Friday Five: Charlotte Mayor digs heels, two religious liberty wins, and more

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1. Mayor Roberts and the Charlotte City Council dug in their heels.

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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.

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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.

Tell them thank you in person for protecting the privacy and safety of our families! 

We are calling all of you to stand strong with us by supporting our Governor, Lt. Governor, and legislators at our Carolina Values Summit breakfast. 


They just dug in their heels...

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.

Tell them thank you in person for protecting the privacy and safety of our families! 

We are calling all of you to stand strong with us by supporting our Governor, Lt. Governor, and legislators at our Carolina Values Summit breakfast. 

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 Statement on ACC and Senator Barringer

NC Values Coalition Statement on ACC and State Senator Tamara Barringer's Call to Repeal HB2: 

T Fizgerald"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

 

 


NCAA Championship Events Moved Out of North Carolina

NC Values Coalition Statement on NCAA Decision to Move 7 Championship Events Out of North Carolina

T Fizgerald"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


Friday Five: Pro-Life Group Endorses Forest, McCrory Releases New Ad, and More

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.

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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)

 


Friday Five: Judge Schroeder & HB2, Richard Land on Trump, 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. Judge Schroeder makes narrow ruling suspending enforcement of HB2's bathroom provision for only three UNC transgender student and faculty plaintiffs.

"Schroeder, a George W. Bush appointee to the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, ruled two transgender students and a transgender employee "are likely to succeed" in their challenge of H.B. 2's bathroom use provision because that provision violates Title IX of the 1972 federal Education Amendments, as interpreted by the Obama administration.

The relevant precedent in the UNC case, Schroeder wrote in an 83-page opinion, is the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' April ruling that a transgender high school student in Virginia is entitled to use restrooms and other facilities corresponding to her gender identity. The Fourth Circuit ruled, Schroeder stated, that "controlling weight" should be given to the Department of Education's interpretation of "sex discrimination" in Title IX as including gender identity discrimination."

While the media has presented the decision as a victory for anti-HB2 proponents, HB2 remains in effect for all others at UNC and across the state. The irony of the decision is how little impact it would even have, given UNC has alleged some sovereignty to ignore state law. (Read more)

 

2. Two of the nations leading mental health scholars release 143 page report that surveys 200 peer-reviewed studies and argues most of the common claims heard about sexuality and gender are not supported by science.

"The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are ‘born that way’—is not supported by scientific evidence.

Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex—so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’—is not supported by scientific evidence." (Read more)

 

3. Texas and a dozen others states file brief in NC cases arguing in favor of HB2 and against the Obama administration's involvement.

"Texas and a dozen other states are asking a federal judge in North Carolina to side with Republican leaders defending a law governing transgender restroom access. The group behind the amicus brief Wednesday largely overlaps with states that won a ruling last week against Obama administration guidelines on transgender restroom access in schools.

The states also argue the North Carolina proceedings should be halted temporarily because of that ruling and a Virginia case that the U.S. Supreme Court may hear.

Meanwhile, states including New York and dozens of companies have filed amicus briefs attacking North Carolina's law." (Read more)

 

4. Richard Land writes editorial supporting and encouraging evangelicals to vote for Trump over Hillary.

So, in a fallen world, faced with the painful choice of choosing between the lesser evil (Donald Trump) vs. the greater evil (Hillary Clinton), I believe I have a moral obligation to vote for the lesser evil. Otherwise, I become morally culpable for the greater evil prevailing. Some Evangelicals have said, "If I voted for Donald Trump, I would have to apologize to Bill Clinton." Frankly, I feel that if I didn't vote for Donald Trump in order to defeat Hillary Clinton, I would have to apologize to Jesus.

We have all heard "don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Just so, we should not let the bad be the friend of the worst. In other words, don't let a flawed candidate deter us from opposing the much worse opponent." (Read more)


5. Religious liberty hangs in the balance in Governor Pat McCrory’s bid for reelection.
"The question on the line in Pat McCrory’s race to be North Carolina governor is whether or not traditional religious believers are going to be treated equally, or treated like second-class citizens in America. The future of religious liberty is on the line." (Read more)

 


Statement on Judge Schroeder's Ruling on HB2

NC Values Coalition Statement on Judge Schroeder's Ruling on HB2 Preliminary Injunction

T Fizgerald"Judge Schroeder has made a very narrow ruling by suspending enforcement of HB2’s bathroom provisions only for the three UNC transgender student and faculty plaintiffs.  HB2 remains in effect for all others at UNC and across the state. Since UNC has refused to enforce HB2, the ruling has little effect. The Judge based his decision on the Fourth Circuit’s misguided reliance on the Obama Education Department’s interpretation of Title IX, not on the Constitution. This decision is at odds with a Texas judge’s ruling earlier in the week that enjoined nationwide the Obama Administration’s mandate forcing public schools to allow boys into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers. It is a shame that Attorney General Roy Cooper has failed to do his job and defend the State’s common sense law that protects the privacy and safety of both boys and girls alike." - Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director NC Values Coalition

Read Judge Schroeder's ruling


Friday Five: HRC endorses Cooper, ObamaCare transgender lawsuit, and more

1. Human Rights Campaign endorses Roy Cooper for his work opposing HB 2.

Check out what HRC's president had to say about Cooper when they endorsed him this week:

"As governor, Roy Cooper will work to repeal HB2, stand up for common decency and fight to pass statewide, LGBTQ-inclusive, non-discrimination protections. The choice this election couldn’t be clearer.”

The only thing we would add here is that he's already worked towards repealing HB2 when he should have been defending it. It's no surprise that one of his top donors was also the owners of Preferred Women's Center—the largest abortion providers in Charlotte and Raleigh. Anti-family and anti-life activists know their allies when they see them.

2. Five states join Christian healthcare providers in lawsuit against ObamaCare's transgender mandate requiring sex-change treatment for transgenders that includes children.

"After mandating that all persons must be given the same basic care, a new Obama Administration 'nondiscrimination' decree not only forces Christian hospitals and other healthcare charities to allow transgenders to use the toilets and intimate facilities of the opposite sex but could require transgender hormonal treatments be available upon request, regardless of the moral or religious convictions of the provider. 

Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas, and Wisconsin joined the Franciscan Alliance, the Christian Medical Association, Specialty Physicians of Illinois, the Christian Dental Association, and other healthcare providers in the lawsuit. The new rules are a part of the ObamaCare mandate requiring coverage of abortion, sterilization, and contraception."

"'North Carolina Values Coalition agrees with the 20,000 members of the American College of Pediatricians, who earlier this month called for the end to the normalization of gender dysphoria in children,' Fitzgerald continued. 'Young children are being permanently sterilized and surgically maimed under the guise of "treatment."'

The family values leader charged, 'The Obama Administration is attempting to force insurance coverage for sex reassignment treatments when there is no medical or scientific proof that such treatments actually work.'

Fitzgerald noted that opposite gender curiosity, and even experimentation, is a common, passing stage in prepubescent and adolescent children. 'Studies have found that when gender dysphoria occurs in a prepubertal child, it is naturally resolved in 80-95 percent of patients by late adolescence, after they pass through puberty,' she explained." (Read more)


3. Vermont cancels women's basketball game vs. UNC, even though UVM's Patrick Gym has the same bathroom policy as UNC.

According to the University's website the policy states, "Athletics staff have identified a single-user, gender neutral restroom, changing room, and shower facility that trans people can use." This policy of accommodation is identical to North Carolina's HB2 when it comes to public accommodations available to all students, faculty and players at University of North Carolina. (Read more)


4. NC Values Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald writes editorial in the Daily Signal discussing NC schools' anti-bullying transgender agenda.

"It is clear that the new “anti-bullying” policy adopted by the district is in truth a model LGBT policy for the rest of the state. What better way to indoctrinate the masses to believe that there is no difference between boys and girls than to force them to share showers, bathrooms, homecoming crowns, sex ed classes, hotel rooms on overnight field trips, and sports teams?" (Read more)


5. Texas Federal District Judge Reed O'Connor issued a ruling on Sunday maintaining status quo for school bathrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities.

Great news! In a ruling issued late on Sunday by Texas Federal District Judge Reed O’Connor, teachers and students returning to the nation’s classrooms will be required to maintain the status quo when it comes to bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities. Judge O’Connor concluded that there is a strong likelihood the coalition of 13 states would win their case against the Justice Department and issued a nationwide stay of the Obama Administration’s transgender bathroom directive issued to all schools and universities requiring that students be granted access to the bathroom, locker room or shower facility matching their gender identity or risk losing federal funding.

Yesterday’s decision is at least the third legal setback for transgender rights in federal court this month. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a lower court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to allow a biologically female student to use the boy’s restroom on August 3. And last Thursday, a federal judge in Detroit upheld the firing of a transgender funeral home employee, ruling that “neither transgender status nor gender identity are protected classes” under anti-discrimination laws. (Read more)


Sincerely,

North Carolina Values Coalition

 


US Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction on White House Transgender Bathroom Policy

Great news! In a ruling issued late on Sunday by Texas Federal District Judge Reed O’Connor, teachers and students returning to the nation’s classrooms will be required to maintain the status quo when it comes to bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities. Judge O’Connor concluded that there is a strong likelihood the coalition of 13 states would win their case against the Justice Department and issued a nationwide stay of the Obama Administration’s transgender bathroom directive issued to all schools and universities requiring that students be granted access to the bathroom, locker room or shower facility matching their gender identity or risk losing federal funding.

Yesterday’s decision is at least the third legal setback for transgender rights in federal court this month. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a lower court ruling requiring a Virginia school district to allow a biologically female student to use the boy’s restroom on August 3. And last Thursday, a federal judge in Detroit upheld the firing of a transgender funeral home employee, ruling that “neither transgender status nor gender identity are protected classes” under anti-discrimination laws.

O’Connor found that the administration didn’t follow the proper notice and comment process for issuing their guidelines to educators and also concluded that the directives were “compulsory in nature”. He determined that the Title IX law is “not ambiguous,” writing that “it cannot be disputed that the plain meaning of the term sex as used … following passage of Title IX meant the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.”

The Texas decision will definitely impact North Carolina’s five lawsuits concerning whether the federal Department of Justice has the power to force North Carolina schools to follow its directive to allow students access to bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers based on their “gender identity” rather than their biological and anatomical sex and whether North Carolina’s HB 2 was a proper exercise of its sovereign power as a state.

As U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder considers the arguments he heard in Winston-Salem on August 1st to temporarily strike down the State’s bathroom law until the full arguments can be heard in the upcoming case scheduled for November 14th, he is sure to give deference to the Texas ruling enjoining the DOJ Guidelines nationwide. Earlier this month Schroeder was keenly interested in the law’s impact on schools and universities and specifically asked questions about Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the University of North Carolina as students return to the classroom this month.

Texas Judge O’Connor stated in his opinion that:  “It cannot be disputed that the plain meaning of the term sex … meant the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.” He also stated that this “complied with Congressional intent when drawing the distinctions in § 106.33 based on the biological differences between male and female students. This undoubtedly was permitted because the areas identified by the regulations are places where male and female students may have to expose their “nude or partially nude body, genitalia, and other private parts, and separation from members of the opposite sex, those whose bodies possessed a different anatomical structure, was needed to ensure personal privacy.”

Executive Director of the North Carolina Values Coalition Tami Fitzgerald said, “The University of North Carolina and school districts across the state such as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools can no longer chose to ignore HB2. Under the Texas Federal judge’s order, the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the word “sex” in Title IX to mean “gender identity” is enjoined nationwide: therefore, CMS, UNC and all other school districts and public universities must now comply with North Carolina’s law (HB2) that clearly requires local boards of education and state agencies to make sure that multi-occupancy bathrooms or changing facilities are designated for and used only by students based on their biological sex.” 

Under his injunction, Texas U.S. Judge O’Connor ordered all parties to “maintain the status quo” and said the administration was barred from enforcing their guidelines — or make any sort of investigation based on the idea that “the definition of sex includes gender identity.” The White House would also be barred from using the guidelines in any lawsuits, he wrote.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton represented a 13-state coalition in the federal court lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas said in a statement issued today, “We are pleased that the court ruled against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. This President is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect States and School Districts, who are charged under state law to establish a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.”


Press Statement on NBA All-Star Move to New Orleans

North Carolina Values Coalition Statement on Move of NBA All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans:

"It is ironic that the NBA would choose to relocate their All-Star game from Charlotte to the State of Louisiana since in June the state joined North Carolina and 22 other states to stop President Obama’s transgender bathroom directive granting boys access into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in schools and universities. Although the Supreme Court this month found the directive troublesome when issuing a stay on transgender bathroom access, the League continues to deny common sense biological differences between men and women so it can advance a political agenda that grants grown men access into the bathrooms and showers of young girls over protecting the privacy and safety of their fans. 

NC Values Coalition telephone conversations with the customer service staff at the Smoothie King Center box office last month indicated the arena in New Orleans has the same bathroom policies as Time Warner Arena in Charlotte. Commissioner Silver and the NBA should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to use North Carolina—particularly its young girls—as a political pawn for an out-of-touch agenda that compromises both dignity and privacy rights." - Tami Fitzgerald, Executive Director of North Carolina Values Coalition

poll released on August 19, 2016 by Civitas Institute found 51% of North Carolina unaffiliated voters polled August 11-14, 2016 showed support for House Bill 2. They agreed with the statement, "House Bill 2 offers protection of individual privacy and safety in public restrooms and locker rooms, and protects the rights of business owners to make workplace decisions without government interference."