Salem Radio Network News Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Michael Harrington

Religion in the News Editor

Hobby Lobby is being criticized for a newspaper ad

Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 10:12 am

Hobby Lobby is being criticized for a newspaper ad

VERBATIM: The Christian-owned, arts and crafts chain recently took out full page spots in a number of papers proclaiming Psalm 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”. Secular groups, including several atheist organizations, are blasting the ads. Franklin Graham responds on Facebook by sayiung “I thank God for owner David Green and family, their Christian-run business, and their strong public stand for the Word of God and biblical values.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Episcopal Church is in trouble

Wed, Jul 7, 2021 at 10:11 am

The Episcopal Church is in trouble

VERBATIM: According to an analysis by Professor Ryan Burge of Eastern Illinois University, virtually every indicator for the denomination is trending downward. Membership, Sunday attendance, weddings and baptisms are all in decline, and Burge says “Barring a tremendous revival, the end is coming very quickly for our friends in the Episcopal tradition.” The denomination suffered a big drop in membership when it embraced same-sex marriage and homosexual priests over the last decade. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Presbyterian Church in America bans homosexual ordination

Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 9:29 am

The Presbyterian Church in America bans homosexual ordination

VERBATIM: While many other mainline Protestant denominations are embracing the LGBT agenda, the PCA has voted overwhelmingly to bar homosexuals from becoming ordained ministers. The resolution must now be voted on by local church bodies. If it is approved in balloting next year, the resolution will become part of the PCA’s Book of
Church Order. The initial vote took place at the 48th annual denominational convention in St. Louis last week. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Is America a Christian nation?

Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 9:28 am

Is America a Christian nation?

VERBATIM: That’s the question asked the Barna Group in a new poll and 56% of the general public says YES, historically the United States HAS been a Christian country. Self-identified Christians are more likely to believe that — 67%. Question number two: Has the U.S. historically been blessed by God? 51% of the general public says YES as does 66% of self-identified Christians. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Boy Scouts have fallen on hard times

Mon, Jul 5, 2021 at 9:00 am

The Boy Scouts have fallen on hard times

VERBATIM: Eight years ago, the venerable organization decided to lift its ban on homosexual youth and adult counselors. At the time the Scouts boasted 2.7 million members. Today — .7. That’s right, two million kids have been pulled out of the Boy Scouts by their parents since the group embraced the LGBT agenda. Meanwhile, membership in Christian alternatives such as Trail Life USA has been surging as moms and dads look for a safe place to put their youngsters. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Wisconsin introduces gender-neutral birth certificates

Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Wisconsin introduces gender-neutral birth certificates

VERBATIM: Not for baby — for mom and dad. The state’s Department of Health Services has announced that parents in the state will now be able to select gender-neutral terms for themselves instead of father or mother on their child’s birth certificate. Democratic Governor Tony Evers has been pushing the change saying that “Wisconsin families are diverse and should be valued and respected.” The new options include the terms “parent-parent” and “mother-father”. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Are you going back to church?

Fri, Jul 2, 2021 at 9:46 am

Are you going back to church?

VERBATIM: A new AP-NORC poll finds that 25% of people who used to attend worship at least once a month BEFORE the big pandemic shutdown, are NOT planning to return in the near future. That doesn’t mean they are NEVER coming back and some of those folks may have become comfortable with on-line services. But the AP-NORC numbers join other polls in suggesting that the pandemic has changed the way Americans worship — perhaps forever. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A controversy is brewing over a beloved author

Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 9:48 am

A controversy is brewing over a beloved author

VERBATIM: J.R.R. Tolkien in a literary legend. Billllions love the “Lord Of The Rings” and his other books and Christians have a special fondness for what many see as the allegorical elements in them. But now The Tolkien Society is going woke. The 52-year-old organization’s summer seminar has been dubbed “Tolkien and Diversity” and will feature forums such as “A Brief Introduction to Transgender Realities in The Lord of the Rings”. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Some changes are coming to the New Jersey prison system

Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 9:46 am

Some changes are coming to the New Jersey prison system

VERBATIM: Officials are now housing inmates based on their so-called “gender identity”. The new policy stems from a lawsuit filed in 2019 by a transgender person who said he was forced to live in men’s prisons for a year and a half. Under the new policy, transgender people will be housed according to the gender they identify with rather than by what is listed on their birth certificate. New Jersey inmates will be able to change their gender as many times as the wish. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is in Miami

Tue, Jun 29, 2021 at 9:30 am

The Billy Graham Rapid Response Team is in Miami

VERBATIM: Chaplains and trauma counselors from the ministry are helping the relatives of those who were in that condo building that collapsed last week. Spokesman Josh Holland says “Our crisis-trained chaplains are available to listen, and we want all of those who were impacted—including the first responders who are part of the search-and-rescue efforts—to know that God still loves them and cares about them, even in the midst of such pain and sadness.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Southern Baptist Convention takes on China

Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 11:37 am

The Southern Baptist Convention takes on China

VERBATIM: A resolution has been adopted that condemns the persecution of Muslim Uighurs by the Communist government, calling it “genocide”. This makes the SBC the first major Christian denomination in this country to take a formal stand against China’s abuses. The resolution also calls on the Biden administration to “prioritize the admission of Uighurs to this country as refugees, and provide resources for their support and resettlement.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Concerns about religious freedom in Algeria

Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 9:41 am

Concerns about religious freedom in Algeria

VERBATIM: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has released a statement condemning several court decisions in the north African that restrict Christians’ religious freedom. The Commission points to “Recent decisions by Algerian courts to sentence Christians accused of blasphemy and proselytizing to multi-year prison sentences and to seal protestant churches.” The statement adds that “the country is headed in the wrong direction.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A veiled threat from the Biden administration

Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 9:40 am

A veiled threat from the Biden administration

VERBATIM: The Department of Education has sent a letter to schools all across the country, warning them not to discriminate against transgender students. The letter warns that the department will “fully enforce Title Nine to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in education programs and activities that receive federal funding.” The announcement comes as several state pass laws to bar males from competing against females in school sports. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Christians are under siege in yet another African nation

Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 8:32 am

Christians are under siege in yet another African nation

VERBATIM: A report from a group of Christian relief agencies says Muslim terrorists are attacking believers in Mozambique. Open Doors USA recently added the country to its World Watch List — a ranking of the places in the world where it is most dangerous to be a Christian. Muslim terrorism is spreading all across sub-Saharan Africa and the region’s weak governments are finding themselves unable to stem the tide. Other nations under siege include Nigeria, Mali, Chad and Niger. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

 

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Pastors weigh in on sexual abuse

Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 8:31 am

Pastors weigh-in on sexual abuse

VERBATIM: LifeWay Research is out with a new poll that finds 83% of America’s Protestant clergymen say if a fellow pastor commits child sexual abuse, he should be kicked out of his job PERMANENTLY. They are a little more lenient when it comes to the question of sexual assault and abuse of an adult 74% of pastors say a clergyman guilty of that crime should be expelled for ever. But only 27% want a pastor removed permanently for consensual adultery. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Southern Baptist Convention takes on China

Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 8:48 am

The Southern Baptist Convention takes on China

VERBATIM: A resolution has been adopted that condemns the persecution of Muslim Uighurs by the Communist government, calling it “genocide”. This makes the SBC the first major Christian denomination in this country to take a formal stand against China’s abuses. The resolution also calls on the Biden administration to “prioritize the admission of Uighurs to this country as refugees, and provide resources for their support and resettlement.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Most Americans care about religious freedom

Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 8:47 am

Most Americans care about religious freedom

VERBATIM: Rasmussen Reports and Summit.org are out with a new poll that finds 82% of Americans say freedom of practice one’s faith is very important to the health of the country. 86% of Republicans agree as do 79% of Democrats. Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit.org says “In an era of hyper-partisanship, freedom of religion retains broad, bi-partisan support among Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Biden administration makes another overture to the transgender community

Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 10:10 am

The Biden administration makes another overture to the transgender community

VERBATIM: The Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing to offer transgender veterans sex change operations. VA Secretary Dennis McDonough made the announcement at a recent Pride Month event in Orlando, Florida. McDonough says the move is “the right thing to do to overcome a dark history of discrimination”. The announcement is the latest in a series of moves by the president to cater to transgender individuals in the military. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The IRS rejects a faith-based non-profit

Tue, Jun 22, 2021 at 10:09 am

The IRS rejects a faith-based non-profit

VERBATIM: Christians Engaged describes its mission as educating and empowering believers to pray for America, pray for our leaders and vote. But the IRS has denied the organization tax-exempt status, stating in a letter that “Bible teachings are typically affiliated with the Republican party and candidates.” First Liberty Institute is appealing the decision. Spokesman Lea Patterson says “Only a politicized IRS could see Americans who pray for their nation and vote as a threat.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Christians are happier in their marriages

Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 9:59 am

Christians are happier in their marriages

VERBATIM: New data released by the Barna Group reveals that 93% of practicing Christians say they are satisfied with the relationship they have with their spouse. Compare that to 75% of non-believers. In other findings — Americans who are unhappy with their marriage are much more likely now than ever before to seek counseling with a professional. And the younger a person is, the more open they are to seeking marital counseling. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

 

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The Republican Party has a problem

Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 9:58 am

The Republican Party has a problem

VERBATIM: Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel angered a lot of Christians recently when she issued a Tweet celebrating June as Homosexual Pride Month, adding “The GOP is proud to have doubled out LGBTQ support over the past four years.” Now the American Family Association is urging Christians to withhold donations to the Republican Party and instead contribute directly to the campaigns of GOP candidates they support. The AFA is also circulating an on-line petition. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

 

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A complaint against Planned Parenthood

Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 11:28 am

A complaint against Planned Parenthood

VERBATIM: New Hampshire Right to Life has sent a letter to the Small Business Administration, charging that the nation’s largest abortion provider improperly obtained Paycheck Protection Program loans during the worst of the pandemic. The complaint points out that the loans were designated for small businesses with 500 or less employees. Planned Parenthood has a lot more workers than that and net earnings in the millions of dollars. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A victory for the Babylon Bee

Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 8:47 am

A victory for the Babylon Bee

VERBATIM: The popular website produces Christians satire, with goofy headlines such as “Biden Gets No Pudding Cup Today As Punishment For Taking A Question”. But the New York Times apparently hasn’t been getting the jokes. In March the paper called The Babylon Bee a “far-right misinformation site”. The Bee called its lawyers and the Times has now published a correction. Website CEO Seth Dillon says “The NY Times was using misinformation to smear us.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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UNICEF retreats

Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 8:46 am

UNICEF retreats

VERBATIM: The United Nation’s children’s agency has bowed to pressure from groups around the globe and withdrawn a report that downplays the harm pornography does to kids. C-FAM quotes the report as saying that denying young people access to porn might violate their human rights. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation says “We are thankful to UNICEF for responding to international concern and clarifying their position that pornography harms children.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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