Friday Five: iVoterGuide, crazy TikToks, 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. NC VALUES: The iVoterGuide is Out!

We're excited to announce to you the launch of the 2022 primary election's iVoterGuide. As in years past, we have partnered with iVoterGuide, which produces a digital tool assessing over 12,000 candidates, and reaching 8 million voters in 35 states.

For the first time in North Carolina, school board candidates in select counties will be included in the ratings.

With today marking the last day to register to vote, and the start of early voting on April 28th right around the corner, we encourage you to check out the iVoterGuide and lookup your primary ballot.

You can also find access to the iVoterGuide on our NC Values Voter Toolkit. Our toolkit is designed to equip you to vote your values by organizing a number of important voter educational tools in one location (ncvalues.org/vote). It includes important election dates and information; our 2022 Legislative Scorecard; our 2022 Endorsements, and more. We've also included some QR-coded share sheets and bulletin inserts that you can print out and share with your church and neighbors.

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2. LIFE NEWS: Republicans in 11 States Promote Bills to Stop Schools From Pushing Sex on Kids

"Lawmakers in eleven states are considering bills that would limit school lessons on sex and gender for certain age groups, restrict books with sexual themes, require sex education to emphasize biological sex rather than gender identity and crack down on gender and sexuality-related trainings for children."

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3. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Parents’ Bill of Rights proposed for NC families in K-12 education

“A new Parents’ Bill of Rights out this week is intended to protect the right of parents to direct their children’s education and protect their safety in the classroom. The document is a framework for legislation, proposed by the John Locke Foundation, that would codify parental rights’ in state statutes. It lands as a sizable majority of North Carolinians report dissatisfaction with schools — 66% of likely voters say K-12 public education is headed in the wrong direction.”

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4. NC POLITICAL NEWS: Treasurer Folwell says state benefiting from legislature's low tax, disciplined spending policies

"'This is tremendous news for North Carolina. I applaud the General Assembly leadership and members who have been instrumental in a decade-long mission to steer the state onto a path of much-needed reform based on disciplined tax and spending policies. At a time when there is widespread economic pessimism and concern, North Carolina residents can take heart that we have created a powerful economic engine with prospects for future sustainability rated second best in the nation. From a financial perspective, NC stands for Nothing Compares,' said State Treasurer Dale R. Folwell, CPA."

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5. FOX NEWS: Libs of TikTok oust campaign was designed to shut down a highly effective Twitter feed

"So, Libs of TikTok not only found all kinds of tape on the internet, but they found a bunch of selfie-style videos from the publicly available social media accounts of teachers. They didn't snoop. They just put what people already posted. Here's some of what they found:

'TEACHER: Hi, my name is -- and I'm a preschool teacher. Recently, we started wearing pronoun pins and the kids get to pick a new pronoun pin every day. We have something that pick she/her every single day and we have some that change it up.

TEACHER: So, I'm a non-binary preschool teacher and my kids know I’m non-binary. They know I'm not a girl or a boy. I use they/them pronouns in the classroom. We work on it. Not all kids get it. That's OK and I go by Mx Gray in the classroom, not Miss or Mister.

TEACHER: Man, y'all thought me teaching the children about me being poly was crazy, but not only that, but they also know that I'm gender-fluid.'"

This is why we do the Mama Bear Workshops, School Board Bootcamps, evaluate school board candidates for our Voters Guide, and sponsor the Parents Right to Know bill.

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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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