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1. Mark Harris has defeated incumbent US Representative Robert Pittenger in the Republican primary for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District
On Tuesday, voters recognized that Mark Harris has the integrity, leadership skills, and conservative values to represent the 9th Congressional District. Because he has marched for the dignity of human life, defended and protected marriage and the deeply-held religious beliefs of all North Carolinians, supported efforts to enforce long-standing privacy rights ensuring men and women use separate bathrooms and showers, and advocated for peace in the street with other community members, NC Values Coalition supported Mark Harris with this television ad as the best candidate to represent North Carolina’s 9th Congressional district.
"Three-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., narrowly lost Tuesday to a Southern Baptist pastor in a GOP primary rematch highlighting their evangelical Christian credentials and loyalty to President Donald Trump.
Two years ago, the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte's First Baptist Church lost by just 134 votes to Pittenger, a wealthy land developer. This time, Harris came out on top by a slightly wider margin, and Clarence Goins of Fayetteville finished third.
Harris, a former president of the Baptist State Convention in North Carolina, now must pivot toward a general election campaign against Iraq War veteran and Harvard graduate Dan McCready, who won Tuesday's Democratic nomination."
2. Bishop No Pawn in Privacy Showdown
"Conservative state senator Dan Bishop (R) had heard it all campaign long: he was going to pay for his sponsorship of H.B. 2, the most nationally-known privacy bill. His opponent spent an inordinate amount of time and money challenging Bishop, insisting that his push to protect women and children was what motivated her to run. H.B. 2, Beth Monaghan told reporters, "saddened and infuriated her." Later, she explained, "I just have too much pride in my state of North Carolina to not do something about this senator." So, she ran for the District 39 seat -- as a Republican no less -- in a direct challenge to a measure, H.B. 2, that had overwhelming grassroots support.
Tami Fitzgerald, who directs the North Carolina Values Coalition, couldn't believe it. "Let's see, she contributed to Hillary Clinton, Roy Cooper, the NC Democrat Party, Julie Eiselt, and a Washington D.C.-based LGBT activist group; she wants to rehash the Charlotte bathroom ordinance; and she's running as a Republican?""
"On Thursday night and Friday morning, the state legislatures in Oklahoma and Kansas passed legislation to protect the religious freedoms of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies.
Oklahoma’s version of the legislation prevents—to the extent allowed by federal law—requiring private adoption and foster cares agencies from having to place children in homes when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies. The law also prohibits actions to deny or refuse to renew certain licenses or to deny state grants and funds because of their religious or moral convictions or policies.
Kansas’s version of the legislation similarly prevents—notwithstanding any other provision of state law, and to the extent allowed by federal law—requiring child placement agencies from being required to “perform, assist, counsel, recommend, consent to, refer or otherwise participate in any placement of a child for foster care or adoption” when the proposed placement of such child would violate such agency’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Like the Oklahoma legislation, the Kansas law also prohibits actions to deny or refuse to renew certain licenses or to deny state grants and funds because of their religious or moral convictions or policies."
4. Victory: Outraged California parents block radical elementary sex ed
Good news from California where parents let their voice be heard in opposition to the Sex Ed curriculum. School Board takes action to block elementary Sex Ed program know as “Three R’s: Rights, Respect, Responsibility”
“It makes it seem like having a sexual relationship at that age is OK. It is not...You make it look like it is very normal. It is not normal at that age..."
"...There’s been a misconception from the very beginning that this group is really just a bunch of prudes, and we’re against sex education in total, that’s not true,” according to another parent in the mercurynews.com report. “What we’re really saying is that we don’t like the 3Rs curriculum because it’s too explicit.”
5. North Carolina Values Coalition joins Love Life Charlotte for Prayer Walk
This past Saturday we joined Love Life Charlotte at the Prayer Walk to pray and share the hope of Jesus outside the busiest abortion clinic in the southeast. It was a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Watch our Facebook Live of the event.
How do you celebrate Mother's Day when it's the last one with your child?
"Emily Neill has always had a bittersweet relationship with Mother’s Day.
When she was 11, her mom died around the holiday. Then she and her husband, Andy, struggled with infertility. Finally came the joy of having twin daughters, followed by a son.
This time last year, Emily didn’t have a critically ill child. And this time next year, she may only have two children who call her Mom.
So this Sunday, she wants to keep things low key."
WEEKLY PRAYER: OFFICIALS
LORD, you are the Judge of the nations. You are Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. You are sovereign over all.
LORD, may we find assurance and comfort in the reality that you are the LORD God. In spite of the political events that are unfolding in our country and around the world, we remind ourselves that you are in control. That the Church is within the protection of your providence. That Jesus is our Prince of Peace, and that one day every knee shall bow and declare His Lordship.
LORD, we also bring these specific prayer requests to you, and pray that your Spirit may empower our petitions: LORD, be with Rev. Mark Harris and Sen. Dan Bishop as they prepare for the election in November now as the nominees of their party. We pray for all candidates in North Carolina who represent and champion biblical values. LORD, you know the agenda and platforms presented by candidates, but most importantly you know their heart. Please reside in their hearts so they can represent your will well during their term in office. We pray for the officials who have the authority to stop the lies that are born in sin, we ask them to listen to the parents that are holding them accountable around the United States but in particular here in North Carolina and California where there are active campaigns to stop the proliferation of sickening Sex Ed Curriculum. LORD, we thank you for the 1,000+ people who showed up in Charlotte to defend the most vulnerable and tell mothers there is another way. We pray for Emily and Andy Neill as they deal with the certainty of their child's death, LORD we ask for you to bring them peace in this season. We bring all these issues to Your feet and ask for Your will to be done.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." (Romans 13:1)
"For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations." (Psalms 22:28)
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