Friday Five: Celebration of Carolina Values, Whole Foods and Drag Queens, and more

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1. NC VALUES EVENT: Celebration of Carolina Values

NC Values Coalition is delighted to announce exclusively to you, our Friday Five readers, a special upcoming fall evening celebration with special guest Abby Johnson. As a coalition we will celebrate our 2019 accomplishments and officially launch our critical values membership and election campaign for the upcoming 2020 election cycle. Bring a friend to hear Abby's first-hand story of fleeing Planned Parenthood and her journey to become one of the nation's most outspoken advocates for life.

Today, readers of the Friday Five have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the November 18th event. The first 100 to RSVP will be able to purchase tickets at $65, but once they are gone, the ticket price will increase to $100. If you are a business owner or know someone who might be interested in learning about our event sponsor and advertising packages or hosting a table at the celebration event please contact Cindy Hamilton, our Development Director at cindy@ncvalues.org

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2. NC VALUES: Cooper wants to control private conversations

Christian counselors and therapists beware! Parents beware!

Over the weekend, Governor Cooper continued his usage of executive power to attack religious liberty by enacting an executive order that prohibits conversion therapy for some children who are experiencing unwanted same sex attraction or gender dysphoria. Cooper’s executive order applies to any type of medical or mental treatment for children under the age of 18 “that applies to the practice of attempting to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

This executive order is one of the most blatant attacks of this Governor on the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. It also violates the Fourteenth Amendment rights of parents to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their own children. Essentially, reading the Bible would be a violation of the Governor’s executive order if funds under his control were paying for a child’s healthcare.

For some additional background on how a few liberal lawmakers upended North Carolina law to appease LGBT activists, check out this great story from The Daily Signal.

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3. LIFENEWS: Obama HHS abortion mandate loses in court, can’t force christian businesses to fund abortions

"The Christian Employers Alliance (CEA) has won a major religious freedom victory on behalf of its current and future members. The United States District Court for the District of North Dakota has ruled that the abortifacient mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the subsequent “accommodation,” burdens the religious exercise of CEA’s members and violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993."

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4. CBN: 'One Million Moms' boycotts Whole Foods Market for sponsoring Drag Queen Story Hour

"Christian advocacy group “One Million Moms” is boycotting retailer Whole Foods now that the grocery store supports Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH).

The boycott comes after the city of Atlanta LGBTQ Affairs tweeted that Whole Foods is the latest sponsor for its drag queen story hour. The tweet said that NBA team the Atlanta Hawks and NFL team the Atlanta Falcons were also sponsors."

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5. DAILYWIRE: Women’s groups on trans athletes: ‘Males competing in women’s sport is blatantly unfair’

"With the Tokyo Olympics looming, women's groups in New Zealand and the U.K. are sounding the alarm over the threat posed to the integrity of women's sports by biological males who identify as females being allowed to compete against females."

TAKE THE SURVEY: Should the NCHSAA let biological boys who identify as girls compete in NC girls sports?

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. You made us to desire the intimacy of relationships, and it is here where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession--as individuals and as members of larger communities--over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human--being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one's children. 

"Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." (Colossians 3:12-17)


Amen

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