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Social Conservatives Oppose Las Vegas Style Gaming Night Fundraisers for Non-Profits

May 25th, 2017

Please Contact Your Representative in the NC House
By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 24, 2017

RALEIGH – Promoters of a bill that would allow nonprofits to host casino-style game nights claim it would bring clarity to state law. But leaders of the Christian Action League and other defenders of family values say conflict and calamity are more likely results.

“It is indisputable that the expansion of gambling allowed by HB 511 would invite a myriad of problems on the families and citizens of North Carolina,” wrote John L. Rustin, president of the NC Family Policy Council, in an email to members of the state House, who could entertain the measure early next week.

The bill was approved by the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, despite warnings from CAL Executive Director Mark Creech, who called the proposed law “gambling on training wheels.” Read the rest of this entry »

CAL Executive Director, Rev. Mark Creech, Bemoans Change of Pentecostal Church in Smithfield into Islamic Center

May 25th, 2017

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
May 24, 2017

SMITHFIELD – It’s hard to say which is more disturbing — the transformation of what was once a Pentecostal church into the Islamic Center of Smithfield or the fact that area clergy showed up to celebrate the occasion.

“I cannot understand why Christian pastors would fawn over the start of a new mosque,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Why would Pentecostals sell the property they used – a property they had dedicated to God — for the practice of a false religion, especially one as dangerous as Islam?”

The joint service took place May 13 and involved readings from the Bible and the Quran. Episcopal Priest Jim Melynk told The News & Observer of Raleigh that it served as an “important statement that we take each other’s faith seriously.”

Smithfield businessman Ali Mohammad is an organizer of the mosque, which purchased the four-acre property that includes the church building and a home for $230,000. He said crosses removed from the church facade and steeple will be given to the pastors as a show of good faith. Read the rest of this entry »

Moderate Drinking Promotes Good Health: Rethinking the Data

May 25th, 2017

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
May 25, 2017

In my newly renovated neighborhood grocery store, shoppers now have access to a buffet, coffee shop, and a wine bar complete with a widescreen TV. During construction, I had asked the young man who was my cashier what was being built in the middle of the store. He said, “A wine bar. There’s nothing like shopping while under the influence!”

Serving alcohol in your local grocery store is only logical since moderate drinking has been deemed good for your health, right? So you can enjoy your wine and toss a bunch of organic carrots into your shopping cart and know you are doing the healthy thing.

But some researchers have recently begun to re-examine the data that encouraged moderate drinking as a health benefit.

In the UK, the British Broadcasting Corporation reported on May 23 that more evidence has emerged concerning the link between alcohol use by women and an increased risk of breast cancer. They said that according to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund, half a glass of wine or a small beer a day increases the risk.  The analysis of more than 100 studies that examined the medical histories of 12 million women reinforces the current advice to be aware of alcohol consumption. Evidence in the research indicated that drinking an extra small glass of wine every day (10g of alcohol) increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer after menopause by 9%. Read the rest of this entry »

Conservatives Applaud Bill to Raise Juvenile Delinquent Age

May 25th, 2017

By Seth Brown
Biblical Recorder
May 23, 2017

Teenagers that commit low-level crimes should not be tried in court as adults, say some conservative groups in North Carolina, and raising the age limit of juvenile delinquency from 16 to 18 would decrease recidivism and increase rehabilitation, among other benefits. Plus, it’s simply the moral thing to do, according to Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.
Creech and others, including the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) and Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), have expressed strong support for the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act (H.B. 280). The bill, which is currently before the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations, would increase the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18, except in the case of certain felonies.
Tarrah Callahan, CCJR executive director, called the bill “an investment in our youth” during a March 20 press conference.
“We are throwing children into the adult system and limiting their ability to be productive and successful adults,” she said. “Rather than allowing them to participate in the juvenile system that offers far more rehabilitative opportunities, we are channeling them into a future life of crime.” Read the rest of this entry

Where is the Respect for Churches? No Alcohol Sales Before Noon!

May 24th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
May 24, 2017

My Dear Friends,

You’ve probably heard about in the media, it’s been dubbed the “Brunch Bill.”  It’s a measure under consideration by state lawmakers that would roll back the time for allowing alcohol sales on Sundays from 12:00 noon to 10:00 a.m.

SB 155 – Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries is being pushed by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, and some other groups who care about one thing – money, money, money.

But our society is about more than bread and wine. We are spirit, mind, and soul. Even more vital to our well-being are those things that make for character. We are not simply what we possess.

The reason the current law has existed for many years – prohibiting alcohol sales until after the noon hour – has largely been out of deference and respect for churches. SB 155 begs the question: Where is this respect now? Why is this respect now being withdrawn? Read the rest of this entry »

NC House Overwhelmingly Votes to ‘Raise the Age’ to Keep 16 and 17-Year-Olds Out of Adult Court, Lead Sponsor Hails Christian Action League Support on the House Floor

May 19th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
May 19, 2017

RALEIGH – The North Carolina House passed HB 280 – Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act by a whopping margin of 104-8 on Wednesday.

The measure raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction in the state to include 16 and 17-year olds. Currently, teens of this age are tried in the state’s adult courts.

The legislation seeks to bring North Carolina into line with the rest of the country in its treatment of juveniles in the court system. North Carolina is the only state that prosecutes defendants as young as 16 and 17, who are accused of low-level and non-violent crimes, as adults. This saddles them with a record for the remainder of their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Fantasy Sports Gambling Bill Defeated in Committee Vote

May 19th, 2017

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
May 18, 2017

RALEIGH – Wednesday, the House Committee on Regulatory Reform took up HB 279 – Fantasy Sports Regulation and voted down the measure 7-4.

The law proposed to offer guidelines and a means for supervising 1.6 million players of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in North Carolina. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincolnton) argued before the committee the legislation would provide clarification that the virtual sports world is not gambling. Committee members were not convinced.

When the legislation was first introduced in March, the Christian Action League reported that DraftKings and FanDuel are two of the most well-known fantasy sports companies. They offer online gaming whereby players select virtual teams consisting of actual athletes, then compete based on how those chosen athletes perform. Unlike traditional season-long fantasy sports that began as a hobby played among friends, daily fantasy sports contests restart constantly, last a day or a weekend and translate into big money for gambling operators who essentially act as bookmakers. Read the rest of this entry »

Craft Brewers Continue Their Attack on the Three-Tier System of Alcohol Control by Filing Suit over Self-Distribution Limits

May 18th, 2017

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
May 18, 2017

RALEIGH – A little less than a month after losing their fight to lift the cap of self-distribution, craft brewers in North Carolina are now looking to the courts.

Monday, Craft Freedom, LLC, and two Charlotte-based breweries, The Olde Mecklenburg and NoDa Brewing, filed suit in Wake County Superior Court against the state of North Carolina alleging that the state’s current self-distribution and franchise laws are a constitutional infringement.

The complaint argues “North Carolina’s ‘Distribution Cap’ punishes craft breweries for their own success by forcing them to hand over the rights to distribute their own beer to private distributors if they sell more than 25,000 barrels.” They further argue that the Distribution Cap is the opposite of the American Dream and violates multiple provisions of the North Carolina Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Not to Hear N.C. Voter ID Case

May 18th, 2017

Republican leaders say Gov. Cooper and AG Stein are culpable in the decision.
CAL Staff
Christian Action League
May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voter Integrity suffered a tremendous blow Monday. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the state’s case for Voter ID.

Chief Justice John Roberts, noted in the decision, “Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this Court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that ‘[t]he denial of writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case.’”

North Carolina’s Voter ID which passed in 2013 required that voters in the Tar Heel state provide valid identification before casting their vote. Read the rest of this entry »

81 Percent of Americans Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior in US

May 17th, 2017

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
May 17, 2017

More than eight in 10 Americans admit that they have some level of concern that the morality in America is declining, a new survey by LifeWay Research shows.

The Nashville-based Christian polling group’s survey, released Tuesday, found that 81 percent of Americans either agree or strongly agree with the statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.”

Forty-six percent of respondents said they “strongly agree” with that statement, while 35 percent said they “agree.” On the flip side, only six percent said they “strongly disagree” and 13 percent said they “disagree” that they are concerned about the declining morality in the nation.

“We are shifting very fast from a world where right and wrong didn’t change to a world where right and wrong are relative,” Lifeway Research Executive Director Scott McConnell said in a statement. “We are not all on the same page when it comes to morality. And we haven’t reckoned with what that means.” Read the rest of this entry