Salem Radio Network News Friday, September 17, 2021

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Michael Harrington

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Harvard has an atheist chaplain

Fri, Aug 27, 2021 at 10:22 am

Harvard has an atheist chaplain

VERBATIM: The Cambridge Dictionary of the English Language defines a member of the clergy as “a religious leader”. But the new Chief Chaplain for Harvard University does not believe in God. In this position, Greg Epstein will lead a group of chaplains whose job it is to “serve the spiritual needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Harvard.” Ironically, the school was founded in 1636 to educate clergymen under the motto “Truth for Christ and the Church”. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A Christian relief agency is helping in Afghanistan

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 10:06 am

A Christian relief agency is helping in Afghanistan

VERBATIM: The evacuation of Americans and allies from Kabul is going slowly and Samaritan’s Purse is lending a hand. The giant ministry says it’s partnering with various organizations to get people out, stating ” We have been able to sponsor flights that have brought hundreds to safety — one of our partners made three trips that brought out 700 people in one day! We have also supported the evacuation of 80 missionary families via land routes.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A battle over transgenderism has broken out in Virginia

Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 10:05 am

A battle over transgenderism has broken out in Virginia

VERBATIM: The Democrat-controlled state legislature sparked the conflict when it passed a law requiring local school districts to establish new rules that promote transgenderism. Specifically, allowing transgender students to use whatever bathrooms they wish and letting boys compete against girls in sports. But parents are outraged and are pressuring school boards to defy the state. Some of those boards are doing just that, and lawsuits are being filed. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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An update on religious liberty in Eritrea

Tue, Aug 24, 2021 at 9:55 am

An update on religious liberty in Eritrea

VERBATIM: The African country is one of the worst persecutors on earth but the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom sees a few small improvements in recent months. The Commission is advising the Biden administration to keep up the pressure on Eritrea saying “This includes urging the release of all remaining religious prisoners as well as removing the legal barriers to allow all Eritreans full religious freedom. The U.S. government should continue to engage Eritrea.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A troubling new poll on salvation

Tue, Aug 24, 2021 at 9:54 am

A troubling new poll on salvation

VERBATIM: The numbers come from Probe Ministries in its Religious Views & Practices Survey, and they reveal that over 60% of people who call themselves born-again Christians, between the ages of 18-to-39, believe that Jesus is NOT the only way to salvation. Probe Ministries president Kerby Anderson says “Pastors and church leaders just can’t assume any longer that the members of their church or Christian organization have a biblical worldview.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Samaritan’s Purse is in Haiti

Sun, Aug 22, 2021 at 1:14 pm

Samaritan’s Purse is in Haiti

VERBATIM: The giant Christian relief agency has moved quickly in the wake of the August 14th earthquake that hammered the island nation. A transport plane loaded with doctors, nurses and supplies has arrived, to be followed by more in coming days. Samaritan’s Purse says “Our DC-8 aircraft carried 31 tons of relief, including emergency shelter material, medical supplies, and water filtration units to provide clean water daily for thousands of people.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A battle over transgenderism in Illinois

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 10:09 am

A battle over transgenderism in Illinois

VERBATIM: Hobby Lobby, the Christian-owned arts and crafts chain, has been ordered to pay 200,000 dollars in fines for refusing to allow a man, living as a woman, use the women’s restroom in one of its stores. An Illinois appeals court has ruled that the chain is in violation of the Illinois Human Rights Act. Hobby Lobby installed a unisex bathroom to solve the problem, but wound up getting sued any way. The company could appeal to the state Supreme Court. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A major pornography website is getting out of the business

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 at 10:08 am

A major pornography website is getting out of the business

VERBATIM: Under pressure from decency groups and Congress, Only Fans says it will ban all pornographic content beginning in October. The website is supposed to be a platform for people to perform at charge their fans a fee for the exclusive content, but it quickly devolved into a giant purveyor of home-made smut. Pro-family groups have argued for some time that Only Fans was also sexually exploiting children, which is a violation of federal law. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Samaritan’s Purse is in Haiti

Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 9:27 am

Samaritan’s Purse is in Haiti

VERBATIM: The giant Christian relief agency has moved quickly in the wake of the August 14th earthquake that hammered the island nation. A transport plane loaded with doctors, nurses and supplies has arrived, to be followed by more in coming days. Samaritan’s Purse says “Our DC-8 aircraft carried 31 tons of relief, including emergency shelter material, medical supplies, and water filtration units to provide clean water daily for thousands of people.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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How do you like to read the Bible?

Wed, Aug 18, 2021 at 9:26 am

How do you like to read the Bible?

VERBATIM: You might think that digital versions of the scriptures would be the most popular way for Americans to engage the word of God, but that’s not true. According to the American Bible Association’s 2021 State Of The Bible report, 59% of people who read the scriptures do so the old fashioned away — print on paper. Only amongst Generation Z — the youngest of us — does digital beat out print — 49% to 44%. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Christian leaders are concerned about Afghanistan

Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 9:28 am

Christian leaders are concerned about Afghanistan

VERBATIM: With the Taliban taking control, life is likely to get tougher for the country’s small community of believers. International Christian Concern says “What small hope there was for religious freedom in the former government has now all but dissipated.” Daniel Patterson of the Southern Baptist Convention says “Clearly, a humanitarian crisis is unfolding and both prayer and immediate action are urgently needed.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Help for wildfire victims in the West

Mon, Aug 16, 2021 at 10:37 am

Help for wildfire victims in the West

VERBATIM: The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is in California where tinder dry conditions have produced some of the largest blazes in state history this summer. Team spokesman Josh Holland says “The destruction left behind by these wildfires is heartbreaking and has left many people hurting,” Our crisis-trained chaplains will be available to share God’s love and the peace that is found through Jesus Christ.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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How often do you read the Bible?

Mon, Aug 16, 2021 at 10:36 am

How often do you read the Bible?

VERBATIM: More than you used to — if you are like most Americans. The 2021 State Of The Bible report finds that more than 181 million people opened the Bible in the past year — up seven percent. 11% of Americans say they read the scriptures every day of the week while 14% do it several times a week and nine percent say they open the book at least once every seven days. At the other end of the spectrum, 29% of the general population NEVER reads the Bible. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Americans don’t like anxiety

Sun, Aug 15, 2021 at 2:13 pm

Americans don’t like anxiety

VERBATIM: In fact, they are more concerned about it than they are SIN. A new poll from Life Way Research finds 46% of respondents would MOST like to remove anxiety from their life, compare to just 34% that want rid of wrong-doing and 11% who would like to eliminate humiliation. This despite the fact that the Life Way report also reveals that an overwhelming majority of Americans — nearly 80% — say doing the right thing brings them the most satisfaction. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Christians see race very differently

Fri, Aug 13, 2021 at 8:31 am

Christians see race very differently

VERBATIM: A new poll from the Barna Group asks believers whether their skin color has affected their ability to get ahead in America. 36% of white Christians say BEING white has helped them succeed versus 56% that say their race neither helped nor hurt. By contrast, 39% of black Christians say being black has HURT their efforts to get ahead. 36% say it doesn’t matter. Younger Christians are more race conscious than their parents or grandparents. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issues a religious freedom ruling

Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 9:26 am

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issues a religious freedom ruling

VERBATIM: A three judge panel has decided that an atheist on parole from prison can NOT be sent back to jail for refusing to attend worship services or take part in a Christian transition program. In the ruling, Judge Carolyn McHugh says “A contrary holding would risk draining the First Amendment of its power to bar blatant governmental intrusions into the sphere of personal religious liberty.” The 10th Circuit decision overrules a lower court finding. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Church-building is down

Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 9:25 am

Church-building is down

VERBATIM: Axios quotes government numbers that indicate spending on the construction of new churches hit a record low in June. The pandemic is part of the reason. The changing nature of worship in this country is the other. A lot of people are worshipping in house churches or ones that meet in rented spaces, leaving no need for construction of a privately owned building. The pandemic has also driven many believers to on-line worship, making new construction less needed. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another warning about Iran

Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 9:43 am

Another warning about Iran

VERBATIM: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says persecution of Christians is getting worse in the Islamic Republic. In its 2021 Annual Report, the USCIRF urges the State Department to “designate Iran as a Country of Particular Concern for its ongoing, systematic, and egregious religious freedom violations.” Lawmakers in Iran recently amended the country’s penal code, making it easier for the government to target religious minorities. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Pagans support the LGBT agenda

Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 9:41 am

Pagans support the LGBT agenda

VERBATIM: Political science expert Kathleen Marchetti of Dickinson College has released a study indicating that the American religious group most likely to support pro-LGBT policies is the pagans. 93% of them back the LGBT agenda, versus just 69% of all non-pagan groups. In fact, a number of pagan organizations have begun rewritting the myths they believe in to make the various false gods and goddesses homosexual, despite the fact that they were not thought to be so by ancient pagan societies. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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More bad news for Christians in India

Sun, Aug 8, 2021 at 4:01 pm

More bad news for Christians in India

VERBATIM: Police in the massive country are being told to keep a close eye on what they call “conversion activity” by believers. Hindu radicals, who have ramped up their violent persecution of Christians in recent years, routinely make fraudulent claims that believers are forcing Hindus to convert against their will. International Christian Concern warns that this action by the police in India is only likely to make things worse for the embattled Christian minority. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The University of Pittsburgh defends a new kind of racial quota

Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 10:18 am

The University of Pittsburgh defends a new kind of racial quota

VERBATIM: Researchers at the school routinely use body parts from aborted babies in their experiments. But now they are demanding — in what they call an effort to be inclusive — that at least 50% of the body parts come from minority aborted babies. This grim and bizarre request has been exposed by Judicial Watch and the Center for Medical Progress through a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Health and Human Services. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

 

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What feelings are you trying to avoid?

Fri, Aug 6, 2021 at 10:17 am

What feelings are you trying to avoid?

VERBATIM: Life Way Research, a Christian poll-taking group, is out with a new survey that finds Americans really don’t like to feel afraid. 41% of respondents says fear is the feeling the most try to avoid. 24% say shame is number one for them — 22% are trying to avoid guilt. Life Way spokesman Scott McConnell says “For many Americans, circumstances in 2020 led to an increased focus on their fears. Many feared COVID — others feared social unrest.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Jack Phillips files another appeal

Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 8:27 am

Jack Phillips files another appeal

VERBATIM: The embattled Colorado baker, who has already won a Supreme Court ruling saying he does NOT have to make a cake for a homosexual wedding, is fighting off a new discrimination case lodged by a transgender person. Alliance Defending Freedom has filed with the Colorado Court of Appeals on Phillips behalf, saying “No one should be forced to express a message that violates their beliefs and conscience. Activists are weaponizing the legal system to ruin those who disagree with them.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another effort to push transgenderism on America’s children

Wed, Aug 4, 2021 at 8:26 am

Another effort to push transgenderism on America’s children

VERBATIM: Disney is being blasted by parents for a recent episode of “Muppet Babies” in which the character Gonzo wants to wear a dress to a party, despite the fact that he is a male. This is just the latest children’s TV show that has begun to put out episodes designed to normalize transgenderism, gender fluidity and — in the case of Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues” — sex change operations. The Parents Television Council and other decency groups are condemning Disney. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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