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Christian Students at Duke University Refuse to Read LGBT Porn Novel

By Samuel smith
The Christian Post
September 1, 2015

Duke University Chapel

Duke University Chapel

DURHAM – A group of students in Duke University’s freshman class are speaking out publicly about their refusal to read a novel that was selected as the freshman summer reading book because the book’s pornographic content violates their Christian beliefs and moral principles.

In April, Duke University announced that the book, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, an autobiographical novel written by New York Times best-selling author Alison Bechdel about her relationship with her father, was the one book selected from a list of six titles to be the class of 2019’s “Common Experience” summer reading book.

Although Duke’s summer reading program is not required, the purpose behind the program is to give incoming students the opportunity to discuss the book in small groups during their orientation before school starts. A special printing of the book was mailed over the summer to all incoming freshman.
But as the autobiographical book was written by a lesbian and carries LGBT undertones, some Duke freshman were stunned to learn that they were being asked to read a book that included two graphic sex scenes between women, and graphic cartoons depicting women masturbating as well as multiple women engaging in oral sex. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Lawmakers Extend Budget Talks Further

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
August 28, 2015

BudgetRALEIGH – North Carolina lawmakers who anticipated having a budget done and heading home before Independence Day may still be in Raleigh when Labor Day rolls around. The Legislature on Thursday passed a third “continuing resolution,” a temporary measure that allows state agencies to keep operating even without an approved spending plan.

The first stopgap measure, approved when the General Assembly failed to meet its July 1 fiscal year deadline, expired Aug. 14. The second expires Monday, and the one approved this week will keep the government running until Sept. 18.

As lawmakers hash out their differences on issues such as teacher pay, the Christian Action League’s Rev. Mark Creech is hopeful they will also agree to defund Planned Parenthood and to defeat a proposed lottery expansion.
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National Survey Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Support the Current System of Alcohol Laws and Regulations

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
August 21, 2015

AlcoholALEXANDRIA, VA – A recent bipartisan national poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy, in Alexandria, Virginia, says the American public overwhelmingly supports the current system of alcohol regulations in the U.S. Moreover, the poll reveals Americans believe the current regulatory system for alcohol is viewed by most Americans as necessary for keeping the public safe.

“Americans recognize and agree that when it comes to a unique product such as alcohol, regulation is vital, and they support the states’ ability to set their own laws and regulations about alcohol,” said Mike Lash Brook, the Center’s executive director.

“Much of what’s in this survey substantiates our arguments that, generally speaking, Americans are concerned about alcohol control. They don’t view alcohol as an ordinary commodity, and, I think they don’t look favorably upon policies that loosen alcohol laws and regulations – something we’ve seen too much of in North Carolina in recent years. We need to slow down and take a closer look at some of these legislative initiatives involving alcohol that put the public’s health at risk,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Some of the key findings in the poll reveal: Read the rest of this entry »

Danny Lotz, Husband to Anne Graham Lotz, and Son-in-Law to Rev. Billy Graham has Died

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
August 20, 2015

Danny and Anne Graham Lotz

Danny and Anne Graham Lotz

RALEIGH – Danny Lotz (78), wife of Anne Graham Lotz and the daughter of Rev. Billy Graham, died on Wednesday. Lotz had been in Intensive Care for two days after being found by Anne in their swimming pool at their Raleigh home on Monday.

According to WRAL News, Rex Hospital said Lotz’s heart had stopped while in the pool and rescue personnel had tried to save him, but to no avail.

Lotz had been a member of the 1957 Tar Heel Basketball National Championship team that went undefeated with a 32-0 record. The team was one of only two teams that were undefeated in NCAA basketball history, and the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to win a title.

 

Danny and Anne were married for 49 years. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Pop the Cap’: 10 Years and Every Fear Realized

Pop the Cap

Christian Action League
August 14, 2015
By Dr. Mark Creech

Inside a black frame and adorning the wall of the Christian Action League’s office is a memento of one of its previous legislative skirmishes. It features a wild-eyed, crazed-looking radical preacher with a Bible, pounding a pulpit and railing against the evils of alcohol. That’s how “Pop the Cap” proponents, who wanted to lift the limit on alcohol content in beer from 6% to 15%, portrayed my opposition to their proposal in 2005.

Sean Lilly Wilson, founder of Fullstream Brewery in Durham, spearheaded the effort and won. Wilson is now considered something akin to a “rock star” in a beer culture that has exploded on the Tar Heel state. He recently told Our State magazine the opposition he and his coalition first experienced to the proposal “was intense.” He said, “It was political theater. It was cartoony. It was absurdity.”

That’s only because Wilson and his cohorts depicted it that way, not because the alcohol-related health issues opponents warned lawmakers about had no basis in fact.

This month “Pop the Cap” celebrates ten years. Read the rest of this entry »

Proposed Lottery Expansion is a Tax Increase

By Alysse ElHage
North Carolina Family Policy Council
August 14, 2015

LotteryAs lawmakers continue to hash out the details of the State Budget that includes a provision to significantly expand government-sponsored gambling in North Carolina, a recent Tax Foundation article argues that the State Lottery operates as a partial tax and that any increases in the lottery should be considered a tax increase. As NC Family previously reported, the current version of the Senate budget proposal would authorize a 50 percent expansion in lottery advertising, from one percent of annual lottery revenues to 1.5 percent, which represents a potential increase of over $9 million in additional lottery ads.

It has been estimated that such an increase would net government coffers $63 million more in revenue based on an expectation that increased lottery advertising would generate over $220 million more in lottery sales over the next two years. In addition, the Senate budget anticipates $15.5 million in new net revenue (after prizes and administrative costs) from over $54 million in sales over the next two years from presently nonexistent “E-Instant Games,” which are equivalent to online scratch-off tickets. Read the rest of this entry »

Defunding Planned Parenthood in North Carolina

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
August 7, 2015

AbortionRALEIGH – Much of the country was appalled recently to learn that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting and selling body parts of aborted babies. The shocking disclosure came about as a result of the release of five undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress. Since the revelation, calls for defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider have been intense.

The Family Research Council (FRC) notes that Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that received as much as $528 million in federal, state and local government grants and contracts in 2013 – 2014, and reports a total revenue of over $1.3 billion.

This week, the United States Senate was to take-up S.1881 – A Bill to Prohibit Federal Funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Both of North Carolina’s Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis joined 51 other U.S. Senators in support of the measure, but a procedural motion to bring the bill before the Senate failed to garner the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster. Pro-life lawmakers have vowed, however, not to give up the fight until there is no more federal funding for the abortion giant. Read the rest of this entry »

N.C. Senate Passes ‘Revenge Porn’ Legislation

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
August 7, 2015

PornographyRALEIGH – Holly Jacobs is using a name these days that isn’t the one she was given at birth. And, there’s a good reason.

A few years ago, the Miami, Florida resident was working on her doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Florida International University and had moved on after a breakup with her longtime boyfriend.

Holly had a new relationship now and posted a picture of herself with her new boyfriend on Facebook. Soon after, she received an email that said, “Its 8:15 where you are. You have until 8:37 to reply. Then I start the distribution.”

Holly realized the person sending the email was her old boyfriend, the man she had exchanged intimate photos with during their three year relationship. But Holly never imagined that he would use them to destroy her life.

Only three days after the email, intimate pictures of Holly were posted on more than 200 websites. The images had been sent to her boss and a coworker, which precipitated the need to explain the situation to not only her employer, but also her family, her friends, and colleagues. Read the rest of this entry »

Hudson Leads Bipartisan Effort to Defend Prayer in Rowan County

Christian Action League
August 6, 2015

Seal of Rowan CountyWASHINGTON, D.C. – Monday night, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) led seventeen bipartisan Members of Congress to file an amicus brief before the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Lund v. Rowan County defending the tradition of prayer before a legislative session.

“Prayer has long been an integral part of American government at all levels, uniting us all across diverse backgrounds, party lines and seemingly impossible odds. As a defender of our constitutional rights, I will continue to do all that I can to protect religious liberty and stand up for our right to pray.”

Like many legislative bodies in the United States, the Board of Commissioners in Rowan County, N.C., has 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 »

Tragic Underage Drinking Related Accidents Highlight Adult’s Culpability in Teens Obtaining Booze

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
July 31, 2015

DrinkingRALEIGH – Perhaps you have seen the commercials.

A mother puts jewelry and a corsage on her “princess;” her teenaged daughter. You think the girl is going to a school dance, but the camera moves to a wider shot and you see that the child is in a casket. The mother bursts into tears.

The other one shows a dad talking to his son about bundling him up before going outside. He’s mashing a banana for his boy. As he approaches him you see that he’s not talking to a toddler, but a teenager who has obviously been debilitated by a brain injury.

The tagline for both ads is “It’s never too early to talk to your kids about the dangers of alcohol.” The 30-second ads are produced by “Talk It Out NC,” the North Carolina ABC Commission’s initiative to reduce underage drinking. Read the rest of this entry »