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Praise God! HB2 Was Not Repealed!

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We have so very much to be grateful for this morning.  Last night our North Carolina legislature decided not to repeal HB2.  So many of the news sources were reporting both yesterday and the day before that it was almost a done deal and our legislature was going to repeal it.  Praise be to God, the citizens of North Carolina will remain protected and their privacy intact.

We are so very thankful for all of your phone calls and letters throughout the year. We could not have done it without YOU!  Over and over again, we have prayed and acted.  It has been a long haul.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your participation!

“I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.” (Philemon 1:4-6)

If you have a few minutes, and I understand if you don’t, please contact all of our leaders one more time this year to thank them for the wonderful Christmas gift.  And, tell them to have a Merry Christmas.  Be sure to mention you are a member of CWA of North Carolina.  Use contact info from our last e-alert.

Have a wonderful Christmas friends! Glory to God in the highest!

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

Our Vigilance Must Continue on Behalf of HB2 — Repeal Is Being Threatened

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Dear Fellow North Carolinian,

Debacle Recreated

While we were all making our preparations for Christmas, those in Charlotte City Council were rubbing their hands together to re-create the nine-month-old bathroom bill debacle “proving this entire issue originated by the political left was all about politics and winning the governor’s race at the expense of Charlotte and our entire state,” according to Gov. Pat McCrory’s statement released yesterday. Had this Council not passed its ordinance in the first place last February, it would not have been necessary to call a Special State Legislative Session to enact HB2 to protect women and children across the state from ne’er-do-wells’ willingness to harm the innocent in bathrooms and locker rooms.

The Deal

As you may recall, last September, the Republican legislature extended a peace offering to the Charlotte City Council asking that they repeal their ordinance, which was immediately rejected. Although the Council had zero interest in a repeal in September, yesterday, December 19, this same Council found it politically expedient to offer the same compromise they rejected by repealing its ordinance that would have allowed men into women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms on condition that the General Assembly would completely repeal HB2 by December 31 in full with no conditions or accommodations.  Yesterday, the ordinance was repealed.  Today a Special Session begins to discuss and possibly vote on the issue.

Our Leaders Need to Hear From You Today With a Resounding “DO NOT REPEAL HB2!”

What is the Left Really Up To? Why Have They Now Willingly Given Up Their Ordinance?

What consequences might we expect if our General Assembly repeals HB2? Who is to say that if HB2 is repealed that counties around the state may enact their own ordinances, putting women and children, once again, at risk?  We are then back to the beginning, but worse.  Bottom line, what we do know is that HB2 MUST REMAIN.

Protection and Privacy Guaranteed

The sure way to continue to provide protection and privacy for North Carolina citizens is for the General Assembly to NOT REPEAL HB2. Unfortunately, there are signs of some conservatives weakening.

Please Pray

Pray for each of our North Carolina leaders by name listed below.  Pray for strength, wisdom, courage and a change of heart for any of your specific legislators that voted against HB2.  Ask the Lord to reveal the deeds of those plans made in darkness so that we may expose them.

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.” (Ephesians 5:11, 12)

“Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.” (1 Kings 8:28)

Take Action Today

Here are the things you can do NOW to ensure North Carolina’s commonsense privacy law remains intact:

  • Use our KeepNCSafe petition to send your legislator an e-mail and/or call them on the phone asking them to stand strong on HB2 if they originally voted for it and politely encourage them to support it now if they previously didn’t.  Click here to find out who your legislator is and how to contact him/her.  Click here to find out how your legislator voted on HB2.
  • Please contact Gov. Pat McCrory, and others that have stood by HB2, NOW, and encourage them to continue to stand strong.  The temptation to waver is strong!

Gov. Pat McCrory: email, call 919-814-2000 or 919-814-2050 and/or Facebook as: Office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.
House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 1111) at (919) 733-3451
Sen. President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-District 26) at (919) 733-5708
Lt. Governor Dan Forest at (919) 733-7350
Rep. Dan Bishop (R-District 104) who introduced HB2 at (919) 715-3009

  • Today, December 20, in Charlotte at 4:00 p.m. — join pastors, community leaders and involved citizens at a press conference at the City/County Government Plaza on 4th St. & Davidson St. Our efforts are to communicate our continued commitment to protect the safety and privacy of all our citizens and inform North Carolinians about how we believe we can best do that.
  • Tomorrow, December 21, as early as 9:00 a.m. — join us at the General Assembly in Raleigh to meet with your legislator in person and to insist that our legislative leaders continue to stand strong against any attempt to repeal HB2 and compromise citizens’ privacy rights and dignity interests.

HB2 is an excellent law which provides protection and privacy to those citizens who need it the most, unassuming women and children. Also relevant is the importance for the legislature to override the city that has no authority to create law over the state. So, should HB2 be repealed, we most likely will see more brazen local governments doing the same as the Charlotte City Council did.

That said, let not this issue, regardless of the outcome, deter our joy during this most glorious season of heightened recognition of the birth of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.  He remains our hope, not HB2 or any other laws of men.

For Righteousness and Truth,
 
Jill Coward

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

Three Breaking News Concerns Regarding North Carolina’s Elections

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Dear North Carolinian friends,

As State Director of Concerned Women for America (CWA) of North Carolina, I feel led to make a few statements regarding the recent issues we are facing in North Carolina.

First off, by now, you probably have heard that Judge James A. Wynn, Jr., an Obama appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, has ruled that the North Carolina legislature must redraw its districts by March 15, 2017, and hold both primary and general elections again in November, 2017. This would be the same Judge Wynn who overturned North Carolina’s Voter I.D. law in July of this year. Also, Anita Earls, Executive Director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ), who was a member of the State Board of Elections before resigning to sue the state over the 2010 redistricting maps, is speaking as one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers. Ms. Earls praised this ruling stating, “A special election in the affected districts in 2017 is the best way to protect the rights of all North Carolinians.”

However, we at CWA of North Carolina believe the citizens of North Carolina are already protected, and this provision will aggrieve those citizens who have spoken during the 2016 election. The district maps were sufficient while Democrats ruled both chambers in the state as well as the Governor’s Mansion for over 140 years; yet now, as Republicans are gaining ground these last few years, the Democrats suddenly find these maps “unfair.”

Secondly, some on the Left are pushing false information about a “declining” economy in North Carolina due to HB2. But, the reality is that North Carolina is the only state that has appeared every year in the top five of the Forbes Best States study.  And, despite the dismal announcements from the Left of a “lost economy because of HB2,” North Carolina continues to attract new companies with anticipated excellent job growth in our state long after HB2 was announced.

Lastly, on that same note, we are sad to learn that Gov. Pat McCrory has conceded his gubernatorial race; he did so with an eloquent and gracious concession speech. We wish him and his lovely wife, Ann, well during this holy Christmas season and as they transition into their new life outside of the Governor’s Mansion. Gov. McCrory courageously withstood the vicious attacks from groups whose political agenda was to destroy our Governor and those who stand boldly for righteousness, truth and liberty.  It is for this reason that Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee proudly supported his candidacy for Governor and endorsed his re-election campaign in September 2016.

We are grateful to our Governor for the important things he has done to improve North Carolina over the last four years. Here are just a few of the examples of the excellent legacy he will leave behind:

  • In 2013 Gov. McCrory signed a crucial pro-life bill, S.353, which ensures that North Carolinians (1) will not be forced to pay for abortions through insurance sold in the health insurance exchange established under the federal Obamacare law, (2) protects unborn children who would be killed through sex-selective abortion, (3) “ensure(s) that standards for clinics certified by the Department address the on-site recovery phase of patient care at the clinic, protect patient privacy, provide quality assurance, and ensure that patients with complications receive the necessary medical attention, while not unduly restricting access” and (4) further protects mothers from dangerous web-cam abortions.
  • In 2015 Gov. McCrory signed another crucial pro-life bill, HB465, which now (1) requires a 72-hour informed consent waiting period for abortion, (2) requires annual inspections of abortion clinics, (3) expands the information abortionists have to report to the state when they conduct an abortion after the 16th week of pregnancy, (4) prohibits abortion clinics from employing individuals less than 18 years of age, (5) requires physicians who perform abortions to be certified in obstetrics or gynecology or have significant training in this area, and (6) along with other changes to further protect the safety and welfare of women and children.
  • Under Gov. McCrory, education has greatly improved both for the student as well as for the teacher.
  • McCrory leaves behind an honorable legacy of protecting the safety and privacy of women and children. Of course, we’re talking about HB2, the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. We thank Gov. McCrory for allowing North Carolina to be a shining light of Christ to the world. We have been a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).
  • Finally, when others were so deeply involved in their own 2016 election campaigns, Gov. McCrory was putting others before himself. He was not present at numerous campaign stops because he was busy caring for the citizens who were devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Let us sincerely thank and be in prayer for Gov. McCrory and our other strong legislators who have stood fearlessly all year in the face of such great resistance. Never before has it been more important to give thanks and encouragement to them. Please reach out to Gov. McCrory and others with personal letters, emails or phone calls:

  1. Click here to thank and encourage Gov. Pat McCrory by email. You can also reach him by phone at (919) 814-2000 or (919) 814-2050, or on Facebook at Office of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
  2. Governor Dan Forest: (919) 733-7350 or http://ltgov.nc.gov/contact-us.
  3. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-District 26): (919) 733-5708
  4. House Speaker Tim Moore (R-District 1111): (919)733-3451
  5. Dan Bishop (R-District 104), who introduced HB2: (919) 715-3009
  6. If you know that your legislator(s) supported HB2, be sure to thank him/her/them (Representatives) (Senate).

Of course, we will be praying for Governor-Elect Cooper. At the same time, it will be of the utmost importance that We the People remain vigilant and in touch with our legislators like Governor-Elect Cooper to hold them accountable.

That said, regardless of the situations we find ourselves in, we at CWA of North Carolina will continue to fight for Biblical principles. Thank you for how you’ve helped us to do just that this past year. As we approach Christmas, we are reminded that we have so much to hope in as we rest in the salvation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In this season of hope, we wish you the Lord’s peace and joy.

 Psalm 3:3-8
“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
who have set themselves against me all around.
Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people!”

 Romans 12:12 
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Romans 15:13  
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Joyfully serving,

Jill Coward
State Director

The Day After the Election – A Message from CWA of North Carolina State Director Jill Coward

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So, November 8 finally came and went.  Are you relieved? Excited?  Saddened? Ready to move on? Let me start with a powerful statement by the apostle Paul, “ … but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.” (Philippians 3:13-16)

Does not that soothe your soul?  Regardless of the outcome of yesterday’s election, regardless of the excitement and/or hopelessness you may feel over the races you were following, regardless of all that we have heard in the last 18 months of appalling election commentaries, vile accusations by candidates, reported campaign dishonesty, let alone the corrupt media and government, may we forget the past and press forward in our call of God in Christ Jesus.

How do we then face the tasks ahead of us? The Lame Duck period is looming before Inauguration Day and we must hold our legislators answerable when they are most likely going to take up controversial issues to avoid explaining their votes to their electorate.

CWA of North Carolina will face these times as we always have.  We’ll pray and then act.

  1. We first recognize Who our Lord and Savior is. “He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:8). Only our God is sovereign! “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?” (2 Chronicles 20:6)
    – We praise You, our heavenly Father, for Your sovereignty over all the nations and all the people. Amen.
  2. We remember from where we have come. Remember our nation’s history. We have lived through very dark times before. But, the Lord’s people have always been “guided by the Lord’s hand to pleasant places” (Psalm 16:6). “The Lord will not forsake His people, for His great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people” (1 Samuel 12:22).
    – We praise You, our heavenly Father, for Your love, guidance and direction. Amen.
  3. We reflect and give thanks to our gracious Father. “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” (Deuteronomy 7:9)
    – We praise You, our loving Father, for your grace towards us. Amen.
  4. We reassemble and prepare. Our Founder, Mrs. Beverly LaHaye, exhorts us: “God didn’t call us to win the battles; he called us to fight the battles. … The winning is up to Him as long as we stand up for righteousness.”
    – We cry out to You, Oh Lord. As we are still weary, we cry out for wisdom and strength to continue the fight. Please deliver our nation through Your righteousness. Amen.

Let us be unified, as of the same mind, as we approach Thanksgiving with hearts at peace in Him and a determination to stand up for righteousness through both our prayers and actions.

As you go about your day, we hope you will find a blessing in this very powerful and calming hymn:
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

– Edward Mote (1797-1874)

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on his unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, his covenant, his blood
Sustain me in the raging flood;
When all supports are washed away,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When he shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in him be found,
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Redeemed to stand before the throne!

Amen.

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

North Carolina Election Resources and More!

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Dear Friends,

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

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how important the election is this year! So much is at stake! It is important that we as Christians get out and vote our Biblical values. As believers we must do all we can to positively affect legislation in our great nation.

The elections will not only determine our next President, but also who will win the gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional races. To help your decisions at the poll, I have included a handful of helpful resources throughout this e-alert.  Please prayerfully consider all of this information and forward it on to like-minded family and friends.

What party best represents you?  You decide.  We have put together two Party Platform Comparison documents that I am sure you will find very helpful:

The presidential race is of immense importance. The next president will be choosing the next U.S. Supreme Court justice/justices as well as up to four more that will be within retirement age within the next four to eight years.  And, let us not forget that he/she will be selecting 55 U.S. Courts of Appeals Judges, 268 U.S. District Court Judges and there are currently 90 Federal Judicial vacancies.  CWA has put together a two-minute and 20-second video that will help you to understand the impact the next president will have on the country’s judicial system for generations to come.

  • Judges
    North Carolinians will be electing 45 judges.  That is, one Supreme Court justice, five Court of Appeals races, and 39 local-level judges. We have a brochure that will help you determine what makes a good judge and how important a sound, constitutional judiciary is for North Carolina and the nation.

North Carolina Board of Elections website.  This site is extremely helpful in answering all of your questions pertaining to voting in North Carolina:

Important Dates and deadlines:

  • Thursday, Oct 20: Early voting period begins (One Stop Voting)
  • Tuesday, Nov 1: Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
  • Saturday, Nov 5: Early voting period ends at 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov 7: (Military & Overseas) Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
  • Tuesday, Nov 8: Deadline for absentee ballot request to be received
  • Tuesday, Nov 8: 2016 Statewide November General Election

The most important thing we can do is to pray! God will direct our paths as we study the candidates and the platform.

Please jump in at any time to join CWA’s 30 Day Prayer Challenge.  Sign up today!

Please pray the following Scriptures for the Lord’s direction as you vote:

“Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” Exodus 18:21

“Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge? I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?” 1 Corinthians 6:1-5

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Thank you for taking the time to consider all of this information.  May the Lord be with you on November 8.

For Liberty and Truth,

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

Important North Carolina Early Voting Information!

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Dear friend,

As a Christian, voting is not just a right; it is a responsibility.  It is imperative that we engage evangelical Christian conservatives in North Carolina to get to the polls!

Early voting begins on the second Saturday before an election, and ends at 1:00 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day (October 20 – November 5).

Act:

  • VOTE!
  • Forward this reminder on to friends and family and remind them of the importance and weight their vote carries.

Pray:

  • Be in prayer for our nation — that Christians would get to the polls and that those whom we elect would honor God through their leadership.

What is on the line in this election? The Supreme Court vacancy, national security, national debt, taxpayer funding to the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, the Hyde Amendment, religious liberty, and more. Getting registered is crucial to make sure your voice is heard on the issues that are important to you.

That said, let’s make sure we get to the polls and encourage our fellow believers to do the same!

Blessings,

Penny Nance
CEO and President
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee

Peace in the Midst of the Election Cycle

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Dear Friends,

We are three weeks away from Election Day and it seems everything/everyone is a buzz about it.  Too often, I find myself and others anxious and overly distracted by it.  Almost every conversation I have inevitably shifts to the election. We’re inundated with political flyers, phone calls, television news, and yard signs. Most of which are negative.  The topic often seems impossible to avoid.  I have sensed the anxiety level building in both myself and others.  Just the other day I was talking to one of my neighbors who was terribly upset by the upcoming election, regardless of the outcome.  Whether it’s the looming decision of voting for the “lesser of two evils” or concern over the recent firebombing of the Republican headquarters in Hillsborough, we must seek peace outside ourselves to gain peace in our hearts to withstand our fears.

Now don’t hear what I’m not saying.  Am I saying that we should back off from doing all we can to get out the conservative vote this election?  Most definitely not!  God has not called us to faith alone but to good works as well. (James 2) Yet if like me you find yourself at times anxious about current affairs, I encourage you to stop and spend some time building your faith by meditating on God’s Word. Then go back to the work at hand.

Here are some verses that have often quieted my heart and spirit.

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 62:5-6)

Whenever we are drawn to any uncomfortable topic, remember God always directs us to “cast our cares on Him.” (1 Peter 5:7)

“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

In Christ,

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

Join CWA at the Values Bus Tour Stops in North Carolina

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We recently mentioned that Concerned Women for America is teaming up with Family Research Council Action for their Values Bus Tour to help “get-out-the-vote” in November, and I wanted to notify you that our efforts in North Carolina are going to be HUGE! The plan is to cover all 100 counties. I, CWA of North Carolina State Director Jill Coward, will be speaking at a few of the stops near you!

Find out where and when we’ll be stopping in your county on our website by clicking hereBe sure to check the schedule regularly — we’ll be updating the information as stop locations/times are confirmed!

We strongly encourage you to attend and to spread the word to your friends and family. If you plan on attending or you’d like the bus to stop at your church or business, contact me ASAP and the Values Bus may be able to stop at YOUR location!

Looking forward to hearing from you and hope to see you there!

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