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NBA Pulls All Star Game from Charlotte: Critics Rightly Call It ‘Imposing,’ ‘Blackmail,’ ‘Cultural Cronyism,’ and Hypocritical

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
July 22, 2016

NBARALEIGH – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Thursday it was moving the 2017 All-Star Game away from Charlotte. Commissioner Adam Silver had threatened the state with the possibility shortly after HB 2 was passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor in March.

A statement released by the major basketball league read in part that they didn’t believe they could host their “All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB 2.”

The NBA also said they hoped Charlotte would be the host for the 2019 All-Star Game, but the decision would be made on the condition that there was an “appropriate resolution” to HB 2. Read the rest of this entry »

Christian Student Ministry Withdraws Lawsuit after NCSU Revises Speech Policy

By Hunter Hines and L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
July 21, 2016

NCRALEIGH – Early last month, the Christian Action League reported that a student ministry, Grace Christian Life, struck a blow for the First Amendment when U.S. District Court Judge James Dever ordered North Carolina State University (NCSU) to stop enforcing a school policy limiting free speech.

Dever released his injunction only two days after hearing the case, saying the merits of the claim by the student ministry were so strong that it was in the public’s best interest.

This week, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), who argued the case for the student ministry in court, announced that NCSU had settled the case and would no longer censor the free speech of its students. In lieu of the university’s new policy, ADF said that the student group was withdrawing their lawsuit, Grace Christian Life v. Woodson. Read the rest of this entry »

Legislative Wrap-Up for 2016

The Short Session
Christian Action League
July 22, 2016

NCAsk most anyone to name a law passed in North Carolina this year and you’ll hear about HB 2. The high-profile battle between the North Carolina General Assembly, the Governor and the Charlotte City Council, over who should be allowed in which bathroom, thrust the state into the national spotlight and saw faith-based organizations on the front lines supporting beleaguered lawmakers who dared to stand up for safety and religious liberty.

Though the issue was front and center in the Short Session, it wasn’t the only thing on the minds of lawmakers or on the Christian Action League’s (CAL) radar. As it has for more than half a century, the conservative evangelical public policy organization worked to promote good bills and lay bare bad provisions on a range of topics. Read the rest of this entry »

Numerous Dates Open for Speaking Engagements

Executive Director of the Christian Action League wants to fill his calendar with speaking engagements for the remainder of 2016
Christian Action League
July 19, 2016

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Dr. Creech’s calendar usually stays full for speaking engagements, but currently that isn’t the case. Yet the issues facing our Representative Republic are critical. Dr. Creech has numerous Sundays open, one remaining in July, the 31st, and many others in August, September, October, November, and December.

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24 States Challenge Obama Administration’s Transgender Edict for Public Schools

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
July 16, 2016

Transgender“Straight into the paper shredder” — that’s where one Texas school superintendent said he’s putting President Obama’s transgender bathroom guidelines that would open all school restrooms to people of both sexes.

Though the Lone Star State was among the first to file a lawsuit against the administration’s May 13 edict, it was certainly not the last. As of earlier this week, no fewer than 24 states — from Montana to Maine and Arizona to Georgia — had taken legal action against the nonsensical decree.

“We’re glad to see state after state standing up for privacy and common sense, and we hope this trend spreads to the remaining half of the country,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “When Tar Heel families and safety-conscious lawmakers refused to back down from the federal government’s dangerous demands, their resolve helped pave the way for leaders in other states to take similar stands.” Read the rest of this entry »

NC Spends More than $1 Million Annually on Gambling Addicts

By Steve Reed
Johnstonian News Group
July 14, 2016

GamblingEditor’s Note: It’s encouraging to see a local media group, in this case the Johnstonian News Group from Johnston County, doing research and providing information to their readers on issues related to problem gambling in North Carolina. The Christian Action League appreciates that they are allowing us to share what they have found with you. The article below is Part One in a series of two. Posting these articles, however, does not necessarily mean the Christian Action League agrees with all of its content.  

Gambling can be as addictive as alcohol. Don’t believe it? The state spends more than $1 million per year for gambling addicts.

On the North Carolina Education Lottery commercials, there’s a phone number in small print at the bottom of each ad. Read the rest of this entry »

Deputies Reportedly Taunted at Zaxby’s Restaurant in North Carolina

By Todd Starnes
Fox News
July 13, 2016

SheriffA pair of deputy sheriffs got a hankering for some chicken the other day so they decided to drop by a Zaxby’s in Shelby, North Carolina.

For you folks in Wisconsin, Zaxby’s is a Southeastern fast-food chain specializing in chicken fingers and wings. Although, they do have delicious fried pickles – but I digress.

Anyway, the Cleveland County deputies (who were in uniform) placed their orders – and then something very disturbing happened.

Several workers in the back of the kitchen allegedly began hollering at the law enforcement officers and calling them names. And one of the workers allegedly tampered with one deputy’s meal. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Lawmakers Adjourn ‘Short Session’ Leaving HB 2 Intact

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
July 7, 2016

HB2RALEIGH – While North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act remained largely intact last week as lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session, the law requiring people to use public bathrooms that match their biological gender is under a growing attack from the federal government.

The final week of the General Assembly’s short session began with Republican House leaders circulating draft legislation that was leaked to the Press. The proposed legislation would have restored workers’ rights to bring discrimination suits against their employers in state courts and would have created an anti-discrimination task force. It would also have paved the way for people who have had sex-reassignment surgeries in jurisdictions that do not provide for birth certificate changes to receive a “certificate of sex reassignment,” from the state registrar. Furthermore, it would have increased punishment for certain crimes committed in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. Read the rest of this entry »

Provision to Increase Lottery Advertising Dropped from Final Version of the State’s Budget

By Hunter Hines and L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
July 7, 2016

LotteryRALEIGH – The North Carolina General Assembly did not approve a provision to the state’s budget measure by the Senate that would have doubled lottery advertising. The proposal would have increased lottery spending for advertising from its current level of 1 percent to 2 percent, or $19 million per year to $40.8 million. The proposal was abandoned during budget negotiations.

Lottery officials argued the added revenue was needed to expand digital and online advertising and to run more short ads informing listeners about jackpot amounts in multistate Powerball and Mega Millions games.

Opponents, however, like John Rustin, president of the North Carolina Family Policy Council said, “Research consistently shows state lotteries prey on the poor and increase the incidents of problem and pathological gambling, which leads to higher rates of crime, domestic violence, child abuse, divorce, bankruptcy, and even suicide.” Read the rest of this entry »

Two Provisions Granting Distilleries Additional Privileges Fail to Advance

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
July 7, 2016

AlcoholRALEIGH – Two problematic alcohol provisions tucked into a measure meant to amend some state laws related to business regulations; State and local government regulations; agricultural, energy, environmental and natural resources, failed to advance this year. Both would have given distilleries additional privileges that could have undermined North Carolina’s current system of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The bill, which was originally about eliminating counties from motor vehicle inspections, was hijacked by the Senate and changed to HB 169-Regulatory Reduction Act.

The legislation as a bill for regulatory reform was controversial not only because of its alcohol provisions but also for much of its other content. Read the rest of this entry »