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Are You Ready to Vote on the North Carolina Constitutional Amendments on Your November 6 Ballot?

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Dear Friend,

I realize some of you may have already voted. But we are getting questions about the Constitutional Amendments, so I wanted to share with you what to anticipate on your ballot. These are state-wide amendments and will appear throughout all 100 counties. We have looked at all six of these amendments as they relate to a Christian worldview. It is our position to vote in favor of each amendment. Below is a very helpful summary for each amendment provided by the North Carolina Family Policy Council.

✓ VOTE YES ON ALL 6 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS:

1) Protect Right to Hunt and Fish (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would recognize that “the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife is a valued part of the State’s heritage and shall be forever preserved for the public good.” This right would be subject to the laws passed by the General Assembly intended to “(i) promote wildlife conservation and management and (ii) preserve the future of hunting and fishing.”

 

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment protecting the right of the people to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.”

2) Strengthening Victims’ Rights (Full Amendment Language).  The North Carolina Constitution currently guarantees victims of certain crimes with certain rights dealing with their status as a victim. This amendment would expand those rights and the types of crimes that would trigger victims’ rights protections. These expanded rights would include having notice of court proceedings, being present at court proceedings, and having the opportunity to participate in certain aspects of court proceedings. 

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.”

3) Cap Maximum State Income Tax at 7 Percent (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would reduce the maximum state income tax rate (personal and corporate) from 10 percent to 7 percent. This change would have no immediate impact on current income taxes, nor would it impact sales taxes, property taxes, or federal taxes. Instead, it would “limit how much the state income tax rate could go up.” The current individual tax rate is 5.499 percent, and the current corporate tax rate is 3 percent. 

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment to reduce the income tax rate in North Carolina to a

maximum allowable rate of seven percent (7%).”

4) Require Photo ID to Vote (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would require a photographic identification in order to vote in person. If this amendment were to pass, the General Assembly would “enact general laws governing the requirements of such photographic identification, which may include exceptions.” The General Assembly passed an election reform  law in 2013 that in part would have required a photo ID to vote, but that law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment to require voters to provide photo identification before voting in person.”

5) Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission (Full Amendment Language).  This amendment would change the way judicial vacancies are filled in North Carolina. Presently, all judges are elected; and if a judge is unable to fulfill his or her full term, the Governor appoints a new judge to fill the vacant office until the next election. The proposed amendment would establish state and local “Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commissions” that would play a primary role in seating judges to fill unexpired terms on state and local trial courts.

If the amendment passes, candidates “shall be nominated on merit by the people of the State… in a manner prescribed by law.” Then the judicial merit commission will “evaluate each nominee without regard to the nominee’s partisan affiliation, but rather with respect to whether that nominee is qualified or not qualified to fill the vacant office.” The evaluations will then be forwarded to the General Assembly, which will then recommend to the Governor “at least two… nominees deemed qualified by a nonpartisan commission.” The Governor would then “appoint the nominee [he or she] deems best qualified.” If the Governor does not make an appointment within 10 days, the General Assembly will elect the appointee.

Under current law, appointed judges serve until the next election, which could be up to 2 years. Under the proposed amendment, appointed judges would hold their offices “until the next election following the election for members of the General Assembly held after the appointment occurs… ,” which could be up to 4 years.

 

The state-level “Nonpartisan Judicial Merit Commission” will consist of no more than 9 members “whose appointments shall be allocated between the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the Governor, and the General Assembly, as prescribed by law. None of the appointers “shall be allocated a majority of appointments.”

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment to change the process for filling judicial vacancies that occur between judicial elections from a process in which the Governor has sole appointment power to a process in which the people of the State nominate individuals to fill vacancies by way of a commission comprised of appointees made by the judicial, executive, and legislative branches charged with making recommendations to the legislature as to which nominees are deemed qualified; then the legislature will recommend at least two nominees to the Governor via legislative action not subject to gubernatorial veto; and the Governor will appoint judges from among these nominees.”

6) Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections (Full Amendment Language).  Under current law, North Carolina has a nine-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections, which administers ethics and elections law. The Governor appoints eight of the nine members from nominees provided by the state’s two largest political parties and also appoints a ninth member, who is nominated by the other eight members of the board and is not a member of a political party.

This amendment would change the makeup of the board from nine members to eight by removing the non-party member, and it would modify the nomination process. If the amendment passes, the legislature would nominate potential members and the Governor would select members from these nominations–four from each of the state’s two largest political parties.

How it will appear on the ballot:

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“Constitutional amendment to establish an eight-member Bipartisan Board of Ethics and Elections Enforcement in the Constitution to administer ethics and elections law.”

To revisit the voter resources I sent out last week, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward

State Director

CWA of North Carolina

[email protected]

nc.cwfa.org

 

Consider This Parent’s Concern When Voting on November 6

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Just over two weeks ago, the parent of an 11-year old sixth-grader at a Franklin County middle school in North Carolina complained that her son had to complete a survey question regarding his sexual orientation! This “dating violence prevention intervention program curriculum” called Shifting Boundaries is targeting middle school students in 13 different school districts in North Carolina. Their focus is on “awareness of sexual harassment and teen-dating violence.”

This federal grant curriculum asked 11-year olds to select from a list of 10 options what sexual orientation they are! As a result of parents’ complaints, North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA), who provided this survey, agreed to remove any questions involving sexual orientation from the survey. NCCASA is an original Blueprint NC member (mappingtheleft.com/group/nc-coalition-against-sexual-assault-nccasa/)… Blueprint NC is the organization that is widely known for the political “strategy memo that instructed its members to ‘eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate’ the state’s leadership in 2013.”

That anyone would think the Shifting Boundaries curriculum is acceptable for 11-year olds is astounding! But the real concern is who are the groups behind this appalling curriculum? All too often it takes effort to unmask the identity behind such nefarious groups. And after some investigation, we find that such anti-family groups are at the core. It’s incredible the web of dark, malevolent groups that emerge as they themselves insert immoral sexuality into the lives of our precious teenagers as they claim to prevent and intervene on behalf of sexual assault. They are LGBTQ-affirming. And, as they will be gathering for a November “Sexual Violence Primary Prevention Summit,” their keynote speaker is Educator Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Dr. Gumbs’ bio reveals that she is a black feminist; more specifically, she self-describes as a “queer black troublemaker”. Yet, she is the honored speaker for this sexual assault conference. What could she possibly offer to those organizations who exist for the sole purpose of helping to prevent sexual assaults as well as to help victims and survivors? And, how can what she advocates help our youth! 

If that’s not bad enough, at the top of NCCASA’s “Helpful” resources list we find:

  1. Carolina Abortion Fund which exists to assist low-income patients in North Carolina who have chosen to have an abortion but cannot afford the whole cost stating that “… all people have the power and resources to care for and affirm their bodies, identities, and health for themselves…”
  2. Equality NC providing the latest on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and state politics in North Carolina.

Following the money trail, among other donors, the Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, who funds the liberal ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and Planned Parenthood, is among the largest funder for NCCASA’s “Justice and Economic Justice” issue with almost $700,000 since 2003.

These entities remain behind the scenes while indoctrinating our innocent children without their parents’ knowledge! As parents, we cannot allow our children to be overpowered by the depraved authorities who are supposed to protect them. If we do not educate and advocate for our own children, who will? We must be our own children’s last line of defense if no one else will.

“Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:4)

Please PRAY, Take Action, and then VOTE!

  1. It’s time to play offense! Contact your school principals and insist that they disclose and make transparent these types of curriculums.
  2. Also make your voice known to your local school board.
  3. This is an issue that is worth your vote for the sake of your children. Find out how the candidates stand on issues like this.

Click here to see 11 ABC coverage of the story.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org
Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina? Join a Prayer/Action Chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina! Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. On the CWA of North Carolina website a lighthouse is pictured, symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness.

 

In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

 

Do you want to receive CWA of North Carolina E-Alerts? If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

 

 

 

Get Out the Vote with CWA of North Carolina!

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Dear friend,

As you know, we are at a breaking point in history where the rule of law and civil discourse are being threatened by some politicians and radical activists who insist on getting their way, no matter what. Some are actually inciting that violence to be directed at those with whom they disagree.

Will it be mob rule or the rule of law?!

There are three simple steps that can have a significant impact on our state and nation’s future. Please join us in carrying them out. 

#1 Pray
As a Christian organization, we are first and foremost committed to prayer. As November 6th approaches, will you join us in praying for our state and nation? Please join us by setting a time daily to pray for this next election. Will you do that? Set an alarm on your phone, your computer, put a sticky note on your mirror, whatever works.

# 2 Encourage
As a Christian organization, we are committed to educating and encouraging others to vote. Will you join us in this? Encourage friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, email, etc.

#3 Vote
It is our duty, as citizens and as Christians, to participate in the process by both praying and voting. The institution of government was ordained by God as seen in Romans 13:1-4.

It is up to you and me to stand up to this mob mentality we saw during the Kavanaugh debacle by praying against malicious tactics and voting November 6.

Did you know . . . in North Carolina, early voting starts 20 days before and ends 3 days prior to Election Day?  For more information go to ncsbe.gov/ncsbe/.

Voter Guides:

Two push cards to freely print and distribute:

Party Platform Comparison (print double-sided 14” X 8 ½” and fold)

Together we will impact our state and nation’s future – Pray, Encourage, and Vote!

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Update on the City of Fayetteville Ordinance Plus Prayers Regarding Hurricane Florence

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Public Policy Storm Threat Passes by Fayetteville

First of all, I want to thank each of you who responded to our e-alert concerning Fayetteville City Council’s plans to attempt to add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to its non-discrimination policies at their September 10 meeting.

We have since learned the proposal had been removed from the Monday agenda due to the large number of emails the Council members had received.  Thank you, Lord!

Their proposal was in direct violation of state law to reset SL 2016-3 of HB 142 which states, “No local government in this State may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or REGULATING PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.”

Though the City Attorney claims that HB142 does not apply to the council’s new ordinance, we disagree. Our concerns are that this ordinance could inspire discrimination cases against bakers, florists, photographers, printers, and all those trying to live out their faith, just as we have seen all across our nation in recent years.

Though it was taken off Monday’s agenda, this time, we cannot let our guard down.  We must remain on offense. There is still a possibility it will appear on the Monday, October 1, agenda. We will continue to monitor this, and if necessary, we will be ready with another e-alert.

Please pray this proposal will not reappear on their October 1 agenda.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9).

Hurricane Florence Threatens North Carolina

As you know, many of us across our state, as well as South Carolina and Virginia have been targeted by Florence.

Please join me in praying Scripture for those in the path of Hurricane Florence.  Pray the Lord calms this storm, provides protection, and is our refuge and strength.

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3).

 

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me” (Psalm 57:1-2).

“Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught” (Proverbs 3:25-26).

“We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)’

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina? Join a Prayer/Action Chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina! Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. On the CWA of North Carolina website a lighthouse is pictured, symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

Do you want to receive CWA of North Carolina E-Alerts? If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

 

 

City of Fayetteville Needs Your Help and Prayers Before Monday, September 10

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Dear Friends,

Do you, or someone you know, live in the city of Fayetteville?  If so, we greatly need both your prayers and help.  We urge all citizens to be in prayer for this issue.

It has come to our attention that Fayetteville City Council on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m., September 10, plans to attempt to add “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to its non-discrimination policies. This is in direct violation of state law to reset SL 2016-3 of HB 142 that states, “No local government in this State may enact or amend an ordinance regulating private employment practices or REGULATING PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.”

If these descriptions are added, Fayetteville’s public or private entities will be vulnerable to lawsuits such as the ones we see across our nation against people of faith.  We’ve seen it in the news for years now, discrimination cases against bakers, photographers, printers, on and on. Their faith became illegal.

Please, do all you can to stand with the citizens and private businesses of Fayetteville.  They need you!

Our hope is that if there is enough opposition, they will drop this controversial topic from the Monday night agenda.

PRAY:

  1. Pray that the City Council members will realize the onerous consequences if such an ordinance passes.
  2. Pray for each member by name.  Ask the Lord to give them wisdom and courage.

 ACT:

  1. Please forward this on to all those you know in Fayetteville and ask them to both pray and act.
  2. If you live in the city of Fayetteville, please sign the petitionrequesting that the city council members do not pass the proposed ordinance amendment.
  3. If you live in the city of Fayetteville and have signed the petition, please contact each council member by email and/or phone.  Click here to do so.  Click on each name in the left column for their contact information. Make it easy – write out a message and copy and paste it into an email to each member.
  4. If you live in the city of Fayetteville, consider attending the meeting.  It will be held in the Council Chamber at 433 Hay Street, Fayetteville.
  5. Mark your calendar to be praying at 7:00 p.m. for this meeting.

Note: Please do not take action if you do not live in the city of Fayetteville.  It is imperative that they only hear from those this decision would affect.

For more information: An article in the Fayetteville Observer yesterday, Sexuality, Gender Spark Debate on Fayetteville Council, laid out the sides of the debate.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9).

In Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina? Join a Prayer/Action Chapter.  Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina! Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. On the CWA of North Carolina website a lighthouse is pictured, symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. Regardless of the amount, it will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

Do you want to receive CWA of North Carolina E-Alerts? If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

 

 

 

Support Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh With Both Prayer and Action

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Dear Friend,

As you know, there has been much excitement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  And CWA has been involved from the beginning.  They immediately launched an eight-state bus tour to key states, largely to reach undecided senators. Go to WomenForKavanaugh.com regularly to track their activities, articles, videos, interviews, etc.

North Carolina is blessed to have both Senators Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) and Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) public support of Judge Kavanaugh.

Both senators publicly have stated Judge Kavanaugh’s impeccable credentials as a fair-minded jurist. And, Sen. Burr further stated, “I am confident we will fulfill that responsibility fairly and promptly to ensure a complete and qualified Supreme Court.”
Please pray. With such a heavy assignment before the Senate with some who are still undecided, I cannot state how important this time of prayer is.

  • Pray that Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed.
  • Commit to praying through CWA’s seven-day prayer guide beginning tomorrow, August 28 and ending on Tuesday, September 4, the first day of the hearings. As Mario advises, “Justice is a spiritual matter. Jesus actually called it one of the “weightier matters of the law” (see Matthew 23:23). There are forces working tirelessly to pervert justice who see Judge Kavanaugh as a real threat to their schemes. Let us stand united in prayer asking God, above all, that His will be done.

Please take action:

  • Contact both Sen. Tillis and Sen. Burr.  Thank them for supporting Judge Kavanaugh.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of North Carolina.
  • Though North Carolina’s senators both stand in favor of Judge Kavanaugh, there are others in our nation who are vehemently opposing him, some, for no other reason than his political label. For this reason, please share this e-alert with family and friends living in other states.

As you know, the negative criticisms of Judge Kavanaugh has been relentless.  Mario Diaz, Legal Counsel for CWA, recently stated, “That he is so fiercely opposed by the radical liberals tells you a lot.  Judge Kavanaugh has proven himself to be an impartial judge seeking to apply the Constitution as written, refusing to legislate from the bench which is what the left demands.” He further stated, “Justice demands much more than specific outcomes on specific cases. It is a reality that encompasses all of life. This is what we seek on any judicial nominee: a constitutional justice who understands his limited role as a judge.

We must return constitutional balance at the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the extremely radical shift we are seeing in the culture. Diaz has stated the extraordinary importance of this nomination when he said, “We have a chance to turn the tide of liberal-leaning decisions — which have been so detrimental to our nation — for decades to come. It is incumbent upon us to make the sacrifices needed today to preserve freedom and the Constitution for the next generation… We must act with a sense of purpose and calling to embrace the chance that God has given us. We must be strategic and disciplined in our engagement. We must strive to represent God and His principles well in all that we do.”

What can we expect?
The Washington Times reported, “The Senate has already begun receiving documents they have requested. Ultimately, they are likely to receive up to 1 million pages of documents from Judge Kavanaugh’s tenure in the White House Counsel’s Office and Office of Independent Counsel. When that is complete it will be the largest document production for a Supreme Court nominee ever….This document production very well may include more pages than the last five Supreme Court nominations combined. By comparison, Justice Elena Kagan had zero experience as a judge to Judge Kavanaugh’s 12, and produced about 170,000 pages of her White House records.”

The hearing process can take several days; with Gorsuch it took four.  Jaime Ballew, CWA House Legislative Director, states the following: “After the hearings are complete, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on his nomination, and then he will move to the full Senate for consideration. For context, both Gorsuch and Sotomayor took 66 days from nomination to confirmation. Leader McConnell has stated that Kavanaugh will be on the court for the October term. Therefore, we are looking at a late-September, full-Senate vote.”

Let our voices resound in the heavens through the power of our prayers, and, on earth, as we take action.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

Are You Tired of Paying for Abortions With Your Taxes?

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Dear Friend,

Are you tired of paying for abortions with your taxes? I sure am! Together, we have a chance to do something about it!

In less than two weeks, it will be the last day to post your comments expressing your views to U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Azar. After the 60-day comment period is up, HHS will review the comments and issue a final rule based on the public’s feedback.  The deadline is Tuesday, July 31. So far about 66,000 comments have been posted. We do not yet know how many are positive or negative. But, it has been reported that HHS was anticipating 10% positive and 90% negative. So, we are praying that all pro-life warriors will unite and let your voices be heard at HHS!

We have a great and urgent opportunity to shift taxpayer funds away from abortionists and direct funds toward real health centers. Planned Parenthood alone receives at least $50 million from Title X, and 90% of the women who enter their clinics have abortions. A new proposed rule directs money away from abortion providers.

Together we can influence the right to life on a national level. The opposition will not take their hand out of the cookie jar without significant opposition.  

We are in need of substantive comments and lots of them. The opposition is already fighting this because abortion is big business and they love their government subsidies. Planned Parenthood is mobilized with an army contacting HHS Secretary Azar.  They will sue and intimidate, so we must be vigilant, mobilized, passionate, strong and courageous on behalf of unborn babies.

From our June 20, 2018 e-alert, you can see the variety of ways where Planned Parenthood unashamedly promotes pornographic instruction materials along with additional information about abortion, sells aborted baby body parts, and participates in human trafficking, etc. (https://concernedwomen.org/dont-miss-out-on-the-opportunity-to-take-tax-money-from-planned-parenthood-3/)

It’s time; let’s take action! Enough is enough! Let us defend the right to life! 

Take Action:

  1. Please click here for more information about the regulation as well as step-by-step instruction on how to submit a comment.  We have provided a comment you can easily copy and paste (if you don’t have time to write a comment yourself), and the link to the comment submission form. It only takes about 5 minutes to do.
  2. Please pass this e-alert on to family and friends! Encourage them to both pray and take action.Let us join in prayer together: “Lord, we love YOU!  Thank YOU for creating us!  We ask that You bless our efforts as we speak out boldly for the unborn. We cry out to you to multiply our efforts to send a lasting and convincing message. In the powerful name of Jesus. Amen”

“… praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— [ … that we] may speak boldly, as [we] ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:18, 20).

Again, the deadline is July 31; please comment right away and then use the remainder of the time to encourage those you know to comment as well.

For Life and Liberty,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina?
Join a Prayer/Action ChapterContact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina!
Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. The lighthouse is pictured on our CWA of North Carolina website symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. And again we thank you … your donation will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. 

If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

CWA of North Carolina’s 18th Annual Day at The Capital Review

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Dear Friend,

In early June, CWA of North Carolina enjoyed our 18th Annual Day at The Capital as we made our voices heard.  We were once again joined by North Carolina Values Coalition.  Approximately 25 were in attendance.  We had a legislative briefing, lobbied our legislators and held a chapel service with our legislators. Our beloved Associate Director, Mary Frances Forrester, presented a stirring and inspiring devotion on the history and importance of our cherished American flag.

We lobbied our legislators on the following concerns:

  1. Pass HB575, Require Info About Abortion Pill Reversal – Require Info About Abortion Pill Reversal so that women seeking a chemical abortion will be told that there is a process to reverse the abortion if they change their minds.
  2. Parents Right To KnowRemind our legislators to allow parents to know and have more access to school lesson plans and curriculum involving human sexuality and bullying prevention. Sex Ed programs were being carried out in Cumberland, Onslow, Carteret, and Wayne Counties; but parents were not notified nor invited to review and discuss these new sex materials being adopted. Unfortunately, in this culture today, it is imperative that our state adopts commonsense educational transparencies to protect our children. Parents have the right to know!

Regrettably, we will need to revisit our legislators regarding these issues as neither concern was addressed during this legislative session. Although there had been good support for commonsense pro-transparency legislation protecting a parent’s right to know what their kids are taught in schools about sex, unfortunately no legislative solution was presented.

We are in agreement with Executive Director of NC Values Coalition Tami Fitzgerald’s assessment that “We cannot back down. We need to send a clear message to our legislators that they need to listen to parents across our state who demand these kind of protections … This is an issue we won’t be backing down from! We’re committed to keeping this issue before legislators however long it takes for them to take action to protect parental rights and childhood innocence. We need them to know we WILL hold them accountable.”

These two issues will be a high priority for CWA of North Carolina in 2019.

“When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” (Proverbs 29:2)

We always appreciate your prayers. Prayer is the bedrock for all that we do. Stay tuned for additional pressing concerns.

For Truth and Righteousness,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

Would you like to get involved with CWA of North Carolina?
Join a Prayer/Action ChapterContact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.

Would you like to partner with CWA of North Carolina!
Please DONATE to CWA of North Carolina.  Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations. The lighthouse is pictured on our CWA of North Carolina website symbolizing that we are to be a light in the darkness. In these dark days, we appreciate your contribution to CWA of North Carolina. And again we thank you … your donation will make a difference in North Carolina through prayer and action. 

If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-alert list, please contact me.

Celebrating Independence Day

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For many people today, July 4th is a holiday filled with picnics, friends, and fireworks. But it is also a commemoration of America’s Declaration of Independence. The freedom call was not only against a political and economic system, but it was also a cry for independence from the spiritual tyranny of the Anglican Church.

In 1775, there were 668 congregational churches in America.  Seventy-five percent of all Americans, at that time, belonged to churches of Puritan derivation. The religious makeup was 98.4 percent Protestant, 1.4 percent Roman Catholic, and three-twentieths of one percent Jewish. America was a nation deeply concerned with religious freedom.

Religious freedom today is far removed from what the original founders intended. What Americans wanted was a government that did not favor one Christian sect over another. The idea was never to erode Christianity through the separation of church and state. John Jay, after the war, described the homogeneity of America in Federalist 2 (*see below).

Early Americans thought competition between the various churches was healthy; it kept them from becoming complacent, comfortable and arrogant like the nationally endorsed Anglican Church. In 18th century America, men and women adhered to the Protestant conviction that all men and human institutions were fallible. Americans fought hard for seven years during the Revolutionary War to rid themselves of the shackles of imperial England and her state-controlled church.

The men who called the people of America to independence were men committed to their country and the freedom of her people. They paid a great price for our independence and religious freedom: five signers were captured by the British army and tortured; 12 men’s homes were destroyed; two had sons who died during the Revolutionary War; one had two sons taken prisoner by the British; and nine signers of the Declaration died in the war.

North Carolina has much about which to be proud in regards to the American Revolution. The site of the first Patriot victory for independence from the British in the American Revolution was fought at Moores Creek Bridge on February 27, 1776, in present-day Pender County outside of Wilmington, North Carolina. Although this three-minute battle was brief, the victory at Moores Creek led the North Carolina Provincial Congress to seek total independence from Great Britain, the first colony to do so. This victory resulted in the end of British authority in North Carolina. This victory resulted in the end of British authority in North Carolina and explains why we are “First in Freedom!”

As we celebrate with our friends and family this July 4th, let us remember those courageous men who helped to establish a free nation. Let us thank God for the religious freedom won by those who lived before us and who fought valiantly for liberty. Let us exercise that freedom by reaching our generation with the Gospel. Liberty without religious freedom is bondage.

*Federalist 2

I have taken notice that Providence has been pleased to give this one connected country to one united people – a people descended from the same ancestors, speaking the same language, professing the same religion, attached to the same principles of government, very similar in their manners and customs, and who … fighting side by side throughout a long and bloody war, have nobly established their general liberty and independence. This country and this people seem to have been made for each other … Similar sentiments have hitherto prevailed among all orders and denominations of men among us. To all general purposes we have uniformly been one people. — John Jay

Blessings to you on this Independence Day, 2018.

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina
[email protected]
nc.cwfa.org

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