses Becomes Law without Governor’s Signature

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
August 2, 2017

RALEIGH – Monday, HB 527 – Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech, became law in North Carolina. The legislation, which was sponsored by Reps. Chris Millis (R-Onslow) and Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe) calls on the UNC system to develop, adopt and implement various policies related to free expression.

Governor Roy Cooper did not sign the bill.

North Carolina law gives the Governor up to 30 days to sign or veto a measure after lawmakers adjourn. After this, if the Governor doesn’t respond, then the measure automatically becomes law. The General Assembly adjourned on June 30th and Sunday was the end of the 30 days. Read the rest of this entry »

Governor Cooper Signs Law to Divest from Companies that Boycott the State of Israel

Dr. Creech says the bill ‘was possibly one of the most significant measures taken up in the General Assembly’
By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
July 31, 2017

RALEIGH – Thursday of last week, Gov. Roy Cooper signed what Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League said: “was possibly one of the most significant measures taken-up by the General Assembly.”

Dr. Creech added, “The bill hardly got any media coverage. Although the bill had some opposition, there wasn’t any meaningful controversy surrounding it. Nevertheless, it was truly a very important piece of legislation – especially to Christian social conservatives.”

HB 161 – Divestment from Companies that Boycott Israel prohibits the state from investing in or contracting with companies that boycott the state of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

Distillers (Mostly) Like New Sales Rules

By Wesley Young
Winston Salem Journal
July 31, 2017

Area distillers are saying a new state law allowing the sale of up to five bottles of spirits to people taking distillery tours is a plus for tourism and the development of craft distilleries in the state.

The legislation, passed at the end of June, puts the limit on such sales at five bottles per customer per 12-month period, up from the former limit of one bottle per customer.

“We are extraordinarily happy that the law was passed,” said John Fragakis, co-owner of Broad Branch Distillery on North Trade Street, which opened in 2015. “People are starting to conclude that with all the taxes we pay, having additional sales is good for our economy, and having additional sales will allow us to invest in our manpower, adding positions over time.”

Not everyone is happy: the Rev. Mark Creech, director of the Christian Action League, said the new law could be a step on the path to retail liquor sales in North Carolina. The group opposed the previous one-bottle limit and the new five-bottle limit, and Creech predicts distillers will be back to ask for even more direct customers sales.  Read the rest of this entry

Gov. Cooper Signs Sunday Hunting Bill that Expands Rights, But Keeps Protections for Churches

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
July 25, 2017

Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper signed HB 559 – Outdoor Heritage Enhanced. The measure expands Sunday hunting with a firearm by removing certain restrictions that pertain to Sunday hunting on private lands, allowing Sunday hunting on game lands, and allowing the hunting of migratory birds on Sunday, subject to rules enacted by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

The 145-year prohibition on Sunday hunting was lifted with the passage of HB 640 – Outdoor Heritage Act in 2015. The Christian Action League was an ardent opponent.

In a Raleigh News and Observer op-ed, Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the League said concerning the 2015 legislation, “Lawmakers certainly understand the necessity of legislation that creates a friendly business environment, but churches also need government to consider whether its actions are friendly to the ministries of houses of worship. Each time we weaken the significance of the ‘Lord’s Day,’ we create a chasm that cannot be bridged.” Read the rest of this entry »

Clergy Say Rev. Barber Wrong about Praying for President Trump

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
July 21, 2017

Left to Right: Dr. Mark Harris, Rev. Mark Creech, Rev. Leon Threatt, Civil Rights Leader Clarence Henderson, Robin Hayes, and Dr. Richard Land

CHARLOTTE – Ministers who gathered for a press conference outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center on Wednesday made it clear to the Rev. William Barber that when he speaks out against praying for the president, he is in direct contradiction to the Word of God.

The Press Conference was organized by the Christian Action League.

“The Scriptures are exceedingly clear that we are to pray specifically for our leaders. The apostle Paul spoke of this in his epistle to Timothy, noting that we should pray for them without qualification,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. “I remind you that when Paul wrote this the kings that were ruling at that time were mostly tyrants.”

Dr. Creech and four other ministers were among a group reacting to statements made by Barber last weekend on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. Read the rest of this entry »

FAKE NEWS: Media Narrative about NC’s Transgender Bathroom Law Debunked Again

By Paul Chesser
Liberty Headlines
July 18, 2017

The evidence was made clear in May — that the since-repealed House Bill 2 (the “transgender bathroom law”) may have helped boost an increase in tourism to North Carolina, despite fake media reports to the contrary.

Even more statistics revealed on Monday reinforce that premise. According to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism reached an all-time high in Wake County, which is home to the state Capitol and its second-largest city, as well as Cary, the seventh-largest municipality in the Tar Heel State. The county saw 15.6 million visitors during 2016 — the year in which HB2 was enacted and stood as law for 3/4 of the year — which represented an increase of 3.5 percent over 2015. The growth in popularity of the region (and the state overall) as a tourist destination exploded despite national attacks from media organizations, celebrities, sports figures and corporations, because of the state’s requirement for individuals to use public restrooms according to the gender designated on their birth certificates, rather than their “gender identity.” Read the rest of this entry