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.
1. YOU'RE INVITED: Women for Mark Harris Bus Tour (Kick-off Rally & Press Conference, Featuring Karen Pence!)
The Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence will join moms, congressional wives, businesswomen and leaders who care deeply about North Carolina to host a kick off rally for the Women for Mark Harris for Congress bus tour. You will hear from women speaking out about healthcare, economy, jobs, education, taxes and the future of our families, our state and our country. In just a few weeks the women in the 9th district will go to the polls for an historic midterm election to decide the future of our country. The bus tour will stop in several locations throughout the 9th district including stops in Hope Mills and Fayetteville on Tuesday and a Business Women's Roundtable on Wednesday culminating with a Debate Watch Party at Rooster's Restaurant in Charlotte on Wednesday evening.
Bring your undecided friends, family and neighbors to hear and understand why Mark Harris is the best candidate to represent North Carolina women. Tickets are required for Entry on Monday morning.
Learn how you can get tickets to the kick-off rally, or the other events, by visiting our events page here.
2. FOX NEWS: Senate votes to advance Kavanaugh nomination, setting up final vote this Saturday
The Senate voted Friday to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, setting the stage for a final vote in the chamber Saturday evening -- where the White House now believes it has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
The vote to invoke cloture was 51-49. While the vote was not necessarily indicative of the final confirmation vote, it moved him one step closer to sitting on the highest court in the land, with three out of four key undecided senators voting "yes" to advance the nomination.
3. ENDORSEMENT: NC Values Coalition endorses Mark Meadows for Congress for North Carolina's 11th District
The Charlotte Observer editorial board puts aside their press credentials to write another anti-NC Values political hit piece designed to mislead North Carolinians. In less than two months, they have chosen to write a second political piece opposing our coalition's work defending parental rights. The Charlotte Observer quotes us and writes:
“'Judge Schroeder’s ruling identifies the real problem with HB142 — that it does not bar transgender people from using restrooms based on their identity,' Fitzgerald said in an email statement Monday. 'However, there are other laws that would.'
. . . Just in case, we asked Fitzgerald to cite the N.C. laws that made her characterize Carcaño’s statement as false. As of Wednesday, she hadn’t done so."
Their attempt to contact the NC Values Coalition is news to us. We would love the opportunity to respond in an op-ed that we're sure the Charlotte Observer will make available upon our request. However, if that violates their continued political agenda, we'll help them out by directing them to Paul Stam's listing of six such examples (four of which were appealed to by Federal District Judge Thomas Schroeder in his rejection of UNC's position that HB2 could not be enforced because it had no enforcement provisions):
- "Peeping GS 14 – 202(a) (d) and
- Second-degree trespass, GS 14 – 159.13. In the case of SMS 196 N.C. App 170 (2009) the Court of Appeals held that a 15 year old boy in the girls’ locker room was guilty of second-degree trespass. The label on the door was sufficient notice to him that he should not be there. This is undercut in some school systems by principals (and chancellors) who give permission to students to violate the law. It is probably a good defense to trespass if the person in charge of a facility authorizes a trespass. Judge Schroeder referred to this as “openly defying the law.” By his Executive Order Governor Roy Cooper is “openly defying the law.” But he has possibly created a sufficient defense to a trespass charge by his role as custodian of the facilities within his jurisdiction.
- Indecent exposure, GS 14-190.9(a);
- University discipline of students who violate federal, state or local law.
- The state building code requires separate restroom facilities for each sex in most commercial buildings with signage “designating the sex” 2012 NC Building Code 101.2 (Intl Code Council, Inc 3d prtg 2014.) “Sex” is biological. “Gender” is a literary concept with fluid meaning. Whatever ambiguity there is in the term “gender” there is no ambiguity in the state building code.
- Under title VII it would create a “hostile work environment” for an employer to maintain restroom or locker room facilities that are not differentiated by biological sex. That would usually be enforced by a private claim for damages in civil court."
5. NC VALUES: Judge allows ACLU to attack HB142 bathroom law
Monday, the ACLU announced a victory in their effort to defeat bathroom privacy rights in North Carolina.
The ACLU partnered with LGBT activists Lambda Legal to argue that HB142's ban on nondiscrimination policies—which was the law that replaced HB2—was too vague, and didn't explicitly prevent transgender people from using whatever gendered bathroom they identified with. The ACLU and Lambda Legal also argued that the compromise Governor Cooper and the General Assembly reached that kept cities like Charlotte from passing bad ordinances is a violation of equal protection to transgender people.
WEEKLY PRAYER: LIFE
LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!
We pray LORD that we would not take this for granted. We pray that both this great responsibility, and this great dignity, may motivate us to love you more, love our neighbor more, and love ourselves more.
We pray that such a great dignity--to be made in your image--may sober our minds and hands. LORD, let us work and love towards respecting and protecting the dignity of your human creation. Be with us as we champion this dignity in public by calling for the protection of human life in the womb; a life that you tell us you knit and know. Be with the efforts of the pro-life movement in abolishing the inhuman savagery of terminating human life in the womb. Be with our families, churches, and ministries as they work through pregnancy centers or adoption and fostering to care for the orphans and needy. Be with us in loving mothers and caring for widows.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower and protect our labor: LORD, we pray for our work championing life in North Carolina. In particular, we pray for the ministry Love Life. We pray that they may have a successful Raleigh launch event tomorrow. Bring them fair weather. Embolden and purify their witness with the love of the Spirit. Bless any contacts they may have with the women contemplating abortion, and help their testimony be one that draws these women to choose life. Finally, bless their efforts between these events, by enabling them to do everything humanly possibly to help support these women in the raising of their young.
"Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court." (Ps 127:3-5)
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