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Parents Loudly Object to Planned Parenthood Sex-Ed Curriculum in Cumberland County Schools

November 2nd, 2017

Karen Raines
Christian Action League
November 1, 2017

CUMBERLAND CO. – You know the expression: “The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.”  In a controversy that clearly demonstrates the old adage, parents of middle-schoolers and a North Carolina public school system are at odds over the school’s role in covering certain aspects of “the talk” with their children.

Later this month, nine Cumberland County schools were set to reprise the Get Real sex education curriculum that debuted in 2016 as a countermeasure against teen pregnancies, which Cumberland County data reported were at an all-time high in 2015. 

School administrators assert that the Get Real curriculum promotes Abstinence Until Marriage (AUM) but includes an opt-out Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) segment that demonstrates the use of condoms, teaches “emergency” birth control measures post-sexual intercourse, and discusses LGBTQ concerns to 6th through 8th graders. Read the rest of this entry »

Duke University Discriminates Against Catholic Nurse Who Refused to Assist Abortions

November 2nd, 2017

By Michelle Piccolo
LifeNews.com
November 1, 2017

The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit last Friday on behalf of Sara T. Pedro, a Catholic nurse in the Emergency Department of Duke University Hospital, who was discriminated and retaliated against after her employer learned of her pro-life religious beliefs.  Named as defendants in the lawsuit are both Duke University and Duke University Health System, Inc.

Tyler Brooks, the TMLC attorney handling the case, commented: “This case illustrates the unfortunate dangers faced today by individuals who seek to remain faithful to their religious beliefs in the workplace.”

“With this lawsuit, however, we intend to show that even very large employers must respect the civil rights of their Christian employees,” said Mr. Brooks.

The complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, describes how Ms. Pedro compiled an unblemished record during her eight years of work as a nurse prior to being hired by Duke. Read the rest of this entry

 

Guest Columnists: Take the Knee?

October 30th, 2017

By J. Russell Capps
Christian Action League
October 30, 2017

We’ve all heard enough about the misuse of kneeling by the spoiled boys playing football for multi-million dollar salaries. A good reader this week asked me why wasn’t kneeling a good thing since that’s what prayer warriors do.

So may I address it one more time. There’s certainly nothing wrong with kneeling for the right reason. We all need to do more kneeling in prayer to an awesome God.  BUT there is a huge difference in taking a knee as an act of protest against our flag and National Anthem and in kneeling in reverence to our Creator.

American Rock Musician, Ted Nugent just widely published a grand slam article on the subject written by Stanislaus “Stan” Drew, member of Palm Springs Baptist Church in Palm Springs, Florida.  Space doesn’t allow me to quote it all. However, I feel it needs to be shared and I will try to summarize a bit of it.  I urge you to read it all online by entering Drew’s full name in your search engine. Read the rest of this entry »

Republican Leadership Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit against Replacement Bill for HB 2

October 27th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
October 26, 2017

RALEIGH, NC – Leadership for the North Carolina General Assembly are wanting a federal judge, Thomas Schroeder, to throw out a lawsuit against HB 142, the legislation which was a compromise on HB 2, the famous bathroom bill. If Judge Schroeder were to grant their request, it would essentially nullify a legal settlement Governor Roy Cooper is trying to strike with the ACLU and others who oppose HB 142.

The proposed settlement by Gov. Cooper and state’s Attorney General Josh Stein would invalidate the bathroom provision of HB 142 and allow transgender individuals to use the facility of their choice in places such as state offices, highway rest stops, state parks, and historic sites, without fear of arrest or prosecution.

But Republican leaders in the House and Senate say those suing against HB 142 have no standing. If they have no standing, then there is no one with whom to settle, they argue. Read the rest of this entry »

Franklin Graham Says NC Gov. ‘Betrayed’ Citizens with Transgender Bathroom Order

October 26th, 2017

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
October 25, 2017

Leading evangelist Franklin Graham and other social conservative leaders are speaking out against North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s signing of an executive order that critics say will force some businesses and state entities to allow biological men into women’s restrooms and changing facilities.

“North Carolinians have been betrayed by Governor Roy Cooper,” Graham, a North Carolinian and the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham, wrote in a Facebook post on Monday, commenting on the non-discrimination executive order that Cooper signed last Wednesday.

Executive Order No. 24 requires that state agencies under control of the governor to adopt policies that do not block, deter, or impede or prohibit “any individual who lawfully uses public facilities under their control or supervision, in accordance with that individual’s gender identity.”

Additionally, the order calls for companies who contract with the state to adopt an LGBT nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation among other identifiers. Read the rest of this entry

Governor Roy Cooper Reignites Bathroom Battle, Files Motion to Settle Lawsuit

October 21st, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
October 20, 2017

Just when North Carolinians were beginning to have confidence that gender labels on bathroom doors once again meant what they said, the state’s highest official on Wednesday issued an executive order that resurrects the controversial Charlotte ordinance and allows men into women’s restrooms, locker rooms and showers.

“Gov. Roy Cooper’s order perpetuates all the same problems originally associated with sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) ordinances that HB 2 sought to address, at least within the parts of state government for which he has control,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. Read the rest of this entry »

Judges Commit Impeachable Offense, Rule Against Cross

October 21st, 2017

By Bryan Fischer
Focal Point with Bryan Fischer
October 20, 2017

CAL Editor’s Note: North Carolina falls under the jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This week, the Fourth Circuit Court ruled that a cross on public land is unconstitutional. This decision could have a devastating effect on crosses displayed in public places or forums in the states of North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina. In the article below, Bryan Fischer makes a solid case on the absurdity of the appeals court ruling.

A federal appeals court ruled this week that a cross on public land is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

This ruling, not to put too fine a point on it, is absurd, unconstitutional, and represents an impeachable offense.

The 40-foot-tall Bladensburg Cross – which stands on a highway median right outside Washington, DC – has stood since 1925 as a memorial to the fallen U.S. soldiers of WWI. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said that the cross, according to AP, “equates to government sponsorship of a particular religion.” Read the rest of this entry »

Pastors IRS Provision for ‘Housing Allowance’ Ruled Unconstitutional

October 13th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
October 13, 2017

Last Friday, the U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin, Barbara Crabb, ruled the IRS provision for a tax-free minister’s housing allowance is unconstitutional.

The decision was the result of a lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) against the housing allowance. The lawsuit was filed in 2011 and FFRF has argued: “Any reasonable observer would conclude that the purpose and effect of the statute is to provide financial assistance to one group of religious employees without any consideration to the secular employees who are similarly situated to ministers.”

Crabb ruled in favor of FFRF in 2013, but her decision was overturned in 2014 by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which said FFRF did not have standing in the case. Last year, FFRF renewed their challenge to the housing allowance in Gaylor v. Mnuchin. Read the rest of this entry »

Department of Justice Issues Federal Guidelines Restoring Religious Liberty

October 12th, 2017

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
October 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “This news is astounding. We’ve seen so much of religious liberty diminished in recent years. What the President has done to restore our God-given right to practice our faith is not just a breath of fresh air but more like oxygen to someone who had lost his ability to breathe,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.

Dr. Creech was talking about last Friday’s announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions regarding federal guidelines that pertain to President Trump’s executive order (Order No. 13798) issued in May to protect religious freedoms. The guidance by the U.S. Department of Justice is directed to all administrative agencies and executive departments of the United States government and it interprets religious liberties in Federal law. Read the rest of this entry »

Recent Studies Show Marijuana Linked to Violence

October 12th, 2017

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
October 12, 2017

Mention marijuana and most people picture a happy and harmless stoner slumped on a couch with few cares and even less ambition. But at least two studies released in the past 18 months reveal growing evidence of links between cannabis use and violence.

Late last month, researchers from Montreal, Canada, studying the habits of 1,136 recently discharged psychiatric patients reported that those who consistently used cannabis were 2.44 times more likely to display violent behaviors than their counterparts who did not use the drug.

“The persistent use of cannabis over time showed a more constant relationship for violence than alcohol and cocaine use,” the researchers reported in the September issue of the peer-reviewed journal “Frontiers in Psychiatry.” Read the rest of this entry »