Christian Action League
December 20, 2016
As we approach the Special Session to consider the repeal of HB 2 tomorrow (Wednesday, December 21st), I have provided to the office of Republican lawmakers the following handout from the Christian Action League:
Recently, I read a compelling story about an Olympic runner who finally entered the stadium hours behind the other runners. While the day’s events were nearly over and most spectators had gone home, this athlete’s story was only beginning.
The Tanzanian runner limped into the arena, grimacing every step of the way, his knee was bleeding and damaged from an earlier fall. His appearance was ragged, but the crowd was cheering him on to the finish line.
Why did he stay in the race? What made him endure, despite his injuries, till the very end?
When asked these questions by the press later, he replied, “My country did not send me 7,000 miles away to start the race. They sent me 7,000 miles to finish it.”
Since the passage of HB 2, it’s been a long arduous and painful journey for North Carolina’s Republican leadership and lawmakers. We asked you to pass legislation to keep men from using women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms – to preserve their fundamental right to privacy. We asked you to protect private businesses from being forced to promote ideas and participate in events that conflicted with their moral and religious beliefs. You did it and took a beating from the Left for having done a courageous thing.
We were most grateful. We cheered you every step of the way. We stood with you and worked for your re-election. Many of our folks gave money to support you. But now some lawmakers are grimacing and bleeding a bit and ready to give up and repeal HB 2.
I submit it’s not simply enough to start the race, but more important to finish it.
Now that Charlotte has rescinded the ordinance that precipitated the need for HB 2, the argument is repealing the controversial bill will put us back at square one. It will help normalize business for the state and the same laws that were previously in place will provide sufficient protections. This argument is true, EXCEPT or UNLESS, another city, or even Charlotte, should choose sometime later to approve a similar sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) ordinance that will once again threaten our women and children, as well as our religious liberties. Without HB 2, there is nothing to prevent this from happening.
Lawmakers now willing to repeal HB 2 argue if this should happen, then they will address the problem when it comes up. This response, however, is much like the Minnesota town with the volunteer fire department that has the slogan, “We’ll know where we’re going when we get there.”
The Human Rights Campaign, Equality NC, Governor-Elect Roy Cooper, and Progressive forces around the country will not give up on their radical agenda. Neither should we give up on HB 2. We still need it.
Gov. McCrory recently said in his video statement the matter will be resolved by the courts, which is all the reason why nothing needs to be done by the legislature.
Rev. Mark Creech
Please Vote “No” to Repeal
Take Christian Action Now:
Please contact your legislators in both the Senate and the House and urge them not to repeal HB 2.
To get the contact information of your Representative in the NC House and your Senator in the N.C. Senate, go to this link. Then look under “State Legislature” and both legislators, the one in the House and Senate that represents you will be listed. Click on their names and send them your message, imploring them not to repeal HB 2.
Silence is not golden in this case. Silence is a form of capitulation.
Many plan to be at the legislature tomorrow morning as early 9:00. Every concerned citizen Christian that can come should be present, especially pastors.