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HB2 Update and Action Items, Part 2

By August 5, 2016North Carolina
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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 Obamas 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.

Action Items:

  • 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,

Jill Coward
State Director
CWA of North Carolina