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1. NC VALUES: 🎓 We practice it at home.

Especially within our culture—with its promotion of CRT on one hand and the politicization of the classroom on the other—the home is the last bastion of the defense of the family and childhood innocence. At the NC Values Coalition, our entire team has lived that homeschool life in one form or another. From my wife and I's experience homeschooling our four kids, to our Executive Director's years spent homeschooling, to our Legal Director's youth spent as one of 7 children homeschooled by her parents, we are fighting something we preach and practice.

While you have yet to meet her, even our new Communications Director—the talented Laura Macklem—is an passionate homeschooling mom and advocate. So much so, that within her first week of being hired, she was compelled to write an amazing opinion piece in the Carolina Journal detailing her objections to comments by Democrats stating a desire to regulate homeschool!

All that to say, we know you agree with us that the last thing our homes and homeschools need are the hands of big government, CRT-pushing, regulation-fermenting bureaucrats who are too busy politicizing and perverting classrooms to even bother fixing the massive challenges facing many failing public schools.

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2. LAURA MACKLEM: Fix public schools before demanding more homeschool regulations

"I have been homeschooling in North Carolina for 10 years, and many parents have approached me wondering what their homeschool should look like. My answer to their question is that it should reflect your own children’s interests and abilities. I know mine does. However, when a North Carolina state senator suggested we need more regulations that could compromise those freedoms, it caused many in the homeschool community to contact their lawmakers asking to leave the homeschool laws alone."

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3. FOX NEWS: Transgender swimmer's NCAA championship win 'just not right,' competitor's parents say

"The parents of a female swimmer competing against Lia Thomas in the NCAA championship criticized the transgender athlete's win as unfair. 'It’s just not right,' the father of an Auburn University swimmer told Fox News. 'It’s taking opportunity away from females that have worked very, very hard for a long, long time, even before college, to get in this position.' The swimmer's mother said she and her husband 'do not support a biological male swimming in the women’s championship meet' 'It is an unfair advantage,' she added."

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4. FOX NEWS: Web designer who refuses to create sites for same-sex weddings says Colorado law violates free speech rights

"Lorie Smith’s legal challenge against Colorado’s anti-discrimination law, which the Supreme Court announced in February it will hear, has drawn accusations that she is on an "anti-LGBTQ crusade," but she adamantly insists that this is far from the truth.

Smith, a graphics and website designer, runs 303 Creative LLC, a small business that she wants to expand into creating wedding websites for couples. As a religious Christian, however, Smith opposes same-sex weddings and does not want to promote them.

'I wanted to invest my time and my talent and my passion in promoting messages that I really care about and to also help people. And I get the opportunity to do this every day through my custom graphics and websites," Smith told Fox News Digital in an interview. "It’s important to me that every message I promote, everything I create is glorifying and honoring to our Creator.'"

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5. HEADLINE USA: NC Watchdog Devises ‘Mama Bear Manual’ to Fight School Indoctrination

"About five years ago, Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition, first took notice of the disturbing new trend in schools.

Parents of kids as young as kindergarten were calling to raise concerns about the growing amount of LGBT content (and other material that flouted traditional Christian values) seeping into the curriculum.

At a gathering in Charlotte, NC, Fitzgerald planned to instruct a handful of individuals about their legal rights and recourse.

'I thought I was gonna meet with about three parents,' she said. 'I walked in and there were about 25 people.'"

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WEEKLY PRAYER: LIBERTY

LORD, you have blessed us with a spiritual liberty that is so wonderful and beyond description, that it can only be understood through experiencing a life-giving relationship with Christ. However, we also recognize that in your grace, you have blessed our country with a political liberty that enables us to openly proclaim the experience of a life lived in the freedom of the Gospel.

LORD, as individuals and as a nation, may we never take the inalienable right of religious freedom for granted. Right now our country has faced a rapid increase in the number of attacks made against this cherished right. We have seen groups across our public arena increase in boldness and frequency their smears against religious liberty. They claim it is bigotry, when we know it is the security of the greatest of all possible loves.

Be with your people and our country as it continues to protect the constitutional right protected by our nation's Founders. Be with legislators and the Supreme Court, as they determine through their actions the protection of this particular and fundamental freedom.

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)

"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another." (Galatians 5:13)

"Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God." (1 Peter 2:16)


Amen

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