Christian Action League
July 18, 2019
Dear Pastor and other Citizen Christians,
What if I told you that there was legislation afoot that would increase the number of ABC liquor stores in North Carolina from 433 to approximately 2000? How would you feel if you learned that this higher concentration of liquor stores would seriously exacerbate the problems of underage drinking – something that results in the death of one young person every week in North Carolina? Would it trouble you if you knew that research clearly shows multiple liquor stores cause increases in violence and homicide rates? What reaction would you have if you learned that liquor stores in your community would have longer and later hours of sale – some could become 24-hour liquor stores? Do you want liquor signage and promotions dotting the landscape of your community?
It is not the slightest hyperbole to argue that if HB 971 – Modern Licensure Model for Alcohol Control were to pass; all of these hypotheticals would likely become a reality. This bill will be heard in the House ABC Committee on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in Room 1228/1327 of the Legislative Building in Raleigh.
The Christian Action League needs your help in showing strong opposition to this initiative to privatize the sale of liquor in the Tar Heel state. Legislators will be weighing the reaction of constituents to this proposal at the hearing and otherwise. That’s why it’s so important that two things occur:
- We need pastors to come to the House ABC Committee meeting on Tuesday in Raleigh. If you are a pastor, you know that you are a shepherd – not just to your congregation but to your community. A good shepherd seeks to protect the flock. As a pastor, you can register your opposition to this egregious legislation just by being present.
If you will, consider speaking before the committee (no more than 2 minutes) to encourage members of the ABC Committee to reject the proposal. This can make a tremendous impact. If we have a poor representation of the religious community present at the meeting, then it will seriously embolden the bill’s proponents and supporters.
If you are a pastor and decide to come, please contact me either by email or phone at:
Although the meeting starts at 3:00, those who come should be present by 2:00 to secure a seat in the room.
If you are not a pastor, you are also encouraged to come. However, it is even more important that pastors are present for the meeting. If you are not a pastor, please forward this email to him right away.
2. Contact members of the House ABC Committee to ask them NOT to approve any legislation for the privatization of liquor sales in North Carolina. Below are the names and contact information of each member of the House ABC Committee:
House ABC Committee
Jamie Boles (chair)
Chuck McGrady (chair)
Susan Fisher (v chair)
Jon Hardister (v chair)
If you are unclear on what the privatization of liquor sales in North Carolina would mean for our state, you can access a paper that I wrote on the subject. I urge you to read it on the Christian Action League’s website by clicking here.
Although the ABC Committee will only be holding a hearing on HB 971, we must respond as if they were ready to move on it right away. If we fail to make a strong show of opposition now, it only means lawmakers will be bolstered to keep moving forward with it.
I hope you understand the seriousness of this situation and will react with an appropriate response, as I have suggested here.
Please act now. There is no time to lose.
Lastly, please pray and encourage others to pray that North Carolina lawmakers would be dissuaded from supporting this terrible bill – a bill that will result in awful consequences for public health and safety.
Dr. Mark H. Creech, Executive Director