Life & Family Issues

 

Barber Attacks Religious Right — But Who Is Really ‘Just Running Their Mouths’?

By Dr. Mark Creech Last month, in a sermon the media described as “fire and thunder,” [1] the Rev. William Barber, head of the NC NAACP, mounted the pulpit of Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and began to excoriate all things political — to the right. Barber singled…

 

Teen Courts Help NC Youths

One question confronting North Carolina’s criminal justice system more and more is: What should we do for a 16-or-17-year-old who genuinely makes a mistake, learned a lesson and most likely will never make that mistake again?  This year the “Raise the Age” bill (HB 725) was written to take care…

 

Update to DPS Home Leave Program for Criminals. Are You Still Worried?

The Prison Home Leave program has been modified, according to the media, as of last week.  While some people are resting better knowing that 15-20 of the offenders are no longer eligible, there are some concerns that need to be addressed.  The press release below was sent out on July…

 

HB 725 – We Already Give Juveniles a Second Chance — Maybe even a Third

HB 725 “Young Offenders Rehabilitation Act” has been heard in a House committee meeting.  HB 725 would “raise the age” from 16 to 18 for someone to be tried as an adult if he or she commits a misdemeanor. While the argument is raised that we need to give our…

 

NC Affirms Traditional Marriage

One important part of the session was decided not at the General Assembly, but at polling places across the state. In May, North Carolinians went to the polls in overwhelming numbers to vote for an amendment to our state’s Constitution that affirms marriage between one man and one woman. With…

 

Marriage Amendment Fight Crucial for Genuine Conservatives

With a controversial ballot question looming, some on the right have raised the plaintive cry that conservatives should shun “social issues.” But those issues aren’t distractions; they are instead an integral part of the  bedrock on which the whole conservative movement rests. The social-issue debate within the North Carolina conservative…

 

Making sense of the gay marriage law

From the (Greensboro, NC) News & Record of Sunday, October 16, 2011 For the record, it should be noted that a majority of the Republican-controlled legislature did not vote in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage; rather, the majority voted to allow us—the voters—to decide the question.…

 

Republican Leaders in the General Assembly Say Now is the Time for Voters to Have Their Say on Marriage

On September 12th, the General Assembly will convene for a special session to consider amendments to the state constitution. One of the amendments under consideration would define a recognized marriage as one only between a man and a woman. House Majority Leader Paul Stam (R-Wake) said Democrats voted for a…

 

Women’s Right to Know Act Embodies “Pro-Choice” Mentality

No one can call themselves “pro-choice” and “pro-woman” and stand in opposition to the Women’s Right to Know Act (House bill 854).  This piece of legislation requires that women receive a consultation with a doctor, are given information on alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting…

 

Session Gains Ground on Family Issues

The 2011 legislative session was marked by a significant amount of pro-life and pro-family legislation. The most contested of these was HB 854, the “Women’s Right to Know Act,”which would have required that women be completely informed of all alternatives to abortion, offered an ultrasound, and given a 24-hour waiting…

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