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1. NC VALUES: 👀 We’re on watch.

Last week, Governor Cooper vetoed the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act,” the “Parents Bill of Rights,” and the “Gender Transition/Minors” bill. All three are needed to protect parents, women, children, and fairness in our state. Since the announced veto, the media has been in a frenzy to push often one-sided stories on the issues. In addition, our legislators have become the targets of LGBTQIA2S+ activists from across the country.

We need legislators to listen to women like Payton and Prisha, whose first-hand stories in North Carolina demonstrate why these pro-values bills are needed. Since the announced veto, we have been calling on our coalition to click-to-contact their legislators and encourage them to vote to OVERRIDE Governor Cooper’s vetoes.

Read more: https://ncvalues.org/were-on-watch/

2. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: Gaines urges legislators to back women’s sports in override vote

“Riley Gaines, the decorated former University of Kentucky swimmer and Independent Women’s Voice Advisor, said she never thought it should be “political” to protect girls’ sports. In an interview with North State Journal on Monday, Gaines made the case for House Bill 574, which was vetoed by Gov. Roy Cooper, to be enacted into law.”

3. CAROLINA JOURNAL: School bill gets redesign with more parental rights, but left-wing group calls it ‘assault on schools’

“In an interview with CJ, Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the NC Values Coalition which supports the bill, stated that she believes it will specifically help those worried about ‘obscenity in the schools and libraries as well as in the curriculums that promote indoctrination about gender ideology.’ ‘Parents across North Carolina are worried about obscenity and gender ideology being taught in public schools to their children,’ Fitzgerald stated. ‘The provisions added to SB 90 would allow parents to enforce existing obscenity statutes against schools, would limit health and safety instruction (sex ed) to fourth and fifth grades, would allow parents to view curriculum and materials being used in the classroom online and in the school office, and would require that parents be notified if their child is exhibiting mental health issues at school, including gender dysphoria. Basically, the bill as amended would give parents more transparency and the ability to enforce their fundamental parental rights,’”

Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/school-bill-gets-redesign-with-more-parental-rights-but-left-wing-group-calls-it-assault-on-schools/

For more, check out WRAL’s explanation of the bill here.

4. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Eagles sets Sept. 21 for next hearing in NC abortion lawsuit

“Supporters and opponents of North Carolina’s new abortion law will head back to federal court on Sept. 21 in Greensboro. U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles has set that date for a hearing on a possible preliminary injunction blocking portions of the law.”

Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/eagles-sets-sept-21-for-next-hearing-in-nc-abortion-lawsuit/

5. FOX NEWS: NBA is America’s first Bud Light-style fiasco but you’re not supposed to know that

“The most consequential consumer boycott of the 21st century didn’t come from drinkers’ rejection of a beer, it came from sports, in particular the NBA, which has destroyed its brand with a large percentage of the American sporting public by embracing woke, political, far-left-wing messaging in its games. So why haven’t you heard about this despite the overwhelming data I’m about to lay out for you? It’s simple: The American sports media is so far-left-wing that they have refused to share the data right in front of their eyes.”


Weekly Prayer: Family

LORD, we cry out to you as Father. You are a model of the love, mercy, and authority of the perfect parent. We thank you for modeling for us what every parent should strive for, and for creating this wonderful institution called family. 

LORD, we thank you for creating us with a basic nature designed to not be alone. You made us to desire the intimacy of relationships, and it is here where we experience joys indescribable: the joys of marriage, the joys of having children; the joys of seeing our children have children. What a blessing and mercy you gave us in the family! In it we find our first teachers, our first guardians, and our first authorities. 

LORD, we recognize how deeply you love your children, and how deeply it pains you when they go astray. Alongside our adoration and thanksgiving, we pray in confession—as individuals and as members of larger communities—over any sins we may have committed that undermine your beloved institution. Forgive us when we endanger your institution through selfishness and arrogance. Forgive our communities and nation for attempting to redefine some of the most basic and deepest parts of being human—being made male and female, having lifelong marriage vows and responsibilities, and having parental rights over educating one’s children. 

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:12-17)



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