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HB 2 Battle Needs Your Prayers Now – Will You?

March 28th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 28, 2017

It’s an old story that I read recently in a book that’s more than a hundred years old.

A young boy and a girl were crossing the Atlantic in a steamer ship. When they noticed that they were far out to sea, a question rose between them: “Who makes the vessel go?”

The girl said she believed it was the captain on the bridge. She said she couldn’t prove it, but that’s what she believed. The boy then looked over the steamer and became convinced the captain was too far from the whirling engines to really make them go.

The girl then became quite demonstrative, insisting the captain rules and controls in many ways. Still, the boy doubted the authority and power of the captain. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporate Watchdogs Criticize Financiers of NCAA, ACC Threats against North Carolina

March 27th, 2017

By Paul Chesser
Liberty Headlines
March 27, 2017

While the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Coast Conference wield an axe that threatens the State of North Carolina with being cut off from hosting Division I sports championships for another academic year, the corporate sponsors of both organizations are unwilling to distance themselves from the sports leagues’ radical pro-LGBT activism.

But groups who support North Carolina’s House Bill 2 (HB2) law – a measure similar to neighboring states in requiring that individuals use public restrooms corresponding to the gender designated on their birth certificates – say the businesses that finance the NCAA and ACC would be wise to eschew involvement with the economic extortion they are aiming at the state.

The law’s backers say the millions of dollars the sponsors transfer to these athletic associations (structured as non-profit charities) should not be used to promote their liberal social agendas. Read the rest of this entry

What Does the Bible Say About Drinking: Four Points to Consider

March 27th, 2017

By Wes McAdams
radicallychristian.com
March 27, 2017

What does the Bible say about drinking? That is a question about which I wonder, do people really want the answer? Like many issues, Christians tend to pick out passages that “prove” their position, instead of allowing Scripture to dictate what their position should be. Let’s take an honest look at the Bible and see what God has to say about the issue of alcohol.

First, I think we should define what “drinking” we are talking about. Obviously, God is in favor of us “drinking” liquids. Without drinking something, we’d die. The issue here is, what does the Bible say about drinking alcohol? I say this, not to be sarcastic, but to introduce the first point.

  1. Not all wine in the Old Testament is “wine.”

We must understand an important point. Just because someone is said to have been drinking “wine” does not mean they were necessarily drinking alcohol. Did you know that many of the Hebrew words translated, “wine,” do not necessarily imply an alcoholic beverage? We even read in passages such as Isaiah 65:8, “the new wine is found in the cluster.” Read the rest of this entry

HB 2: Tempted by the Concessions of Fear

March 25th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
March 25, 2017   

This week, the NCAA ratcheted up the pressure on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal HB 2, “the bathroom law.” The collegiate sports group has laid down a clear ultimatum – repeal quickly or forfeit championship events being located in the Tar Heel state through 2022.

Planning to announce their sites around the middle of April, the NCAA said in a statement, “As the state knows, next week our various sports committees will begin making championship site selections for 2018-2022. Once the sites are selected…these decisions are final.”

Really? Do they mean “final” like the one they suddenly yanked this year from Greensboro, North Carolina, and rescheduled for Greenville, South Carolina? Is this the way they define “final?” Read the rest of this entry »

One Year after HB 2 – Where Have All the Feminists Gone?

March 25th, 2017

By Traci Devette Griggs
North Carolina Family Policy Council
March 25, 2017

As with many women, the general atmosphere of my teen years was infused with caution about how to make sure I stayed safe. “You are less vulnerable if you: walk as if you know where you’re going; don’t wear suggestive clothes; don’t flirt too much so the guy won’t get the wrong idea; don’t drink because it can alter your judgment; don’t walk down dark alleys or go to restrooms alone; check around your car carefully before getting in; don’t sit in your car in a dark parking lot.” The list could go on and on. Even today, these cautions are a constant and oftentimes unconscious mantra that plays in my mind.

In light of this reality and as we pass the one year mark since the passage of HB2 (the “bathroom bill”), I continue to be baffled by my more liberal-minded friends—and it often seems, every news reporter and sportscaster in the entire nation—that label me a “bigot” because I am not okay with men and boys entering women-only spaces. Under recent efforts by the Charlotte City Council and LGBT activists, all restrictions would be removed regarding who could enter any restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms. Read the rest of this entry

Tourism Thriving, Economy Expanding in North Carolina despite Bathroom Bill Desertions

March 25th, 2017

By Bradford Richardson and Valerie Richardson
The Washington Times
March 24, 2017

North Carolina may have lost out on the NCAA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and Bruce Springsteen thanks to its hotly contested transgender bathroom law, but the state’s economy didn’t miss a beat.

Economic indicators released for 2016 show that the boycott has failed to derail North Carolina as a regional and national powerhouse, despite the loss of high-profile performances and sporting events in response to House Bill 2, signed March 23 by then-Gov. Pat McCrory.

Tourism has thrived: Hotel occupancy, room rates and demand for rooms set records in 2016, according to the year-end hotel lodging report issued last week by VisitNC, part of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. Read the rest of this entry

Real March Madness: The NCAA is a Joke of a Non-Profit

March 20th, 2017

By Kami Mueller
Townhall.com
March 20, 2017

All across the country, folks are frantically filling out their bracket picks, joining their ESPN online groups, and talking smack to their competitors and foes through their ESPN profiles. It’s undeniable—March Madness is upon us, but the madness is far more.
The NCAA, which is a 501 c3 non-profit, receives funding in subsidies by the federal government, and enjoys a near monopoly on college athletes.
I played Division I Women’s Golf during college, and let me tell you—the life of a college athlete is hard. It’s an often thankless job. Athletes across the nation wake up before the sun to hit the weight room, abide by strict dietary rules, spend countless hours honing skills and mastering their craft, and perform at unbelievable levels of excellence.  

What could inspire this kind of commitment? For many athletes like me, the lure is athletic scholarship money. These scholarships may appear to help, however, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.  Read the rest of the entry.

Two Assaults on HB 2 at the Legislature This Week

March 17th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
March 17, 2017

RALEIGH – “Concerned citizen Christians who believe HB 2 needs to stay on the books can’t afford to let their guard down or be uninformed about the continuous assaults on this common sense law,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Creech was speaking in reference to the two assaults made on the “bathroom law” this week via the Governor’s State of the State speech, and a failed attempt to repeal the measure initiated on the House floor by Democrats.

Gov. Cooper gave his State of the State speech to a joint session of the NC House and Senate on Monday evening. At the very beginning of his remarks, the Governor said, “I’m going to say this first thing…I call on the legislature once again to repeal House Bill 2.” Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA, ACC Challenged by N.C. over HB 2 Lobbying

March 17th, 2017

By David Roach
Baptist Press
March 17, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (BP) — With March Madness in full swing, Republican state legislators in North Carolina are alleging the NCAA and the ACC violated their federal tax-exempt status by attempting to provoke a repeal of the Tar Heel State’s transgender restroom law.

GOP state Rep. Mark Brody filed the Athletic Associations Accountability Act (HB 328) in the state legislature March 13.

The measure, which has 17 cosponsors, would instruct leaders of the North Carolina General Assembly to “file a tax-exempt organization complaint (referral) with the Department of the United States Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, against both the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), alleging the organizations have engaged in excessive lobbying activities.”

The bill explains, “Specifically, the NCAA and the ACC have exceeded the scope of their respective charters by using economic retaliation against the State of North Carolina for the purpose of forcing the General Assembly to adopt social legislation that is not connected to the core mission of either the NCAA or the ACC.” Read the rest of this entry

Bill Would Let NC Homeschoolers Play Sports

March 17th, 2017

By Beau Minnick
WNCN News
March 16, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — State lawmakers are looking at a bill that could allow home-schooled students to play for public schools’ sports teams.

The bill would apply to children who are home schooled or who attend public schools that don’t offer a particular sport or activity.

Republican state Sen. Andrew Brock (R-Davie County) is one of the bill’s sponsors.

“Education doesn’t fit the traditional model anymore,” he said. “Education is changing. It’s different.”

He said the children should have the right to participate. “Their parents are taxpayers,” he said. “They paid for the public school system.” Read the rest of this entry