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ATTENTION PASTORS AND OTHER CHURCH LEADERS: ‘Where is the respect for our churches?’ Don’t start selling alcohol before noon on Sundays

May 16th, 2017



[If you are already up-to-date on this issue and would like to sign the letter now, click here to jump to the letter.]

The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association has launched a major campaign to roll back the time for serving alcohol on Sundays from 12:00 noon to 10:00 a.m. The media refers to the legislation they’re pushing as “The Brunch Bill.” (SB 155 – Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries, companion bill in the House, HB 460)

Clergy and pastors are urged to sign a letter addressed to Senate President Pro-Tempore, Phil Berger, House Speaker Tim Moore, and all members of the North Carolina General Assembly, urging them not to pass it. The letter and its signatures will be passed along to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Raleigh News and Observer Columnist Mocks Churches, Mocks Dr. Mark Creech, for Opposing the ‘Brunch Bill’

May 12th, 2017

CAL Staff
Christian Action League
May 12, 2017

RALEIGH – This week columnist Barry Saunders with the Raleigh News and Observer mocked opposition to the “Brunch Bill” – a legislative initiative (SB 155- Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries) that seeks to roll back the time for selling alcoholic beverages from 12:00 noon on Sundays to 10:00 a.m.

Saunders referred to churches that objected to the change as the “First Self-Righteous Church” and then suggested that they join hotels, restaurants, and bars in offering their own alcoholic attractions on Sunday mornings.

Saunders wrote, “That way, those of us who are so inclined can get our fill of the Holy Spirit and distilled spirits without leaving the pews.” Read the rest of this entry »

Sunday Booze Bill Said to Disrespect Churches

May 12th, 2017

By Seth Brown
Biblical Recorder
May 11, 2017

North Carolina’s Christian Action League (CAL) is calling pastors and church leaders to sign a letter of opposition to a bill that would allow cities and counties to roll back prohibitions against Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 10 a.m.
The public policy organization’s executive director, Mark Creech, said the so-called “Brunch Bill” represents “tacit disrespect for churches.”
“Churches spend significant ministry resources helping people pick up the pieces of their lives ruined by alcohol use and abuse,” he continued. “Don’t churches deserve respect for this indispensable service? … This kind of legislation works against the positive role of religion in our society.”
Senate Bill 155, which is currently before the Committee on Finance, also includes provisions for retailers governed by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (commonly called ABC stores) to host free liquor tastings sponsored by distilleries. Read the rest of this entry

Senate Budget Proposal Has a Fly in the Ointment, It Doubles Lottery Advertising

May 12th, 2017

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
May 12, 2016

RALEIGH – Thursday, the State Senate approved a $22.9 billion budget proposal that increases spending by 2.5% over last year. The increase is meant to provide more for public education, $150 million for disaster relief assistance to the victims of Hurricane Matthew, add $363 million to the state’s rainy day fund, as well as provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief.

Republicans say that their approach to managing North Carolina’s fiscal landscape in recent years has proven to be a remarkable success, resulting in consecutive years of budget surpluses. This year’s surplus was as much as $580 million. Read the rest of this entry »

Federal Court Hears Oral Arguments against North Carolina’s Magistrate’s Law

May 12th, 2017

Dr. Creech urges prayer for favorable religious liberty ruling
Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
May 12, 2017

RICHMOND – A three-judge panel of the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, heard oral arguments on Wednesday challenging SB 2 – Magistrates Recusal from Civil Ceremonies.

The measure, which was passed in June of 2015 by the North Carolina General Assembly, allows magistrates to opt-out of the performance of a same-sex civil ceremony, whenever such public servants hold a sincere religious objection.

Two same-sex couples and one interracial couple filed the lawsuit in December of 2015 against the state of North Carolina, claiming the law was unconstitutional. Read the rest of this entry »

Duke Divinity Prof. Allegedly Resigns After Refusing to Attend 2-Day Workshop on Racism

May 12th, 2017

By Brandon Showalter
Christian Post
May 11, 2017

A Duke Divinity School professor was reportedly threatened by the dean with an array of punishments amid allegations that he refused to meet with her about professional conduct. This followed a contentious email thread in which he refused to attend an anti-racism workshop for faculty that he deemed ideologically left-wing.

In response to a mass email invitation for a two-day workshop titled “Racial Equity Institute Training Phase 1” for Duke Divinity School faculty on March 4–5 in which the stated goal was to combat racism and “begin its own commitment to become an anti-racist institution,” a spat among the academics ensued over the ideological tilt of the seminar. Read the rest of this entry

Major Campaign Launched for Allowing Alcohol Sales before Noon on Sundays, ‘Where is the Respect for Churches?’

May 5th, 2017

Clergy and other church leaders urged to sign letter to lawmakers
By Staff
Christian Action League
May 6, 2017

The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, as well as other supporters, are now launching a major campaign for the passage of NC Senate Bill, SB 155-Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries or its companion bill in the House, HB 460. The measure, commonly referred to as “The Brunch Bill,” would provide cities and towns with the option of selling alcohol before noon on Sundays.

Supporters have set up a website and are using the hashtag #FreetheMimosa. A Mimosa is an alcoholic beverage, more specifically; a cocktail composed of champagne or a sparkling wine and chilled fruit juice.

Since the measure has been bottled up in committee for about a month, they’re urging people to sign an online petition urging lawmakers to pass it. As is typical of many alcohol proposals, proponents argue that rolling back the serving time of alcoholic beverages by two hours, from 12 noon to 10:00 am would increase tax revenue, benefit both local and state governments, and result in job creation. Read the rest of this entry »

President Trump’s Executive Order on Religious Freedom is a Step in the Right Direction

May 5th, 2017

CAL Director takes issue with conservative critics
By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
May 5, 2017

An executive order in support of religious freedom issued by President Trump on Thursday drew criticism from both the left and the right. But the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, called on believers to greet the news with gratitude and patience.

“It troubles me when Christian leaders are critical of our President for not giving them everything they want – and everything they want right now!” Creech said. “Listen to me! When it comes to politics, hardly anyone ever gets everything they want. We have to be patient and positive about every move in the right direction.” Read the rest of this entry »

National Day of Prayer Observed

May 4th, 2017

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
May 4, 2017

Thursday millions of people joined together, in huddles, in homes, and in various habitations to pray for our nation. It was the National Day of Prayer, set for the first Thursday in May of each year, and established in 1952 by President Harry Truman.

All true Americans in the spirit of good-will desire for our nation to be like a well-watered garden, a place of peace and prosperity. But in a day of peril, with enemies from within and without, this nation is more in danger of becoming a place of fallow ground.

Perhaps as never before, the National Day of Prayer ought to serve as a means of help and healing. Read the rest of this entry »

More Christians Discovering Biblical Beliefs Could Cost Them Their Jobs

May 4th, 2017

By Kade Hawkins
May 3, 2017

It should come as no surprise that Christians will encounter opposition to their Biblical beliefs in the workplace. What might surprise them is that expressing those beliefs both at work and at home (such as social media) could cost them their job.

A victim of a workplace firing who lost his case was Urologist Dr. Paul Church who was fired from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in 2015 and was also denied a chance to appeal his case. Church’s offense was warning of the health risks of homosexual behavior and questioning the judgment of a hospital promoting such unhealthy behavior.

Church was told by hospital superiors that his views about homosexuality were “discrimination” and “harassment” and that the Bible verses he used to define homosexuality were equally “offensive”.

In a similar manner, Chris Routson, who spent 13 years with Precision Strip metal processing in Middletown, Ohio was terminated without severance due to his lesbian co-workers complaining they were uncomfortable with how he indiscriminately shared his faith – both at work and at home via Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »