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1. WATCH: Our 10th Anniversary Celebration of Carolina Values Event Livestream

The LORD has been exceedingly kind to our organization. Last night, we were blessed to celebrate our 10th anniversary of defending your pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious liberty values. As we reflect back on our humble beginnings, and all we have been able to accomplish during these past 10 years, we have much to be grateful and celebratory for; thank you. Without your support, none of our work would have been possible; and without your continued support, none of it will be possible.

Thank you for standing with us in the trenches. We hope you would consider watching our livestream video, and joining us as we continue defending your values into the future.

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2. THE BLAZE: School district pulls books after angry mother exposes 'pedophilia' in them, reads explicit passages to school board

"After a Virginia mother exposed "pedophilia" last week in a pair of books from her child's high school library — and even read explicit passages to the school board — the district pulled the books from circulation until a committee can decide their final fate."

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3. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Locke’s Brian Balfour discusses history of Critical Race Theory

"Brian Balfour, senior vice president of research at the John Locke Foundation, discusses the history of Critical Race Theory."

Watch the video and learn more about critical race theory:

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4. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Cancel culture at UNCW drives leadership out

“'Like too many other American universities, it punishes conservative voices, by looking the other way, by perpetrating the double standard. By knowing that thousands of students engage in self-censorship, but doing nothing about it,' White wrote."

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5. FOX NEWS: McAuliffe says he doesn't believe parents should tell schools what to teach

“Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said he doesn't think parents should control what schools in the state teach.

"I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach," McAuliffe, who previously served as Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, said during Tuesday's debate with Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.”

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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, you 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! LORD, may we not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families 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. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.

Finally, LORD, we pray even further for our children. Across our state, country, and world, an entire generation of youth have seen their lives and education ruptured by the pandemic and its closing of schools. Father, as a result so many of these children are not only wounded by the quality of their education, but by a likely onslaught of mental illness brought about by social isolation. LORD, bring them hope and healing as only You can. 

"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)

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