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Legislative Wrap-Up 2014

The Short Session
Christian Action League
August 28, 2014

North CarolinaRALEIGH — Court rulings on prayer, suits filed against the state’s marriage amendment, and a community’s battle to keep out a planned casino were among a number of issues garnering the attention of the Christian Action League this year, even as the conservative, evangelical organization lobbied lawmakers to engage legislative issues from a biblical worldview.

“Although the number of laws dealt with during the so-called short session is always fewer than in alternate years, we should never underestimate the importance of what goes on in the General Assembly,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, the League’s executive director. “While we’ve spent a great deal of time monitoring issues in the courts and in communities, we’ve also helped drive some important legislation and worked with lawmakers to keep some bad bills from becoming law.” Read the rest of this entry »

Governor McCrory Wants Stay in Any Marriage Ruling Prior to SCOTUS Decision

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 29, 2014

Gov. Pat McCrory

Gov. Pat McCrory

RALEIGH — “I firmly believe a marriage is between a man and woman, but I’m going to respect our Supreme Court and the Constitution of the U.S., and that’s what we ought to let happen,” N.C. Governor Pat McCrory announced this week in the wake of Equality NC’s efforts to undermine the state’s Marriage Protection Amendment.

The pro-homosexual group presented him with some 12,000 petitions asking him not to defend the MPA.

“Thankfully, our Governor hasn’t changed his mind on this issue and isn’t following the lead of State Attorney General Roy Cooper, who refuses to defend the law,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

In fact, Gov. McCrory has said that if a court rules the MPA unconstitutional, as has happened in Virginia with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, a legal stay should still be put in place until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

Ice Bucket Challenge: Are Well-Meaning Contributors Unknowingly Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research?

‘Make certain the money you contribute goes either directly to ALS patient care or to fund research involving adult stem cells instead of embryonic stem cells’, says executive director
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 27, 2014

image002The images are all over social media — videos of everyone from your next door neighbor to the rich and famous dumping buckets of ice water on their heads as a way to challenge others to join the fight against the fatal illness ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

Even as the popular Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $80 million, pro-life organizations are starting to share their concerns that well-meaning contributors may be unknowingly funding embryonic stem cell research.

“We are in no way discouraging people from taking the Ice Bucket Challenge to help people with Lou Gehrig’s disease,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. “We are simply suggesting that they make certain the money they contribute goes either directly to ALS patient care or to fund research involving adult stem cells instead of embryonic cells, which takes the lives of the unborn.”

According to a report from the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, the ALS Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells, but the organization says donors may specify that their contributions not be used for such work. Read the rest of this entry »

Chapel Hill Anglican Priest Publicly Calls Out Proponents of ‘Gay Marriage’

The Triad Conservative
August 29, 2014

GayA priest from an Anglican Catholic Church located in Chapel Hill is visited by a retired Episcopal priest who wants to offer coaching services to his congregation.

The Episcopal priest explains that coaching had helped him “evolve” through the work of the Holy Spirit– to the extent that he was able to preside over a same-sex wedding.

The Anglican Catholic priest minces no words.  He tells the Episcopal priest: I don’t see that as evolving, but as backsliding. You have fallen away from Christ. I will not be referring any of my parishioners to you for any sort of guidance, or “coaching.”

The Episcopal priest tells him this is a “harsh judgment.”

And the Anglican Catholic priest responds: I have made no judgment; I have simply remained faithful to what was revealed in the Scriptures long ago. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Opportunity Scholarships’ Hit Another Snag

Applicant families and private schools urged not to be discouraged and move ahead as planned, expect payment to come a little later
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 21, 2014

ScholarshipProponents of North Carolina’s new Opportunity Scholarships urged applicant families and private school authorities not to be discouraged by a Superior Court judge’s second ruling against the program on Thursday.

“While we are disappointed with this ruling, it was not unexpected,” said N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam (R-Wake).

“It was the same judge who ruled the same way in February. In May he was reversed by a Writ of Supersedeas from the State Supreme Court. We have no reason to think that anything has changed that would make the Appellate Court change its mind.” Read the rest of this entry »

Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Still Under Attack from ACLU on Prayer Policy

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 21, 2014

Forsyth County Commissioners

Forsyth County Commissioners

WINSTON-SALEM — Some seven years after being sued for allowing clergy members to pray however they saw fit prior to meetings and months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of such prayer, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is still under attack from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the issue. The organization known for its hostility to religious expression in the public square is fighting the board’s request to have lifted a 2010 injunction that prevents uncensored prayer. Commissioners filed their request after the High Court ruled 5-4 last spring that the policy in place in Greece, N.Y., which is very similar to that of Forsyth County, was constitutional.

While he admitted that the Town of Greece was a significant case, Chris Brook, the NC-ACLU’s legal director who filed a brief Aug. 12 opposing the board’s request, told The Winston-Salem Journal that it did not give legislative bodies “carte blanche to engage in any prayer practice they choose.” Read the rest of this entry »

SCOTUS Issues Stay in Virginia Marriage Ruling

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 20, 2014

MarriageWASHINGTON — Just hours before clerks of court in Virginia were slated to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, the United States Supreme Court has issued a stay on the federal appeals court ruling that struck down that state’s marriage protection amendment, much to the relief of supporters of traditional marriage throughout the 4th Circuit, including North Carolina.

“This is certainly an answer to prayer as so many Christians have earnestly asked for intervention in this matter,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. Read the rest of this entry »

In Last Minute Move, Bill Passes Allowing Community Colleges to Teach Brewing Course and Sell Beer to Wholesalers and Retailers

Legislation puts Community Colleges in the beer business
By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 20, 2014

image002RALEIGH — In a last-minute move that the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, considers one of the worst decisions of the 2014 Legislative Session, Tar Heel lawmakers late last week voted to allow community colleges with brewery courses to sell the resulting beer not only at special limited events, but also on an ongoing basis to wholesalers and retailers.

The alcohol provisions were tucked inside a 47-page Regulatory Reform Act (S-734) that was filed in May, bounced in and out of Senate and House committees, was believed dead and then emerged as a conference committee report. The measure was quickly adopted Aug. 15, as part of what Dr. Creech called a “Christmas tree bill.”

“If this alcohol legislation would have had to stand on its own, it would have failed, but all the other items in the bill propped it up,” he explained. “Not very many people were willing to cut this tree down for the sake of a few bad lights.” Read the rest of this entry »

The News About Same-Sex Marriage You Didn’t Hear

By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
August 14, 2014

News“Inevitable,” “unavoidable,” “only a matter of time,” “a foregone conclusion” — if you’ve heard these types of descriptions in recent same-sex marriage news bytes, you haven’t heard the whole story, said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Despite some major blows delivered by the judiciary to believers in biblical marriage, a number of recent events reveal this fight is far from over. Read the rest of this entry »

4TH Circuit Court Denies Stay; Same-Sex Couples Could Wed in Virginia as Early as Next Week

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
August 15, 2014

VirginiaHomosexual couples could be saying their wedding vows in Virginia as early as 8 a.m. Thursday morning now that the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to issue a stay in its July 28 ruling against the state’s marriage protection amendment. But many watching the case across the nation say the Supreme Court is likely to step in before that date and put the process on hold.

“That is certainly our hope and what we are urging believers to pray for,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. Read the rest of this entry »