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Pro-Lifers Don’t Want Rep. Renee Ellmers to be seated on Committee to Investigate Planned Parenthood

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 8, 2015

Renee EllmersWASHINGTON, D.C. – Pro-Life advocates are adamant that they don’t want North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers (R) seated on a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.

According to the Washington Examiner, she’s seeking a spot on a special new committee created Wednesday [October 2], by House Republicans to investigate the organization “in the wake of undercover videos highlighting its involvement in supplying aborted fetal material for medical research.”

Back in January, Ellmers, who vehemently professes to be pro-life, essentially derailed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – a measure Concerned Women for America called “one of the most crucial pieces of pro-life legislation since the passage of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban.”

The legislation, which was supposed to be voted on at the same time as the National March for Life was taking place, would have banned abortions after 20 weeks – a period when it’s believed the fetus can actually feel pain in the womb. Read the rest of this entry »

Rep. Brian Brown of Pitt County Resigns to Work for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
October 8, 2015

Rep. Brian Brown Resigns to Work for US Sen. Thom Tillis

Rep. Brian Brown Resigns to Work for US Sen. Thom Tillis

RALEIGH – Monday, Rep. Brian Brown (R-Pitt), resigned his seat, effective immediately, to become the eastern regional representative for U.S. Senator Thom Tillis.

The purpose of the position is to connect Sen. Tillis with his constituents, making certain he’s having good communications with them. Eastern North Carolina includes 28 counties.

In a statement released by Sen. Tillis’ office, Tillis said, “Brian truly understands the importance of public service, and I know he will be a great asset in helping Eastern North Carolinians in this new capacity…A native of Pitt County, Brian has a deep knowledge of the region and recognizes the issues and areas for growth within eastern North Carolina.” Read the rest of this entry »

Reparative Therapy, Southern Baptists and Moving the Goal Posts

By Janet Mefferd
Janet Mefferd Today
October 8, 2015

Dr. Albert Mohler

Albert Mohler says he rejects reparative theraphy

When even Al Mohler is embarrassed to talk about ‘reparative therapy’ in straightforward terms everyone understands, it means that cultural standards are evolving toward greater hospitality to our LGBTQ sisters and brothers.”

– Derek Penwell

Derek Penwell, senior minister of Douglass Boulevard Christian Church in Louisville and a lecturer at the University of Louisville in Religious Studies and Humanities, was among the protesters this week at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, as it hosted a conference on homosexuality and transgenderism.

A group called the Fairness Campaign showed up to protest, alleging that the gathering was promoting gay reparative therapy. SBTS president Dr. Albert Mohler and Heath Lambert, executive director of conference sponsor ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors), conducted a press conference to say they do not support reparative therapy as a method of bringing about homosexual or transgender change. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina General Assembly Completes Long Session with Great Gains for Social Conservatives

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 2, 2105

NCLegRALEIGH – North Carolina lawmakers ended a more than eight month session shortly after 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. It was the longest session in at least a decade. A Budget stalemate and extended negotiations on Medicaid reform and economic recruitment incentives were largely the reasons for its length. The General Assembly normally completes its work by early summer.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said the session was exceedingly productive for social conservatives. “I have served as a registered lobbyist in the legislature for 16 years,” said Dr. Creech. “We have never had a year with so many advances as this one.”

“The Christian Action League’s role is a critical one. Without our presence I believe there would be a huge vacuum, but the real credit must go to lawmakers,” said Dr. Creech. “There is an excellent group of people in office right now and we deeply appreciate their commitment to many of the values we represent. We owe them a word of thanks and when they are back in their districts, I hope our folks will tell them that,” he added. ” Read the rest of this entry »

Rep. Paul ‘Skip’ Stam, Conservative Christian Champion, Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
October 2, 2015

Skip StamRALEIGH – Just before the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned for the year, Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam dropped a bombshell, announcing he would not seek reelection in 2016. Stam said he still has “a big list to get done” and would finish out the legislative biennium when it returns in April of 2016.

Stam is currently serving his eighth term in the North Carolina House, representing the 37th district. He was first elected in 1989, serving a single term, and then again in 2003. He served as House Minority leader from 2007-2010, the House Majority Leader from 2011-2012, and the Speaker Pro Tem to the present.

As Speaker Pro-Tem, his position is very strategic. He ranks as the second most powerful lawmaker in the House, just under the Speaker.

Rep. Stam is a devout Christian and a member of Apex Baptist Church, where he has served as the church’s Chairman of Deacons, as well the chair for numerous other committees. He has served as a Trustee for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest (1988-1998) and the Chair of their Doctoral Studies Committee (1990-1997). He has served as a Trustee of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (2005-2009). His Christian service also included stints as the Chairman of the Constitution Committee of the Raleigh Baptist Association (1982-1984) and Parliamentarian for the North Carolina Baptist State Convention (1996-2007). Read the rest of this entry »

Bill to Prevent State Funds for Planned Parenthood and the Sale of Baby Body Parts Passes the N.C. House, 29 Democrats Vote Against It

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 2, 2015

ProLifeRALEIGH – Monday, the North Carolina House passed one of the most significant pieces of pro-life legislation in the state’s history. HB 297 – End Marketing/Sale of Unborn Children Body Parts was approved by a 79-29 vote. The Senate had passed the measure last Thursday.

The legislation essentially does two things. It prevents the use of state taxpayer monies being granted to groups like Planned Parenthood that perform abortions, and it prohibits the sale of baby body parts taken from an abortion or miscarriage.

The legislation was first taken up in the state Senate not long after undercover videos were released by the Center for Medical Progress that clearly show representatives of Planned Parenthood negotiating the sale of body parts from aborted babies.

Last week, Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, referred to the practice as “Frankensteinian” and “butcherous.” A similar sentiment was echoed during debate of the measure on the House floor when one lawmaker referred to the practice as “ghoulish.” Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Senate Approves Historic Pro-Life Legislation – Measure Now Moves to the House for Consideration on Monday Night

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
September 25, 2015

Planned ParenthoodRALEIGH – Thursday, the North Carolina Senate moved to pass one of the most significant pieces of pro-life legislation in the state’s history. HB 297 – End Marketing/Sale of Unborn Children Body Parts overwhelmingly passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 41-3.

In championing the measure on the Senate floor, the youngest Senator in the chamber, Sen. Chad Barefoot eloquently stated the purpose of the bill. Barefoot said:

“In the middle of July, national news organizations began to report that undercover videos had surfaced purporting to show the nation’s largest abortion clinic, Planned Parenthood, engaged in the selling and trafficking of unborn children body parts.  The videos are utterly gruesome, callus, and their contents represent a very dark and depraved part of our culture.  A part of our culture that many Americans did not know existed.  I certainly didn’t.

“Unfortunately, these facts don’t go away.  And we shouldn’t turn a blind eye. These videos have revealed that a marketplace for the sale of the remains of unborn children is thriving.  While federal law prohibits the sale or purchase of aborted fetal tissue, it has become apparent that this policy can be circumvented. Read the rest of this entry »

Greensboro ‘Conservative’ State Representative Wants North Carolina to Abolish the Death Penalty

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 25, 2015

Death PenaltyRALEIGH – A Republican lawmaker from Greensboro, Rep. John Hardister, called a press conference Tuesday of this week to call for the repeal of the death penalty. Hardister who touts the label of “conservative” said he wants to start a conversation about capital punishment in lieu of garnering support from other Republicans and conservatives against it.

Flanking Hardister at the press conference was Nebraska Sen. Colby Coash, also a Republican, who spearheaded the abolition of the death penalty in his state. Coash talked about the way he came to oppose the death penalty. He argues that there are three conservative reasons for abolishing it, (1) its inefficient, (2) it misplaces power, and (3) it doesn’t deliver justice.

Also flanking Hardister at the press conference was Ernie Pearson, an attorney from Raleigh, who spoke saying that he had always supported the death penalty until he had a change of heart about 18 months ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Concerned Citizens Want Opening Prayers at Iredell County Commissioner Meetings Restored

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
September 24, 2015

Iredell CountySTATESVILLE – Approximately 100 people gathered at the Government Center for the Iredell County Board of Commissioners Meeting last Tuesday, September 15th. They came to address a matter not on the agenda – the Commissioner’s decision to supplant an opening prayer at their meetings with a moment of silence.

County Commissioners had made the decision at their regular meeting in August. Because some who led in the opening prayer were using the name of “Jesus”, Iredell County Attorney Bill Pope had advised the County Board to discontinue the observance of opening prayer. Pope was concerned about a recent ruling from a federal judge regarding the constitutionality of a similar practice at Rowan County Board of Commissioners meetings.

Like many legislative bodies in the United States, the Board of Commissioners in Rowan County, N.C., had opened its meetings with an invocation for years. In 2013, however, three plaintiffs sued in federal district court to enjoin the board’s prayer practice. Read the rest of this entry »

Urgent Action Alert: Speak Now and Save a Baby’s Life

Christian Action League
September 23, 2015

image002This afternoon the NC Senate Rules Committee passed, HB 297 – End Marketing/Sale Unborn Children Body Parts. This critical pro-life legislation will do two things:

  1. It codifies language in our state statutes to permanently prevent taxpayer monies from funding Planned Parenthood. Last week the Christian Action League explained in this report, C. General Assembly Passes 2015 Budget: No Lottery Expansion and No Funding for Planned Parenthood, that Planned Parenthood was defunded in the state budget for 2015. This is true. But without a state statute that prohibits the funding of Planned Parenthood the defunding is only a temporary fix that has to be addressed in each budget. HB 297 takes the matter of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood further with a perpetual exclusion.
  1. The bill outlaws the sale of baby body parts. A shocking series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress recently revealed that this is a practice of Planned Parenthood. Recently, Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League referred to the practice as “Frankensteinian” and “butcherous.” HB 297 will make such an egregious and barbarous act illegal by stating, “No person shall sell the remains of an unborn child resulting from an abortion, or a miscarriage, or any aborted or miscarried material.” It would make the act a Class I felony.

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