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Avery County Historian Speaks Out Against Removing Confederate Memorials and Statues of Other Historical Figures

September 1st, 2017

Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
September 1, 2017

George Washington Statue, Capitol Grounds, Raleigh

AVERY, CO. – Michael C. Hardy is a veteran Civil War Historian. He studied at the University of Alabama and went to Pine Hills Christian School (now Central Florida Christian Academy). He currently lives in Crossnore, which is in Avery County.

Michael is an award-winning author of more than twenty books on the Civil War, Appalachia, and other aspects of history. He lectures extensively across the eastern United States and occasionally teaches college continuing education classes.

Michael and his wife Elizabeth, who is a senior instructor of English at Mayland Community College, homeschool their children and use the abundance of historical sites and museums to supplement their children’s education.

Recently, Michael wrote a powerful Letter to the Editor of the Avery Journal. Its content is an apt rebuke to those currently working to remove Confederate Memorials and other statues of historical persons.  Michael wrote: Read the rest of this entry »

After 164 Years the NC State Fair Will Feature Something New – Beer and Wine

August 31st, 2017

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
August 31, 2017

RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Fair has been going on for 164 years. But this year there will be something new as a part of its festivities – beer and wine.

Beer and wine have never been allowed as a part of the State Fair. It’s always been strictly committed to family fun. Not any longer.

A statement released by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, which manages the Fair, said:

“The beverages will be available in the new Our State Public House in Heritage Circle. Sponsored by Our State magazine, the Public House will showcase 40 breweries and 40 wineries from across North Carolina. Daily offerings will include several different styles of craft beer and wine, including award winning examples of each.” Read the rest of this entry »

Atheist Group Wants IRS to Cull Free Speech

August 29th, 2017

By Charlie Butts
August 30, 2017

Despite what the Constitution says about religious speech, an atheist group is seeking a gag order in federal court to silence pastors in the U.S.

Freedom from Religion Foundation is upset because an executive order from President Trump blocks the IRS from enforcing the Johnson Amendment against pastors and churches. The Amendment prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.

Daniel Blomberg, an attorney with Becket, is representing three pastors who want freedom of speech and religion. Becket is a nonprofit religious freedom and educational institution.

“The IRS has been extremely explicit that the [Johnson] rule applies to sermons – but it has never actually enforced the rule against sermons,” the attorney tells OneNewsNow. “Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit demanding that the IRS put up or shut up.” Read the rest of this entry

Beer Sales at College Games a Risky Revenue Stream

August 28th, 2017

By Chris Woodward
August 29, 2017

The college football season is now in full swing, and with it comes beer sales at stadiums. But even as more campuses are doing it, one family advocate says it’s “bad policy.”

Several universities have made decisions in recent years to allow beer sales at games. Joining the list this year is Ohio University, whose first home game is this weekend (September 2). As reported by The Columbus Dispatch and The Associated Press, the decision comes after feedback from customer surveys.

Before suds can flow at Peden Stadium during Bobcat home games, a permit must be issued by the state’s Division of Liquor Control. The school – which emphasizes that implementation of beer sales was made with the input from, and support of, the Ohio University Police Department – will add an alcohol-free zone for fans. And while beer won’t be sold on the student side of the stadium, nothing is in place to prevent students from taking beer to their seats.

Rev. Mark Creech is executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc. and former president of what is now the American Council on Addiction and Alcohol Problems. Creech sees issues with the trend in light of rising levels of alcohol abuse among those who are under-aged – and according to him, most of the students who attend the games fall into that age category. Read the rest of this entry

Announcing No Sunday Brunch Bill Toolkit

August 23rd, 2017

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
August 24, 2017

The City of Jacksonville, NC, approved a Sunday Brunch Ordinance this week. According to a count provided by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, the communities that have already approved their own Brunch Ordinances now number more than 100. Numerous other cities, towns, and counties are slated to take up the issue.

“There has been little resistance,” admitted Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Unfortunately, many churches left me to go up to battle on this one alone, but it wasn’t because the arguments against it were soft. It was because of the inroads strong drink has made in our culture and churches.”

SB 155 – ABC Omnibus Legislation was approved by the North Carolina General Assembly on June 27th. It took Gov. Roy Cooper only three days to sign the measure into law.

The new law authorizes county commissioners and town and city council members to allow bars, hotels, private clubs and restaurants to roll back the starting time for alcohol sales from 12:00 noon to 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. It also expands the additional two hours of sale for retail sales of beer and wine in places such as convenience and grocery stores. Communities, however, must opt-in via their local governing bodies.

The Christian Action League now provides a No Sunday Brunch Ordinance Toolkit for concerned citizens willing to oppose a Brunch Ordinance. The Toolkit includes the following: Read the rest of this entry »

My View of the Eclipse

August 21st, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 21, 2017

The first solar eclipse I ever witnessed was when I was a twelve-year-old boy in 1970.  There was so much concern about it damaging your eyes if you looked at it, I was ordered to stay inside to avoid the temptation. But I was allowed to watch the darkening of nature from the bench in front of the picture window of our home.

I remember quite distinctly sitting on that bench watching the confusion of the birds as they rushed to the eaves of our house to roost, thinking the day had abruptly ended.

That same bench is a part of the decorum of my office in Raleigh now. I took it outside to watch the Great American Eclipse of 2017. I resisted looking up, but I did notice that a flock of crows near me flew frantically about while nervously cawing to one another.

While sitting on that same bench, I thought of my Mother, and my Daddy who made that bench. I thought of my sister, Melissa. I thought of the years that have passed since I was a boy and the many blessings added to my life as this earth has traveled around the sun – Kim (my wife), Matt and Meredith (my two children), their spouses and all nine of the grandchildren.

But I mostly thought of Jesus and the day he died on the Cross for our sins, my sins to be more specific, and the way the earth shook and the sun was blackened, and the curtain to the holy of holies was torn in two. On that most significant day in human history, Christ reconciled believers to God. Read the rest of this entry »

Honor Saluting Honor

August 18th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 18, 2017

I would like to share something taken directly from The American Patriots Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb.

“The Civil War came to an end, for all practical purposes, in April 1865 when Robert E. Lee’s starving, exhausted Confederate army found itself hemmed in by Union forces in Virginia. On April 9 Lee met with General Ulysses S. Grant in a farmhouse at Appomattox Court House to offer his surrender. Grant’s terms were generous: the Southern soldiers were to be pardoned and could go home with their private property, including their horses, which could be used for a late spring planting. Officers could keep their side arms, and Lee’s hungry troops could receive Union rations. “This will have the best possible effect upon the men,” Lee observed quietly. Read the rest of this entry »

The Solar Eclipse: A Sign of Judgment for America?

August 12th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
August 12, 2017

Harry was a caretaker of a recreation lodge on Spirit Lake about five miles north of Mt. Saint Helens. For two months there had been a series of small earthquakes and steam venting episodes on the volcano located in Skamania County in Washington State. All the evidence predicted that the great mountain would erupt with a fury and leave the forests flattened.

The Rangers urged Harry to evacuate, but he wouldn’t listen. Some of his neighbors begged him to join them in their exodus. His sister pleaded with him to be sensible. But Harry ignored every warning. Read the rest of this entry »

Brunch Bill Policies Exacerbate Alcohol-Related Harms and Negatively Impact Religious Influence

August 11th, 2017

Solid Reasons NC Counties, Cities, and Towns Should Not Approve Brunch Ordinances
Christian Action League Staff
August 11, 2017

This year the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation (SB 155 – ABC Omnibus Legislation) that the media dubbed as the “Brunch Bill.” The measure, which Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law on June 30th, authorizes county commissioners, town and city councils to allow, bars, hotels, private clubs and restaurants to roll back the time for alcohol sales from 12:00 noon to 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings – an increase of 2 hours.  It also expands the additional two hours of sale for retail sales of beer and wine in places like convenience and grocery stores. But before this can happen, local governing bodies have to pass an ordinance that allows for it.  The following are solid reasons NC counties, cities, and towns should not approve Brunch Ordinances. Read the rest of this entry »

Can Pastors Have a Beer?

August 9th, 2017

By Shane Idleman
Christian Post
August 9, 2017

A few years ago, I attended a conference where pastors were encouraged to meet at a pub after the general sessions. A few of these pastors could exercise their liberty, but why publicly? I wondered how many people at the conference stumbled because of it.

The demands of life often tempt us to seek gratification in alcohol and other things. We must be on high alert. The enemy uses “opportune times” to draw us away from God. (cf. Luke 4:13.) The line is so thin that it is often hard to determine when we cross over.

The person who consumes alcohol walks a very fine line between freedom and sin, responsibility and carelessness, liberty and abuse — over-indulgence can even disqualify a person from leadership (cf. 1 Timothy 3). This discussion is not about a glass of wine or beer now and then, it’s about abusing liberty. Damage done to families and individuals through alcohol use demands a closer look.

Pastor John MacArthur states what many of us feel but seldom discuss, “It is puerile and irresponsible for any pastor to encourage the recreational use of intoxicants — especially in church-sponsored activities. The ravages of alcoholism and drug abuse in our culture are too well known, and no symbol of sin’s bondage is more seductive or more oppressive than booze.” Read the rest of this entry