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Friday Five: March Madness, political correctness, 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. 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)


NC Values Calls NCAA for Flagrant Foul and Double Dribble

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Coalition Launches Double-Dribble NCAAFoul.com

Campaign During NCAA Basketball Tournament

 

(Raleigh) NC Values Coalition today tipped off their Double-Dribble national campaign to send a message to the leaders of National Collegiate Athletic Association that citizens and sports fans across the state are tired of the association’s lobbying efforts to shape NC into their vision of political correctness, especially if it risks the innocence of one woman or child.

During all rounds of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, thousands of coalition members and friends will be engaged in a letter-writing and social media campaign to call foul on the NCAA for double-dribbling between proposed NCAA guidelines and public criticism of NC’s Privacy and Safety Accommodations and an intentional flagrant foul on the NCAA for continuing to reap tax-incentives and benefits off the taxpayers that they are economically extorting in the name of political correctness. Messages are sent by visiting NCAAFoul.com

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Statement on 'A Day Without Woman' Strike

for immediate release:

NC Values Coalition Statement on 'A Day Without A Woman' Strike:

“We find great irony that participants and leaders in today's women's strike ridicule our state's lawmakers who enacted privacy protections for women and young girls in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers. They also exclude sisters who stand for life and the protections of the smallest and most vulnerable preborns sisters. 11.5% of North Carolina women were killed in the womb while thousands more mourn daily for loss of their daughter or sister who died by the hands of Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinic operators. "

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director


Friday Five: Disney goes gay, Target sees red, 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.

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1. Ohio LGBT group announces plans to target churches for homosexual weddings

"When asked "if a church community has a church hall that they rent to couples who want to have that wedding reception in that hall ... should that church hall and church community be forced to rent that to someone who wants to use that building for something that's against that church community's belief system," an Equality Ohio spokeswoman said, "Sure, I would say that if that space is open and generally available to the public for a fee, yes that should be available to everyone." (Read more)

TAKE ACTION: Let's make sure we prevent this from happening in NC. Click to contact your legislator and tell them to support #ReligiousFreedom protections like the ones in HB2.

 

2. Transgender teenager taking testosterone wins Texas state girls’ wrestling tournament

"A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he’s taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage." (Read more)

 

3. Meg Meeker, MD: Transgender bathroom policy: what the government can’t tell you, but a pediatrician can

"Writing as a pediatrician, not political spokesperson, who has treated thousands of children over the past 30 years, it is imperative that we consider the emotional and physical health of every child when we make decisions that affect all of those children.

This is more than a state v. federal issue; this is an issue about the well being of all of our children. When bathroom use at school is up for grabs, so too, are the psyches of many immature children." (Read more)

 

4. Disney broadcasts first gay cartoon kiss, and includes gay storyline in live-action version of "Beauty and the Beast" 

"'LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants,' director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. And what better place to discuss human sexuality with your four-year-old than a wholesome Disney movie?

'It is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie,' Condon added." (Read more)

 

5. Target retailer hits $15 billion loss since pro-transgender announcement.

"Target’s stock value is now down by 30 percent since it sparked a consumer boycott by embracing the transgender political agenda. That 30 percent drop has slashed investors’ wealth by roughly $15 billion. On Tuesday, the stock fell to $58.78, down from its April 19 high of $83.98. In contrast, WalMart is up 3 percent since April, and Kohl’s is down less than one percent." (Read more)


Friday Five: Republicans caving, Baker sharing, Trump revoking, 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. Trump administration revokes Obama-era transgender bathroom guidance for schools.

"The Trump administration Wednesday revoked federal guidelines issued by former President Barack Obama that allowed public school students to use restrooms and other facilities corresponding to their gender identity." (Read more)

 

2. TAKE ACTION: NC legislators considering HB2 repeal this week. Immediate action needed!

This week several Republican House members joined with two Democrat House members to file HB 186. This bill would repeal the privacy protections and safety of women and children in bathrooms and locker rooms.

We need you right now to take a minute to use our tool below to contact your legislator, and tell them NOT to support HB 186. Ask them NOT to cave to political correctness!

TAKE ACTION: http://www.ncvalues.org/dont_cave_to_political_correctness

 

3. VIDEO: Hear Jack Phillips story, wedding cake baker from Denver CO.

Meet Jack Phillips, a Wedding Cake baker from Denver. After refusing to violate his deeply-held Christian beliefs by baking a cake for a gay wedding, the Colorado Court of Appeals ultimately ordered him and his staff to bake cakes for gay weddings. Forty percent of Jack's business centers around weddings, so he has been forced by the government to choose between his livelihood and his Christian beliefs about marriage. 

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4. NBA's basket brawl leads to ticket dive for NBA All-Star game moved from Charlotte.

"According to the latest reports, the only one hurting from Adam Silver's announcement is the league itself. Ticket sales for the game (which was moved to New Orleans) were in the basement, analysts said before last weekend's celebration -- with nowhere to go but down. On the eve of the event, the cheapest seats at Smoothie King Center in Louisiana were $184 -- a 71 percent decrease from last year in Toronto, where fans were shelling out $644 to sit in the rafters. And if history is any indication, the plunge only got worse heading into last weekend." (Read more)

 

5. Southern Baptist theologian's experience as an expert witness for the Baronnelle Stutzman case.

"I had to defend not only our denomination’s statement of faith (The Baptist Faith and Message) but also resolutions passed by our denomination going back 30 and 40 years. It was hostile questioning intended to discredit what Southern Baptists believe about marriage. They wanted to discredit us so that they could discredit her. And make no mistake, once they succeed in punishing her, others will use this precedent to punish the rest of us—and not just Southern Baptists but any person who dares to act on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman." (Read more)

 


NC Values Coalition Statement

NC Values Coalition Statement on Latest HB2 Repeal Efforts & Trump Bathroom Decision

For Immediate Release:

Lawmakers should stand by HB2 because it is the only way to ensure that privacy, dignity, and common sense rule in North Carolina.

"The DOJ and DOE's letter correcting the Obama Administration's unlawful guidance letter to schools last spring is good news for the privacy, safety, and dignity of young students across America. The Obama Administration radically distorted a federal law that was intended to equalize educational opportunities for women and misused the law to open students’ private facilities to members of the opposite sex. Yesterday, the Trump Administration rightly corrected that error, prioritizing the privacy and dignity of all students and ensuring that schools don’t lose crucial federal funding for protecting their students."

"North Carolina has led the Nation in enacting common sense protections for children's privacy, and now the Trump administration has agreed with our leaders. Because of the new federal policy, North Carolina's privacy law-HB2- remains more vital than ever as efforts to strip away privacy protections will shift even more to the state level. State lawmakers have a responsibility to protect the privacy and dignity of all North Carolinians. Our lawmakers should reject Representative McGrady’s misguided bill that does nothing to stop cities from passing the same unlawful, coercive ordinances that started this debate in Charlotte and leaves the state without a policy on privacy in bathrooms. Lawmakers should stand by HB2 because it is the only way to ensure that privacy, dignity, and common sense rule in North Carolina."

-Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Executive Director


Trampled Roses



Countdown until our next ReligiousFreedom.live Event
7:30pm February 21st 2017

This week, the Washington State Supreme Court trampled on the religious freedom of florist Baronnelle Stutzman by ruling against one of America’s most steadfast traditions and constitutional rights.

For years, the NC Values Coalition has warned about the harmful effects these non-discrimination ordinances have by forcing business owners like Baronnelle 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.

Unfortunately, Baronnelle is not alone in her story. Others all across the US have faced similar experiences. Starting Tuesday at 7:30pm next week, we'll be launching our ReligiousFreedom.live series of Facebook live town halls. We'll be letting individuals like Baronnelle tell their personal stories, and we'll learn why #ReligiousFreedom protections are so important.

But we need your help to get these stories to your legislators and neighbors! 

Thanks to your help this week, we've funded over 75% of the costs of our first ReligiousFreedom.live event. Would you consider making a $5, $10, $25, or $50 donation to help us fund 100% of it by the end of the day?

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NC Values Coalition Statement on Barronelle Stutzman Ruling

For Immediate Release:

NC Values Coalition Statement on Barronelle Stutzman Washington State Supreme Court Ruling: 

"With North Carolina's HB2 in place the government can't coerce violations of conscience and take away freedom." 

"Today’s ruling by Washington State's Supreme Court crushes one of America’s most steadfast traditions and commitment to respecting all Americans’ freedom to peacefully live and work consistent with their beliefs without fear of government punishment. For years, the NC Values Coalition has warned about the harmful effects non-discrimination ordinances. This case shows how the government is using one of these laws to compel a 72-year-old grandmother and florist who lovingly served her friend and customer for ten years to participate in one ceremony that violates her beliefs."

"Now Barronelle faces losing all she owns, her house, her whole life savings. No creative professional should be forced to speak a message or participate in an event that violates their faith or face government imposed fines and frivolous lawsuits designed to mandate acceptance. Today’s ruling should frighten anyone who cares about being free from government dictating our thoughts, words, and actions, and points to the virtue of having HB2 in place in NC, so that government can't coerce violations of conscience and take away freedom.”

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director

 


NC Values Coalition Statement on Roy Cooper's HB2 'Compromise' Plan

For Immediate Release:

NC Values Coalition Statement on Roy Cooper's HB2 'Compromise' Plan:

"The Governor’s “compromise” is simply a re-branding of Roy Cooper's Bathroom Plan to allow grown men unrestricted access into girl's bathrooms, locker rooms and changing facilities, which increases the risk of sexual assault and compromises the privacy and dignity of all women."


"Once a man is given free access to women’s bathrooms by repealing HB2, increasing his criminal penalties for sexual assault is like granting thieves free access into the privacy of your home with a promise to only prosecute them if you witness them stealing. A repeal, as outlined by Cooper, is also an invitation to city leaders, who are anxious to pass Charlotte-type ordinances, to force Cooper’s bathroom plan on the entire state and force business owners to choose between government coercion to participate in events and speech which violate their beliefs or suffer frivolous and costly lawsuits."


"Governor Cooper needs to explain to the people of North Carolina why he values political correctness over respecting and protecting the privacy and safety of women and children."

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director