Friday Five: Rep. Meadows to Speak at NCVC event, DOJ withdraws lawsuit, 2017 legislation and more!

1. Rep. Mark Meadows to speak at NC Values Coalition event. Join us!

Join us May 25th as we host a special event in Charlotte! We will be hosting keynote speaker Congressman Mark Meadows, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. Congressman Meadows has been leading the fight in Washington on Healthcare Reform, Tax Reform, Defunding Planned Parenthood and standing for Religious Freedom. To RSVP or learn more, visit: www.ncvalues.org/clt-ticket  

 

2. Pro-Family Legislation in 2017

Every legislative session there are hundreds of bills filed in the State House and Senate. So far this year, there have been 676 bills filed in the Senate and 921 filed in the House. Only about a fourth of the almost 1,600 total bills will actually become law, but in order to be eligible, a bill must be passed in one chamber and cross over to the other chamber by a certain day called “Crossover Deadline”. Yesterday was the Crossover Deadline, and we want to update you as to some bills we hope to help get passed. This list will change as other bills get filed or revised, but it is a partial list for now. (Read more)

 

3. In the Aftermath of the Reset of HB2

Former House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Stam refutes four claims made by Governor Roy Cooper in the aftermath of HB 2 and its replacement with HB 142:

  1. Governor Cooper claims that HB 142 allows transgendered persons to use the changing room/restrooms of their own choice.
  2. Governor Cooper claims that HB 142 now allows local government (cities and counties) to enact protected classes for their own employees.
  3. Governor Cooper claims that under HB 142 cities and counties can now enact ordinances requiring their bidders to have SOGI ("sexual orientation" and "gender identity") policies.
  4. Governor Cooper indicated he plans to keep pushing for a statewide SOGI law forcing private citizens and business owners to recognize "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as protected categories. (Read more)

  

4. Republicans in Congress push Trump for religious liberty executive order

"Dozens of Republican lawmakers are asking President Trump to scale back Obama-era protections for gays and lesbians in order to make good on a campaign promise to protect religious liberty.

In early February, Trump was reportedly considering an executive order that would reverse former President Obama’s orders prohibiting discrimination against gays and lesbians in the federal workforce or by federal contractors. But the order was never signed."

Five Congressmen from North Carolina signed the letter—Congressmen Mark Meadows, Ted Budd, David Rouzer, Mark Walker, and Walter Jones. But why did the remainder of our state's 13 Congressmen fail to sign the letter? Also, NC's two U.S. Senators Tom Tillis and Richard Burr failed to sign a similar letter sent a few weeks ago. Read the full letter sent by House members to President Trump here. (Read more)

  

5. DOJ Withdraws Lawsuit Over HB2, ACLU appeal dismissed

"The U.S. Department of Justice will no longer battle with the state of North Carolina over its policies regarding transgender residents.

On Friday morning, the Justice Department and attorneys for North Carolina filed a joint notice of dismissal at the U.S. District Court in North Carolina, stating in the document they were withdrawing both cases "in light of the passage" of House Bill 142, the bill that replaced the controversial House Bill 2 (better known as HB2)." (Read more)

The ACLU's appeal has also been dismissed. 

"All parties to litigation over House Bill 2 have agreed to dismiss an appeal that sought relief for transgender people from bathroom provisions of the law.

The appeal was filed after a court granted a preliminary injunction in Carcaño v. McCrory preventing the North Carolina university system from enforcing HB2 against the three transgender plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The appeal sought to extend that injunction to prevent discrimination against all transgender people in the state.

However, since HB 142 repealed the bathroom language in HB2, parties to the appeal filed a voluntary motion to dismiss it." (Read more)


Pro-Family Legislation in 2017

Every legislative session there are hundreds of bills filed in the State House and Senate. So far this year, there have been 676 bills filed in the Senate and 921 filed in the House. Only about a fourth of the almost 1,600 total bills will actually become law, but in order to be eligible, a bill must be passed in one chamber and cross over to the other chamber by a certain day called “Crossover Deadline”. Yesterday was the Crossover Deadline, and we want to update you as to some bills we hope to help get passed. This list will change as other bills get filed or revised, but it is a partial list for now.


BILLS THAT MADE CROSSOVER

Restore & Preserve Campus Free Speech—HB 527

This bill is the signature issue of Lt. Governor Dan Forest this year, and its primary sponsors are Representatives Chris Millis and Jonathan Jordan and Senators Dan Bishop and David Curtis. The bill essentially requires the University of North Carolina system to create a policy that encourage free expression on campus through maintaining a posture of administrative and institutional neutrality on issues of political and social importance and keeping public forums open to expression of all ideas. The policy must include:

  • Universities must strive to ensure the fullest degree of intellectual freedom and free expression.
  • It is not the proper role of a university to “shield individuals from speech protected by the First Amendment, including, without limitation, ideas and opinions they find unwelcome, disagreeable, or even deeply offensive.”
  • Universities may not “require students, faculty, or administrators to publicly express a given view of social policy.”
  • Students and faculty are free to discuss any problem, and the campus is open to any speaker invited by students, student groups, or faculty members, subject only to reasonable and published time, place, and manner restrictions.
  • Universities “shall implement a range of disciplinary sanctions for anyone … who substantially disrupts the functioning of the constituent institution or substantially interferes with the protected free expression rights of others, including protests and demonstrations…”

We wholeheartedly support this bill as an essential tool to guarantee that indoctrination, intimidation, and bullying do not squelch the free expression rights of students and faculty who hold more conservative or Christian views. It is a growing trend across the country for left-leaning groups to protest conservative speakers on campus and even shout them down so that their freedom of expression is effectively denied. It is also a trend on college campuses for students to protest, punish, and even extinguish speech that is offensive to them, although it should be protected speech under the First Amendment. By providing clear legislation that protects free expression on college campuses in North Carolina, this bill will help prevent situations like the one that recently happened at UC Berkley.

UNC Public Records/Athletic Conferences—SB 323

This bill clarifies that the UNC System and its constituent universities are subject to the Public Records Act, so that members of the UNC system are required to publicly disclose any records or communications it has with the NCAA, the ACC, or any other collegiate sports organization. The need for this bill arose when the ACC and the NCAA instituted economic boycotts of the State of North Carolina by pulling championship games from the state because of the passage of HB 2—the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act that required that bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms be designated and used in accordance with one’s biological sex as indicated on one’s birth certificate. Chancellors Carol Folt of UNC-Chapel Hill and Randy Woodson of N.C. State refused to produce records of how they voted on the ACC’s resolution to boycott the State. Despite being public employees paid by the taxpayers of North Carolina, Folt and Woodsen claimed a nondisclosure agreement with the NCAA allowed them to refuse to disclose the public records. We thank Senators Mike Lee, Ralph Hise, and Warren Daniel for filing this bill and getting it passed by the Senate.

Convention of the States—SJR 36

This Joint Resolution calls on Congress to call a convention of the States for the purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.” Article V of the U.S. Constitution allows the states to call a convention if 34 of the state’s legislative bodies pass resolutions calling for a convention. So far, 10 states have passed resolutions calling for a convention of the States. If the House passes SJR 36, North Carolina will become the 11th state calling for a convention of states.


BILLS WE ARE SUPPORTING THAT DID NOT MAKE CROSSOVER:

Require Information about Abortion Pill Reversal Procedure—HB 62 and HB 575

These two bills would require that abortion clinics be required to furnish information to pregnant women who seek a chemical abortion that the process can still be reversed and their baby’s life saved even after they take the first pill. A new medical procedure has saved hundreds of lives of unborn children whose mothers change their minds about having an abortion after they take the first of two pills that cause a chemical abortion. This procedure involves administering large doses of progesterone to the pregnant woman and has resulted in saving the lives of unborn child in about 40% of the cases. Most of the time, abortion clinics are not eager to tell women who change their minds that they can reverse the process. This bill requires that women be given the facts about abortion pill reversal. We wholeheartedly support these bills and thank Representatives Pat McElraft, Pat Hurley, Rena Turner, Michele Presnell, Beverly Boswell, Larry Pittman, Sarah Stevens, and Michael Speciale for filing the bills.

Home School Education Tax Credit—HB 329

This bill would allow taxpayers a tax credit of $1,250 per child for each semester a child is home schooled. Representatives Larry Pittman, Beverly Boswell, and Mark Brody filed the bill.

Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act—S 425

This bill, filed by Senators Joyce Krawiec, Shirley Randleman, and Deanna Ballard, would prohibit any person from purposefully performing a dismemberment abortion. Dismemberment abortions are defined as “With the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, purposely to dismember a living unborn child and extract him or her one piece at a time from the uterus through use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors, or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush, or grasp, or a combination of these, a portion of the unborn child's body to cut or rip it off.” This is the gruesome process most used for second trimester abortions. There are seven states that have passed dismemberment abortion bans, but the laws in four of these states have been stayed by court challenges.

While there were bills that were filed that would have recognized life begins at conception and would recognized tradition marriage, those bills did not seem to gain traction. We will keep you updated as bills are filed or advanced in the General Assembly.


Friday Five: NCAA returns, Target boycott, CA travel ban, 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. California keeps ban on travel to North Carolina even though HB2 repealed

"California will keep its travel ban to North Carolina despite the Tar Heel State’s recent quasi-repeal of HB2, commonly known as the "transgender" "bathroom bill," which barred gender-confused people from using opposite-sex public restrooms and locker rooms across the state." (Read more)

 

2. UNC Board of Governors Chairman: UNC, NC State Chancellors Voted AGAINST Punishment of NC Over HB2

"Records obtained by Liberty Headlines show the chancellors of the two largest public universities in North Carolina voted against a September 2016 decision by the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Council of Presidents to remove its sports championships from the state for 2016-2017, to punish Tar Heel businesses and residents over House Bill 2 (the “transgender bathroom bill”)." (Read more)

 

3. NCAA ends boycott of NC, announces championship games return

Did the NCAA's interference with NC politics change how you watch sports?

The NCAA announced tournament sites for the next five years Tuesday which includes North Carolina locations. (Read more)

  

4. Because of transgender bathroom policy, Boycott Target petition has gained millions of signatures

"The American Family Association's "Boycott Target" petition has received 1.5 million signatures. AFA's Walker Wildmon made the announcement earlier today on American Family Radio.

"It has officially reached 1.5 million signatures," said Wildmon. "So that's a great victory, it's a great milestone in what I view is a highly successful boycott of Target." (Read more)

  

5. No playground for Christian school? Preschools being denied grants due to religion

The Supreme Court heard an oral argument this week for a religious liberty case which revolves on whether the government may deny grants to otherwise qualifying preschools on the grounds they are Christian preschools.

"Trinity Lutheran applied to participate in a program giving nonprofit playgrounds recycled tires — good for the environment and even better for the toddlers’ knees. Out of 44 applicants, the government ranked their application 5th in quality. But the grant was denied solely on the grounds they are a church-run school, and the Missouri constitution bans any kind of aid, direct or indirect, to religious schools." (Read more)


NC Values Coalition Statement on Senate Appointment of Neil Gorsuch to US Supreme Court

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“We appreciate Justice Gorsuch’s immense respect for our founding documents and his support for the values of life, liberty and religious freedom.”

 

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“NC Values Coalition applauds the Senate confirmation today of Judge Neil Gorsuch as the next justice for the U.S. Supreme Court. All North Carolinians should appreciate Justice Gorsuch’s immense respect for our founding documents and his support for the values of life, liberty and religious freedom. Justice Gorsuch is an exceptionally strong originalist constitutional jurist who strongly dislikes judicial activism. I am thankful the confirmation votes of both North Carolina's Senators and grateful for the support of many in our coalition who worked so hard to see Justice Scalia's seat filled with a pro-life conservative justice."

 – Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director

                


Friday Five: Supreme Court confirmation, ending boycotts, Boy Scouts, 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. US Senate to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

President Trump’s selection to replace Antonin Scalia is expected to win confirmation Friday and be sworn in soon after to hear the final cases of the term.

The Senate will resume debate on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on the morning, and a vote is expected about midday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. (Read more)

 

2. For the sake of social justice, judges decree that ‘sex’ now means sexual orientation

Yesterday, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals unilaterally revised the Civil Rights Act’s ban on employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin” so that it now includes a ban on sexual-orientation discrimination as well. Never mind the actual words on the page. Never mind the common meaning of the words then or now. All that matters is the right result — the triumph of the social-justice “super clause” that is hidden in every law, regulation, or constitutional provision. (Read more)

3. NCAA ends boycott of North Carolina

Our statement on NCAA return to North Carolina for for Future Collegiate Championship Events starting next year.

"NC Values Coalition is pleased that the NCAA Board of Governors has decided to end their boycott and lobbying efforts against our State and are now including North Carolina bids to host future NCAA Championship events through 2022. The NCAA’s boycott of North Carolina achieved what it wanted—the repeal of HB2—proving that bullying works as long as you meet the demands of the bully; however, the NCAA had no business demanding anything of North Carolina lawmakers. Nondiscrimination laws in North Carolina—even under HB2—have always been similar to 29 other states and 10,000 other municipalities." (Read more)

 

4. Target Botched Its Response to the North Carolina Bathroom Law

"At Target’s Minneapolis headquarters, executives scrambled to control the damage, according to the people familiar with the aftermath, perplexed that they were pilloried for a policy common to retailers. Sales started to decline and have now in every quarter since.

After an internal review, executives determined the negative publicity was the tipping point for some stores, especially in the South, that were already not inviting or competitive enough to give shoppers a reason to come back. Target has now embarked on a multibillion-dollar revamp." (Read more)

 

5. QUESTION: Should the NCAA have its tax-exempt status revoked for meddling in North Carolina politics? 

"The NCAA may have gotten what it wanted with the repeal of the North Carolina bathroom bill, but it wasn’t much of a victory for the college sports behemoth.

Instead, the NCAA found itself trapped Tuesday between gay rights groups livid over its decision to place North Carolina back in the mix for championship games, and state Republicans determined to hold the association accountable for its partisan meddling.

State Republican legislators have introduced a bill calling for the IRS to investigate the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference for suspected violations of their tax-exempt status stemming from their advocacy against House Bill 2 in North Carolina." (Read more)

 


Statement on NCAA Return to NC

 

NC Values Statement on NCAA’s Return to North Carolina for Future Collegiate Championship Events 

April 4, 2017 for immediate release

 

"NCAA’s boycott of North Carolina achieved what it wanted—the repeal of HB2—proving that bullying works as long as you meet the demands of the bully."

 

“NC Values Coalition is pleased that the NCAA Board of Governors has decided to end their boycott and lobbying efforts against our State and are now including North Carolina bids to host future NCAA Championship events through 2022. The NCAA’s boycott of North Carolina achieved what it wanted—the repeal of HB2—proving that bullying works as long as you meet the demands of the bully; however, the NCAA had no business demanding anything of North Carolina lawmakers.  Nondiscrimination laws in North Carolina—even under HB2—have always been similar to 29 other states and 10,000 other municipalities.”

 – Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director

                


Friday Five: HB2 repeal, transgender crayons appear, 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. North Carolina repeals HB2

They repealed HB2.

The chambers were filled with men and women who have been under a full-court press by the NCAA and the business community for months, and yesterday, the leaders of our State have let the people of North Carolina down.

The truth remains, no basketball game, corporation, or entertainment event is worth even one little girl losing her privacy and dignity to a boy in the locker room, or being harmed or frightened in a bathroom. Today each member cast a vote based on what they believed was in the best interest of their constituents and North Carolina.

HB2 was a compassionate, reasonable law that guaranteed that wouldn’t happen, and provided sensitive solutions for transgender individuals as well so that everyone’s privacy was protected. NC Values Coalition remains committed to advocating for a state-wide standard on privacy protections in bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in our schools and public buildings. Our municipalities should never erode our State’s business-friendly climate by empowering cities to create a patchwork of regulations across the state to force business owners to violate their beliefs or be subject to fines and frivolous lawsuits. While there are some good things that came out of the legislation, this just proves the need for North Carolinians to rise up and push back against political-correctness bullies like the NCAA.  (Read more)

 

2. Charlotte schools continue to push LGBT ideologies - this time with transgender crayons

First Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools introduced the transgender unicorn. Last week, they tried to impose transgender curriculums to 1st graders with Jacob's New Dress. Now they want them to learn about transgender crayons.

Instead of teaching 1st-graders about boys wearing dresses, they're now teaching 1st-graders about transgender crayons. The book is another attempt to push transgender curriculum on our children, by teaching kids about a crayon named "Red" who has a bright red label, but is in fact blue. (Read more)

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3. US Senate axes Obama order forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood, and Pro-Life groups push Congress to defund Planned Parenthood before Easter break via reconciliation

"Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie in the U.S. Senate today to overturn an Obama-era regulation forcing states to give Title X money to organizations that commit abortions. The Senate voted 50 to 50 to overturn the abortion-facility-enabling regulation." (Read more)

"This morning 77 national and state pro-life groups sent a letter to pro-life Members of Congress urging them to enact a new reconciliation bill that redirects taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood to community health care centers. Yesterday’s successful passage of H.J.Res. 43 – a Resolution overturning former President Obama’s regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood under Title X – demonstrates that Congress has the votes necessary to take immediate action using Reconciliation." (Read more)

 

4. VIDEO: Benham brothers speak out and share truth about HB2

Thank you Benham Brothers for sharing the truth. (Read more)

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5. Help the NC Values Coalition hit its end-of-the-quarter fundraising goal

Together, this quarter we have generated over 1,000,000 grassroots calls, emails, and social messages to representatives, local school boards, and even NCAA officials. Our grassroots campaigns fighting to protect your values have reached millions. 

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NC Values Statement on HB2 Repeal Vote

NC Values Coalition Statement on HB2 Repeal

“These chambers were filled today with men and women who have been under a full-court press by the NCAA and the business community for months, and today, the leaders of our State have let the people of North Carolina down. The truth remains, no basketball game, corporation, or entertainment event is worth even one little girl losing her privacy and dignity to a boy in the locker room, or being harmed or frightened in a bathroom. Today each member cast a vote based on what they believed was in the best interest of their constituents and North Carolina.

HB2 was a compassionate, reasonable law that guaranteed that wouldn’t happen, and provided sensitive solutions for transgender individuals as well so that everyone’s privacy was protected. NC Values Coalition remains committed to advocating for a state-wide standard on privacy protections in bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in our schools and public buildings. Our municipalities should never erode our State’s business-friendly climate by empowering cities to create a patchwork of regulations across the state to force business owners to violate their beliefs or be subject to fines and frivolous lawsuits.

I am grateful for the lawmakers who remained steadfast to these principals and the thousands of coalition members that today urged them to vote against the repeal. Today’s repeal vote maintains separate facilities for men and women and leaves regulation of multi-occupancy facilities to the state; however, it leaves the state without a statewide public policy on privacy and safety in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers and simply kicks this debate three years down the road.

I hope that our state will learn from this and stand stronger in the future against the bullying and intimidation tactics of groups like the NCAA, the NBA, and billion dollar corporations who care more about their political, hypocritical agendas than the well-being and dignity of the people in our great state."

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director


NC Economy Is Booming

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NC Values Coalition - for immediate release

"All indicators point to the state’s economy as one of the healthiest and one of the most business-friendly states in the nation. Not one company has left North Carolina because of HB2. In fact, it’s just the opposite, Bank of America, Apple, Google, Corning, CSX, Lance, LendingTree, Pepsi, Yokohama Tire, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals are among hundreds of businesses that expanded, moved or reinvested in their operations here despite some of their CEOs voicing angst over HB2. The AP's 12-year estimate equates to tiny fraction of North Carolina's estimated GDP of 6.8 Trillion over the next 12 years" - Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director.

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(Raleigh) Despite dire predictions, one year after HB2 passed, the sky has not fallen and North Carolina remains a regional and national powerhouse. With a projected half-billion surplus and record-setting hotel occupancy and tourism, Governor Cooper and Democratic lawmakers remain committed to their script that HB2 is hurting the economy. That is a bit ironic and hypocritical, because it was Roy Cooper who was caught red-handed last spring recruiting CEO’s in Silicon Valley to boycott North Carolina and smear its reputation. Indeed, nearly all news reports advance his micro-economic narrative without considering all the facts.

 

“If you look at the most extreme instances of economic impact, by the media and by the universities and the people who come out and say ‘This is the impact,’ that most extreme impact equates to one-tenth of 1 percent of our annual GDP,” said Lt Gov. Dan Forest. He shared these comments while testifying at a Texas Senate hearing.

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Fact Check: Dan Forest is right! North Carolina’s economy and population is BOOMING and unemployment rates remaining unchanged from a year ago, HB2 has had no substantial economic impact here. All indicators point to the state’s economy as one of the healthiest in the nation! Just look at the rankings we have earned by the country’s leading business indicators:

 

  • #1 Fastest Growing Economy since 2013 (Politifact 2016)
  • #1 Lowest State & Local Business Taxes (Ernst & Young 2016)
  • #1 Fastest Growing GDP in Southeast (US Bureau of Economic Analysis 2017)
  • #1 Governor’s Cup ranking for South Atlantic States (Site Selection 2017)
  • #2 Best Business Climate (Site Selection 2016)#2 Best State for Business (Forbes 2016)
  • #3 Best State for Business (Chief Executive 2016)
  • #4 Best Government Fiscal Stability (US News & World Report 2017)
  • #5 America's Top States for Business (CNBC 2016)

 

Indicators across the state point to a promising trendline: When recognizing North Carolina 4th Best for new and expanded corporate facilities this month, Site Selection Magazine again cited capital investors’ very favorable outlook on the State’s workforce, climate and transportation and regulatory climates. In 2016, Wake County recorded the highest number of single family homes sold since 1994, and Charlotte’s Uptown continues to boom with five new hotels, eight mixed use towers, and four office towers under construction in addition to a massive $683 million Brooklyn Village redevelopment project. According to the just released Triangle Commercial Real Estate Conference the healthy trends in 2016 are poised to continue throughout 2017. All of these positive results are not exactly the bleak economic picture Governor Cooper and the news media like to paint.

Fact Check: Not one company doing business in the State before HB2 has pulled out of North Carolina because of HB2. In fact, it’s just the opposite, Bank of America, Apple, Google, Corning, CSX, Lance, LendingTree, Pepsi, Yokohama Tire, Braeburn Pharmaceuticals and over 289 other businesses expanded or reinvested here despite some of their CEOs voicing angsts over HB2. Former Commerce Secretary John Skvarla told the Observer in October, “HB2 hasn’t moved the needle one iota.” He’s right! Even when considering the most outrageous estimates produced by LGBTQ advocates, or the AP's 3.7 Billion 12-year impact, the harm to NC’s economy has been less than .001 percent of our annual $550B economy. 

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Friday Five: HB2 1st anniversary, LGBT agenda being taught to 1st graders, etc.

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. First anniversary of HB2

It's the one year anniversary of HB2 and the fight for safety and privacy continues. We need you now more than ever to email and call members of the General Assembly and tell them to stand strong for privacy and safety in bathrooms and for freedom to live and work according to our beliefs! Some of the proposed "compromises" on HB2 would effectively reverse key components of the original law that protect some of the state's most vulnerable citizens, like young girls.  (Read more)

 

2. Charlotte schools pushing LGBT ideologies on students as young as 1st grade

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School system tried to use National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month in April as a cover to push an LGBT ideology on children as young as 1st grade. Teachers in Charlotte had planned to show a child's book - Jacob's New Dress - to first graders about the story of a boy wearing a dress.  However, a multitude of complaints from parents and state legislators caused Charlotte to pull the book from its plans. (Read more)




3. North Carolina economy going strong after NCAA failed attempt to boycott state

"North Carolina may have lost out on the NCAA championships, the NBA All-Star Game and Bruce Springsteen thanks to its hotly contested transgender bathroom law, but the state’s economy didn’t miss a beat.

Economic indicators released for 2016 show that the boycott has failed to derail North Carolina as a regional and national powerhouse, despite the loss of high-profile performances and sporting events in response to House Bill 2, signed March 23 by then-Gov. Pat McCrory." (Read more)

 

4. Gorsuch shows legal skill, commitment to Rule of Law during confirmation hearing

"Grassley also pointed out it is telling that the same people who have so loudly demanded that Gorsuch demonstrate his independence from President Donald Trump are the ones demanding Gorsuch tip his hand on a whole host of issues that could come before him—such as voting rights, the Second Amendment, abortion, and even the controversial travel order that’s currently being litigated.

But just as judges should not provide a rubberstamp, neither should they prejudge cases. That’s why Gorsuch, following the standard long employed by Supreme Court nominees, declined to answer many of the senators’ questions about issues that may come before him in court." (Read more)

 

5. Pennsylvania school forces students to undress in locker rooms with opposite gender

Student sues Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment, violation of personal privacy. Principal tells student to ‘tolerate’ undressing with student of opposite sex, make it as ‘natural’ as possible. (Read more)

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