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.

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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 California keeps ban on travel to North Carolina even though HB2 repealed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.

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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.

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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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Friday Five: March Madness, political correctness, and more

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1. The NCAA must once and for all stop extorting North Carolina. 

"The NCAA is supposed to be a non-profit. Their attacks against North Carolinians are beyond their sport's interest. Worse still, the NCAA is double-dribbling in hypocrisy. In addition to segregating collegiate sports by male and female, and moving games to states with similar nondiscrimination laws, the NCAA uses gender assigned at birth to prevent certain transgenders from playing on women's teams. (Read more)




2. House Republicans file HB 328 to request the IRS to review the nonprofit status of NCAA as a result of their substantial lobbying and economic boycotts

"An N.C. House Republican says the NCAA and ACC have “stepped out of bounds” by moving sports championships out of North Carolina over House Bill 2." (Read more)

The NCAA's response: "The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has responded after North Carolina lawmakers filed a bill accusing the organization of "excessive lobbying" in the wake of House Bill 2." (Read more)


3. Texas Senate passes SB6, their HB2-inspired privacy bill. Other states also following NC's lead

"I will tell you as a woman, this is not a joke. This is about dressing rooms, lockers, showers and restrooms. This is about privacy and protection for all people," Kolkhorst said. (Read more)


4. VIDEO: Washington grandmother and florist loses her business by following her conscience

"For years, we have warned about the harmful effects non-discrimination ordinances have by forcing business owners like Washington florist Barronelle 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." (Read more)

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5. Political correctness reaches new and ridiculous heights on college campus

"You know political correctness has reached new heights when a college English department forgoes standards in English grammar to appease cultural elites:

"The university’s writing center recently released a guide on 'Inclusive Language & Gender Neutral Pronoun Use,' offering students two options: change all their sentences so that the subject is plural (for example, switch out 'a student' for 'students'), or simply replace the singular pronoun 'he' or 'she' with 'they'. To avoid confusion, the guide recommends students who choose to use 'they' as a singular third-person pronoun place a disclaimer at the top of their papers. " (Read more)