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.

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1. YOU’RE INVITED: 303 Creative v. Elenis Free Speech Rally in DC

On the morning of December 5th, we’ll be joining ADF and a number of our pro-values friends in D.C. at the steps of the Supreme Court to support Lorie Smith and free speech. The rally will include a great line-up of speakers who will be delivering remarks on the importance of the First Amendment.

If you are able and interested in being a part of history, and would like to help us advance the cause of religious freedom, would you consider joining NC Values and others in D.C. on December 5th?

Read more: https://ncvalues.org/event/303-creative-v-elenis-rally/


2. WASHINGTON POST: How Senators Burr and Tillis got same-sex marriage protections passed

“In July, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) spotted some of her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor and rushed over to tell them the good news. Forty-seven House Republicans had just voted in favor of protecting same-sex marriage rights for gay couples, following the Supreme Court’s decision reversing Roe v Wade that raised fears the court could overturn same-sex marriage next.

‘We could do this,’ she recalled saying excitedly to Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Thom Tillis (N.C.).”

For more on this story, check out our NC Values press release, and these articles in WRAL, Charlotte Observer, and the Carolina Journal.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/11/30/same-sex-marriage-vote/


3. NCGA’S BRODY: The Coming Republican Party Showdown

“Once again, our Republican US Senator, Thom Tillis, has created a “disturbance in The Force” that has had many in the NC Republican Party looking at each other with astonishment and trepidation.

His support for the Inflation Reduction Act (which was nothing more than another deficit-busting borrow/spend scheme) followed immediately by his ‘stop the spending’ rhetoric made many a Republican head spin in exasperation.

Now, his support for the “Respect for Marriage Act”, has created an issue that must be resolved at our next state Republican Party Convention. Basically, Senator Tillis’ action puts our state Republican Party in a predicament. His vocal support of the Respect for Marriage Act along with his vote to move it forward in the Senate, in direct opposition to both the national and state Republican Party platforms, force the issue to the forefront.


Read more: https://dailyhaymaker.com/ncgas-brody-the-coming-republican-party-showdown/


4. THE FEDERALIST: The ‘Respect For Marriage Act’ Is An Exercise In Tyranny

“If they’re going to support this bill, though, do they have to pretend that we’re all too stupid to understand how it will work? Does Dan Sullivan, the second-worst U.S. senator from Alaska, who once supported a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the long-ago of 2014, really believe that the Respect for Marriage Act makes ‘important advances’ in religious liberty?

Does Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who 10 years ago as speaker of the statehouse supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in his state, really think the anemic amendments he and other GOP senators offered to the bill will ‘advance religious freedom’ and ‘age well’?”

Read more: https://thefederalist.com/2022/11/22/the-respect-for-marriage-act-is-an-exercise-in-tyranny-and-everyone-knows-it/

5. DAILY CALLER: EXCLUSIVE: Biden Administration Confirms It Wants Taxpayers To Pay For Sex-Change Operations On Minors

“The Biden administration supports using taxpayer dollars to fund sex-change operations on minors, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra confirmed in written testimony submitted to the House Committee on Education Labor on Nov. 29.”

Read more: https://dailycaller.com/2022/11/30/xavier-becerra-taxpayers-sex-change-operations-minors-mary-miller/


Weekly Prayer: Life

LORD, we recognize that you are Sovereign over all creation. We recognize you made man from the dust, and in your mercy, you crowned creation with man and woman made in your image. What a wonder it is that you would bestow upon us this blessing and responsibility!

LORD, may we not take this blessing for granted. We pray that this great responsibility and dignity may motivate us to love You, our neighbors, and our families more. LORD, may we as a culture truly see and believe that children are a blessing from the LORD—born or unborn; able or disabled. All children should have an opportunity to experience the liberty of life. LORD, make us your vehicle to change our culture into one that cherishes and protects life. Keep at the forefront of our minds our responsibilities to respect, cherish, and serve the youngest and oldest in our society.

Finally, LORD, we pray even further for our children. Across our state, country, and world, an entire generation of youth have seen their lives and education ruptured by the pandemic and its closing of schools. Father, as a result so many of these children are not only wounded by the quality of their education, but by a likely onslaught of mental illness brought about by social isolation. LORD, bring them hope and healing as only You can.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.'” (Matthew 18:1-6)



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