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Bill for Free Speech on NC College Campuses Becomes Law without Governor’s Signature

August 3rd, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
August 2, 2017

RALEIGH – Monday, HB 527 – Restore/Preserve Campus Free Speech, became law in North Carolina. The legislation, which was sponsored by Reps. Chris Millis (R-Onslow) and Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe) calls on the UNC system to develop, adopt and implement various policies related to free expression.

Governor Roy Cooper did not sign the bill.

North Carolina law gives the Governor up to 30 days to sign or veto a measure after lawmakers adjourn. After this, if the Governor doesn’t respond, then the measure automatically becomes law. The General Assembly adjourned on June 30th and Sunday was the end of the 30 days. Read the rest of this entry »

Governor Cooper Signs Law to Divest from Companies that Boycott the State of Israel

July 31st, 2017

Dr. Creech says the bill ‘was possibly one of the most significant measures taken up in the General Assembly’
By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
July 31, 2017

RALEIGH – Thursday of last week, Gov. Roy Cooper signed what Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League said: “was possibly one of the most significant measures taken-up by the General Assembly.”

Dr. Creech added, “The bill hardly got any media coverage. Although the bill had some opposition, there wasn’t any meaningful controversy surrounding it. Nevertheless, it was truly a very important piece of legislation – especially to Christian social conservatives.”

HB 161 – Divestment from Companies that Boycott Israel prohibits the state from investing in or contracting with companies that boycott the state of Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

Distillers (Mostly) Like New Sales Rules

July 31st, 2017

By Wesley Young
Winston Salem Journal
July 31, 2017

Area distillers are saying a new state law allowing the sale of up to five bottles of spirits to people taking distillery tours is a plus for tourism and the development of craft distilleries in the state.

The legislation, passed at the end of June, puts the limit on such sales at five bottles per customer per 12-month period, up from the former limit of one bottle per customer.

“We are extraordinarily happy that the law was passed,” said John Fragakis, co-owner of Broad Branch Distillery on North Trade Street, which opened in 2015. “People are starting to conclude that with all the taxes we pay, having additional sales is good for our economy, and having additional sales will allow us to invest in our manpower, adding positions over time.”

Not everyone is happy: the Rev. Mark Creech, director of the Christian Action League, said the new law could be a step on the path to retail liquor sales in North Carolina. The group opposed the previous one-bottle limit and the new five-bottle limit, and Creech predicts distillers will be back to ask for even more direct customers sales.  Read the rest of this entry

Gov. Cooper Signs Sunday Hunting Bill that Expands Rights, But Keeps Protections for Churches

July 26th, 2017

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
July 25, 2017

Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper signed HB 559 – Outdoor Heritage Enhanced. The measure expands Sunday hunting with a firearm by removing certain restrictions that pertain to Sunday hunting on private lands, allowing Sunday hunting on game lands, and allowing the hunting of migratory birds on Sunday, subject to rules enacted by the Wildlife Resources Commission.

The 145-year prohibition on Sunday hunting was lifted with the passage of HB 640 – Outdoor Heritage Act in 2015. The Christian Action League was an ardent opponent.

In a Raleigh News and Observer op-ed, Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the League said concerning the 2015 legislation, “Lawmakers certainly understand the necessity of legislation that creates a friendly business environment, but churches also need government to consider whether its actions are friendly to the ministries of houses of worship. Each time we weaken the significance of the ‘Lord’s Day,’ we create a chasm that cannot be bridged.” Read the rest of this entry »

Clergy Say Rev. Barber Wrong about Praying for President Trump

July 21st, 2017

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

Left to Right: Dr. Mark Harris, Rev. Mark Creech, Rev. Leon Threatt, Civil Rights Leader Clarence Henderson, Robin Hayes, and Dr. Richard Land

CHARLOTTE – Ministers who gathered for a press conference outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center on Wednesday made it clear to the Rev. William Barber that when he speaks out against praying for the president, he is in direct contradiction to the Word of God.

The Press Conference was organized by the Christian Action League.

“The Scriptures are exceedingly clear that we are to pray specifically for our leaders. The apostle Paul spoke of this in his epistle to Timothy, noting that we should pray for them without qualification,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina. “I remind you that when Paul wrote this the kings that were ruling at that time were mostly tyrants.”

Dr. Creech and four other ministers were among a group reacting to statements made by Barber last weekend on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. Read the rest of this entry »

FAKE NEWS: Media Narrative about NC’s Transgender Bathroom Law Debunked Again

July 18th, 2017

By Paul Chesser
Liberty Headlines
July 18, 2017

The evidence was made clear in May — that the since-repealed House Bill 2 (the “transgender bathroom law”) may have helped boost an increase in tourism to North Carolina, despite fake media reports to the contrary.

Even more statistics revealed on Monday reinforce that premise. According to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism reached an all-time high in Wake County, which is home to the state Capitol and its second-largest city, as well as Cary, the seventh-largest municipality in the Tar Heel State. The county saw 15.6 million visitors during 2016 — the year in which HB2 was enacted and stood as law for 3/4 of the year — which represented an increase of 3.5 percent over 2015. The growth in popularity of the region (and the state overall) as a tourist destination exploded despite national attacks from media organizations, celebrities, sports figures and corporations, because of the state’s requirement for individuals to use public restrooms according to the gender designated on their birth certificates, rather than their “gender identity.” Read the rest of this entry

Court of Appeals Says Rowan County Prayer Practice is Unconstitutional

July 14th, 2017

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
July 14, 2017

RICHMOND, VA. – Friday, the federal Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Rowan County Commissioners’ prayer practice before meetings is unconstitutional.

In the case Lund v. Rowan County, Nan Lund, Robert Voelker and Lisa Montag–Siegel, had filed a complaint against the commissioners, arguing the prayer practice was “coercive” – forcing those present to conform to the faith of the commissioners.

A Fourth Circuit three judge panel by a decision of 2-1 overturned a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge James Beaty in September of last year. Beatty had concluded that the method of elected officials praying sectarian prayers (prayers that reference Christianity or made in ‘Jesus’ name) failed to be nondiscriminatory. He said it entangled government with religion, and “over time establishes a pattern of prayers that tends to advance the Christian faith at the expense of any religious affiliation unrepresented by the majority.” Read the rest of this entry »

Governor Cooper Vetoes Casino-Style Game Nights Bill, CAL Director Says He Should Be Commended

July 14th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
July 14, 2017

RALEIGH – Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed legislation that would have allowed nonprofits to host casino-style game nights as fundraisers.

Unless the Governor’s veto is sustained the legislation could prove to be a significant expansion for gambling interests in the state.

In a statement released to the Press the Governor said:

“I am not opposed to legitimate nonprofits holding an occasional ‘game night’ to help with donations to worthy causes. However, I believe this legislation as written could cause unintended problems. North Carolina law enforcement has fought for years against the for-profit video poker industry, and legitimizing charitable gambling in this way could give video poker a way to infiltrate our communities. Allowing the industry to masquerade as a charity could cause unintended permits to be issued, and without tough criminal penalties enforcement would be difficult.” Read the rest of this entry »

Critical Facts Churches Need to Know About the Consideration and Approval of Brunch Ordinances

July 13th, 2017

By L.A. Williams and Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
July 13, 2017

Since the passage of the Brunch Bill numerous communities have already approved brunch ordinances or scheduled to take them up for consideration.

According to the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, as of Tuesday (July 11), as many as 16 cities, towns, or counties were considering them, while six cities and towns had already adopted them.

The new law, dubbed by the media as the Brunch Bill, which Governor Cooper signed on June 30th, authorizes county commissioners 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. The measure also expands the hours of sale for retail sales of beer and wine in convenience and grocery stores. But before this can happen, local governing bodies have to pass an ordinance that allows for it.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, recently admonished, “If the churches have anything to say concerning America’s number one drug problem which is alcohol, if they are concerned about its widespread use in their communities and the inevitable negative consequences it will bring, then they had better start saying it. The question of earlier alcohol sales on Sundays is likely to be coming sooner than later.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mecklenburg County Commissioners Receive Sobering Email from CAL Director about their Brunch Ordinance

July 13th, 2017

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
July 14, 2017

Mecklenburg County Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a brunch ordinance Tuesday evening. The ordinance affects the unincorporated areas of the county, which Commissioner Matthew Ridenhour told the Charlotte Observer is a large area.

Last month the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Brunch Bill and Gov. Roy Cooper signed the measure into law on June 30th. The new law allows for alcohol sales to begin earlier on Sundays, rolling back the time from 12:00 noon to 10:00 a.m. But local governing authorities have to first opt-into the expansion of alcohol sales by passing a local ordinance authorizing it.

The Charlotte Observer also reported that after the vote was taken commissioners joked about the matter saying, “See you all for Bloody Marys on Sunday.” Read the rest of this entry »