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Minister Doesn’t Want Amazon HQ 2 if They Push LGBTQ Agenda

REV. MARK CREECH: ‘They could possibly bring considerable political leverage along with them…’
By Katie J. Read
Liberty Headlines
February 14, 2018

Twenty cities are vying to be selected by Amazon as the location for its second-headquarters.

The winning region would win 50,000 well-paying jobs and a $5-billion building, but one North Carolina pastor says the company’s presence in his state may do more to hurt than help.

Raleigh is among 11 cities on Amazon’s list of finalists that do not specifically prohibit discrimination of LGBTQ people.

Conservative Christian lobbyist Rev. Mark Creech, who directs public policy organization Christian Action League of North Carolina, said he thinks Amazon would push state lawmakers to enact laws that advance the LGBTQ agenda. Read the rest of this entry

Romance, Love, and Valentine’s Day

By Dr. Mark Creech
Christian Action League
February 14, 2018

Rev. & Mrs. Creech before marriage

James Dobson in a discussion about romantic love tells a revealing story about a high school football team located in a small Oklahoma town. Every Friday night the team took a drubbing from its opposing players. It was humiliating for the community.

One night, after another devastating defeat, a wealthy oil producer decided to take matters into his own hands. He was given permission to speak to the team in the locker room and proceeded to offer every boy and their coach a brand new Ford if they would defeat their rivals in the upcoming game.

The team went crazy with delight. They cheered. They slapped one another on the back. At night they dreamed about touchdowns and revving engines. They were in ecstasy.

Finally, when the big night arrived, excitement was at a fever pitch. The coach said a few inane words before the team hurried off to face their opponents. They huddled, put their hands together on the sidelines, and exuberantly shouted “Rah!” Then they ran onto the field and were totally trounced 38-0. Read the rest of this entry »

Former NC Magistrate Wins Landmark Federal Ruling for Religious Liberty

By Hunter Hines
Christian Action League
February 9, 2018

A former North Carolina magistrate has secured a landmark federal ruling for religious liberty. In response, the state has agreed in a settlement to pay the magistrate $300,000 for lost pay, retirement benefits, and attorneys’ fees. The case involved the magistrate being forced out of her job because of her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage.

Gayle Myrick, a magistrate who served for several years in Union County, was forced to resign her position in 2014 after same-sex marriage became legal in the state. Myrick, also a Southern Baptist, says that she never wanted to stand in the way of same-sex couples getting married, but neither could she deny her deeply held religious convictions which prohibited her from presiding over gay nuptials. Read the rest of this entry »

Planned Parenthood’s ‘Get Real’ Sex-Ed Ousted in Cumberland County

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

Middle school students in Cumberland County will not be learning sex education from Planned Parenthood, since parents took a stand against the abortion provider’s controversial “Get Real” curriculum.

The 10-day program that Planned Parenthood says is aimed at reducing risky sexual behavior among sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders includes discussions on sexual preference, condom demonstrations and other topics that many parents consider inappropriate. It was set to be piloted in nine schools last October, when parental concerns prompted school system officials to delay implementation and form a committee of three teachers and three community members to review the curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »