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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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How do you feel about the death penalty?

Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 9:15 am

How do you feel about the death penalty?

VERBATIM: A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds White Evangelicals are most supportive of capital punishment — 75%. White Mainline Protestants are right behind at 73%, Hispanic Catholics are next at 61%. At the other end of the spectrum, atheists are the group most likely to OPPOSE the death penalty — 65% are against it, as are agnostics. Over all, 60% of the general U.S. population approves of capital punishment — 39% say no. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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They’re after Jack Phillips again

Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 9:14 am

They’re after Jack Phillips again

VERBATIM: The Christian baker from Colorado spent years in court fighting off homosexuals that demanded he bake them a wedding cake. NOW the transgender wing is after him. Phillips has been fined 500 dollars by a court in Denver for refusing to bake a cake that celebrates a person’s transition from one gender to the other. He’s being represented by Alliance Defending Freedom “Jack Phillips shouldn’t be forced to create custom cakes with messages that violate his conscience.” The ruling will be appealed. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A complaint against Planned Parenthood

Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 8:42 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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The Southern Baptist Convention has a new president

Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 8:41 am

The Southern Baptist Convention has a new president

VERBATIM: Pastor Ed Litton was selected at the annual summer meeting in Nashville Tuesday. He leads Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama and replaces J.D. Greer, who had to serve an extra year due to the pandemic. After the vote Litton said “It is a tremendous honor that Great Commission Baptists would put their trust and dependence upon me for this very important role in our fellowship and our convention of churches.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The battle over transgenderism continues in northern Virginia

Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 8:50 am

The battle over transgenderism continues in northern Virginia

VERBATIM: The Loudoun County Public School system plans to appeal a judge’s order to reinstate a suspended gym teacher who spoke at a school board meeting against a proposal requiring that transgender students be addressed by their preferred pronouns. The Virginia State Supreme Court is now being asked to intervene. A lower court judge found that Tanner Cross was exercising his right to free speech when he told the board he couldn’t abide by the proposal because he is a Christian. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another victory for religious freedom

Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 11:10 am

Another victory for religious freedom

VERBATIM: The state of Nevada will pay Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley 175,000 dollars in legal fees over a corona virus legal fight. The church argued that Nevada’s restrictions were harder on houses of worship than on any business or other secular institution. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Calvary Chapel last December and the legal fees are part of a settlement with the state. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Democrats seek to make abortion permanent

Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 8:52 am

Democrats seek to make abortion permanent

VERBATIM: Worried that the Supreme Court might one day overturn Roe versus Wade, Democratic lawmakers have introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act. The measure would make abortion a part of federal law, preventing states from taking action. Jennifer Popik of National Right to Life says “This legislation would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion and would prohibit states from adopting new protective laws in the future.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Biden administration issues a warning

Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 8:50 am

The Biden administration issues a warning

VERBATIM: Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona tells ESPN that states passing laws to bar males from competing against females in sports could be in trouble with the federal government. Cardona says “We do have a responsibility to protect the civil rights of students, and if we feel the civil rights are being violated, we will act. It is not tolerable that some students cannot participate because of their gender.” Several states are considering transgender sports laws. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A call for decency on streaming platforms

Thu, Jun 10, 2021 at 8:41 am

A call for decency on streaming platforms

VERBATIM: The Parents Television and Media Council says Congress and the FCC must do something about the unrestricted smut that is flowing from America’s major streaming services, in many cases right into the eyes and ears of children. Council President Tim Winter says “Families urgently need basic protections from the increasingly explicit programming that is so pervasive on today’s media platforms; and they need the ease of functionality to use those protections.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Americans weigh-in on the transgender sports controversy

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Americans weigh-in on the transgender sports controversy

VERBATIM: Nearly two-thirds of respondents to a new Gallup Poll say males should NOT be allowed to compete against females in sports. In fact, majorities of almost all major demographic groups feel the same way, including 72% of men, 53% of women, 86% of Republicans and 59% of young adults. In fact, the only group that FAVORS letting males compete against females in athletics are DEMOCRATS — 55% think it’s a good idea. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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