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1000 Social Conservative Leaders, One from North Carolina, Meet with Presumptive GOP Nominee, Donald Trump

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 24, 2016

TrumpIn what is being called perhaps “the largest assembly of social conservative leaders in a generation,” about 1,000 evangelicals met with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday at an invitation-only event in New York. Opinions of the meeting and its larger implications seem as varied and numerous as the guest list.

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, found Trump “pleasant, relaxed, funny and more thoughtful” in person than he appears on television, while Rob Schenck, Faith and Action president, tweeted warnings during the meeting that “Trump=Danger.”

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, who had previously endorsed Ted Cruz and said he could not support Trump after the candidate’s statement about the legalization of same-sex marriage, wound up helping to lead the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools vs. HB 2

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 24, 2016

HB2CHARLOTTE – In March, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Ann Clark said when it comes to transgender students, the system works “on an individual, case-by-case basis with that family and that student to make sure we are providing them with a safe and joyful journey through CMS.” On Monday, it was announced that for roughly 400 out of 146,000 students, that “joyful journey” would include being called by whatever name and pronoun they choose and being given unfettered access to restrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex.

The new policy flies in the face of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as HB2. But Clark says it is necessary to ensure that students feel safe and comfortable.

That’s not quite the same idea of “safe” many North Carolinians have in mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Alcohol Provision in Reg. Reform Bill Could Have Serious Public Health and Legal Ramifications

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 17, 2016

AlcoholRALIEGH – An alcohol provision that would allow North Carolina distilleries to deliver liquor to individuals outside of the state would not only undermine the state ABC system, but could also have serious public health and legal ramifications.

That’s the message the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, is sharing with members of the N.C. House, which will soon decide whether or not to concur with the Senate-approved version of House Bill 169.

The bill would strike language in current ABC law that limits who distilleries can sell to and instead would allow them to “sell, deliver and ship spirituous liquor in closed containers at wholesale to exporters and local boards within the state, and to sell spirituous liquor in closed containers at wholesale or retail, subject to the laws of other jurisdictions, for delivery outside the state.” It would further declare that when the holder of a distillery permit sells liquor for delivery outside the state, the retail price shall be the distiller’s price. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Health Care Committee Bans ‘Kratom’ for Minors and Orders a Study of the Substance

L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 17, 2017

KratomRALEIGH – Does kratom have any medicinal value? Or should the plant-based, psychoactive drug be banned in North Carolina?

These are questions that the North Carolina Senate Health Care Committee hopes a study bill it approved this week will answer. The measure, HB 747 – put forth as a better alternative to SB 830, which would have made kratom a controlled substance, would limit the sale of the popular study aid and pain killer to those 18 and under.

Anyone younger than 18 caught with the substance would be charged with an infraction rather than a felony, and legal options such as deferred prosecution would be offered to those who let kratom fall into the wrong hands. Read the rest of this entry »

Legends vs. the Truth about HB 2

By Rep. Paul Stam, Speaker Pro Tem
North Carolina House of Representatives
June 9, 2016

Skip StamThe narrative of the mass media is that HB 2, (Session Law 2016-3, “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act”) as a big change, an outrageous overreach which denies rights and is unenforceable. Let’s take these legends one by one and explain the law.

Legend 1: HB 2 was a big change in North Carolina law.

TRUTH: (with one exception discussed under Legend Number 5) HB 2 codified what had been the law in North Carolina for years, decades and, for the most part, centuries. It:

  1. Provides for single sex, multiple occupancy bathrooms and changing facilities in public buildings, public schools and public agencies (while allowing accommodations by single occupancy facilities and other exceptions) – please read it for yourselves. The Charlotte ordinance tried to set its policy throughout the city, even in private businesses (and even throughout the state for businesses contracting with Charlotte). There are an estimated 20,000 private entities in Charlotte that would have been affected. The new law sets common sense policy for government facilities but leaves private business free subject to laws concerning indecent exposure, to make reasonable accommodations.

Pursuant to 180 years of NC Constitutional (Art. II Sec. 24 9j0 & Art. VII Sec. 1) economic policy HB 2: Read the rest of this entry

Ellmers Ousted for Undermining Pro-Life Cause

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 9, 2016

EllmersMore than a year ago, the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, warned Republicans who failed to support the pro-family issues that got them elected that their time in office could be cut short. He specifically called out North Carolina GOP Congresswoman Renee Ellmers for undermining the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. On Tuesday, Ellmers lost to George Holding and became the first Republican incumbent to fail in the primary.

“There are some powerful pro-life groups in North Carolina. These groups have developed a strong coalition in the state. So if they should come together and seek to find someone to challenge Renee Ellmers in a primary, and work to get in behind that candidate, there’s a good chance that candidate would win,” Dr. Creech predicted in February 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Student Ministry at NC State Strikes a Blow for the First Amendment

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 9, 2016

NCStateRALEIGH – A student ministry at North Carolina State University struck a blow for the First Amendment last weekend when a federal court ordered NCSU to stop enforcing a speech code that requires permits for nearly any kind of student speech anywhere on campus.

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and other lawyers argued the case for Grace Christian Life before U.S. District Court Judge James Dever. The suit was filed after members of the registered student organization were told that they needed a permit to speak with other students in the student union. The group obtained a permit but was then told they could speak to other students only if they stayed behind their club table, a restriction not applied to other groups.

In limiting the activities of Grace Christian Life, university officials cited an NCSU policy that requires permits for “any distribution of leaflets, brochures, or other written material, or oral speech to a passerby.” It also requires anyone “wishing to conduct any form of solicitation on University premises” to first obtain written permission from the Student Involvement Office. Read the rest of this entry »

Sorry, LGBTQRPXT, You Aren’t Born That Way

By Steve Deace
Conservative Review
June 9, 2016

LGBTTurns out you can feel free to file “born this way” under the same heading as “if you like your current healthcare plan you can keep it.”

For these are things liars say.

The latest comprehensive research blows the first bit of nonsense out of the water. Turns out the science isn’t so perverted after all – only our dark and broken appetites and desires; confirming what a tangled web we weave when our intent is to deceive.

A 41-year annual survey, involving more than 33,000 people, was conducted between 1973 and 2014 by researchers from Widener, Florida Atlantic and San Diego State universities. And according to reporting done by the Philadelphia Enquirer, the verdict is that a lot more Americans are having sex with both men and women than ever before. While at the same time the number of people who identify as strictly homosexual is both static and miniscule.

That’s likely how Sodom and Gomorrah transformed themselves from nice bed-and-breakfast communities into a bombing range for fire and brimstone. Read the rest of this entry »

Vote, Tuesday, June 7th and Be Found Worthy of the Privilege

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 6, 2016

VoteIn his comedy routine, the late Milton Berle used to say:

“Since perestroika and glasnost, the Russians have changed their electoral system. A man went in to vote and was handed a sealed ballot. He started to tear it open. An election official said, ‘What are you doing, Igor?’

“I’m opening the ballot. I want to see who I voted for.

“‘You’re not supposed to know. This is a secret ballot!’ said the election official.”

Tuesday, June 7th, North Carolinians get to participate in a privilege unknown by many in other countries – a free election. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Version of State Budget Doubles Lottery Advertising

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 3, 2016

LotteryRALEIGH – The North Carolina Senate gave its stamp of approval to budget adjustments that would increase teacher pay, raise standard deductions on personal income tax and broaden Opportunity Scholarships. The $22.2 billion spending plan approved Thursday would also double the advertising budget for the state lottery.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said, “It’s disappointing to see the misplaced faith in the lottery by this decision to double lottery advertising. The lottery, state sponsored gambling, is a major policy failure. It’s highly regressive and is an unsustainable revenue source. It will not help the state budget. Lottery revenue comes largely from Social Security, unemployment and other forms of government assistance. It’s nothing but the government, paying government with other monies being siphoned off for gambling interests. It’s dishonest and it doesn’t fulfill any of its promises.”

The Senate budget bill, which was a revision of House Bill 1030, was headed back to the House, which is expected not to concur with the Senate changes. From there the bill will go to a conference committee for differences to be resolved. Read the rest of this entry »