Friday Five: Fraud in Mecklenburg? Manhood a mental disorder? And more

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1. WRAL: After the revelation of voting irregularities, Hunt still seated in NC House

"NC Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald said in a statement Wednesday that the State Board is 'selectively enforcing election laws' by allowing counties to disregard discrepancies between voter and witness signature dates. Board spokesman Patrick Gannon said Tuesday that the mismatched dates "may suggest a good starting point for an investigation," but that Fitzgerald's criticisms of the board missed the mark.

In her statement, Fitzgerald said these discrepancies should be part of the ongoing investigation into absentee results in the 9th Congressional District. House District 103 lies within that congressional district, where Republican Mark Harris' election has been held up over questions with absentee results in other counties.

'The law requires absentee by mail ballots to be marked and signed by the voter in the presence of two witnesses or a notary public,' Fitzgerald said. 'If the voter signs the ballot on one date, and the two witnesses each sign the ballot on a different date, that indicates the ballot was not marked and witnessed in the presence of the witnesses.'"

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2. TOP STORY: NC Values Coalition uncovers absentee ballot irregularities in HD103 race and requested Rachel Hunt not be seated in the NC House

The Executive Director of NC Values Coalition, Tami Fitzgerald, stated: “The State Board of Elections committed malfeasance when it instructed county boards of elections to ignore the law clearly requiring absentee by mail voters to mark and affirm their ballots in the presence of two witnesses or a notary. At least 300 voters improperly marked and affirmed their ballots in HD-103 and NC-9 and many other ballots were improperly or illegally cast.  Many voters and witnesses involved in these irregularities have signed sworn affidavits. Proper application of the law could result in Bill Brawley’s re-election to HD103 and almost certainly would have increased Mark Harris’ lead in NC9. Given these improprieties, the negligence of the now-defunct board of elections, and the clear conflicts of its past two chairmen, it is clear that the board mishandled these two elections and who knows how many others.  The State House of Representatives should follow the lead of the United States House of Representative and decline to seat Rachel Hunt until it has thoroughly investigated this matter and determined which candidate won the most legal votes. The results of every close election in the State should be in question.”

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3. FOXNEWS: The American Psychological Association has declared manhood is a mental disorder 

"It's all your fault, men.

For the first time in its history, the American Psychological Association (APA) released guidelines concerning men and boys, saying that so-called 'traditional masculinity' not only is 'harmful' but also could lead to homophobia and sexual harassment.

'The main thrust of the subsequent research is that traditional masculinity – marked by stoicism, competitiveness, dominance and aggression – is, on the whole, harmful,' reads the news release by the famed association."

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4. WBTV: Senate Republicans question former Elections chairman about contact with Bladen Co. Democrat after WBTV investigation

"Two Republican members of the North Carolina Senate are seeking answers to questions regarding communication between the then-vice chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections and a Bladen County Democrat in the days leading up to and on election day in 2018.

The communication was first unveiled last week by a WBTV investigation.

Public records show Josh Malcolm—who was vice chairman of the NCSBE and, later, became the board’s chairman in December before it was disbanded by a court order—was in frequent contact with a man named Jens Lutz, who served as vice chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections until his sudden resignation in early December."

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5. LIFESITENEWS: North Carolina governor attends LGBT gala hosted by registered sex offender

"North Carolina Democrat Governor Roy Cooper attended a fundraiser hosted by a transgender rights activist who is a registered sex offender last month.

As Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce (CLGBTCC) president, Chad Sevearance-Turner led the campaign for transgender bathroom usage in North Carolina enabling biological men to occupy private spaces once used exclusively by women and girls."

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WEEKLY PRAYER: FAMILY

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a beautiful Dad. 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. Our very nature calls us into the most intimate of relationships, 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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