Daniel Horowitz – June 29, 2018
In case you thought that the potential to flip Justice Kennedy’s seat alone will bring us back to the constitutional promised land, think again. So long as the lower courts are not restrained, we will never return to the Constitution and the principles of the Declaration of Independence.
There is nothing more radical than a lower court granting standing to random plaintiffs to sue against non-coerced public prayer in county government meetings, prayers that have been going on since our founding. Yet a district judge in 2015 and the en banc decision of the radical Fourth Circuit in 2017 barred Rowan County, North Carolina, from opening council sessions with a prayer, similar to what our federal Congress does every day. Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to grant certiorari to the appeal from Rowan County, despite three years of being under a tyranny that the judges know is unconstitutional.
We shouldn’t even need to get into court precedent to understand our heritage and the true meaning of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. But just four years ago, in Town of Greece v. Galloway, Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority that as long as the prayer “comports with our tradition and does not coerce participation by non-adherents,” there is no room for judicial intervention. “To hold that invocations must be non-sectarian would force the legislatures sponsoring prayers and the courts deciding these cases to act as supervisors and censors of religious speech,” Kennedy wrote in the 2014 case.
TW – May 30, 2018
Thousands of people were evacuated early Wednesday, May 30, 2018< after a landslide caused by heavy rains raised fears about the integrity of Lake Tahoma dam in North Carolina.
At 06:26 EDT (10:26 UTC), the National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for areas downstream of Lake Tahoma (central McDowell County in western North Carolina) due to a potential imminent failure of Tahoma Dam, placing the area under a mandatory evacuation order.
This emergency evacuation was issued at the recommendation of dam engineers who remain on scene to monitor the dam. Lake Tahoma Dam is currently in a Level 1 or Imminent Failure Condition. This condition will continue until the engineers have the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the dam during daylight hours.
THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATION! MANDATORY EVACUATIONS are underway for ALL residents and businesses downstream of Lake Tahoma along Buck Creek and along the Catawba River from Buck Creek and Lake Tahoma Rd (NC 80) to the mouth of Lake James.
Bradford Richardson – April 11, 2018
Parents are pulling their children out of public schools for a day to protest sex education that they say has become graphic, hedonistic and ideological under the influence of pro-choice and gay rights groups.
The Sex Ed Sit Out started with parents in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has spread to nearly a dozen other cities in three countries. The April 23 protest is a grass-roots effort spearheaded by mothers who said they are disturbed by the “pornographic” content that has made its way into the classroom.
Elizabeth Johnston, a social conservative activist who blogs under the name Activist Mommy, is one of the protest’s organizers. She said most parents wouldn’t “stand for the kind of graphic, gender-bending sex ed” that schools are teaching.
“Most parents do not know this is taking place in schools,” Ms. Johnston said. “The wool is completely being pulled over their eyes, and sometimes when parents catch on and start inquiring, bureaucrats are using deceptive means of not informing them what is being taught.”
Joshua Gill – February 16, 2018
A North Carolina judge threw a mother in jail for seven days for having her daughter baptized without the father’s presence and consent.
Kendra Stocks of Charlotte, N.C., will report to jail Friday to begin her seven-day sentence after District Court Judge Sean Smith ruled in March 2017 that she acted in “bad-faith disregard” and was therefore in contempt of court for having her daughter baptized without consulting Paul Schaaf, the child’s father, according to Fox8. Stocks’ sentence is based on a previous custody battle between her and Schaaf, to whom the court gave final authority on all legal decisions regarding the child, including decisions about religion, according to WSOC.
Schaaf and Stocks fought a custody battle over their daughter two years ago. The couple allegedly could never agree on religion, so the judge granted Schaaf full custody of the child, “specifically including decisions concerning religion” in 2016. Both Schaaf and Stocks are practicing Catholics and both wanted their daughter to be baptized. The source of their initial disagreement that delayed their daughter’s baptism remains unclear.
Joshua Gill – July 14, 2017
A federal court ruled Friday that praying at the opening of North Carolina county commission meetings is unconstitutional.
The full 4th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the initial ruling of the circuit’s 3 judge panel, which said that the prayers were constitutional so long as Rowan County commissioners did not pressure anyone to join. According to the full circuit’s 10-5 ruling, the prayers constitute a violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the initial lawsuit over the prayers, and alleged the religious practice was discriminatory, according to NBC Charlotte.
The court’s ruling conflicts with the Supreme Court’s ruling three years ago that religious leaders may open legislative meetings with prayer, regardless of whether everyone in attendance adheres to the same faith, according to a press release sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation from First Liberty Institute.
Brandon Showalte – May 17, 2017
A former Pentecostal Church in rural North Carolina was turned into an Islamic center on Saturday where an Episcopal priest and pastors from other denominations took part in a joint service to dedicate the facility.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported Friday that while the Islamic Center of Smithfield is not the first to exist in Johnston County, it’s currently the only one in the area after another mosque was closed. The new Islamic Center is now housed is what once was the Pentecostals of Smithfield church building.
On Saturday, local Christian leaders took part in a joint service at the new Islamic Center of Smithfield, which has a population of just over 10,000, where passages from the Bible and Quran were read.
Episcopal Priest Jim Melynk said he saw it as an “important statement that we take each other’s faith seriously,” citing the common origins and similarities the two faiths share.
Ethan Huff – April 30, 2017
(Natural News) North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, a Republican, has introduced new legislation that, taken to its logical end, might eventually provision for employers to force their employees to be vaccinated under the guise of “wellness.”
House Resolution 1313, known as the “Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act,” contains certain provisions for “disease prevention” that, should employees refuse them, might end up costing them their jobs. That, or employees could face penalties in the form of ostracization or even higher insurance rates.
Based on the legislation’s open-ended language, employees could one day be refused the option of rejecting whatever their employers decide is appropriate for wellness and disease prevention, including government-recommended vaccines.
Tim Brown – March 30, 2017
Like everything else in politics, most decisions come down to money, not morality. North Carolina stood against the fascists who tried to force bathroom bills on their people and NC smacked them down. However, it seems it was because those people didn’t have enough money. Now, the legislature is literally selling the people out on the bathroom bill because the National Collegiate Athletic Association said they were ready to deny championship events to the state from 2018 to 2022 unless changes were made to the law known as House Bill 2.
The threat from the NCAA, which provides for a lot of dollars going to the state for the bread and circus shows they provide, was enough to force Republican representatives and Democrat Governor Roy Cooper to seek out an agreement concerning the bathroom bill.
How this is discrimination is beyond me. Bathrooms are provided for all people, they just are specifically designated for what gender the people actually are, not what they think they are.
Rod Kackley – November 26, 2016
PayPal and Salesforce, two of the businesses that rose up against religious freedom laws in Indiana and North Carolina, are reportedly leading a preemptive strike against similar legislation in 2017.
PayPal was the first top-drawer tech company to pull out of North Carolina in 2016 after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation that blocked local governments from passing religious freedom ordinances or anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, transgendered or bisexual people.
“Our decision is a clear and unambiguous one,” wrote Dan Schulman, PayPal’s president and chief executive, in a company blog post at the time. “As a company that is committed to the principle that everyone deserves to live without fear of discrimination simply for being who they are, becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable.”
August 12, 2016
“Gender Unicorns” that kids can color in to express their “gender identity” are now being distributed in schools across the country.
A transgender advocacy group is providing schools with the cartoon of a purple unicorn who appears to be thinking about the LGBT rainbow, causing outrage from parents. One district in North Carolina was met with protests after it used the “Gender Unicorn” in its faculty training.
The group, Trans Student Educational Resources, says the Gender Unicorn is an upgrade from the “Genderbread Person,” another cartoon graphic about gender identity targeting children.