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Conservatives Applaud Bill to Raise Juvenile Delinquent Age

By Seth Brown
Biblical Recorder
May 23, 2017

Teenagers that commit low-level crimes should not be tried in court as adults, say some conservative groups in North Carolina, and raising the age limit of juvenile delinquency from 16 to 18 would decrease recidivism and increase rehabilitation, among other benefits. Plus, it’s simply the moral thing to do, according to Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League.
Creech and others, including the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) and Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform (CCJR), have expressed strong support for the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act (H.B. 280). The bill, which is currently before the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations, would increase the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18, except in the case of certain felonies.
Tarrah Callahan, CCJR executive director, called the bill “an investment in our youth” during a March 20 press conference.
“We are throwing children into the adult system and limiting their ability to be productive and successful adults,” she said. “Rather than allowing them to participate in the juvenile system that offers far more rehabilitative opportunities, we are channeling them into a future life of crime.” Read the rest of this entry

Where is the Respect for Churches? No Alcohol Sales Before Noon!

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
May 24, 2017

My Dear Friends,

You’ve probably heard about in the media, it’s been dubbed the “Brunch Bill.”  It’s a measure under consideration by state lawmakers that would roll back the time for allowing alcohol sales on Sundays from 12:00 noon to 10:00 a.m.

SB 155 – Economic and Job Growth for NC Distilleries is being pushed by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, and some other groups who care about one thing – money, money, money.

But our society is about more than bread and wine. We are spirit, mind, and soul. Even more vital to our well-being are those things that make for character. We are not simply what we possess.

The reason the current law has existed for many years – prohibiting alcohol sales until after the noon hour – has largely been out of deference and respect for churches. SB 155 begs the question: Where is this respect now? Why is this respect now being withdrawn? Read the rest of this entry »

NC House Overwhelmingly Votes to ‘Raise the Age’ to Keep 16 and 17-Year-Olds Out of Adult Court, Lead Sponsor Hails Christian Action League Support on the House Floor

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
May 19, 2017

RALEIGH – The North Carolina House passed HB 280 – Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act by a whopping margin of 104-8 on Wednesday.

The measure raises the age of juvenile jurisdiction in the state to include 16 and 17-year olds. Currently, teens of this age are tried in the state’s adult courts.

The legislation seeks to bring North Carolina into line with the rest of the country in its treatment of juveniles in the court system. North Carolina is the only state that prosecutes defendants as young as 16 and 17, who are accused of low-level and non-violent crimes, as adults. This saddles them with a record for the remainder of their lives. Read the rest of this entry »

Fantasy Sports Gambling Bill Defeated in Committee Vote

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
May 18, 2017

RALEIGH – Wednesday, the House Committee on Regulatory Reform took up HB 279 – Fantasy Sports Regulation and voted down the measure 7-4.

The law proposed to offer guidelines and a means for supervising 1.6 million players of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in North Carolina. The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincolnton) argued before the committee the legislation would provide clarification that the virtual sports world is not gambling. Committee members were not convinced.

When the legislation was first introduced in March, the Christian Action League reported that DraftKings and FanDuel are two of the most well-known fantasy sports companies. They offer online gaming whereby players select virtual teams consisting of actual athletes, then compete based on how those chosen athletes perform. Unlike traditional season-long fantasy sports that began as a hobby played among friends, daily fantasy sports contests restart constantly, last a day or a weekend and translate into big money for gambling operators who essentially act as bookmakers. Read the rest of this entry »

Craft Brewers Continue Their Attack on the Three-Tier System of Alcohol Control by Filing Suit over Self-Distribution Limits

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
May 18, 2017

RALEIGH – A little less than a month after losing their fight to lift the cap of self-distribution, craft brewers in North Carolina are now looking to the courts.

Monday, Craft Freedom, LLC, and two Charlotte-based breweries, The Olde Mecklenburg and NoDa Brewing, filed suit in Wake County Superior Court against the state of North Carolina alleging that the state’s current self-distribution and franchise laws are a constitutional infringement.

The complaint argues “North Carolina’s ‘Distribution Cap’ punishes craft breweries for their own success by forcing them to hand over the rights to distribute their own beer to private distributors if they sell more than 25,000 barrels.” They further argue that the Distribution Cap is the opposite of the American Dream and violates multiple provisions of the North Carolina Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Not to Hear N.C. Voter ID Case

Republican leaders say Gov. Cooper and AG Stein are culpable in the decision.
CAL Staff
Christian Action League
May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voter Integrity suffered a tremendous blow Monday. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the state’s case for Voter ID.

Chief Justice John Roberts, noted in the decision, “Given the blizzard of filings over who is and who is not authorized to seek review in this Court under North Carolina law, it is important to recall our frequent admonition that ‘[t]he denial of writ of certiorari imports no expression of opinion upon the merits of the case.’”

North Carolina’s Voter ID which passed in 2013 required that voters in the Tar Heel state provide valid identification before casting their vote. Read the rest of this entry »

81 Percent of Americans Concerned About Declining Moral Behavior in US

By Samuel Smith
Christian Post
May 17, 2017

More than eight in 10 Americans admit that they have some level of concern that the morality in America is declining, a new survey by LifeWay Research shows.

The Nashville-based Christian polling group’s survey, released Tuesday, found that 81 percent of Americans either agree or strongly agree with the statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in our nation.”

Forty-six percent of respondents said they “strongly agree” with that statement, while 35 percent said they “agree.” On the flip side, only six percent said they “strongly disagree” and 13 percent said they “disagree” that they are concerned about the declining morality in the nation.

“We are shifting very fast from a world where right and wrong didn’t change to a world where right and wrong are relative,” Lifeway Research Executive Director Scott McConnell said in a statement. “We are not all on the same page when it comes to morality. And we haven’t reckoned with what that means.” Read the rest of this entry

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



[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’

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

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