Christian Action League
March 10, 2016
RALEIGH – The Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc., the oldest state-wide Christian public-policy organization in the Tar Heel state, is endorsing Ted Cruz for President of the United States. The League has a 501c4 tax status and is allowed to declare support or opposition to a candidate for office.
Dr. Mark Creech, executive director, released the following statement Thursday morning:
“We are witnessing possibly the most dangerous time in American history. It’s not that our great country hasn’t faced incredible challenges in the past, but today the enemies of our Republic strike at the heart of our national identity – the meaning of America. Such issues will determine the preservation of liberty for the generations to come.
“Although the Christian Action League concedes there are many pressing considerations in choosing a President, none are more important than marriage and family, restoring a culture of life, and preserving our first right – the right to practice one’s faith freely. No current candidate in the Democratic field demonstrates a proper commitment to any of these necessary supports for a healthy society. All the candidates in the GOP field have shown some commitment to these three, either with lip service or some demonstration of allegiance, but none has the long track record of their zealous defense and promotion as Senator Ted Cruz.
“Voters today are angry at their elected officials for showing little or no courage in standing up for their rights and representing their concerns. They rightly feel betrayed. They feel most politicians are willing to sell them out and leave them hanging. Therefore, many people, including evangelicals, seem to prefer an outsider. Ted Cruz, however, should not be counted among your run-of-the-mill, get along to get along, kind of elected official. Instead, it has been his undaunting commitment to fight for his constituents – to fight for principle over politics – that has made him an undesirable among established powers in Washington.
“Many years ago, John Ruskin contended that ‘[s]kill is the unified force of experience, intellect, and passion in their operation.’ Ted Cruz has extensive experience debating, crafting and pushing legislation, as well as defending in court the values dearest to evangelical Christians. What is more, he has done it with keen intelligence and fervor.
“Last, the issues tearing away at the moral fabric of our nation have largely, almost exclusively, been foisted upon us by run-away federal courts, most certainly the U.S. Supreme Court, which has abandoned the original intent of the U.S. Constitution in too many of their rulings. To sustain freedom, this form of tyranny must stop. Because the next President will likely fill the seat of recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia and other seats that may become available, it is imperative we have a President who is a strong constitutionalist. We believe Ted Cruz would best serve this need.
“Therefore, the Christian Action League urges its supporters and its vast network of churches and citizen evangelicals in North Carolina to vote for those eternal verities that should take precedence over all other concerns – those that go to the character of our nation. A country that remains compromised on marriage and family, the right to life and the right to live according to the dictates of their faith in public or private, is likely to perish from the earth.
“Every leader has clay feet, and none is without blemish. Nevertheless, evangelicals should choose for their leaders those who by their persons and promotion of policy reveal a consistent commitment to a strong Christian worldview.
“We believe Ted Cruz best fits this need and endorse his candidacy for President of the United States.”
Dr. Mark H. Creech
Dr. Creech added that he didn’t think the Christian Action League had ever endorsed a candidate for President before, at least not during his tenure as executive director. “Still, the Board felt there was entirely too much at stake in this election,” he said, “matters that could affect the nation for many years to come – matters that required we break away from our tradition and provide some needed direction for evangelicals in the state. This does nothing to take away from the League’s primary mission of addressing the great social issues of our time.”
Dr. Mark H. Creech