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,
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