Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five l articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families.
1. NC VALUES: 2022 NCGOP Convention Pro-Life Petition
"The U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Whole Woman’s Health gave the pro-life community a glimpse of hope — a moment we have been praying for since Roe v. Wade was decided 49 years ago. If Roe and Casey are overturned, as the draft opinion indicates, abortion policy will return to the states to decide. I hereby urge our leaders to enact the strongest protections possible for unborn children and women in North Carolina."
If you agree, add your name to this petition. To learn more about this issue, check out our recent op-ed in the News & Observer.
2. NEWS & OBSERVER: Roe v. Wade draft is a glimpse of hope
"We agree with Justice Samuel Alito that the Fourteenth Amendment never contemplated a right to abortion which was fabricated by the Court. As the draft states, 'three quarters of the St ates made abortion a crime at all stages in pregnancy' when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted. After 49 years, there appears to be a majority on the court that recognizes abortion is 'fundamentally different,' because it destroys fetal life — an unborn human being. Alito stated in the draft: 'Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak and the decision has had damaging consequences . . . Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.' And that’s what this opinion would do — not outlaw abortion, but give power to the states."
3. CNN: Fights over school boards share ballot with North Carolina's Senate primary
“What we’ve seen this year are parents stepping up to run for school boards because they realize that if they don’t, schools will continue the indoctrination of their children,” said Tami Fitzgerald, North Carolina Values Coalition’s executive director.
4. MSN: Eighth graders using the wrong pronouns is now considered sexual harassment
This is playing out in Kiel, Wisconsin, where the school district has filed a Title IX complaint against three eighth graders. Their high crime was their failure to use grammatically incorrect plural pronouns “they/them” to refer to a single student. This even though school officials apparently have failed to do the same, according to the attorneys representing the students."
5. NEWS & OBSERVER: Why NC Republicans aren’t planning to immediately try banning abortion
"Republican legislators in North Carolina are not necessarily clamoring to quickly join other GOP-led states in fully outlawing abortion — even with the Supreme Court expected to overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming weeks and allow states to set stricter abortion rules than in the past. Wednesday was the first day of the 2022 legislative session, which may only last a month or two, and N.C. House Speaker Tim Moore told reporters his main focus is going to be on the budget. Any attempts at passing further restrictions on abortion, he said, likely won’t happen until next year. In part that’s because Republicans assume anything they try passing now would fail."
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)
North Carolina Values Coalition