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1. NC VALUES VOICE: Live with Dr. Andrew Brunson and his Carolina Values Summit 2020 speech
Earlier this week we had another episode of “The NC Values Voice”, a weekly 30-minute interview by Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, with a special guest. The NC Values Voice aired on Facebook Live and www.ncvalues.org/voice on Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Our goal with these programs is to inform and motivate our statewide coalition members with current, relevant information.
At this week's program we streamed Dr. Andrew Brunson's Carolina Values Summit 2020 speech about how during his time serving as a missionary pastor, Brunson was falsely accused and imprisoned for his faith in Turkey for over two years. After his Summit speech, we also have an exclusive sit-down interview between Andrew and Norine Brunson and Tami Fitzgerald.
Watch live and past episodes at: www.ncvalues.org/voice.
You can also watch the other Carolina Values Summit 2020 speakers as well as the event in its entirety at www.carolinavaluessummit.com.
2. ONE NEWS NOW: Homeschooling wave temporarily wipes out website
"Tami Fitzgerald of the North Carolina Family Values Coalition says because of the uncertainty of when schools will reopen because of the pandemic, many Tar Heel State parents are choosing to homeschool.
"Parents who were wanting to register to homeschool their children were unable to do so because the site was down," she tells OneNewsNow. 'And that just shows you what an overwhelming response there's been to homeschooling.'
In the evening hours of July 1st, the online system for filing a Notice of Intent to Establish a Home School explained, 'The system is not currently available due to an overwhelming submission of Notices of Intent (NOI).'"
3. THE DAILY SIGNAL: Religious liberty is important but it’s not enough
"The past two weeks brought welcome rulings from the Supreme Court on religious liberty. We should celebrate these victories, because religious liberty is an authentic natural and human right. But it’s not enough. And even the best of religious liberty wins can’t adequately contend in a proxy war over substantive issues.
We must do more politically to protect human flourishing and the authentic common good. This is particularly true with respect to the court’s Bostock ruling, which read progressive gender ideology into our nation’s civil rights laws. A good ruling on the ministerial exception in Our Lady of Guadalupe, while important, does not even begin to address the many concerns there.
Religious liberty, after all, doesn’t protect people who aren’t religious but reject progressive gender ideology. It doesn’t protect other goods and interests threatened by progressive gender ideology. And it doesn’t respond on the merits to the underlying disputed questions of truth.
We need a more holistic response in terms of legislation and litigation to protect all people and all the various goods and interests at stake. We need to contend about the truth of the matter."
4. SENATOR BERGER: Private schools are open. here’s how to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship.
"Gov. Roy Cooper’s orders permit well-off families to send their children to private schools for in-class instruction, while children from less fortunate families receive no in-person education.
Parents can change that by applying for an Opportunity Scholarship. The program provides low- and middle-income families with up to $4,200 in scholarship funding to attend a private school.
Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) said, 'The public school establishment is failing the very children it is supposed to serve. At-risk kids may be out of school from March 2020 through September 2021 — many of them don’t have a chance of catching up.'
Berger continued, 'Meanwhile, children from well-off families can learn in-person at private school. I urge concerned parents to take advantage of the Opportunity Scholarship program so their kids can get the same private school education as other children.'”
5. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: N.C.’s largest district to begin year with online learning
"Leaders of North Carolina’s largest public school district agreed Tuesday to stick with only online student learning to start the academic year, marking another system refusing to return to classrooms next month due to COVID-19.
The school board for the Wake County system, which has more than 160,000 students, unanimously approved a schedule different from the one it approved three weeks ago. Board members had earlier committed to a rotational plan in which students would return by receiving in-person teaching one week out of every three."
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
LORD, you have instructed us to pray for our governing officials, and we come to you in the spirit of this petition. We pray for our national government and its executive, legislative, and judicial servants. May they indeed be servants unto the people, and govern in a manner that protects liberty and virtue. In the same spirit, we pay for public servants across our state and local governments. May they all heed your mandate in Romans 13:4 to be in positions of authority as "God's servant" and for the "good" of the public. They govern in what we confess are difficult times. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the civic unrest, the hostile political climate, and the opposition of international opponents such as China, they are much in need of your incalculable wisdom. May they plead with you to give it to them, and may your grace respond in kind.
Protect we, the People, from this virus, and help quicken our social, physical, emotional, and economic recovery.
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