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North Carolina Lottery Commission Hesitates on ‘Digital Instant’ Games

December 8th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
December 8, 2017

RALEIGH – Tuesday, the North Carolina Lottery Commission could have made a monumental decision to expand gambling in the Tar Heel state, but they hesitated to do it.

The Commission was set to take-up a proposal for “digital instant” games – lottery online gambling that involves instant scratch-off tickets where players pursue prizes on their desktop computers, iPads, or smartphones. Although the nine-member commission was expected to vote on the matter at their quarterly meeting, they pulled it off the agenda for further study.

The plan ran into opposition mainly from two parties, the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) and social conservatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Pending Tax Reform in Congress Could Provide Alcohol Industry with Huge Christmas Gift

December 8th, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
December 8, 2017

Although the jury is still out on which tax brackets will benefit most from pending tax reform, the nation’s alcohol industry is already raising a glass to celebrate significant tax cuts in a bill passed by the Senate Saturday and expected to remain in a conference committee compromise, unless lawmakers hear protests from their constituents.

“If this language from the Craft Beer Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017 stays in the final bill, it will be one huge Christmas gift for this growing and greedy industry that already costs our nation dearly,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Alcohol kills some 88,000 people each year and costs the United States $249 billion in expenses related to accidents, violence, chronic illness and lost wages. Why do we continue to reward such an enterprise?” Read the rest of this entry »

Belk Stores: For Whom the Bells Toll

December 8th, 2017

By Karen Raines
Christian Action League
December 8, 2017

North Carolina-born Belk’s department store chain found itself in a kettle of hot water with customers earlier this week when it announced that Salvation Army bell ringers and their kettles wouldn’t be welcome at Belk store entrances this year. 

In an official statement, the company said instead it would be focusing on a “social impact program” launched by Habitat for Humanity International.  Their goal would be to raise $600,000 for its “Home for the Holidays” campaign to build houses for the needy.

The backlash to that decision, however, came when Fox News and radio talk show host, Todd Starnes, announced Belk’s new policy to his listeners, saying,  “Certainly, Habitat for Humanity is a noble effort — but what harm is there in allowing the Salvation Army to set up kettles outside the department stores?” Read the rest of this entry »

Religious Freedom: Does It Hinge on Anthony Kennedy?

December 8th, 2017

By Charlies Butts
December 8, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Two attorneys who witnessed oral arguments Tuesday at the Supreme Court in a major religious freedom case are hopeful the Constitution will be respected – but concerned the final ruling may hinge on the vote of one justice.

Arguments were held yesterday in the case of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in the Denver area, who was found guilty by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission of discrimination against a homosexual couple when, in 2012, he declined to make a custom cake for their wedding reception.

Arguments on Tuesday morning were heavily peppered with questions from the justices, including from Anthony Kennedy – who is believed to hold the swing vote. It was Justice Kennedy (pictured above) who, in 2015, wrote the majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark case that legalized same-sex “marriage” in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

My Former Pastor, My Roots, My Prayer to Finish Well

December 7th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
December 7, 2017

C.S. Lewis went to visit one of his young preacher friends and listen to him preach. Everything was great until the man reached the climax of his message. And he said, in so many words, “If you fail to believe in Jesus Christ, if you refuse to take him as your Lord, you will suffer grave eschatological ramifications.” The young fellow then went on to end his sermon. Lewis frowned. When Lewis had the occasion to talk with this young preacher about the conclusion of his message, he said, “Did you mean that those who refuse to receive the gospel message would go to hell?” “Well, yes,” said the young man. “Yes, that’s what I meant.” Lewis’ response was classic, “Then say that!”

Many years ago, up until I went away to college, Dr. David E. Paramore was my pastor at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Kinston, N.C. He was the kind of preacher that never seemed to have a problem with mincing his words. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Wrong Side of History

December 6th, 2017

By Frank Wright
James Kennedy Ministries
December 7, 2017

Lately it has become all the rage in America to revise our history, scrubbing the public square of monuments and memorials to leaders who failed in one area or another—having ended up, as the popular phrase puts it, “on the wrong side of history.” 

It began with leaders who fought for the South in the Civil War, like General Robert E. Lee. And it has extended to anyone whose life fails to conform to 21st century “progressive” understandings.

Most recently, the Episcopal Church in Virginia where George Washington worshiped for the final decade of his life announced they would be removing a plaque honoring Washington, They said it made, quote, “some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome.” The plaque will be removed at the same time as a plaque honoring Lee, whose wife made a significant gift in the 1870’s to establish the church’s endowment. Read the rest of this entry »

‘For Cancer Risk, It’s Best Not to Drink Alcohol’

December 5th, 2017

By David R. Brumbelow
Christian Action League
December 6, 2017

A sobering Statement has been released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology on “Alcohol and Cancer.” 

Here are some excerpts from that article: 

“The importance of alcohol drinking as a contributing factor to the overall cancer burden is often underappreciated. In fact, alcohol drinking is an established risk factor for several malignancies.” 

“Alcohol is causally associated with oropharyngeal and larynx cancer, esophageal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, breast cancer, and colon cancer. Even modest use of alcohol may increase cancer risk, but the greatest risks are observed with heavy, long-term use.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Religious Left’s 7 Myths About Masterpiece Cakeshop

December 5th, 2017

By Joseph Rossell
Juicy Ecumenism
December 5, 2017

Religious progressives filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the blockbuster religious freedom case involving Masterpiece Cakeshop. The brief featured prime examples of the polemic so often employed by the Religious Left. It also promoted at least seven myths about the debate over same-sex marriage and religious freedom.

Nearly 1,300 progressive religious denominations, activist organizations, and individuals filed the brief. They alleged that Jack Phillips, longtime proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop, was seeking “special privileges” under the guise of religious freedom.

Phillips supposedly violated anti-discrimination laws in his home state of Colorado (specifically, the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act, aka, “CADA”) for declining to participate in a same-sex wedding. Read the rest of this entry »

Would You Pray Today? Religious Liberty is at Stake!

December 4th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
December 5, 2017

Could I prevail upon you to pause and pray for just a moment? Our religious liberties are seriously at stake.

Today oral arguments are scheduled to begin by 10:00 a.m. before the United States Supreme Court in the case, Masterpiece Cake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

This court case involves a devout Christian, Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop in Denver, Colorado. Jack graciously explained to a gay couple that he could not provide a wedding cake for their same-sex wedding ceremony because of his religious convictions. But Jack’s response to their request was unacceptable, even though he has always refused to design cakes for any event objectionable to his faith, such as Halloween. For Jack, any time an event conflicts with his Christian convictions, he declines to make the cake meant to celebrate it.

Nevertheless, LGBT activists have been determined to punish Jack and the Colorado Civil Rights Commission has been their thug. Read the rest of this entry »

URGENT ACTION ALERT: CAL Director Issues Call for Churches to Specially Pause this Sunday and Pray for Supreme Court Case Affecting Religious Liberty

December 1st, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
December 1, 2017

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League (CAL), is issuing a call to the hundreds of churches who support CAL financially, as well as the thousands within its network, to specially pause on Sunday and pray for a Supreme Court case scheduled to be heard Tuesday, December 5th.

“This case is, unquestionably, one with huge ramifications for religious liberty,” said Dr. Creech.

Dr. Creech is referring to the Colorado Christian cake artist Jack Phillips and the Masterpiece Cakeshop, which has been Phillips’ business for 25 years. The name for Phillips’ cake shop is based on Scripture: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he has planned for us long ago (Eph. 2:10). Read the rest of this entry »