Trampled Roses



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This week, the Washington State Supreme Court trampled on the religious freedom of florist Baronnelle Stutzman by ruling against one of America’s most steadfast traditions and constitutional rights.

For years, the NC Values Coalition has warned about the harmful effects these non-discrimination ordinances have by forcing business owners like Baronnelle Stutzman to violate their religious convictions. Washington's harmful non-discrimination law has caused this 72-year old grandmother to lose her livelihood and possibly her home just for following her conscience, and this points to the virtue of having HB2 in place in NC, so that government can't coerce violations of conscience and take away freedom.

Unfortunately, Baronnelle is not alone in her story. Others all across the US have faced similar experiences. Starting Tuesday at 7:30pm next week, we'll be launching our ReligiousFreedom.live series of Facebook live town halls. We'll be letting individuals like Baronnelle tell their personal stories, and we'll learn why #ReligiousFreedom protections are so important.

But we need your help to get these stories to your legislators and neighbors! 

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NC Values Coalition Statement on Barronelle Stutzman Ruling

For Immediate Release:

NC Values Coalition Statement on Barronelle Stutzman Washington State Supreme Court Ruling: 

"With North Carolina's HB2 in place the government can't coerce violations of conscience and take away freedom." 

"Today’s ruling by Washington State's Supreme Court crushes one of America’s most steadfast traditions and commitment to respecting all Americans’ freedom to peacefully live and work consistent with their beliefs without fear of government punishment. For years, the NC Values Coalition has warned about the harmful effects non-discrimination ordinances. This case shows how the government is using one of these laws to compel a 72-year-old grandmother and florist who lovingly served her friend and customer for ten years to participate in one ceremony that violates her beliefs."

"Now Barronelle faces losing all she owns, her house, her whole life savings. No creative professional should be forced to speak a message or participate in an event that violates their faith or face government imposed fines and frivolous lawsuits designed to mandate acceptance. Today’s ruling should frighten anyone who cares about being free from government dictating our thoughts, words, and actions, and points to the virtue of having HB2 in place in NC, so that government can't coerce violations of conscience and take away freedom.”

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director

 


NC Values Coalition Statement on Roy Cooper's HB2 'Compromise' Plan

For Immediate Release:

NC Values Coalition Statement on Roy Cooper's HB2 'Compromise' Plan:

"The Governor’s “compromise” is simply a re-branding of Roy Cooper's Bathroom Plan to allow grown men unrestricted access into girl's bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities, which increases the risk of sexual assault and compromises the privacy and dignity of all women."


"Once a man is given free access to women’s bathrooms by repealing HB2, increasing his criminal penalties for sexual assault is like granting thieves free access into the privacy of your home with a promise to only prosecute them if you witness them stealing. A repeal, as outlined by Cooper, is also an invitation to city leaders, who are anxious to pass Charlotte-type ordinances, to force Cooper’s bathroom plan on the entire state and force business owners to choose between government coercion to participate in events and speech which violate their beliefs or suffer frivolous and costly lawsuits."


"Governor Cooper needs to explain to the people of North Carolina why he values political correctness over respecting and protecting the privacy and safety of women and children."

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director


NC Values Coalition Statement on NCAA’s Threat to Pull More Championship Games

“There is no justification for adding new categories creating special rights for sexual orientation and gender identity to existing laws, yet Gov. Roy Cooper, Democrat leaders and national and state sports organizations have launched an all-out effort to leverage collegiate sports to do just that, in addition to coercing our citizens to lose their privacy and safety in bathrooms.”

"The NCAA’s threats to pull games from North Carolina again is nothing short of extortion against the taxpayers and innocent fans who don’t want to see sports politicized. While the NCAA and the ACC preclude female and male athletes from competing on the same teams, they threaten to pull games from the state so they can force their fans and every other citizen in the state to compromise safety and privacy in order to embrace genderless locker rooms and showers and special privileges for LGBT individuals.  Simply put, The NCAA continues to segregate athletes’ teams by their genitalia, but they mandate nobody else may do the same."

"Per a new High-Point University poll, 80% of North Carolinians believe that the State, not cities, should set policy on issues affecting bathrooms and other public accommodations, and that is exactly what HB2 did. NC Values Coalition stands in support of HB2, because no sports game, business interest, or political gain is worth exposing one woman, boy or girl to safety risks or invasions of privacy in state-owned bathrooms, locker rooms, or showers."

- Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director, NC Values Coalition.


Friday Five: SCOTUS, Religious Liberty, and more

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

As always, share any ideas for stories with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

1. President Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

All North Carolinians should appreciate Judge Gorsuch’s immense respect for our founding documents and his support for the values of life, liberty and religious freedom. Like Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch is an exceptionally strong originalist constitutional jurist who strongly dislikes judicial activism. 

Will you join us by clicking to email, call, or tweet your Senators, and ask them to quickly confirm Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?

 

2. The Boy Scouts of America lost their way.

"On Monday, the Boy Scouts of America reversed a century-old stance when they announced that instead of accepting members based on sex, they would begin accepting members based on the gender they identified with." (Read here)

 

3. VIDEO: President Trump's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.

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4. President Trump appears to be preparing major religious liberty executive order. 

"The first priority of my administration will be to preserve and protect our religious liberty" (Read more)

 

5. QUOTE: "Our republic was formed on the basis that freedom is not a gift from government, but that freedom is a gift from God." (President Donald J. Trump)

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NC Values Statement on SCOTUS Nomination

North Carolina Values Coalition Statement on President Trump's Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch:

“ The NC Values Coalition is thrilled by President Trump’s nomination tonight of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. All North Carolinians should appreciate Judge Gorsuch’s immense respect for our founding documents and his support for the values of life, liberty and religious freedom. Like Justice Scalia, Judge Gorsuch is an exceptionally strong originalist constitutional jurist who strongly dislikes judicial activism. The NC Value Coalition calls on Senators Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis to support the President’s nomination of Judge Gorsuch who, in 2006 was confirmed by the Senate on a simple voice vote. “

- Tami Fitzgerald, North Carolina Values Coalition Executive Director


The Boy Scouts Lost Their Way.

On Monday, the Boy Scouts of America reversed a century-old stance when they announced that instead of accepting members based on sex, they would begin accepting members based on the gender they identified with.

The Boy Scouts were founded in part to foster the healthy development of masculinity and morals among boys. It is sad to see an important institution that has served over 110 million individuals buckle beneath the weight of political correctness.

The reversal is most evident in how this act violates the Scout Oath which forms the core of the institution:

  • "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight." (The Scout Oath)

It is clear that the Boy Scouts of America have lost their way. Many of you and your churches are involved in the BSA. This has caught scout leaders and scouts equally by surprise.

We'd encourage you to do two things:

  1. Contact the BSA with your concerns: 
    1. Main office: 972-580-2000
    2. Twitter: @boyscouts
  2. Consider faith-friendly alternatives to the BSA, such as Trail Life USA.
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Friday Five: March for Life edition

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

As always, share any ideas for stories with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

1. EVENT: March for Life begins on Friday at noon.

Even if you are not able to attend the 44th Annual march for Life, your voice is still important! Here are a few things you can do to show your support.

 

2. President Trump signed an executive order to defund International Planned Parenthood.

"The Executive Memorandum to reinstate the Mexico City Policy stops taxpayer funding of groups that perform and promote abortions overseas but does not stop non-abortion international assistance. The order ensures U.S. foreign aid will continue to go to health care and humanitarian relief in the millions of dollars. It just will not subsidize abortion overseas." (Read here)

 

3. House votes to make the Hyde amendment's ban on taxpayer funding of abortions permanent.

"The legislation combines several policies that must be enacted every year in Congressional battles and puts them into law where they will not be in jeopardy of being overturned every time Congress changes hands from pro-life lawmakers to those who support abortions.

This bill would permanently prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions in Obamacare health plans starting the next plan year. This bill also protects Americans of conscience by requiring the full disclosure of abortion coverage in Obamacare plans so people can make informed decisions about their healthcare plans right now." (Read more)

 

4. ACTION: Want to defund Planned Parenthood in the US? 

Add your name to our petition calling for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, and click below to email, call, or tweet your federal representatives and encourage them to Defund Planned Parenthood NOW! (Read more)

 

5. VIDEO: "We don't offer prenatal care at Planned Parenthood."

Is Planned Parenthood lying about the so-called "health services" they offer women? Live Action investigated and found that the abortion giant DOES NOT help women who want to keep their babies. We contacted all 41 affiliates where undercover recording is permitted by state law.


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Special Friday Five: Inauguration and Pro-life Events

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

As always, share any ideas for stories with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

1. Join us in praying for President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and the new administration.

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2. EVENT: Prayer Breakfast for Life, Raleigh.

The North Carolina Right to Life Prayer Breakfast for Life – 2017 will be its 18th year – has become a very popular annual event for pro-life advocates and legislators from across North Carolina. By providing information, inspiration, and fellowship to bolster pro-life efforts for the new year, the prayer breakfast is a must-attend event for all who work to protect the members of our human family from conception to natural death. (Read here)

 

3. EVENT: Rally and March for Life, Raleigh.

Thousands of North Carolinians will gather in the state capital to acknowledge the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and recall the more than 58 million unborn children whose lives have been taken by abortion in our country since 1973.

Join us as we march to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to standing for life until unborn children are safe from the violence of abortion. (Read more)

 

4. EVENT: Evangelicals for Life, Washington D.C..

If you’re planning to participate in this year’s March for Life, I want to encourage you to think about arriving in D.C. a day early for the Evangelicals for Life conference. It’s our chance as committed, born-again believers to stand up and tell the world that the sanctity of life is something more than a political issue—that it is, in fact, an indispensable element of the gospel message. (Read more)

 

5. EVENT: March for Life, Washington D.C..

The March for Life Rally will take place at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm. (Read more)


Friday Five: Supreme Court blocks NC election, General Assembly opens session, and more

Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.

As always, share any ideas for stories with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

1. Supreme Court temporarily blocks new NC political maps, elections.

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked a lower court ruling ordering North Carolina legislators to redraw state legislative districts by March 15 and hold special elections within the altered districts this fall." (Read more)

 

2. NC Values submits amicus brief for Supreme Court transgender bathroom case.

"We are determined to represent your voice at the highest levels of government. This week we've completed an Amicus brief for the transgender bathroom case that we're excited to deliver to the Supreme Court. In it, we argue in favor of entrusting major and sensitive educational questions to state and local governments, and in favor of constitutional separation of powers which the Department of Education violated." (Read here)

 

3. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick fires back at critics of "bathroom bill".

"Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick continued to fire back Wednesday at criticism of the so-called 'bathroom bill' he has championed, saying its opponents are concentrated in the media and denying that Texas could experience the same economic — and political — fallout North Carolina did when it passed similar legislation.

'Every report of North Carolina shows that they have the second-strongest economy in the country or the second-best place to do business, the second best-place where executives want to move their companies to,' Patrick said in an interview with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. 'It's having no effect.'" (Read more)

 

4. ACC likely to move championship from Charlotte again if HB2 remains.

"Swofford gave no timetable Sunday for a decision on whether to relocate the 2017 game but he did say the conference will not wait as long as it did last year to move the game."

The relocation to Orlando in 2016 led to an ACC Championship record for lowest attendance. (Read more)

 

5. ACTION: Tell Republicans who voted to repeal HB2 not to play politics with privacy.

On Wednesday, January 11th, the General Assembly opened its new session. At the close of the last session—when most of us were busy vacationing and resting—the NC Senate attempted to repeal legislation that protects the conscience and privacy rights of children, women, businesses, and churches. Our children shouldn't be the pawns of political correctness in their bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers.

Let's encourage those Senators who voted for repeal not to start this session the way they closed the last.

Click to easily email, call, and tweet these Representatives, and tell them not to play politics with our privacy.