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Stop the Enemies of Free Speech in North Carolina

April 28th, 2017

By Mike Adams
Christian Action League
April 28, 2017

HB 527 has been dubbed as a bill to “Restore and Preserve Campus Free Speech,” and it is difficult to understand how anyone could possibly be opposed, regardless of his political persuasion. (For more details on HB 527, click here).

The need for HB 527 is clear given that only one UNC campus, UNC-Chapel Hill, has been rated by the non-partisan Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) as a green-light school. Green light schools are those universities with no policies that violate the First Amendment. Every university in America should be a green light university. Regrettably, there are less than two-dozen in the entire nation.

An astounding 11 campuses in the UNC system have been designated by FIRE as yellow light schools. Schools ranked as yellow light have at least one policy that is sufficiently vague that it could be used to quash First Amendment protected speech. The remaining four UNC campuses were designated as red light, which means they have at least one policy that clearly and substantially impairs free speech. Read the rest of this entry »

Alcohol Legislation Undermines Voter Integrity

April 28th, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 28, 2017

RALEIGH – When it comes to alcohol, North Carolina has been a “local option” state since 1937, meaning that no county or city in the state can allow the sale of alcohol unless first approved by local voters. But those voters’ rights, already undermined by laws regarding wineries, could soon be weakened further by House Bill 500: ABC Omnibus Legislation.

Approved by the House in a 95-25 vote on Wednesday and now headed to the Senate, the measure would allow breweries that produce agricultural products used in the manufacture of malt beverages to sell their products at the brewery, as long as they get the go-ahead from a local governing body that first holds a public hearing, regardless of the will of the voters.

The Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, spoke against this provision, Section 10 of the bill, in a speech to the House ABC Committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Hunting Expanded, No-Hunting Zone around Churches Remains

April 28th, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 28, 2017

Less than two years after lawmakers overturned North Carolina’s 145-year ban on Sunday hunting, proponents are now pushing to expand the time they can hunt on the Lord’s Day to include traditional worship hours.

“I always knew that the proponents of repealing the ban on Sunday hunting wouldn’t be satisfied. It surely didn’t take them long to push for more,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Currently, hunting with firearms on Sundays is limited to private property in counties with 700,000 people or fewer. Furthermore, the use of firearms to hunt on Sundays between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. is prohibited except on hunting preserves. House Bill 559 would allow hunting of wild animals and upland game birds in all counties at any time but would leave in place a no-hunting zone around places of worship. Read the rest of this entry »

I Dare You to Read This about Alcohol

April 27th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 27, 2017

I give no quarter to alcohol in my personal life.

Though I love and respect them, and acknowledge some of them as better followers of Jesus Christ than me, I believe my social drinking Christian friends are in error. They have been fooled, I think, by the subtle appeal to moderation; something that can scarcely be defined. Moderation for one individual can be excess for another. Moreover, alcohol by its very nature, facilitates, even pushes one toward excess with each drink taken. Body tolerance changes and more is required to achieve the desired effect. Alcohol anesthetizes the one who imbibes. It impairs and breaks down control and inhibitions.

Call me a fool. Call me outdated. Call me narrow minded. See if I give a rip!!!!! Read the rest of this entry »

LGBT Radicals Strangely Silent about NC Chancellors’ Failure to Support Them

April 27th, 2017

By Paul Chesser
Liberty Headlines
April 27, 2017

National and state LGBT radical pressure groups continue to attack citizens, businesses and public and elected officials in North Carolina over the former House Bill 2 (“HB2,” the “transgender bathroom bill”) and now its replacement law, which left in place prohibitions against individuals’ usage of public restrooms designated for the opposite sex.

But Washington-based Human Rights Campaign and Raleigh-based Equality NC have not spoken a word against the actions of Chancellors Carol Folt of UNC-Chapel Hill and Randy Woodson of NC State, neither of whom voted for a September 2016 decision by the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Council of Presidents to boycott North Carolina over HB2. Some supporters of HB2 found that to be out of character for the transgender activists.

RELATED: UNC, NC State Chancellors Didn’t Vote for Punishment of NC Over HB2

“Pro-LGBTQ groups typically operate from a mob mentality,” said Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. “There is no strength in their arguments. So they rely on loud noises and outcries in packs, herds, and rabbles.” Read the rest of this entry

 

Las Vegas-Style Gambling for Charitable Organizations Passes House ABC Committee

April 21st, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
April 21, 2017

RALEIGH – Roulette, blackjack, poker, craps, simulated horse racing and other forms of Las Vegas-style gambling would become legal in North Carolina if lawmakers approve a Game Nights/Nonprofit Fund-Raiser bill that passed the House ABC Committee on Wednesday and is headed to the Judiciary III committee.

The Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said the fact that so-called “Monte Carlo” nights are billed as benefits for nonprofits would not make them any safer or less harmful to the state’s residents.

“Law essentially does three things. It prohibits, permits, or promotes. This bill both permits and promotes a practice based in the losses and pain of others,” he said. “Gambling preys on the most vulnerable among us. It undermines our commitment to hard work and diligence. It capitalizes on the basest of human nature – our greed and a spirit of covetousness.” Read the rest of this entry »

Worst Alcohol Bill ‘Mere Shadow of its Former Self,’ but Still Contains a Serious Issue

April 21st, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
April 21, 2017

RALEIGH – A measure Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, touted as the worst alcohol proposal he had seen in nearly twenty years of lobbying on alcohol policy, was gutted on Wednesday.

The bill’s champion, Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) said the Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS) had made the initiative “a mere shadow of its former self.”

HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation would have raised the current limit on the number of barrels a brewery could self-distribute directly to retailers without working through a middleman, a wholesaler, from 25,000 barrels annually to 200,000. This provision in the measure, which made it exceedingly controversial, was stripped from the bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Ann Graham Lotz Issues Call to Pray

April 20th, 2017

National Day of Prayer is May 4th
BR Staff
Biblical Recorder
April 20, 2017

Anne Graham Lotz

Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham, gets a lot of questions about her 98-year-old father, as well as the rest of her well-known family. She answers gracefully, and lately, directs those conversations toward prayer.

Last year, Lotz stepped into a new role as National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force chairman, a position formerly held by Shirley Dobson. Lotz has spent this last year encouraging national leaders to pray and to unite in prayer for the United States.

The 2017 NDP is May 4. This year’s theme – “For Your Great Name’s sake! Hear us … Forgive us … Heal us.” – is based on Daniel 9:19 – “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and Your people are called by Your name.”

It was Billy Graham’s address at the U.S. Capitol in February 1952 that inspired legislation for an annual NDP. That bill was passed unanimously and signed April 17, 1952, by President Harry Truman.  Read the rest of this entry

 

URGENT CHRISTIAN ACTION ALERT: Vote on Two Worst Alcohol Bills Tentatively Scheduled for Next Week

April 14th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
April 14, 2017

Tuesday, the House ABC Committee considered for discussion only HB 460 – Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries and HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation. No votes were taken. A vote on both bills, however, is tentatively scheduled for next week (Wednesday) and the vote count in committee appears very close.

The Christian Action League believes it’s critical to immediately contact the lawmaker who represents you in the NC House and urge him/her to reject the passage of these two measures.

If you don’t know who represents you in the NC House, click here to find out. If one of the members of the House ABC Committee is your Representative, it’s especially urgent that you contact him/her without delay. To see a list of the House ABC Committee members and their contact information, click here. Don’t hesitate to contact them at home over the Easter Holiday. Read the rest of this entry »

The Two Worst Pieces of Alcohol Legislation I’ve Seen in Nearly Twenty Years of Addressing Alcohol Policy (Part 2)

April 9th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 10, 2017

There is an old Chinese Proverb that says, “Good luck seldom comes in pairs, but bad things never walk (occur) alone.”

Last week, in an article titled The Two Worst Pieces of Alcohol Legislation I’ve Seen in Nearly Twenty Years of Addressing Alcohol Policy, I reported there are two seriously egregious alcohol proposals to be taken up for discussion in the House ABC Committee, Tuesday, April 11th, 9:00 am in Room 1425 of the Legislative Building on Jones Street in Raleigh.

The first measure, HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation, would raise the current limit on the number of barrels a brewery could self-distribute their beer directly to retailers without working through a middleman, a wholesaler, from 25,000 annually to 200,000. Read the rest of this entry »