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What Would You Say to Someone on the Ledge?

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 22, 2018

Suicide has certainly been in the headlines lately. First was the death of American fashion designer and businesswoman, Kate Spade. Quickly on the heels of her death came that of Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef, author and travel documentarian, who took his own life.

Last Sunday, I pulled into the parking lot of a church where I was scheduled to speak. As I got out of the car, I noticed two men relaxing on the tailgate of a pick-up truck. I went over to greet them and realized when I got closer that one of them had tears in his eyes. The other fellow was trying to comfort him. The man crying had just learned in his Sunday School class that a good friend had committed suicide. The heartbreak was especially intense for him because his brother had also committed suicide two years earlier. Read the rest of this entry »

State House Committee Passes Legislation for a Constitutional Amendment Requiring a Voter ID with Photo

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 22, 2108

RALEIGH – Thursday, the House Rules Committee, approved a bill calling for a state constitutional amendment that would require a person to show a photo ID before voting.

The measure, HB 1092 – Constitutional Amendment – Require Photo ID to Vote, would make North Carolina the 35th state mandating some form of voter ID be shown at the polls. The Committee passed the bill largely along Party lines and by a margin of 21-9.

HB 1092 is being championed by House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland), along with other primary sponsors Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), Rep. Michelle Presnell (R-Yancey), and Rep. John Sauls (R-Lee). There are also more than 40 cosponsors from the House on the proposal. Read the rest of this entry »

Havelock and Craven County Said ‘No’ to Brunch Proposal. Christian Group Says, ‘That’s All I Can Stand’s and I Can’t Stands No More’

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
June 22, 2018

Gerald Schill: ‘That’s all I can stands and I can’t stands no more.’

CRAVEN CO. – “It just goes to show that not everyone believes that if their neighbor jumps into the fire, they should too,” said. Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “The Havelock Board of Commissioners, as well as Craven County Commissioners, has made a courageous and informed decision on their rejection of proposals to allow for early alcohol sales on Sunday morning.”

According to reports from the New Bern Sun Journal, the city of Havelock’s governing body voted 3-2 against a proposed brunch ordinance on Monday, April 23rd. Craven County Commissioners voted down a proposal, 5-2, on Monday, June 3rd.

Last year, Gov. Roy Cooper signed legislation, commonly referred to as the “Brunch Bill.” Read the rest of this entry »

Need Better Sleep? Go to Church Study Finds

By Anugrah Kumar
Christian Post
June 21, 2018

A new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio has found that people who attend religious services and pray frequently tend to sleep better than their less religious counterparts.

Data from a large, recent nationwide survey of U.S. adults shows that religious attendance and frequency of prayer are positively associated with overall sleep quality, according to the study published in Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation.

The study acknowledges that religion could “decrease psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, which are all associated with sleep outcomes.” Read the rest of this entry

Tar Heel Representatives Unanimously Approve Resolution Urging Turkey to Release NC Pastor

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 15, 2018

It isn’t every day that the North Carolina House records a unanimous vote. It’s even more rare that the legislative body requests action from a foreign government. On Wednesday evening, Tar Heel representatives did both via Resolution 1094, urging the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson from a Turkish prison.

A U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, N.C., who has served as a missionary and pastor in Izmir, Turkey since 1993, Brunson was detained and then arrested following that nation’s imposition of a state of emergency after a coup attempt in July 2016. By the time of his next hearing, set for July 18, he will have spent 649 days away from his wife and children in what Rep. Larry Pittman (R-Cabarrus) described as a “horrendous situation.” Read the rest of this entry »

Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol, Alcohol!!!!

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
June 15, 2018

RALEIGH – “It has high stakes for public health and safety and morality in general,” said Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “But it’s low on lawmaker’s radar in comparison to other social issues, and much of the church, except for some confessional statement, offers little or no resistance to it anymore.”

Dr. Creech was describing the challenge of addressing alcohol policy, which was a momentous one for him this week. North Carolina legislators considered four alcohol measures of significance.

HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation was a gargantuan piece of alcohol legislation with seven provisions to change North Carolina’s alcohol statutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Legislation Passed Requiring National Motto ‘In God We Trust’ Be Posted in NC Public Schools

By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
June 8, 2018

RALEIGH – Thursday, the North Carolina House overwhelmingly approved legislation that would require the display of the National and State Mottos in a prominent location in North Carolina public schools.

The National Motto, which was approved by Congress in 1956 reads, “In God We Trust.” North Carolina’s motto, “Esse Quam Videri”, was approved by the state legislature in 1893 and means, “To Be Rather than to Seem.”

The bill calls for the State Motto to be posted in both Latin and English.

The legislation, HB 965 – National and State Mottos in Schools Act, precipitated a spirited debate on the House floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Bill Would Allow Liquor-By-The-Drink in Movie Theaters, Alcohol Sales at Raffles and on State Operated Ferries

By CAL Staff
Christian Action League
June 8, 2018

RALEIGH – Except for its listing on the Senate Calendar, which did not appear until Wednesday evening, there was essentially no warning about an Omnibus ABC bill that was taken up Thursday morning in the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee. The measure, HB 500 – ABC Omnibus Legislation, championed in the Senate by Sen. Rick Gunn (R-Alamance), has eight provisions meant to change the state’s alcohol policy.

An old bill that had previously passed the House was high-jacked as a vehicle for its language, and, if passed by the Senate will only require that the House concur.

Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, complained, “This is the worst way in the world to do alcohol policy. It’s not meant to be deliberative. It is a veritable gift to business interests without judicious consideration of public health and safety. It’s the kind of measure that’s great for campaign coffers in an election year but careless and irresponsible with a commodity that is inherently problematic.”  Read the rest of this entry »

‘Masterpiece Cakeshop’ Case No Cake-Walk, But Outcome is Cake-Worthy

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
June 8, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the First Amendment rights of Christian baker Jack Phillips by insisting that he must use his artistic talents to promote a same-sex wedding. So ruled the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 decision on Monday.

The case was no cakewalk, but that doesn’t mean the outcome isn’t cake worthy.

In fact, it is certainly cause for celebration, according to the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina.

“Liberty and freedom won today. We should be thankful to God for Jack Phillips, the proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop for his principled stand. In his obedience to a higher law, the law of God, he helped protect religious liberty for the whole country,” Creech said upon hearing the news. Read the rest of this entry »

Statement on SCOTUS Ruling for ‘Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission’

By Rev. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
June 4, 2018

Since same sex marriage became legal in 2015, there have been cases across the country of people from various wedding-related occupations – cake bakers – photographers – owners of wedding venues – florists, etc. that have been harassed, persecuted, and their livelihoods threatened by the state because of their religious objections to same-sex marriage. Today the United States Supreme Court said such infringements on religious liberty must stop. Read the rest of this entry »