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1. NC Governor signs Executive Order to allow men to enter women's showers and bathrooms in State buildings.
He's tricked the General Assembly into thinking he'd keep his end of the bargain, and now he's trying to cheat us with executive and judicial strong-arming. As the lawyers appointed by the GOP leaders said this week, "Ultimately, the proposed consent decree appears to reflect a collusive effort to obtain by court decree what plaintiffs have been unable to obtain by litigation and the (Cooper administration) could not obtain legislatively".
2. Transgender Wyoming woman convicted of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl in bathroom
"Michelle Martinez, who was known as Miguel Martinez before identifying as female, was found guilty of first-degree and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and could face up to 70 years in prison."
3. Republican lawmakers who oppose LGBT deal want lawsuit over
"North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders want a judge to throw out a lawsuit that focuses on the latest version of the state's "bathroom bill." But dismissing it their way would also dissolve a proposed deal pushed by the Democratic governor to let transgender people use many public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity."
4. Parents Force School District to Halt Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Program
"The complaints of hundreds of parents of middle schoolers in North Carolina’s Cumberland County have forced the school district to suspend a sex education program designed by Planned Parenthood."
5. NC Values continues Charlotte GOTV effort
This election, don't vote for more of the same. Vote for candidates like Kenny Smith (Mayor), Parker Cains (At Large), Pete Givens (District 2), Daniel Herrera (District 3), John Powell (At Large), Tariq Scott Bokhari (District 6), and Ed Driggs (District 7) who promote public policies that:
✔ Sustain free speech rights
✔ Preserve public prayer
✔ Protect privacy in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms
✔ Nurture family, faith, and religious freedom
🗳️ Election day is November 7th.
WEEKLY PRAYER: Government
LORD, you are the Judge of the nations. You are Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. You are sovereign over all.
LORD, may we find assurance and comfort in the reality that you are the LORD God. In spite of the political events that are unfolding in our country and around the world, we remind ourselves that you are in control. That the Church is within the protection of your providence. That Jesus is our Prince of Peace, and that one day every knee shall bow and declare His Lordship.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower our petitions: Be with our local political officials. Be with the candidates in the current municipal elections. Be with your people as they head to the polls, and help sober their minds to the blessing we have in being able to actually freely vote for our leaders. Be with Governor Cooper and Lt. Governor Forest. Give them good health, and God-fearing hearts. Be with all the members of our General Assembly, and with the judges of our courts. Be with President Trump and his cabinet. Be with our nation's Supreme Court and Legislature.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." (1 Tm 2:1-2)
"Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.." (1 Pt. 2:17)
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