Friday Five: Newby wins recount, HB2 battle again, and more

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1. FAYETTEVILLE OBSERVER: Bathroom bill sequel: LGBTQ rights advocates, social conservatives prepare to battle again

“The LGBTQ advocates’ efforts to pass anti-discrimination ordinances will be opposed by the North Carolina Values Coalition, a socially conservative advocacy organization.

'If a city or a county is considering passing one of these ordinances, they should think twice because they’re likely unconstitutional under the state constitution as well the federal constitution,” said Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald. “And they might just see a legal action.'

Fitzgerald wants the General Assembly to reinstate the ban that prohibited local governments from passing LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinances, and she wants the lawmakers to make it permanent."

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2. WBTV: Hand-to-eye recount to begin as Newby leads by 400 votes in race for N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice

"Republican Paul Newby leads Democrat Cheri Beasley by 401 votes out of nearly 5.4 million cast in the North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice race after a statewide machine recount.

Officials with the N.C. State Board of Elections say all 100 North Carolina counties have completed the statewide recount. Beasley is now asking for a second recount in the razor-thin contest."

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3. WXII12: US appeals court rules federal judge wrongly blocked North Carolina voter identification law

"A federal judge wrongly blocked North Carolina’s latest photo voter identification law, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, deciding she erred when declaring the requirement was tainted by racial bias because a previous voter ID law had been struck down on similar grounds."

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4. DAILY WIRE: Planned Parenthood’s Pennsylvania Chapter Rocked By Racism Allegations, Executive Director Resigns

"Another left-leaning organization is at the center of racism allegations.

Planned Parenthood’s Pennsylvania chapter has been accused of numerous racial transgressions, including board members allegedly making racist comments and ignoring staff complaints, the Daily Beast reported. A group of staffers demanded the chapter’s executive director resign, which she did Tuesday evening."

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5. NC VALUES: 📝 Survey: Do you believe we should fight the HB2 battle again?

Last month it was revealed that mayors in North Carolina’s largest cities are colluding with LGBT activists Equality NC to reboot the old and tired debate on HB2.

SURVEY: Do you believe now is a good time to fight the HB2 Battle all over again in cities and schools across NC?

YES OR NO: https://www.ncvalues.org/again

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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

LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life.

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: 'Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'" (Matthew 18:1-6)

LORD, we also pray for our children and their innocence, for the protection of the religious liberties of businesses and churches, and for the rights of parents over their kids. With activists seeking to reboot the tired debate on HB2, we pray that city officials may not bend a knee to their demands.

Finally, we pray thanksgiving and gratitude for Justice Newby's recount win.


Amen

 

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