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FDA Declares ‘Kratom’ an Opioid, CAL Director Says State Lawmakers Should Revive Effort to Ban It

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

Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration declared that Kratom, a popular psychoactive, plant-based, recreational drug, is an opioid. Dr. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said the declaration is just another affirmation the substance should be banned in North Carolina.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA Commissioner, said in a statement that the FDA had been carefully monitoring the use of kratom for several years. Kratom products had been placed on an import alert to prevent it from entering the country illegally and the FDA had conducted product seizures. “These actions were based, in part, on a body of research, as well as reports we have received, suggesting harm associated with its use…we urged consumers not to use kratom or any compounds found in the plant,” he said. The latest research, he added, shows that kratom works in the brain just as opioids do. Read the rest of this entry »

Gay Rights Advocates Urge Amazon to Shun NC in HQ2 Decision

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

As the anticipation about where Amazon will choose to locate its much-coveted second headquarters (HQ2) grows, so does the pressure from gay rights advocates demanding that the company pick an “LGBT-friendly” location, which, they say, eliminates Raleigh.

Like 30 other states, North Carolina does not include special protections in its laws for sexual orientation and gender identity. Raleigh and 10 other locations on Amazon’s top-20 list are in nine of those 31 states.

The company has announced plans to hire 50,000 workers and spend $5 billion on the new headquarters, which it wants to locate in a business-friendly environment, with highly educated labor pools, strong transportation options and good quality of life. But leaders of the “No Gay? No Way!” campaign say that criteria is not enough. They have been running digital ads in Seattle, Wash., Amazon’s home city, and having planes with the “No Gay? No Way!” banner circle the headquarters. They also reject the idea that if Amazon located in a state without special LGBT protections, it could advocate for change from the inside. Read the rest of this entry »

CA Court: Forced Compliance Violates 1st Amendment

By Jody Brown and Steve Jordhal
February 8, 2018

Not only is it surprising that a recent ruling went in favor of a Christian baker, it’s also a surprise that it came out of a California court.

It’s a familiar sounding story: a lesbian couple walks into the bakery of a cake-artist known for having Christian beliefs, then sues when the baker refuses to make a custom cake for their same-sex “wedding.” But this case is not in Colorado, but ultra-liberal California.

Cathy Miller is the owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield. “I thought it would be a day of cake-tasting with my brides and grooms – and our whole world was turned upside down within 45 minutes,” she shares. “We were getting hate mail, death threats, and horrible emails with pictures. It was terrible.” Read the rest of this entry »

Public Will Get Chance to Speak about Fate of Confederate Monuments

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
February 1, 2018

North Carolinians will get a chance to speak out about the fate of three Confederate monuments currently located on the Capitol grounds in Raleigh, but targeted by the governor for removal.

Although a hearing date has not been set, a five-member ad hoc committee chosen by the North Carolina Historical Commission to address the issue met Jan. 22 via conference call and announced its intent to hear from the public after first soliciting input from history experts, the UNC School of Government and faculty members at the state’s six law schools.

Already, a website portal is available for the public to submit comments and an address is provided for responses via traditional U.S. mail.

Early last September, Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration petitioned the Historical Commission to move the Henry Lawson Wyatt Memorial, the Monument to the North Carolina Women of the Confederacy and the 1895 Confederate Soldiers Monument to the Bentonville Battlefield, located in Johnston County, about 45 miles from the Capitol. The Commission met two weeks later, but postponed a vote on the matter, instead opting to name a study committee. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Factor Essential in Assessing Gambling’s Impact

By John Rustin
North Carolina Family Policy Council
January 31, 2018

A recent meeting at the NC General Assembly exemplifies what is so problematic about state-sponsored gambling. Inevitably, when governments resort to gambling to raise dollars and balance budgets, they become addicted to the money and face never ending pressure to generate more revenue and devise increasingly aggressive ways to separate citizens from their hard-earned dollars. Most often this happens with little or no regard for the individuals and families who are targeted by the state lottery and who are victimized by gambling addiction and the myriad of societal harms that come with it.

Last week, on January 22, state lawmakers gathered in Raleigh for a meeting of the Joint Program Evaluation Oversight Committee and heard a report entitled, “Options Exist for Increasing Lottery Proceeds for Education.” Read the rest of this entry »

Report to NC Lawmakers Recommends Lottery Expansion

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
January 26, 2018

RALIEIGH – According to a new report, North Carolina could garner more money for education by increasing its number of lottery outlets and making the games more appealing to younger players. The report, provided by legislative staff to a group of Tar Heel lawmakers, lays out a number of ways to increase lottery revenue, each fraught with controversy.

“Today we are telling our children that they can drink, gamble, and toke their way to prosperity. What were once rightly understood as vices are now used or touted as a means for funding government programs,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “We are setting our youngsters up for moral rot and ruination.” Read the rest of this entry »

CMS Broadens Multiculturalism Policy with Pro-LGBTQ Agenda

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
January 24, 2018

CHARLOTTE – Students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will hear more about gender orientation, gender identity and gender expression following the Board of Education’s controversial 7-2 vote to broaden its multiculturalism policy. Rather than “appreciate the value” of diversity, the schools will now “intentionally incorporate” these topics in lessons, study material and staff training.

Tuesday night’s decision followed a public hearing during which some speakers pleaded with school officials not to undermine parents’ rights to teach their children values.

“I respect all life, but we do not have to embrace all lifestyles,” Ted White, a pastor and CMS parent, told the board. He said he and his wife were raising their children to love and respect all people and that they do not need CMS to teach them about other values. Read the rest of this entry »

Creech Featured on Michael Anthony Podcast, ‘Courage Matters’

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
January 23, 2018

“I’m thrilled to provide this special guest podcast with Dr. Mark Creech, President of the Christian Action League in North Carolina. In this podcast, Dr. Creech shares from his decades of ministry experience, helping us understand how Christians can lead in today’s climate.”  – Pastor Michael Anthony

What should Christians do in the face of an increasingly hostile culture? How should church leaders address social issues in the post-Christian era? And what about the separation of church and state?

“The temptation is to withdraw, but the darker it gets, the brighter our light,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. He answered these questions and more in a recent podcast featured on Michael Anthony’s website,

Anthony, a nationally known author, pastor and radio talk-show host, said he interviewed Creech to help his listeners understand “how Christians can lead in today’s climate.” Read the rest of this entry »

The #MeToo Movement Ignores the Most Offensive Form of Partner Violence That Exists

By Kristen Hawkins
January 16, 2017

As American voices reach a fever pitch over sexual abuse allegations against powerful men and more women adopt the #MeToo rallying cry every day, there’s still a trend of fatal abuse that has received nary a peep of condemnation from Hollywood elite. Shrouded in silence, abusive men across the country — and the world — drug unsuspecting pregnant partners with the intention of aborting the preborn children for whom they do not want to take responsibility. With how little attention these crimes receive from the media, one may think these abusers are few and far between. They are not.

In the most recently-reported case, a woman named Brooke Fiske was drugged by Sikander Imran, her boyfriend of three years, when Imran impregnated Fiske and Fiske refused the abortion procedure Imran pressured her to undergo. “When I was drinking my tea in the evening I got to the bottom of the cup,” Fiske told a local news outlet. “There was a gritty substance in there and when I looked at it, I could tell that it was a pill that had been ground up.” Within hours, Fiske went into labor and lost the child killed by Imran, who gave Fiske four times the normal drug dosage used to induce an abortion. Read the rest of this entry

Moment of Silence Supplants Invocation at Salisbury City Council Meetings

By L.A. Williams
Christian Action League
January 11, 2018

SALISBURY – In its quest to avoid offending someone, the Salisbury City Council has robbed its very members of a constitutional right by ditching the invocation at the beginning of its meetings in favor of a moment of silence.

“The people of Salisbury should protest this action,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. While he said a moment of silence may be appropriate for honoring the dead, God is not among them.

“God is not dead. He lives and we desperately need Him in all of our deliberations, especially government,” Creech said.

According to the Salisbury Post, Mayor Al Heggins, Mayor Pro Tem David Post and council member Tamara Sheffield voted Jan. 2 to nix the prayers, which had recently been given by council member Brian Miller, although the privilege had, in the past, been rotated among the city’s elected officials, who were invited to choose a prayer appropriate to their faith. Read the rest of this entry »