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. 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.
NC Values Coalition Statement on 2017 Legislative Session:
"As the 2017 legislative long session convenes, our message to lawmakers is clear, “Stop Playing Politics with Privacy”.
Governor Cooper, leaders of the General Assembly and the Senators who voted to repeal HB2 in December should recall our state’s strong economy and resist the bullying of immoral sports organizations and fringe activists who only seek to replicate Charlotte-like ordinances and their radical agenda in every municipality across our state.
Our coalition cannot and will not support any efforts by Governor Cooper or any lawmaker to sacrifice the privacy, safety, or freedom of young girls by forcing them to use the bathroom, shower, or change clothes with grown men." - Tami Fitzgerald, North Carolina Values Coalition Executive Director
At the very end of last year, most of us were busy vacationing, visiting family and friends, and getting some much needed rest. It was at this time—when most were distracted—that the NC General Assembly attempted to repeal HB2.
Unfortunately, some NC Republicans were tricked by Mecklenburg Commissioners to think they overturned the ordinance that led to the need to pass HB2 in the first place. Thanks to some conservative Republicans, the General Assembly found out that the Commissioners only removed a very small part of their ordinance.
To make matters worse, just before the vote Cooper ordered Democrats not to support the repeal. Why would someone who campaigned on repealing HB2 not promote voting for an actual repeal? Because he thinks he can use it to win the General Assembly by continuing to drag NC through the mud.
We can't let anti-religious liberty, anti-life, and anti-family activists take over the General Assembly. In the midst of the attempted repeal, groups like Equality NC were already announcing their intention to bring similar ordinances to towns and cities all across NC. Weeks after the election, they already announced they planned to hire special transgender storytellers and staff to replicate their anti-HB2 campaigns all across rural and urban NC.
Thanks to you, we were successful last year in defending the privacy of women and children. However, as we saw with this last-minute attempt, we have to be ready. With groups like HRC and Equality NC taking their activism to your backyard, now is the time for us to begin organizing.
We're looking to recruit thousands of volunteers by the end of the month. As a volunteer, there are a number of tasks you can help us with: lifting us up in prayer as a prayer partner, helping us knock on doors and make calls, helping share content online, and helping us raise money.
We're also looking for committed individuals interested in helping organize and lead our volunteers. We're looking to recruit one county chairperson for each of our 100 counties. We're also looking for individuals who will help serve as a church captain.
Would you consider signing up to volunteer?
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. Last week, NC stood firmly behind HB2 by defeating a last minute effort by state senators to repeal the privacy bill.
"Last [week] the North Carolina Senate voted to keep the protections provided by our privacy law, HB2, in place. We celebrate the Christmas season and enter into a new year encouraged that our leaders did not sacrifice the privacy, safety, or freedom of young girls by forcing them to use the bathroom, shower, or change clothes with grown men just to satisfy the demands of greedy businesses, immoral sports organizations, or angry mobs. In North Carolina we believe fashion designers, bakers, florists, wedding chapels and all citizens, including your family, should have the freedom to live and work according to their beliefs." (Read more)
2. 8-year-old transgender boy asked to leave cub scout pack.
"The family of an 8-year-old New Jersey boy says he was kicked out of Cub Scouts because he is transgender, a move that could open a new front in the debate over discrimination in Scouting." (Read more)
3. Supreme Court asked to hear military religious freedom case.
"The Supreme Court is being asked to hear the case of Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, who refused an order to remove a personalized printed Bible verse from her workspace at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina."
"Sterling had put up a verse from Isaiah 54:17, which read: 'No weapons formed against me shall prosper.' When a superior officer, believing it to be confrontational and antagonistic, ordered her to take it down, she refused," (Read more)
4. Why young Christians can’t grasp our arguments against gay ‘marriage’.
"As Chuck Colson once said in a BreakPoint commentary about marriage, 'We Christians are very good at saying "No." But we’ve got to get better at saying "Yes": showing how God’s plan for humanity is a blessing. That His ways, including faithful, life-giving marriage between one man and one woman, lead to human flourishing physically, emotionally, and spiritually.'" (Read more)
5. The essential scorecard for religious liberty in 2016.
"The year 2016 has seen much conflict for religious freedom, not just domestically but worldwide. As individuals fight to defend this basic and fundamental human right — sometimes sacrificing their very lives — we find ourselves asking many questions about the future." (Read more)
Thanks to your support, we've had an incredibly successful year. Here's a review of some of the 2016 numbers that tell the story of what you helped accomplish!
Our work is far from over. Can you help make sure 2017 is even more successful by making a $5 donation to help us meet our final annual fundraising goals?
Thank you for your calls, emails and petition signatures this week. We especially appreciate coalition members who joined us in person, and in prayer, during the special session held yesterday. NC Values Coalition delivered 19,845 of your emails to legislators along with your calls, tweets and Facebook messages to voice our continued support of North Carolina's privacy protection law.
Last night the North Carolina Senate voted to keep the protections provided by our privacy law, HB2, in place. We celebrate the Christmas season and enter into a new year encouraged that our leaders did not sacrifice the privacy, safety, or freedom of young girls by forcing them to use the bathroom, shower, or change clothes with grown men just to satisfy the demands of greedy businesses, immoral sports organizations, or angry mobs. In North Carolina we believe fashion designers, bakers, florists, wedding chapels and all citizens, including your family, should have the freedom to live and work according to their beliefs.
We are thankful for the members of the General Assembly who stood up for what is right, and represented the will of voters by stopping the move to cower and cave-in to the City of Charlotte and the Human Rights Campaign. With certainty we now know EqualityNC and Human Rights Campaign planned to immediately take Charlotte-like ordinances and Roy Cooper's bathroom plan to cities, towns and municipalities across our state in the new year.
Our work is not done! With the upcoming court-ordered special legislative elections scheduled again next year, we must continue to remind our lawmakers in the new year that we cannot support leaders who would compromise our freedom and privacy. While we rest in gratitude, we now know the fight to maintain the privacy, safety, dignity, and freedom of North Carolinians will be as fierce in the upcoming 2017 legislative session. Over the holidays please consider sending a personal thank you email to the Senators who voted "NO" on the HB2 Repeal Amendment last night (see graphic above) and thank your conservative representatives in the House who stood firmly behind HB2 so when your lawmakers return in January they will recall your support for HB2. [Find My Legislator]
The true joy of Christmas is in the everlasting love of Christ. We thank you for your support of the North Carolina Values Coalition and wish you a joyous Christmas and blessings in the coming New Year.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NC Values Coalition Statement on NCGA Adjournment of 5th Special Session:
"Tonight the North Carolina Senate voted to keep the protections provided by our privacy law, HB2, in place. We continue to encourage our leaders to never sacrifice the privacy, safety, or freedom of young girls by forcing them to use the bathroom, shower, or change clothes with grown men just to satisfy the demands of greedy businesses, immoral sports organizations, or angry mobs. Nor should they sacrifice the freedom of everyone to live and work according to their beliefs. We are thankful for the members of the General Assembly who stood up for what is right, and represented the will of voters by stopping the move to cower and cave-in to the City of Charlotte and the Human Rights Campaign." - Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director
North Carolina Values Coalition to Score Votes During 2016 Fifth Extra Session
North Carolina Values Coalition Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, today announced that votes taken during the 2016 Fifth Extra Session will be scored as part of their 2017 Legislative Scorecard. NC Values scores votes that are important to their coalition members. During the 2016 Election cycle NC Values Coalition and its partners knocked on 392,000 doors in North Carolina in support of Governor Pat McCrory.
A copy of the 2016 Scorecard can be found here.
The NC Values scorecard scores legislators on how much they have championed pro-family values.
SCORING KEY: Pro-family vote = 5 pts, Chairing=3 pts, Excused Absence = 2 pts, Not Voting = 1 pt, Anti-family vote = 0 pts, Not yet appointed at time of vote = / (not included in total # of votes).
The North Carolina Values Coalition thanks Governor Pat McCrory for his commitment to the people of North Carolina.
Let's set something straight: Governor McCrory’s defeat was orchestrated by radical forces outside North Carolina that poured millions of dollars into the state to “eviscerate” our state’s leaders and fundamentally change our state’s values. They outspent the Governor two to one. It was an organized and well-funded strategy, laid out in Blueprint NC, and supported by left-wing, out-of-state donors like George Soros, Planned Parenthood, and the Human Rights Campaign.
Years ago, radical activists from groups such as Planned Parenthood and the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation—which had a $470 million endowment at its peak!—came together to formulate a plan to take over our state. Check out their stated goals from their infamous Blueprint NC memo:
- Potential Two Year Vision: "Eviscerate the leadership and weaken their ability to govern." "Mitigate legislative attacks on progressive values and set up legal challenges." (Pg. 1)
- Potential Ten Year Vision: "Progressives own the issue environment." "Progressives are prepared to influence the redistricting process in 2020." (Pg. 1)
Doesn't this sound familiar? They are doing exactly what they set out to do. At this moment, their efforts have helped them win North Carolina's executive and judicial branches.
We also learned last week that an Obama-appointed judge ruled that the state must hold special elections for a number of Senate and House seats in 2017. When this news came out, Blueprint NC member Equality NC had this to say: "That means an opportunity to solidly take back all three branches of government in North Carolina with pro-equality elected officials."
They made a blueprint, and they're building on it. Now they're aiming to take over the third branch of NC government so they can repeal HB2. We can't let this happen.
We don't have a $470 million endowment, but we have you. Can you donate $5, $10, $25, $50, or even $100 towards helping stop these radical activists from taking over the legislature?
North Carolina Values Coalition Statement on North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory Conceding to Roy Cooper:
"North Carolina Values Coalition thanks Governor Pat McCrory for his commitment to the people of North Carolina. His leadership over the last four years will not be forgotten. Not only has Governor McCrory created a booming economy in North Carolina where businesses and families thrive, but he has stood strong to protect the privacy, dignity, and safety of our citizens. Governor McCrory’s defeat was orchestrated by radical forces outside North Carolina that poured millions of dollars into the state to “eviscerate” our state’s leaders and fundamentally change our state’s values. It was an organized and well-funded strategy, laid out in Blueprint NC, and supported by left-wing, out-of-state donors like George Soros, Planned Parenthood, and the Human Rights Campaign. They outspent the Governor two to one. North Carolina Values Coalition will continue to work with the leaders in the House & Senate to assure grown men are never allowed access into women's bathrooms, locker rooms or changing facilities and that businesses are free to live and work according to their deeply held religious beliefs. We want to put Governor-elect Cooper on notice that the citizens of North Carolina will not stand for any attempt by out-of-state interests to fundamentally change our values or compromise the privacy and safety of our children." - Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director North Carolina Values Coalition