Welcome to the Friday Five! Every Friday we share our top five articles, stories, and quotes for you to read and share with your friends and church families. We would be very grateful if you could make a donation of $100, $50, $25, or $10 today towards our work producing these Friday Fives and fighting for your values on the public square!


1. NC VALUES: 🎉 We did it. The bills are now law.

This week, the General Assembly made the heroic decision to overturn Governor Cooper’s veto of three vital pieces of pro-values legislation! We have been working tirelessly to ensure these bills become law and we couldn’t have done it without all your help.

These bills are now law:

  1. The “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act” (H574)
  2. The “Parents Bill of Rights” (S49)
  3. Finally, the “Gender Transition/Minors” bill (H808)

Together, we worked endlessly to ensure the truth on these issues was made available to the people of North Carolina, and that the public’s voice was heard by legislators. Thank you!

The passage of these three bills brings us to five bills passed with one to go through the efforts of NC Values this year! If you believe in the ongoing pro-values work we are doing, and want to help us continue our legislative momentum, would you consider making a needed one-time or end-of-month donation?

Read more: https://ncvalues.org/we-did-it-the-bills-are-now-law/

2. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: General Assembly overrides latest round of Cooper’s vetoes

“The six most recent vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper were successfully overridden by the legislature on Wednesday, Aug. 16.”

“‘HB 808 is a compassionate bill which will protect gender confused youth from medical and trans activists, who urge children with mental health issues to permanently change their bodies by cutting off healthy body parts and consume cancer drugs not FDA-approved for gender transitioning,’ NC Values Coalition Executive Director Tami Fitzgerald said in a statement following the override votes.

The NC Values statement also said the group has ‘worked closely with detransitioners,’ and brought detransitioner Prisha Mosely, who was chemically transitions at 15 and had a double-mastectomy at age 18, to testify before the legislature. Mosely told lawmakers she was groomed by trans activists on social media, and doctors pressured her parents to allow the surgery by telling them, ‘You can either have a dead daughter or a live son.’

‘Legislation preventing children from undergoing such life-altering procedures could have protected me and many others like me,’ Mosely said in a statement. ‘I was utterly convinced by adults that I had been born in the wrong body, and that hormones and surgery were the cure. No doctor should remove healthy body parts or prescribe sterilizing drugs to children for a social contagion of mental suffering.”

Read more: https://nsjonline.com/article/2023/08/general-assembly-overrides-latest-round-of-coopers-vetoes/

For more reporting on this topic, check out our press releases, and these stories from ABC 11Spectrum, the News & Observer, the New York Times, Life Site News, and the Carolina Journal,

3. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Berger, Moore renew request for federal judge to dismiss abortion pill lawsuit

“Top Republican state legislative leaders have filed a new motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging North Carolina’s abortion pill restrictions. Lawmakers filed their motion Monday as they continue to fight a separate suit challenging the state’s latest abortion law.”

Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/berger-moore-renew-request-for-federal-judge-to-dismiss-abortion-pill-lawsuit/

4. POLITICO: Abortion pill ruling sets up Supreme Court showdown

“The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that access to the abortion pill, mifepristone, should be sharply curtailed, ramping up the legal threat to the most popular method of ending a pregnancy.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/news/2023/08/16/abortion-pill-restrictions-00111499

5. A.P. DILLON: Known sex offender given Harvey Milk award by CLT Pride

“Thanks to links alerts from Post Millenial on my past reporting, it appears a well-known sex offender is back in the headlines after receiving the ‘Harvey Milk Award’ from CLT Pride, an organization that describes itself as ‘the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas.'”

Read more: https://apdillon.substack.com/p/known-sex-offender-given-harvey-milk



LORD, you have blessed us with a spiritual liberty that is so wonderful and beyond description, that it can only be understood through experiencing a life-giving relationship with Christ. However, we also recognize that in your grace, you have blessed our country with a political liberty that enables us to openly proclaim the experience of a life lived in the freedom of the Gospel.

LORD, as individuals and as a nation, may we never take the inalienable right of religious freedom for granted. Right now our country has faced a rapid increase in the number of attacks made against this cherished right. We have seen groups across our public arena increase in boldness and frequency their smears against religious liberty. They claim it is bigotry, when we know it is the security of the greatest of all possible loves.

Be with your people and our country as it continues to protect the constitutional right protected by our nation’s Founders. Be with legislators and the Supreme Court, as they determine through their actions the protection of this particular and fundamental freedom.

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)

“Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.” (1 Peter 2:16)



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Tami & Team
NC Values