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Faith-Based Business Owners Won’t Be Forced to Serve Gay Weddings, Mississippi Appeals Court Rules

By Michael Gryboski
Christian Post
June 27, 2017

A three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of a Mississippi law that protects people who oppose gay marriage on religious grounds from being sued.

In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the panel concluded that the plaintiffs lacked the standing to sue the state over House Bill 1523, also called the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, reversing a lower court’s decision.

“The governor of Mississippi and the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services appeal a preliminary injunction. Because the plaintiffs do not have standing, we reverse the injunction and render a judgment of dismissal,” wrote Circuit Judge Jerry Smith on behalf of the panel.

In April 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law, which prohibits the state from compelling businesses and individuals from supporting or servicing gay weddings. Read the rest of this entry

Banner Week for Alcohol Interests, ‘Brunch Bill’ Moves Forward with Little Resistance from Lawmakers

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
June 23, 2017

RALEIGH – This was a banner week for alcohol interests in the North Carolina General Assembly.

On Thursday, the House Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee passed a Proposed Committee Substitute (PCS), which rolled into one bill what was SB 155-Economic and Job Growth for Distilleries and HB 500-ABC Omnibus Legislation.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, had earlier said both bills were the worst that he had seen in his 18-year tenure lobbying on alcohol issues in the North Carolina General Assembly. Read the rest of this entry »

State Budget Has Appropriations That Will Please Social Conservatives

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 23, 2017

RALEIGH – This week North Carolina lawmakers approved a $23 billion state budget. In addition to increasing the state’s zero-tax bracket, raising teacher pay, providing disaster relief funds and raising education spending by $700 million, there are a number of appropriations that will please social conservatives.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League said, “The budget reflects the influence of lawmakers in the General Assembly who are pro-life and believe in better choices in education for our children. I’m also glad to see they rolled the ‘raise the age’ initiative into the bill, addressed human trafficking, and left off any increases for that failed government policy we erroneously call an ‘Education Lottery.’” Read the rest of this entry »

‘We Owe Allegiance to No Crown’

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 20, 2017

My wife, Kim, presented me with a gift for Father’s Day last weekend.  It’s a beautiful patriotic picture painted on wood slats of a motto used by American colonists when our nation was still in its infancy. I’m not exactly sure where I will hang it in my office, but I can’t wait to get it up. She found it at an antique store.

You know, there are some prominent Christian leaders who believe the American Revolution, more specifically, our nation’s resistance to the King of Great Britain was in violation of Scripture. The blessings that have come to our great nation have come in spite of our Founding Fathers disobedience, they argue. Read the rest of this entry »

Supreme Court Strikes Down N.C. Law Barring Sex Offenders from Social Media

By Joel B. Pollack
Brietbart News
June 19, 20017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that a North Carolina statute that prevents registered sex offenders from accessing social media sites where children are known to be online violates the First Amendment.

The case, Packingham v. North Carolina, concerned a registered sex offender who posted an exuberant message on his own Facebook profile in 2010 thanking God for the fact that a court had dismissed a traffic ticket: “Man God is Good! How about I got so much favor they dismissed the ticket before court even started? No fine, no court cost, no nothing spent. . . . . .Praise be to GOD, WOW! Thanks JESUS!” He was convicted and given a suspended sentence.

The defendant appealed his conviction and sentence, and the state appellate court agreed with him that the state law was unconstitutional. The North Carolina Supreme Court, however, disagreed and upheld the law as constitutional, on the argument that it served a legitimate state interest in protecting minors, and that there were alternative sites on which sex offenders could communicate without the risk that they might gather information about minor children. Read the rest of this entry

Home Brewers Want to Make it Legal to Share, Sample, and Consume at Public Events, Craft Brewers Want to Sell in Dry Areas Regardless of Alcohol Election Results

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 16, 2017

RALEIGH – Two alcohol measures were taken up for discussion in the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee on Thursday.

The first, SB 604 – Homemade Alcoholic Beverage Tasting Permit, would create a new homemade alcoholic beverage competition and tasting permit, modifying several existing permits to add homemade malt beverages to the types of alcoholic beverages that can be served.

The driving force behind this legislation is the Beer Army Foundation, a non-profit organization that says on its website that its purpose is to “educate lawmakers and the general public…on the economic impact that a thriving statewide homebrew community can provide.”  They want to “make it legal to share, sample and consume homebrews at public and charitable events; and legalize homebrew contests and meetings.” Read the rest of this entry »

Creech to NC GOP: Four Keys to Sustaining Freedom

Dr. Creech gives Powerful Speech during Faith and Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast
By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 9, 2017

Dr. Creech gives keynote speech to Prayer Breakfast at the NCGOP Convention. Picture courtesy of John Carlton Nix.

WILMINGTON – A culture threatened with collapse but able to stand as a free, prosperous and long-enduring nation if its people will embrace four basic principles — that’s how the Rev. Mark Creech characterized America in his June 4 address to the North Carolina GOP Convention.

Former N.C. Rep. Carolyn Justice, who also served as the party’s vice chair, introduced the executive director of the Christian Action League at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside during the group’s Sunday morning Prayer Breakfast. The event was sponsored by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

“I served with Reverend Creech for 10 years, while I was a legislator and he lobbied there on behalf of Christian Action League,” Justice said. “You see — just when you thought it was OK to hate lobbyists, you find there are some great things to lobby on behalf of.” Read the rest of this entry »

House Passes Bill to Legalize Casino Nights for Non-Profits

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 8, 2017

RALEIGH – Wednesday, the North Carolina House passed HB 511-Game Nights/Non-Profit Fundraisers by a margin of 78-38. The measure would authorize tax-exempt organizations to operate Las Vegas-style gaming nights and serve alcoholic beverages as a part of a non-profit’s fundraising events.

Current law creates a criminal offense punishable by a Class 2 misdemeanor for operating a game of chance or playing a game of chance where money or anything of value is bet, excluding the North Carolina Education Lottery, Cherokee Casinos in the western part of the state, and various bingo games and raffles for tax-exempt organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

NC Based ‘Faith in America’ Group Wants Sinless SBC

By Bill Bumpass
June 9, 2017

A left-wing religious organization that wants to meet with Southern Baptist leaders has a clear agenda: urge them to drop homosexuality as a sin.

The response from the Southern Baptists? Not gonna happen.

Southern Baptists are meeting June 13 and 14 in Phoenix, Arizona for their annual meeting, where the group Faith in America plans to protest.

FIA’s website states that its “ultimate goal” is to end religious teachings that “justify marginalizing and discriminating against others,” an obvious reference to homosexuals. Read the rest of this entry »

GOP ‘Bruch Bill’ Perpetuates Addiction among Alcoholics

The Triad Conservative
June 7, 2017

Drinking alcoholic beverages in the morning is one of the key warning signs and symptoms of alcoholism.

Nonetheless, the Republican-dominated North Carolina Senate, in its extraordinary wisdom, passed a “Brunch Bill” last week that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday morning. Calling it a “brunch bill” might lead observers to conclude it is directed at allowing upscale restaurants and hotels this particular prerogative. But instead, the legislation also allows sales at private clubs, convenience stores and any other place that is licensed to sell alcohol. Read the rest of this entry »