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. WRAL: Democratic NC Attorney General Josh Stein to run for governor
“North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced plans to run for governor Wednesday – one of the first major campaign announcements for state office ahead of the 2024 election.
The decision sets the stage for a potential political battle focused on culture war issues and abortion rights in the state. Much of Stein’s video announcement focused on Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, the presumed Republican front-runner in the race.”
Read more: https://www.wral.com/democratic-nc-attorney-general-josh-stein-to-run-for-governor/20677472/
2. CAROLINA JOURNAL: Why I’m suing the NC Department of Public Instruction
“Teachers are fired nearly every day in America, for all kinds of reasons. None should include a teacher’s doing exactly what he was hired to do and had done without complaint several times before.
That, however, was my experience in losing my job of eight years teaching at the North Carolina Governor’s School, a residential summer program for our state’s most talented, rising high-school seniors. During the 2021 session, I was dismissed without warning or explanation right after giving a series of lectures espousing the principles of free inquiry and viewpoint diversity on which the Governor’s School is based.
That’s an irony apparently lost on the program’s administrators.”
Read more: https://www.carolinajournal.com/opinion/why-im-suing-the-nc-department-of-public-instruction/
3. NORTH STATE JOURNAL: NC Congressional Democrats oppose resolution condemning pregnancy center attacks
4. FOX NEWS: Abortions in Texas plummet nearly 99% months after Dobbs ruling
“Only three abortions took place in Texas in August 2022, all of which were ‘medically necessary,’ according to statistics from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Compared with the 2,596 abortions recorded in the state in June 2022, the number in August represents a decrease of nearly 99%. Sixty-eight abortions were performed in July.”
Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/us/abortions-in-texas-plummet-nearly-99-months-after-dobbs-ruling
5. PORT CITY DAILY: NHCSB members flex right-wing muscles, transgender sports participation up for debate again
“The majority of the New Hanover County Board of Education voted to send a contentious amendment on transgender sports participation back to the policy committee.
Policy 3620 outlines participation requirements for extracurricular activities and student organizations. In June 2021, the board voted 5-2 to amend the policy to allow middle school students to play on the sports team that aligns with their gender identity. (High school students’ participation is based on assigned sex, or gain approval from the North Carolina High School Athletic Association).”
Read more: https://portcitydaily.com/latest-news/2023/01/12/nhcsb-members-flex-right-wing-muscles-transgender-sports-participation-up-for-debate-again/
WEEKLY PRAYER: FREEDOM
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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