Friday Five: Values Summit rebroadcast, law and order, & 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: We endorse Baker for NC House 82 & Nichols for NC Senate 37. Watch our latest episode of the voice to learn why.

Join us every week for another episode of “The NC Values Voice”, a weekly 30-minute interview by Executive Director, Tami Fitzgerald, with a special guest. The NC Values Voice is aired on Facebook Live every Wednesday night at 7:30pm. Our goal is to inform and motivate our statewide coalition members with current, relevant information.

On this week's program we welcomed two amazing women who we expect to be real leaders in their caucuses as well as champions for North Carolina values.  It is with high honor that the North Carolina Values Coalition endorses Dr. Kristin Baker for House District 82 and Sonja Nichols for Senate District 37. We hope you'll tune in to hear from these ladies and why we endorse them on this week's episode of The Voice.

Watch live and past episodes at: www.ncvalues.org/voice or www.facebook.com/ncvalues/live

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2. NC VALUES: Special rebroadcast of the Carolina Values Summit 2020 on 9/27 at 7pm

Join us for a special rebroadcast at 7pm on 9/27 of the Carolina Values Summit 2020, a ground-breaking online summit for Christian leaders featuring an impressive lineup of speakers who will equip you to resist growing attacks on religious freedom.

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3. TYLER BROOKS: The Court of Appeals has reinstated the Voter ID Amendment. Check out this case analysis and NC Values' Amicus Brief.

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals released its opinion in NC State Conference of the NAACP v. Moore, reversing the trial court.  In the principal opinion for the Court, Judge Chris Dillon explained, “[T]he overwhelming, if not universal, authority compels our conclusion that the superior court here erred in declaring that the members of our General Assembly duly elected in 2016 lacked authority to pass bills proposing amendments for the people’s consideration, a power expressly granted to our legislative branch by our state constitution.”  After discussing the weaknesses in the arguments made by the liberal groups, Judge Dillon concluded by saying, “It is simply beyond [a court’s] power to thwart the otherwise lawful exercise of constitutional power by our legislative branch to pass bills proposing [constitutional] amendments.” 

Judge Chris Dillon, who wrote the opinion for the majority that reinstates Voter ID is running for re-election to the Court of Appeals this year. Remember Chris Dillon when you vote!

The NC Values Coalition was the only organization to file an Amicus Brief on behalf of Berger, Moore, and North Carolina Voters. If you're interested in reading the Amicus Brief that was filed in the NCAAP v. Berger Moore NC Voter ID case, click here.

Note: Unfortunately, this ruling is too late to affect this election, because absentee balloting has already begun.

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4. NC VALUES: iVoterGuide and NC Values election toolkit now available

We exist because Biblical values transform culture. Our primary purpose is to help you elect godly leaders to office so they will advance your Biblical values.

At NC Values, we've organized a number of election tools to help you save time at the polls and support pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious liberty candidates.

Click here to visit our 2020 voter toolkit to get election information, review our legislative scorecard, see our 2020 candidate endorsements, and access the iVoterGuide to find out which candidates on your ballot share your values.

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5. CIVITAS: North Carolina Legislative Democrats pledge to defund police

"Forty-Seven Democratic members of the state House and candidates running to join the Democratic caucus have signed a pledge to defund the police, restrict the ability of law enforcement to obtain basic protective equipment and strip citizens of Second Amendment rights with no due process.

The pledge includes ending cash bail and the assignment of court fees and costs, one which would return some dangerous criminals back to the streets, the other which would further defund the police by eliminating revenue for police training and police retirement. Eight Democratic state Senate members and candidates also signed the pledge. While not all current Democrat house members signed the pledge, if all 47 of the pledge signers were elected, they would represent 85% of the current 55 Democrat members of the state House."

You can see which Democrats have signed the anti-law and order pledge here.

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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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Sincerely,

North Carolina Values Coalition

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