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Religious Liberty of State Officials Infringed Upon, NC Senate President Promises Action

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 24, 2014

Religious LibertyAccording to USA Today, a judge in Swain County, Magistrate Judge Gilbert Breedlove, resigned his position on Monday because performing a same-sex marriage was against his Christian convictions.

Breedlove told the paper it was his only option. “We were directed we had to perform the marriages, and that was just something I couldn’t do because of my religious beliefs,” he said.

Breedlove has been serving as a bivocational pastor in the Bryson City area. In addition to serving as a magistrate, he previously was a deputy sheriff and a Bible translator for the Choctaw Indians. He says his family and community, which is largely made up of conservative Christians, is supportive of his decision.

The Greensboro News and Record reported that support was also what John Kallam Jr. received on Tuesday. More than 500 Rockingham County residents showed up at the County Court House bearing signs that protested the infringement of his religious liberties. Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina ABC Commission to Launch Media Campaign Promoting the North Carolina Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
October 24, 2014

ABC CommissionAsk what underage drinking is and most people will say it involves partying college freshmen or high schoolers getting fake IDs. But according to statistics from the NC Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Commission, 29% of NC middle school students have already had alcohol at least once. Statistics also show that one young person dies per week in North Carolina due to alcohol-related accidents.

The ABC Commission states that underage drinking costs North Carolina about $1.5 billion annually. In 2009, an estimated 737 teen pregnancies were attributable to underage drinking and an estimated 60 homicides, 26,800 nonfatal violent crimes and 67,400 property crimes were also attributable to underage drinking.

Alarming figures such as these are the reason that the ABC Commission will launch a media campaign in November to publicize the North Carolina Initiative to Reduce Underage Drinking. Read the rest of this entry »

CAL Staff Member Helping Tennesseans with Constitutional Amendment on Abortion

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 23, 2014

Tennessee“I believe what America needs, what Tennessee needs, is the ‘bright shining light of a city set upon a hill for all to see,'” said Garland Honeycutt, director of development for the Christian Action League.

Honeycutt was addressing the annual “Gathering” of the Holston Baptist Association, the state’s oldest Baptist group of churches, which met earlier this week in Jonesborough, Tennessee – the state’s oldest city.  Honeycutt was challenging his audience to “vote yes on amendment 1” in November – an amendment to Tennessee’s constitution on abortion and women’s health. Read the rest of this entry »

Debate on Same-Sex Marriage Not Likely to Subside, Religious Liberties are seriously at Stake

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
October 17, 2014

DebateIn its October 13th editorial, the Raleigh News and Observer argued that since same-sex marriage is now legal in the state, North Carolinians should move past the debate. “Now, we hope the debate will subside,” the paper wrote.

Although same-sex marriage supporters certainly want the issue to go away, that’s not likely to ever happen. For many, the opposition to same-sex marriage is deeply rooted in their religious convictions. Gay activists and others that affirm the lifestyle understand this, and, therefore, are determined to either humiliate or legislate people of faith that object into silence.

We already see this with the ascension of gay marriage in the Tar Heel state, when it’s still only in its infancy. Read the rest of this entry »

Berger and Tillis Permitted to Intervene and Plan to File Appeal on Same-Sex Marriage Cases

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 17, 2014

JudgeGREENSBORO – On Tuesday, US Chief Justice William Osteen in Greensboro was the second federal judge to overturn North Carolina’s marriage protection amendment as unconstitutional. US District Judge Max O. Cogburn in Asheville had made the same ruling Friday afternoon, October 10th, ushering gay marriage into the Tar Heel state.

Both Judges based their rulings on the Bostic v. Schaefer decision of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down Virginia’s marriage amendment. North Carolina falls under the 4th Circuit’s jurisdiction. The Judges contended that the appellate court’s ruling must apply since the US Supreme Court decided not to review same-sex marriage rulings affecting Virginia and four other states. Read the rest of this entry »

Students, Community, Push-Back against Davidson County School System’s Banning of PA for Pregame Prayer

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 17, 2014

PrayerTHOMASVILLE – Samantha Warwick and Andrea Francis, students at Ledford High School in Thomasville, played in the school’s band. One evening during an away game at East Davidson High, they were inspired when they discovered that school’s practice was to have a pre-game prayer. Shortly thereafter, Samantha and Andrea made their way to the Principal’s office at Ledford to suggest the same for their school. The Principal was in full support, and pre-game invocations were implemented and practiced for a full year.

Then a letter arrived from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, an atheist group, claiming the practice was unconstitutional and threatening to sue the school system if it continued. The correspondence precipitated a meeting between Samantha, Andrea, their parents and Ledford High School’s principal, who explained Davidson County Schools, could no longer allow them use of the PA system for a pre-game prayer. They would only be allowed a moment of silence. Read the rest of this entry »

Same-Sex Marriage Decisions: The Constitution Protects Gays But Not Blacks and Women

By Frank Turek
CrossExamined.org
October 15, 2014

ConstitutionLast week, one unelected judge, overturned the will of 1,317,178 North Carolinians when he declared North Carolina’s definition of marriage in violation of the United States constitution. Judge Max Cogburn, appointed by President Obama, said that the definition 61 percent of voters approved just two years ago violated the “equal protection” clause of the 14th Amendment—the same rationale used by judges elsewhere to violate the expressed will of the people. This is beyond absurd.

It’s absurd rationally because everyone already has equal marriage rights. Every person has the same equal right to marry someone of the opposite sex. That law treats all people equally, but not every behavior they may desire equally. Same sex marriage and natural marriage are different behaviors with different outcomes, so the law rightfully treats them differently. One behavior perpetuates and stabilizes society, and the other doesn’t. Read the rest of this entry »

Franklin Graham: ‘Activist Judges Are Overturning the Will of the People’ in Gay Marriage Rulings

By Michael Gryboski
Christian Post
October 14, 2014

Franklin GrahamThe Rev. Franklin Graham, CEO of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said Monday that “activist judges are overturning the will of the people,” when speaking about the 61 percent of North Carolina voters who supported an amendment banning same-sex marriage in their state.

“It’s sad when a judge is able to overrule the will of the people. This is a democracy and the people spoke. We’re seeing that activist judges across the country are overturning the will of the people,” Graham, a native of the state, said in an interview with NBC Charlotte. “We saw that in California. We’re now seeing it here in North Carolina now. I don’t know what will take place.” Read the rest of this entry »

Same-Sex Marriage Is Here: Protect Your Church’s Religious Liberties

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
October 13, 2014

Church Steeple Numerous pastors are now contacting the Christian Action League with concerns about protecting their churches from possible legal action, now that same-sex marriage has been declared the law of the land. Although I would not want to be an alarmist, let me simply say that they are rightly concerned.

After winning the valiant fight to place a constitutional amendment protecting marriage as one man and one woman in our state’s constitution, I don’t think most churches expected same-sex marriage to happen so quickly. Therefore, most of them have never taken steps to include in their bylaws language meant to afford their religious liberties with certain protections. It is nothing less than naïve to think gay activists will be satisfied with redefining marriage. Their pattern of action indicates their ultimate goal is to humiliate and silence all opposition. Churches should move decisively to protect their spiritual objectives, but with careful deliberation to also be open to minister to all.

The Christian Action League sees no need to reinvent the wheel. Alliance Defending Freedom, (ADF) “a unique legal ministry that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith,” already provides documents to help with these concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement Regarding Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

By North Carolina Lieutenant Governor, Dan Forest
Christian Action League
October 13, 2014

Dan Forest

Friday, an unelected federal judge violated the foundational principles of this great nation. In 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and later by ratification, the states relinquished a limited amount of power to a federal government. The document we call the Constitution set out a detailed and enumerated list of powers to be held by the federal government, and in the Tenth Amendment the states left a reminder that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Read the rest of this entry »