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Kentucky Governor Files Amicus Brief in N.C. Rowan County Prayer Case

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
November 17, 2017

FRANKFORT, KY. – Back in September of this year, Rowan County Commissioners voted unanimously to appeal their prayer case, Lund v. Rowan County, to the United States Supreme Court. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Rowan County policy for public prayer was unconstitutional because the method of elected officials praying in Jesus’ name failed to be non-discriminatory.

Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced that his administration was joining with 20 other states in filing an amicus brief in support of North Carolina’s writ of certiorari asking the High Court to review the Tar Heel prayer case.

Bevin’s administration says that they are petitioning the court, along with West Virginia, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin, to uphold well-established precedents protecting the freedom of prayer at public meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

Officials Blame Arson for Vale Church Fire, Hate Speech Found Near Where Blaze Started

By Allan Blume
Biblical Recorder
November 16, 2017

Pic: Courtesy of Church’s Facebook Page

Emergency workers responded to a two-alarm fire at Providence Baptist Church in Vale, N.C. around 2 a.m. Monday. According to local news sources, at least eight fire departments from three counties responded to the call.
When fire crews arrived at the church just southwest of Hickory, they found flames and smoke coming from the building. Investigators believe the fire started in the basement boiler room. Smoke damage extended to the worship facilities, located above the basement.
 No injuries were reported, but investigators called the incident suspicious. Vandalism behind the church included apparent hate speech against the church near the area where the fire is believed to have started. Read the rest of this entry

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Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Honored with North Carolina’s Highest Award, Creech Protests Arguing She Betrayed Her State When She Sued Over HB 2

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
November 10, 2017

RALEIGH – Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper honored six recipients of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor at the North Carolina awards ceremony, one of which was former U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch.

The awards are presented to persons who have made significant contributions to the state’s citizens or reputation as a place of culture, arts, science and public service.

Other honorees included Margaret Donovan Bauer, a professor with the North Carolina Literary Review; R.K.M. Jayanty, science; Philip Freelon, architect; former UNC Chancellor James Woodard, and James Smith Patterson for her contributions to technology. Read the rest of this entry »

Oncologists’ Group Links Alcohol Use to Increased Cancer Risk, Study Validates Advocacy of Policies by the Christian Action League

By Pam Blume
Christian Action League
November 10, 2017

On November 7, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a statement reporting research that ties alcohol use to several types of cancer and recommended less alcohol consumption. The statement was published in the “Journal of Clinical Oncology” and said in part that “ASCO believes that a proactive stance by the Society to minimize excessive exposure to alcohol has important implications for cancer prevention.”

ASCO’s statement follows a research report released earlier this year by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund that found strong evidence that alcohol use increases the risk of developing breast cancer.

It is significant that a prominent oncology organization sees enough concerning data in the research to now issue a warning.  The statement says, “Despite the evidence of a strong link between alcohol drinking and certain cancers, ASCO has not previously addressed the topic of alcohol and cancer. In addition, alcohol drinking is a potentially modifiable risk factor that can be targeted with preventive interventions at both the policy and the individual levels.” Read the rest of this entry »

North Carolina Baptists Approve Resolutions on Racism and Human Sexuality

By L. A. Williams
Christian Action League
November 10, 2017

GREENSBORO – North Carolina Baptists affirmed their Biblical stance on two hot-button issues this week, denouncing racism as “sin against a holy and just God” and reiterating the Creator’s design of mankind in which gender is determined by biological sex and marriage made for one man and one woman.

Resolutions on these issues were approved during the 187th annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, held Monday and Tuesday at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

“We cannot emphasize enough our intention to denounce racism in every form, racism as expressed against every ethnic group,” said Jonathan Blaylock, pastor of West Canton Baptist Church, who represented the convention’s Committee on Resolutions and Memorials. “While the secular media tends to focus primarily on racial injustice against African-Americans, the committee believes it is vitally important to declare the injustice toward Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Israelis and every other ethnic group as a contradiction to the teachings of Scripture.” Read the rest of this entry »

LGBTQ Candidates Score Big Wins in N.C. and Around the Country

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
November 10, 2017

Equality NC, the state’s premiere LGBTQ activist organization, says that out of the 65 candidates they endorsed 45 won important municipal elections on Tuesday. They cite the Charlotte and Durham mayoral and City Council races as key victories.

In other parts of the country, four transgender candidates won elections, and one became the first transgender state representative.

Matt Hirschy, the current interim executive director for Equality NC, says this year their organization endorsed more candidates than ever before, and the results were nothing but amazing. Read the rest of this entry »

Churches Urged to Be Prepared in Evil Times

By Steve Jordahl
November 8, 2017

The shooting on Sunday morning in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has church leaders once again thinking about how to protect their worshippers from violence – and one pastor remembering a similar tragedy in his own church.

It was just before Christmas: Sunday, December 9, 2007. Pastor Brady Boyd had come to New Life Church in Colorado Springs just three months earlier, and was helping the church heal from a sex scandal involving its high-profile former pastor … when Boyd had to hold the most difficult press conference in his ministry life.

“I watched the events unfold from my second-floor office,” he shared during the press conference, “and within just a moment of hearing gunshots, the police were on the scene.” Read the rest of this entry »

Guest Columnists: Guns and America

By Dr. Ron Baity
Return America
November 8, 2017

The tragic shooting in Texas this past Sunday has once again opened up the gun debate in America. It seems as if every time a deranged person seeks to do harm to others it is always the problem with the gun or guns. We never apply the gun debate to other areas of life of like danger. For instance, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol leads to 88,000 deaths each year in America. They further state that alcohol is responsible for 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults between the ages of 20 to 64. Where is the same cry among the no-gun crowd that alcohol should be banned? According to the National Safety Council, 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. The no-gun crowd certainty will not talk about banning automobiles.

First of all, let’s analyze gun control from the theological perspective. What motivates people to harm other people? Jesus has given us the answer: “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7:21-23) Here, Jesus stated that the heart of man is wicked and that out of his heart he will produce “evil thoughts” and “murders”. Read the rest of this entry »

Asheville Citizen-Times Writer Calls Christians ‘Bigots,’ Rev. Creech Seeks to Respond But Paper Demonstrates Media Bias

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
October 31, 2017

It seemed like a simple request: “Please be fair and let the readers decide.” But the editors of one of North Carolina’s major daily newspapers instead practiced media bias, censorship and discrimination by allowing a columnist to label Bible-believers as “bigots,” while refusing to print an opposing viewpoint without inserting subjective language to undermine its arguments.

“The Asheville Citizen-Times has essentially said, ‘We will let you make your claims but only if you allow us to censor your remarks accordingly,’” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, after exchanging close to a dozen e-mails with editors over a proposed guest column he had submitted.

The ordeal began on Oct. 17, when weekly advice columnist N. John Shore Jr. called people who believe that homosexuality is a sin “bigots.” Read the rest of this entry »

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

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 »