Yesterday was incredibly special. If you were able to join us, I think you know exactly what I'm talking about.
For those in attendance, I was the young dude with the handlebar mustache and hipster glasses buzzing around taking pictures. Normally, the task of getting the right shots consumes your attention. But there were several times during the many excellent speeches, that I couldn't help but get caught up in the moment.
It was obvious, from the speaker's tones, expressions, and words, that our state's leaders really believe in the work they are doing. The work isn't easy. I know that first hand. As a millennial, I've had activists post my and my family's private information online with threats because I'm working to protect life, religious liberty, and the family.
But I wouldn't change any of it. The work is beyond worth it, and I consider it a privilege to serve alongside people like Tami and our state's leaders.
For those who were not in attendance, I wanted to share some of what made yesterday so exciting. In this rendition of the Friday Five, I've gathered 5 of the event's highlights below.
1. PHOTOS: Carolina Values Summit Prayer Breakfast.
We had a fantastic group of leaders, supporters, and prayer warriors. Here are some of the photos:
2. PHOTOS: Franklin Graham's Decision America Rally.
We helped Franklin Graham end his 50 state Decision America tour strong. He reported over 21,000 of us joined him on the capitol's lawn.
3. NC Values Coalition recognizes various state leaders for their work protecting life, religious liberty, and family.
A number of our state's leaders were recognized this week for their tireless work defending life, religious liberty, and the family. The awards and recipients included:
Faith & Family Award
- Pat McCrory, Governor State of North Carolina
Religious Freedom Award
- Dan Forest, Lieutenant Governor State of North Carolina
Champion for Life Award
- Representative Paul “Skip” Stam, House Speaker Pro Tempore North Carolina House of Representatives
Courage Under Fire Award
- Representative Dan Bishop, North Carolina House of Representatives
Freedom & Values Award
- Senator Buck Newton, North Carolina Senate
4. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Our faith informs us in every aspect of life, and so, it must inform us in how we interact with government and the political process. We cannot just turn faith off when we enter the political realm. It is what motivates and informs our political views." (Tami Fitzgerald)
5. Will you consider supporting us as a NC Values Member by committing to a monthly donation?
The reason we're able to do what we do is because you support us financially. Will you consider joining us as a NC Values member by signing up to make a $35, $50, or $100 monthly donation?
If you can't, we'd appreciate any small one-time donations you're able to afford making.
In a couple days, we will be getting together for the Carolina Values Summit Prayer Breakfast and Franklin Graham's Decision America rally to send a definitive message to our state's leaders about how firmly we stand beside them in support of the privacy rights of women and children. Governor McCrory, Lt. Governor Dan Forest, and other leaders will be with us that day, so you can thank them in person.
It is no exaggeration to say they have experienced an onslaught of attacks on all sides. As Governor McCrory said last week, there is a reason the NBA chose to play in Houston a couple months ago, but made a massive political fuss about relocating the championships from Charlotte. Radical activists are coordinating attacks from bullying big businesses, sports organizations, and media outlets to slander our state and change our political culture.
Last Friday, Governor McCrory told the press that the Human Rights Campaign confessed their political intentions to him during a meeting. The leader of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffen, met with Governor McCrory in his office and threatened to make North Carolina ground zero in the fight to impose transgender bathrooms on the nation, which then allows grown men into bathrooms with young girls. They told him if NC fell, the rest of the nation would too. They know if they can win in North Carolina, they can win anywhere. They know if they can defeat McCrory's re-election bid, religious freedom bills like HB2 won't be taken up by any other state.
What happens here will alter the national landscape. As Maggie Gallagher noted, it will fundamentally impact religious liberty protections. This is why they are all in. I'm not exaggerating. I really wish I was. I wish I didn't have to say this so strongly. But we have been a target of radical activists because they want to fundamentally change the narrative on religious liberty, and culture at large.
We've already seen the lengths they will go to. This year, in Massachusetts, churches who have events open to the public (as an example the policy names church "spaghetti suppers"), are mandated to adhere to the state's transgender accommodations. This means using preferred pronouns, and accommodating to their bathroom preferences. By force of law, a Massachusetts church hosting a public spaghetti dinner is forced to accommodate bathrooms to those that correspond with a person's professed gender identity. Imagine what this would do to the privacy rights of the women and children of your church.
These are the types of threats we have warned people about over the years, only to be dismissed and laughed at. But it's happening now. And it will only get worse. It's one of the reasons Massachusetts is one of Roy Cooper's top three out-of-state donation sources, and why radical activists want to defeat any supporter of religious liberty protections.
Worse still, the things they dismiss and laugh at today will be the things they try to normalize tomorrow. But that is if we don't stop them here and now.
If they can scare away or defeat supporters of HB2, they will replicate it in states all across the country, and religious liberty will significantly suffer. On October 13th, we have the opportunity to tell our state leaders we are absolutely grateful for their courageous stand.
They need all the encouragement and support we can muster. They are looking to us to help them get to the visible finish line. At 8am this Thursday, we will be meeting for the Carolina Values Summit Prayer Breakfast. We will hear from and pray with state leaders such as Governor McCrory, Lt. Governor Forest, Senator Newton, the Benham Brothers, and others.
We need you to get your tickets and join us this week. We need you to go up to your leaders and show them how grateful you have been. We need you to bring your friends, family, and church members. We need you to represent voices from all over the state. And afterwards, we need you to walk with us across the Capital lawn to join Franklin Graham for his Decision America rally.
We need the capital's legislators and leaders to hear our voices from the capitol's lawn. Will you prayerfully consider joining us?
PS: Can't make it to the event? You can still support us by making a $5, $10, or $25 donation towards our work defending life, religious liberty, and family.
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.
1. The Institute for Faith and Family released a 6-figure ad buy across NC with a powerful ad that shows why young women support NC's bathroom privacy law.
2. David & Jason Benham join Governor McCrory, Lt. Governor Forest, and Senator Newton as speakers at the upcoming Carolina Values Summit Prayer Breakfast.
The Benham Brothers are the latest to confirm attendance as speakers at the upcoming Carolina Values Summit Prayer Breakfast. The Benham Brothers, David Benham and Jason Benham, are twins, serial-entrepreneurs, leaders, husbands, fathers, and authors. They received notoriety after their evangelical convictions on marriage cost them the opportunity to host their own HGTV show. Tickets to hear from the Benhams and other leaders are still available for $50 (breakfast included), and individuals may sponsor tables for $600. The event starts at 8am on October 13th, and concludes with a short walk up to the Capitol south lawn to join Franklin Graham's Decision America program. (RSVP tickets)
3. HIRING: Women Speak Out PAC is hiring pro-life canvassers.
Pro-life Field Representatives go door-to-door in their community to conduct a simple survey on pro-life issues with North Carolina voters. Field Representatives are paid $10/hr and are reimbursed $0.30/mile for their travels. Hours are flexible (up to 40 hours per week). Field Representatives must be 16 or older, able to abide by strict daily reporting requirements, and in harmony with the pro-life mission.
If you're interested, please email your resume and the county you live in to email@example.com, and we'll forward your information to the Women Speak Out PAC.
4. McCrory's statements to the Business Journal describes a meeting with the Human Rights Campaign where they directly tell him their agenda was to impact this election.
McCrory tells the Business Journal: "I have to remind you, the NCAA played the men’s Final Four in Houston in April under no objection. The NFL will play the SuperBowl in Houston this year with no objection. All this after Houston rejected an ordinance similar to Charlotte. Why? The Human Rights Campaign's political agenda was to impact this election. They told me, they met with me, they told me what their agenda is. And they have followed through extremely well." (Read more)
5. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "A nation that does not stand for life will not stand for long." (Governor Mike Pence)
North Carolina Values Coalition
The distortion of HB-2 by big-business bullies, social justice warriors, radical activists, and sports organizations has gotten out of hand. Our sister non-profit organization, the Institute for Faith and Family, decided to do something about it, and has placed a six figure 30-second spot on television and computer screens across our state.
The spot features a young female high school student from Greenville, who explains the violation of privacy and dignity the Charlotte ordinance forces on girls like her by making them share locker rooms and bathrooms with boys/men and how HB-2 protects their privacy and safety.
Looking for other ways to support the fight for the privacy rights of women and children? Our Carolina Values Summit Breakfast is a little over a week away, and we would love to have you join Governor McCrory, Lt. Governor Forest, Senator Newton, and other like-minded leaders to tell them thanks over breakfast.
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.
1. Mayor Roberts and the Charlotte City Council dug in their heels.
Governor McCrory and legislative leaders were willing to do a "reset" and go back to how things were before Charlotte passed a radical LGBT-pleasing agenda. Mayor Roberts responded by standing outside the Charlotte Government complex with leaders of Equality NC, the Human Rights Campaign, and transgender groups to make the announcement, making it appear that she works for the LGBT groups instead of the citizens of Charlotte. (Read more)
2. Federal Court upholds religious liberty law allowing Magistrates to opt out of performing marriages, if they have a religious objection to same-sex marriages.
"The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina dismissed a lawsuit that challenged a state law that allows magistrates and register of deeds to opt out of performing gay marriage ceremonies." (Read more)
3. VIDEO: House Speaker Tim Moore interview on HB2 exposes Charlotte City Council and Democrats efforts to politicize HB2 and reject working with Governor McCrory and legislative leaders.
4. Appeals court upholds Rowan County commissioners' prayers.
"A divided panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision by a Greensboro federal judge and ruled that the mostly Christian invocation county leaders used to open their sessions did not violate the separation of church and state." (Read more)
5. Join us for breakfast as we thank our state leaders for standing strong on HB2.
Governor McCrory and the General Assembly have stood strong on HB2 and on protecting the privacy and safety of our families. But they're being tarred and feathered for standing up for principle. Mayor Jennifer Roberts, on the other hand, was unreasonable in insisting on her unconstitutional ordinance that furthers the LGBT agenda at the expense of our children.
Mayor Roberts and the Charlotte City Council just dug in their heels.
Governor McCrory and legislative leaders were willing to do a "reset" and go back to how things were before Charlotte passed a radical LGBT-pleasing agenda. Mayor Roberts responded by standing outside the Charlotte Government complex with leaders of Equality NC, the Human Rights Campaign, and transgender groups to make the announcement, making it appear that she works for the LGBT groups instead of the citizens of Charlotte.
Governor McCrory and the General Assembly have stood strong on HB 2 and on protecting the privacy and safety of our families. But they're being tarred and feathered for standing up for principle. Mayor Jennifer Roberts, on the other hand, was unreasonable in insisting on her unconstitutional ordinance that furthers the LGBT agenda at the expense of our children.
And now, the mainstream media, that has been in the pocket of Jennifer Roberts and Roy Cooper, has started to pick off some of the legislators who voted to protect your privacy and safety. A few are now calling for repeal of HB2, even though the majority of them continue to stand strong while NCAA, ACC and big business stand with these Roy Cooper and Mayor Roberts in an attempt to take down our state. Folks, we need make sure we support those who have stood strong for our privacy rights and our safety.
When we heard about what was happening, we asked you to contact your legislators. You helped send over 150,000 phone calls and emails. Amazing! We now need you to come in person to Raleigh on October 13th to join Franklin Graham at the State Capital at noon that day and to join our state leaders for breakfast at our Carolina Values Summit that morning.
In every state where Franklin Graham has held his Decision America tour, thousands of people have shown up to stand for Biblical values. Raleigh is the last state capital for his tour, and we should have the most people of any State—not only because it is Franklin Graham’s home state, but also because our leaders have stood strong in the face of adversity. These two gatherings will be our expression of support for the courage and conviction our leaders have shown.
NC Values Coalition Statement on ACC and State Senator Tamara Barringer's Call to Repeal HB2:
"Today there are too many politicians willing to abandon their closely held beliefs and principles in the face of adversity. People want leaders who will stand up for what is right. How much is it worth to prevent the sexual assault of one little girl in a public bathroom or locker room? That is the question that State Senator Tamara Barringer ought to ask herself.
North Carolina has stopped a dangerous local government trend to sacrifice the safety, dignity, and privacy of our children in public bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers just to advance a progressive sexual agenda.
The ACC and NCAA announcements are an attempt to force the State of North Carolina to sacrifice our children’s safety on the altar of political correctness, and legislators who voted to stop this trend should think twice before they abandon our children." - Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of NC Values Coalition
Read ACC Announcement
NC Values Coalition Statement on NCAA Decision to Move 7 Championship Events Out of North Carolina
"There is an expectation of privacy when women and children go into the shower or locker room, and it’s more than an expectation—it’s a right. And our elected officials have a duty to protect that right. The NCAA is punishing the State of North Carolina because it dares to stand up for the common-sense notion that everyone has a right to privacy, decency, and safety in bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms. The NCAA is guilty of extreme hypocrisy—while it bullies the people of North Carolina to allow boys in the girls’ locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, it prohibits boys from playing on the girls’ sports teams. Twenty-four states have sued the federal government over the very mandate that the NCAA is now trying to force on the people of North Carolina." - Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director NC Values Coalition
Read NCAA Announcement
1. National Pro-Life group Susan B. Anthony List endorses Dan Forest for Lieutenant Governor.
SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser had this to say about Lt. Governor Dan Forest: "I know Dan and know he will work hard to save innocent lives. His opponent Linda Coleman has been endorsed by EMILY’s List and is opposed to even the most reasonable pro-life initiatives, like legislation to limit late-term abortions more than halfway through pregnancy." (Read more)
2. Governor McCrory releases a new ad discussing the truth about protecting the privacy and safety of our children.
3. Senator Tillis Co-Sponsors Conscience Protection Act.
The bill protects health care providers that decline to be involved in abortions as a matter of conscience. The Conscience Protection Act passed the House in July by a vote of 245-182. NC Congressmen who sponsored the bill in the House were: Walter Jones, Robert Pittenger, Mark Meadows, Richard Hudson, Virginia Foxx, and Renee Ellmers. (Read more)
4. Shocking lawsuit out of a Minnesota public high school: Girls exposed to transgender sexually explicit behavior in locker room.
A Minnesota public high school has been accused of turning a blind eye to a transgender student's sexually explicit behavior in a girls locker room that left girls in tears. One plaintiff who later used a vacant boy's locker room to maintain her privacy was walked in on by the transgender student while she was in her underwear. The transgender student then proceeded to remove his pants in front of the girl, which left her deeply upset at the fact that there was nowhere in the school she could preserve her privacy. (Read more)
5. Conservative champion Phyllis Schlafley's memory is honored after she passed away this week.
NC Values Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald had this to say upon the passing of the conservative icon: “Starting in the 1970’s, Phyllis’ embrace of being feminine without being feminist has influenced legions of women, myself included. She has stood as a leader in our culture to expose darkness, untruth, and cultural trends that destroy the family. Her courage, wisdom, and determination to stand on Biblical principles regardless of the backlash, the elitist snubs, and the consequences, has inspired and instructed many of us to carry on her legacy.” Schlafley's son also paid a beautiful tribute to his mother on a post written on Dr. David Noebel's blog. (Read more)