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

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

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

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

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

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)

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 »

The Two Worst Pieces of Alcohol Legislation I’ve seen in Nearly Twenty Years of Addressing Alcohol Policy

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 7, 2017

Could I get your undivided attention for a little while?

There are so many issues today that claim most of our attention. I find that conservative evangelical Christians are always interested in matters pertaining to the preservation of traditional marriage and the family, life, and religious liberties. They are not, however, seemingly as concerned about our state’s alcohol policies.

Perhaps it’s because some Christians choose to drink, and they quickly dismiss any opposition to proposed initiatives that expand the privileges of the alcohol industry as a purely prohibitionist point of view. Read the rest of this entry »

A Democrat Wants Government in the Bedroom?

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
April 7, 2017

You’re not going to believe this one. Senator Jeff Jackson (D-Mecklenburg) has introduced SB 553 – Revoke Consent for Intercourse.

The bill provides that a person who continues to engage in sexual intercourse after consent is withdrawn “is deemed to have committed the act of intercourse by force against the will of the other person.”

Here’s the way the measure reads,

“A person who initially consents to vaginal intercourse is not deemed to have consented to any penetration that occurs after the person withdraws consent during the course of that vaginal intercourse. A person may withdraw consent to engage in vaginal intercourse in the middle of the intercourse, even if the actual penetration is accomplished with consent and even if there is only one act of vaginal intercourse. The withdrawal of consent must be clearly communicated in a way that a reasonable person would understand to constitute withdrawal of consent. Read the rest of this entry »

Some Republican Lawmakers Confide in Me Their Discouragement

By Dr. Mark Creech
Executive Director
Christian Action League
April 6, 2017

Sir. Wilfred Grenfell

While walking the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly, a number of Republican lawmakers who voted “No” on the repeal and replace of HB 2 confided in me their discouragement this week.

Leadership can be a very difficult place, especially when you’ve tried so hard to do what is right and it still doesn’t work out.

It reminds me of that story about a late winter’s afternoon in Labrador, when Sir Wilfred Greenfell was speeding over the snow in his dog sled to the bedside of someone desperately ill. He came to a bay frozen over. To go across the ice would save him many miles. And though it was about time for the ice to break up, he felt it was worth the risk.

Half way across, the unthinkable happened. All the ice in the bay started to break up. Things were literally falling apart beneath him. Suddenly, he and his dogs were floundering in the freezing water. Greenfell managed to get himself and his dogs onto a large slab of ice, only to find they were floating out to sea. Read the rest of this entry »

NCAA Ends North Carolina Championship Boycott after Repeal of Bathroom Bill

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
April 6, 2017

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is being accused of putting “a seal of approval on state-sanctioned discrimination” after it announced the end of its boycott on hosting championship events in the North Carolina because of the state’s recently repealed controversial transgender bathroom law.

In a statement issued Tuesday, it was announced that the NCAA board of governors reviewed the legislative changes made by North Carolina lawmakers last week in repealing the highly controversial H.B. 2 and replacing it with another law that critics say doesn’t go far enough to protect the rights of LGBT people.

Although liberal activists are still up in arms about the state’s policy and have warned the NCAA not to be “fooled” by the changes, a majority of NCAA board members “reluctantly voted” to allow North Carolina be considered once again in bids to host championship events. Read the rest of this entry