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‘We Owe Allegiance to No Crown’

June 21st, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 20, 2017

My wife, Kim, presented me with gift for Father’s Day last weekend.  It’s a beautiful patriotic picture painted on wood slats of a motto used by American colonists when our nation was still in its infancy. I’m not exactly sure where I will hang it, but I can’t wait to get it up. She found it at an antique store.

You know, there are some prominent Christian leaders who believe the American Revolution, more specifically, our nation’s resistance to the King of Great Britain was in violation of Scripture. The blessings that have come to our great nation have come in spite of our Founding Fathers disobedience, they argue. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court Strikes Down N.C. Law Barring Sex Offenders from Social Media

June 20th, 2017

By Joel B. Pollack
Brietbart News
June 19, 20017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that a North Carolina statute that prevents registered sex offenders from accessing social media sites where children are known to be online violates the First Amendment.

The case, Packingham v. North Carolina, concerned a registered sex offender who posted an exuberant message on his own Facebook profile in 2010 thanking God for the fact that a court had dismissed a traffic ticket: “Man God is Good! How about I got so much favor they dismissed the ticket before court even started? No fine, no court cost, no nothing spent. . . . . .Praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks JESUS!” He was convicted and given a suspended sentence.

The defendant appealed his conviction and sentence, and the state appellate court agreed with him that the state law was unconstitutional. The North Carolina Supreme Court, however, disagreed and upheld the law as constitutional, on the argument that it served a legitimate state interest in protecting minors, and that there were alternative sites on which sex offenders could communicate without the risk that they might gather information about minor children. Read the rest of this entry

Home Brewers Want to Make it Legal to Share, Sample, and Consume at Public Events, Craft Brewers Want to Sell in Dry Areas Regardless of Alcohol Election Results

June 16th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 16, 2017

RALEIGH – Two alcohol measures were taken up for discussion in the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee on Thursday.

The first, SB 604 – Homemade Alcoholic Beverage Tasting Permit, would create a new homemade alcoholic beverage competition and tasting permit, modifying several existing permits to add homemade malt beverages to the types of alcoholic beverages that can be served.

The driving force behind this legislation is the Beer Army Foundation, a non-profit organization that says on its website that its purpose is to “educate lawmakers and the general public…on the economic impact that a thriving statewide homebrew community can provide.”  They want to “make it legal to share, sample and consume homebrews at public and charitable events; and legalize homebrew contests and meetings.” Read the rest of this entry »

Creech to NC GOP: Four Keys to Sustaining Freedom

June 9th, 2017

Dr. Creech gives Powerful Speech during Faith and Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast
By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 9, 2017

Dr. Creech gives keynote speech to Prayer Breakfast at the NCGOP Convention. Picture courtesy of John Carlton Nix.

WILMINGTON – A culture threatened with collapse but able to stand as a free, prosperous and long-enduring nation if its people will embrace four basic principles — that’s how the Rev. Mark Creech characterized America in his June 4 address to the North Carolina GOP Convention.

Former N.C. Rep. Carolyn Justice, who also served as the party’s vice chair, introduced the executive director of the Christian Action League at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside during the group’s Sunday morning Prayer Breakfast. The event was sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

“I served with Reverend Creech for 10 years, while I was a legislator and he lobbied there on behalf of Christian Action League,” Justice said. “You see — just when you thought it was OK to hate lobbyists, you find there are some great things to lobby on behalf of.” Read the rest of this entry »

House Passes Bill to Legalize Casino Nights for Non-Profits

June 9th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 8, 2017

RALEIGH – Wednesday, the North Carolina House passed HB 511-Game Nights/Non-Profit Fundraisers by a margin of 78-38. The measure would authorize tax-exempt organizations to operate Las Vegas-style gaming nights and serve alcoholic beverages as a part of a non-profit’s fundraising events.

Current law creates a criminal offense punishable by a Class 2 misdemeanor for operating a game of chance or playing a game of chance where money or anything of value is bet, excluding the North Carolina Education Lottery, Cherokee Casinos in the western part of the state, and various bingo games and raffles for tax-exempt organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

NC Based ‘Faith in America’ Group Wants Sinless SBC

June 9th, 2017

By Bill Bumpass
June 9, 2017

A left-wing religious organization that wants to meet with Southern Baptist leaders has a clear agenda: urge them to drop homosexuality as a sin.

The response from the Southern Baptists? Not gonna happen.

Southern Baptists are meeting June 13 and 14 in Phoenix, Arizona for their annual meeting, where the group Faith in America plans to protest.

FIA’s website states that its “ultimate goal” is to end religious teachings that “justify marginalizing and discriminating against others,” an obvious reference to homosexuals. Read the rest of this entry »

GOP ‘Bruch Bill’ Perpetuates Addiction among Alcoholics

June 7th, 2017

The Triad Conservative
June 7, 2017

Drinking alcoholic beverages in the morning is one of the key warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism.

Nonetheless, the Republican-dominated North Carolina Senate, in its extraordinary wisdom, passed a “Brunch Bill” last week that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday morning. Calling it a “brunch bill” might lead observers to conclude it is directed at allowing upscale restaurants and hotels this particular prerogative. But instead, the legislation also allows sales at private clubs, convenience stores and any other place that is licensed to sell alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »

Controversial Billboard Scripturally Correct

June 6th, 2017

By Chad Groening
June 5, 2017

CLAREMONT – A North Carolina-based Christian apologist is praising the decision by a pastors group to erect a billboard supporting President Donald Trump’s highly controversial travel ban.

The billboard (right) is on I-40 in Catawba County near Claremont, North Carolina. The North Carolina Pastors Network paid for the billboard and wrote on its website: “The West must come to grips with the absolute fact that untold millions of Muslims around the world really believe that their religion instructs them to fight armed jihad against all non-Muslims.”

But a Charlotte television station found several people who actually complained about the message, including one individual who said: “I’m perfectly willing for people who are hostile to us, to be in our country, because that’s what loving your enemy is all about.” Read the rest of this entry »

Senate-Approved ‘Brunch Bill’ Would Serve Up a Host of Harms

June 1st, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 1, 2017

RALEIGH – The “brunch bill,” passed by the North Carolina Senate 32-13 on Thursday and now headed to the House, earned its name because it paves the way for Sunday-morning alcohol sales. But according to the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, the seven pages of proposed legislation serves up a lot more than a Sunday mid-morning drink.

“House Bill 155 makes so many changes in alcohol policy that we believe can be dangerous to the public health,” he told lawmakers on the Senate Rules Committee Thursday, outlining how the bill could exacerbate underage drinking, undermine the Alcoholic Beverage Control system of limiting spirits sales to ABC stores and loosen distillery regulations so much that liquor is treated much the same as beer and wine.

“We have never seen them as equals. We have always seen liquor as potentially more problematic, and this is why we have ABC stores,” Dr. Creech said. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Conference: Senator Barringer Pushes ‘Raise the Age’ for Juvenile Jurisdiction with Faith Leaders at Her Side

June 1st, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 1, 2017

Rev. Creech speaks to the press about raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction

RALEIGH – Country music artist and former foster kid Jimmy Wayne likes to remind listeners that “children are 30 percent of our population but 100 percent of our future.” North Carolina Sen. Tamara Barringer (R-Wake) cited his quote Tuesday at a press conference promoting a bill that could change how the state’s legal system treats young people, specifically 16-and 17-year-olds who face charges for misdemeanors or nonviolent felonies.

Currently charged as adults, these teens would join their younger counterparts in the juvenile justice system under Senate Bill 564, the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act, also referred to as “Raise the Age.” Its companion bill, HB 280, passed the House 104-8 earlier this month. And Barringer said she’s hopeful the Senate will follow suit and bring North Carolina in line with the rest of the nation. Read the rest of this entry »