Hello, I’m Jill Coward, as you may already know. I am now serving as the CWA North Carolina State Director succeeding our state’s excellent predecessor, Sheri Miller. Sheri moved back to her home state of California in May with her husband to care for her dear mom. As I took on the position in June, things were in full swing and haven’t slowed down since. Though things are still at high speed, especially with HB 2, I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to you.
My involvement with CWA began over 16 years ago when my husband, Steve, and I were in a battle within our five million member church denomination concerning the sanctity of life. It meant a lot to us that CWA covered our struggle in CWA’s March/April 2001 magazine, Family Voice.
Horrifically, our tithes and offerings paid for abortions through the denomination’s health care plan for pastors, staff, and their families. We launched a national letter-writing campaign to all the churches’ pastors acquainting them with this odious doctrine and teaching, which advocates the killing of innocent, unborn children, into which where many bishops, pastors, and other leaders have taken their church. We were flabbergasted to learn that it was the intent of the denomination hierarchy and not some kind of loophole gone awry.
The evil demonstrated from pastors at that time who agreed with the Social Statement on Abortion was evident in the response letters we received. Great anger came from those who disagreed with our pro-life viewpoint, and they tried to shame and discredit us. It was a joy though to hear from the pastors that responded in agreement speaking in love and quoting Scripture. This sadly culminated in the adoption of the health coverage with abortion without restrictions including for sex selection.
Shortly thereafter, I went on staff at the local crisis pregnancy center and got involved with the Charlotte CWA Prayer/Action Chapter. Four years ago, I joined the CWA of North Carolina Steering Committee as their Communications Coordinator. Through the years, I have had the privilege of serving side by side with Sheri and the others on the steering committee with the support of the thousands of members across the state. We have worked on countless projects, legislation, get out the vote activities, events and more. We support the 40 Days for Life Campaign twice a year, and we mobilized our state to vote for and pass the Marriage Amendment in the May 8, 2012, referendum (before a Federal activist judge abolished it in 2014 ruling declaring that it was unconstitutional). We successfully lobbied our North Carolina legislature on the matter of Foreign Laws/Protect Constitutional Rights Bill that protects America’s constitutional rights against the infiltration of foreign laws, including Islamic Sharia Law. With great satisfaction, it is now law in North Carolina. We educated the public and were part of getting Common Core repealed. We defended religious liberties by supporting Senate Bill 2, Magistrates Recusal for Civil Ceremonies, which insured that Magistrates and Registers of Deeds will not have to choose between quitting their jobs and violating their deeply held religious convictions in being forced to marry or assign licenses to same sex couples. I’ve traveled to Washington, D.C., several times with other CWA of North Carolina members for numerous rallies, lobbying and training. And most recently, we have battled for HB 2, for the safety and protection of women, children, and all citizens. As you know, it has drawn an immense amount of national attention.
As I now look towards the future of CWA of North Carolina, I am excited to see how God is going to use all of us through this ministry. CWA of North Carolina is a strong organization due to the outstanding efforts of so many. I plan to lead this great organization with the standard that Sheri set from the beginning of seeking the Lord in all things with tenacity and depending on Him for guidance, strength and success.
CWA of North Carolina has great opportunities for involvement. We are seeking people to join with us as Prayer/Action Chapter members or perhaps consider starting a Chapter in your church or neighborhood. We would love to have you join us whether it’s through a Prayer/Action Chapter, community rallies, lobbying our legislators in Raleigh, lobbying our legislators in Washington, D.C., and/or other events, projects and more. You are needed!
Together let us rely on Titus 1:9 as we seek to benefit our communities, state and nation for the glory of God. “Hold fast to the faithful Word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that you will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”
Blessings to you! I hope to hear from you soon!
Thank you for your support and efforts in telling the U.S. Senate, “Don’t draft our daughters!” We need your help to make sure America’s daughters are not forced to register for the draft.
Call your Senators and ask them to sign Sen. Sasse’s (R-Nebraska) letter which asks the NDAA conferees to adopt the House of Representative’s language calling for a study on the draft as a replacement to the Senate language which would force women to register. Below is a script for when you call followed by additional background information.
Action: Join Concerned Women for America in reaching out to senators and asking them to sign the Dear Colleague letter sponsored by Sen. Sasse and addressed to the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees requesting they adopt the House language on the draft in conference. Thank you for speaking out in defense of our military readiness and the daughters of America.
Call and ask to speak to the “Military Legislative Assistant” about NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). Tell them or whoever takes note of your call the following:
“My name is _________ and I am a member of Concerned Women for America and constituent of Senator ___________. I am asking Sen. _________ to sign Sen. Sasse’s letter asking the NDAA conferees to adopt the House language on the Selective Service calling for a study on the draft. More than twenty years have passed since the last study on the Selective Service. Any change to the draft is a monumental shift in longstanding military practice; before drafting America’s daughters, we need to examine the Selective Service and what best aids our nation’s military readiness. Please sign Sen. Sasse’s letter and give the draft the consideration our military deserves.”
Where we are: Currently, the NDAA has passed the House and Senate. The House version has language for a study on the draft as a whole, while the Senate bill passed with the provision forcing women to register for the Military Selective Service. Our goal is for Congress to adopt the House language calling for a study on the draft when they conference to reconcile the House and Senate NDAA bills.
Any change to the draft is a monumental shift in longstanding military practice. Such dramatic change should not occur without first examining the impact on the military. We are confident a study will demonstrate that forcing women to register for the draft would impair military readiness. It has been over twenty years since the Selective Service has been studied. Our military deserves a thorough consideration of any significant change in policy before it is implemented.
Congress should perform its due diligence before upending the draft on a whim. Thank you in advance for your action!
In response to Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling regarding a Virginia transgender student being blocked from using her/his bathroom of choice, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) put their transgender restroom rules on hold. CMS Superintendent Ann Clark announced her disappointment on Thursday that CMS will now pause their decision to allow transgender students access to public school bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity. Read more about it here.
PLEASE DON’T STOP CALLING and WRITING TO THE CMS SCHOOL BOARD: We believe that the many letters, phone calls, and e-mails from our members, and our coalition partner’s, North Carolina Values Coalition, members have directly impacted Superintendent Clark’s decision thus far. With the upcoming school board meeting on Tuesday, August 9, let us continue to make our voices heard without ceasing!
- If at all possible please attend the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Pro-HB 2 Rally this Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center at 600 E Fourth Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. We will be rallying outside as the school board has a closed session inside.
- Then, following the rally, attend the open Board of Education meeting inside at 6:00 p.m.
- Add your signature to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System letter, if you haven’t already. Click here to sign now.
- Please continue to contact the CMS School Board members individually and urge them to keep bathrooms and locker rooms safe for all students. Superintendent Ann Clark can be contacted at email@example.com. Click here for the names and contact info for all the CMS Board of Education members.
Please continue to PRAY. Our children need us to stand in the gap for them. Let us continue on our knees to be strong together for this next generation. “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9)
As we shared with you earlier this week, with such ongoing volatile news regarding HB2, we have chosen to divide our update into two parts. We thank you for taking action and diligently praying through Parts I and now Part II.
HB2 Battle in the Courtroom
Obama Calls on Federal Judge to Stop HB2
Only days after the Charlotte incident we referenced in Part I, the Obama Administration issued a 70-page court motion calling on a federal judge to stop HB2. This Administration demonstrates it has no concern for this woman and others. Their only interest is propping up or protecting the rights of the man/men to use whatever restroom he/they fancies, thereby, furthering their political agenda.
Dueling HB2 Lawsuits Expected in Courtrooms near the Election
Dueling lawsuits over North Carolina’s HB2 law will likely go to trial around Election Day. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder will hear both cases.
Federal Judge Hears Plea to Block North Carolina Bathroom Law
On August 1 in Winston Salem, the American Civil Liberties Union met in Federal Court and urged Judge Schroeder to block the enforcement of HB2 asking him to put the law on hold until he rules later this year on its constitutionality. Judge Schroeder did not issue a ruling and instead asked for additional legal briefs.
68 Companies Support Challenges to HB2 with Amicus Brief
Meanwhile, 68 companies signed an amicus brief preliminary injunction supporting the current challenges to the law declaring HB2 unconstitutional.
Action Item: Contact as many companies as time allows that have opposed HB2. Respectfully encourage them to rethink their position in light of the safety of women and children. Let them know if you will no longer be using their services. Click here for list and some contact information.
Odd, NBA Considers Moving All-Star Game to State that Opposes Obama’s Transgender Bathroom Directive
On July 21, the NBA announced they are moving the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. They announced they are considering moving the game to the State of Louisiana … a state that joined North Carolina and other states to stop President Obama’s transgender bathroom directive granting boys access into girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities in schools and universities.
In a letter dated July 21, 2016, North Carolina U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-District 9) asked Commissioner Adam Silver to justify developing new business in China where the government endorses the “practice of forcefully harvesting vital organs as part of their oppression of religious minorities.” Rep. Pittenger wrote, “Is the NBA implying China’s abhorrent violation of basic human rights is acceptable, but North Carolina saying men shouldn’t use the girls’ locker room is a bridge too far?” In reality, it’s the NBA’s secretive agenda that fails to mention the influence of liberal corporations positioned to affect the league’s bottom line. This demonstrates that it’s not really sports that drive their decision; it’s a very liberal political agenda.
Gov. Pat McCrory, too, issued yet another fearless statement, “The sports and entertainment elite… misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina simply because most people believe boys and girls should be able to use school bathrooms, locker rooms and showers without the opposite sex present.”
Even Charlotte Hornets’ minority investor Felix Sabates strongly disagreed with the league and his own team’s public support for the decision, saying in an e-mail that the NBA “overreached” in pulling the game and that Silver should have waited until the courts decided whether HB2 was legal. He further argued, “It is (a) shame that less than one-tenth of our country is forcing the league to have such a knee jerk reaction and to deprive the citizen(s) on our great state of having a great showcase even as the NBA All Star Game,” Sabates wrote. “Our Mayor opened a can of worms, who knows why? Our city council is the one to blame for our losing the NBA All Star game. None of this would have happened if not for a very few minority forcing our supposed city leaders into creating a problem that never really existed, there will always be another election, they better pray a very few can get them re-elected,” his e-mail continued. “What is wrong with a person using a bathroom provided for the sex they were born with, if you want to change your gender so be it, we are a free country, but don’t force eight year old children to be exposed to having to share bathroom facilities with people that don’t share the organs they were born with, this is plain wrong, this could cause irreparable damage to children that don’t understand why they have to see what God did not mean for them to witness, we have some very confused businesses as well as political humans that frankly have made this a political issue rather than moral issues, SHAME ON THEM.” Sabates ended his e-mail by pointing out other states that are taking legal action to challenge a recent executive order from the Obama Administration requiring all public schools to allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. “NOT FAIR FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO BE PENALIZED when 21 other USA states are suing the Federal Government over laws that are not fair to our communities,” he concluded. Click here to read more about it.
Action Item: Thank Rep. Pittenger for boldly confronting the NBA commissioner concerning HB2. Take a minute to e-mail him.
DNC and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper Conspire Against HB2
Last week, the week of the Democrat National Convention, we learned from Wikileaks that the DNC and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper conspired against North Carolina’s HB2 law coordinating fundraisers intended for Cooper’s gubernatorial campaign and using big NYC LGBT donors as well as receiving maxed donations from the former NBA Commissioner, the CEO of Lambda Legal, and 644 out-of-state donations totaling $428,684! That Roy Cooper would accept donations from the very same donors involved in the HB2 against the state of North Carolina in the lawsuit, Carcaño v. McCrory, is astonishing.
- Attorney General Roy Cooper needs to hear from the citizens of North Carolina that he does not speak for us! Urge him to support HB2. He needs to know that his deeds have not gone unnoticed.E-mail his office, call (919) 716-6400 and/or fax (919) 716-6750.
- Please co-sign the NC Values Coalition letter to the DNC demanding they apologize and stop slandering our state and its people.
Final Action: Please pass this e-alert on to your church, friends and family right now. Thank you!
Lastly, and Most Importantly, PRAY.
We ask for continued prayer that truth and righteousness prevail, praying for each individual and each company by name as you contact them. “… to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” (Acts 26:18)
For Truth and Liberty in Christ,
Yesterday, in a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to place a temporary hold on the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G ruling that required a Virginia school district to open up its restrooms to members of the opposite sex. We expect the ruling of this case to have bearing on the imminent ruling in North Carolina’s dual cases mentioned in the e-alert we sent you yesterday, HB2 Update & Action Items, Part I.
Gavin Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, was allowed to use the boys’ restroom at his Virginia high school for several weeks in 2014 until parents complained. We agree with the Gloucester County School Board who countered that allowing Grimm to use the boys’ restroom raises privacy concerns.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia sued the Gloucester County School Board over its policy that protects students’ privacy and safety by reserving restrooms and locker rooms for members of the same biological sex, while providing an alternative private facility for students uncomfortable using a facility that corresponds with their sex. The ACLU inaccurately claimed that the school board violated Title IX. The appeals court sided with Grimm last April and reinstated Grimm’s Title IX claim and sent it back to the district court for further consideration.
CWA CEO and President Penny Nance had this to say concerning yesterday’s decision:
“This case is a result of yet another Obama Administration overreach. To require schools to allow students into any bathroom of their choice is an overstep on legal boundaries by redefining the scope and reach of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and slapping the heavy hand of government on local schools.
Click here to read Penny’s quote in its entirety.
We are thankful for the Alliance Defending Freedom’s strong role in this case. Let us continue to pray that wisdom from above will prevail in this case and the similar North Carolina cases. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
Please stay tuned for Part II of our HB2 Update and Action Items which will be sent out tomorrow. If you haven’t already, please take action and pray concerning the items in Part I.
For Liberty in Christ,
There is much to update you on since we last e-mailed you regarding HB2 and lots of action items. We have so much we want to tell you that we have decided to break our update into two e-alerts. Here is Part I, and Friday we will send you Part II. Please do all you can to complete as many action items as possible and be sure to regularly pray for our great state in this regard. We thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
State Legislature Adjourned for the Year with HB2 Intact
On June 30, 2016, we shared with you our concerns in regards to the possibility of HB2 being at risk through potential legislation, a draft filled with changes with which neither side was happy. We have great news! Our legislature adjourned for the year with HB2 intact, allowing only a few changes to HB2 — for people to bring claims for discrimination in state court in addition to federal courts. Thank you for the many prayers and phone calls you made to your legislators in regards to this threat. It clearly made a difference.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Defy HB2
On June 20, in direct violation and defiance to state law HB2, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Superintendent Ann Blakeney Clark issued a directive to all CMS principals that students may go to the bathroom, locker rooms, etc. of the gender with which they currently identify. This shows no regard for the privacy and protection of the students! CMS Board of Education Board Chair, Mary McCray, stated that all CMS board members stand unanimously behind the CMS Superintendent Ann Clark’s plan. The citizens of North Carolina do not stand unanimously behind this directive.
Action Item: The board members need to hear from us! There is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board meeting Tuesday, August 9. The Board needs to hear from constituents regarding the decision either by phone, by e-mail or in person. Please contact the CMS Superintendent Ann Clark and the CMS Board of Education members before the August 9 school board meeting. Respectfully urge them to protect the privacy and safety for all 146,000 Charlotte-Mecklenburg school students.
- E-mail CMS Superintendent Ann Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Click here for the names and contact info for all the CMS Board of Education members.
Gov. Pat McCrory’s office responded to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board. “Instead of providing reasonable accommodations for some students facing unique circumstances, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System made a radical change to their shower, locker room and restroom policy for all students,” said Graham Wilson, Press Secretary for McCrory. “This curiously-timed announcement that changes the basic expectations of privacy for students comes just after school let out and defies transparency, especially for parents. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System should have waited for the courts to make a decision instead of purposely breaking state law.”
Action Item: Although you have probably thanked/encouraged Gov. McCrory several times, please, once again, drop the governor a quick e-mail thanking him for his many courageous statements in support of HB2.
Shockingly, or not so much, in early July, a woman reported a man in a women’s restroom at a Charlotte restaurant.
North Carolina Values Coalition Launches New Campaign
Our coalition partner, the North Carolina Values Coalition, has launched a new campaign! We are asking for North Carolina families, businesses and educators to share their stories, answering brief questions about how they really feel about HB2 and how it has protected them. Are you a Family Member, Business Owner, or Educator? Click the appropriate one and take five minutes to share your story.
Action: Please pass this e-alert on to your church, friends and family right now. Thank you!
And Most Importantly, PRAY.
Continue to pray that truth and righteousness prevail. “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)
For Truth and Liberty in Christ,
CWA of North Carolina
HB2 is at risk. Please urge our legislators to not make any change to HB2. Pray for their strength in the face of much opposition.
This week a draft bill surfaced that indicates some legislators are showing signs of significant cowering to the bullying of the NBA and big business. This bill would alter HB2. As some legislators strive to pacify both sides in the draft of this new bill, neither sides of this explosive issue are satisfied. Those of us in support of the common sense bill, HB2, do not want it weakened in any way. Those in opposition to HB2 will not accept any changes other than a complete repeal.
There are many concerning elements to this draft legislation. The most concerning is the recognition of a person who has had gender reassignment and would receive a document referred to as a “certificate of sex reassignment”. Therefore, it allows those individuals with sufficient paperwork into the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. One can’t help but to ask, how would this even play out? If I am in the ladies room, and someone who appears to be dressed like a woman, or a man dressed like a man, enters, do I ask that individual for their paperwork? No, this change alone to HB2 guts HB2.
We must continue to speak out strongly to Gov. McCrory and our legislators. They heard us before and rightly stood strong for the protection and privacy for women and children in our state. They must hear us again! Do not allow the bullies to gain any traction.
PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION:
- Call and email Gov. McCrory at (919) 814-2000 / http://governor.nc.gov/contact/email-governor.
- Call Lt. Gov. Dan Forest at (919) 733-7350, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-District 26) at (919) 733-5708, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 1111) at (919)733-3451, and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-District 104) who introduced HB2 at (919) 715-3009. Encourage them to be strong in the face of the opposition. Urge them to continue to stand with the people.
- Call and email your legislators. Use the KeepNCSafe.com tool to find who represents you and how to contact each of them. Urge them to stand strong for HB2 which protects the privacy of our citizens.
- If you haven’t already, contact the corporations that have shamefully bullied the state of North Carolina after receiving thousands of dollars in taxpayer dollars through incentives. Click here for list and contact information.
- Go to KeepNCSafe.com, in which CWA of North Carolina is a coalition member, to read articles, talking points and more.
- Please pass this e-alert immediately to friends, family and churches.
PLEASE PRAY: “O my God, incline Your ear and hear. Open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by Your name. For we do not present our pleas before You because of our righteousness, but because of Your great mercy. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.” (Daniel 9:18-19)
Thank you for all you are doing on this important issue. The nation is watching. We must stay strong!