Salem Radio Network News Sunday, September 19, 2021

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Michael Harrington

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The corona virus may impact the U.S. birthrate

Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 8:34 am

The corona virus may impact the U.S. birthrate

VERBATIM: A new poll from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine finds that about half of the women who were planning to try and have a child stopped doing so when the pandemic hit. The survey also finds that about half of THAT group have decided not to have children at ALL. Pro-family groups and Evangelicals have been sounding an alarm for some years about America’s declining birthrate. The NYU poll is likely to intensify those concerns. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Atheist billboards are up in Tennessee

Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 8:33 am

Atheist billboards are up in Tennessee

VERBATIM: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has decided to take its message to a state with one of the largest Christian populations. The atheist group is paying for two large billboards in Nashville encouraging people to quit believing in God. One says “Enjoy life now — there is no afterlife.” Several times a year the Foundation uses up a lot of its funds on signs in predominantly Christian areas. There is no statistical evidence to suggest that those signs are having any real effect. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Pro-lifers prepare for the new Supreme Court session

Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 8:22 am

Pro-lifers prepare for the new Supreme Court session

VERBATIM: The justices get back to work next month and a coalition of pro-life groups will hold a prayer rally on the steps of the court October 2nd. The justices are set to hear arguments this fall on a Mississippi abortion case that has the potential to negate Roe versus Wade. Amongst those participating in the rally are: The Family Research Council, the Susan B. Anthony List, Students for Life, American Life League and the Christian Defense Coalition. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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More bad news from Afghanistan

Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 8:21 am

More bad news from Afghanistan

VERBATIM: International Christian Concern is reporting that a number of ministries have lost all contact with Christians inside the country as the Taliban begins to extend its control. ICC spokesman William Stark tells the Christian Post that believers “Are now in hiding because of active threats against their community. Their efforts to lie low in the country makes it hard for someone on the outside to stay in contact.” There are perhaps 12,000 Christians in Afghanistan. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new pro-abortion coalition is forming

Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 9:51 am

A new pro-abortion coalition is forming

VERBATIM: Atheist groups such as the Freedom From Religion Foundation have become super-vocal advocates for abortion in the past couple of years and now they are being joined by Satanists. The Santanic Temple has acutally filed a lawsuit claiming that abortion is part of its religious rituals and therefore should be exempt from any restrictions. The team-up of atheists and Satan worshipers — particularly on this issue — comes as about 25% of Americans say they are non-religious. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Decency advocates have a complaint with Viacom

Wed, Sep 15, 2021 at 9:50 am

Decency advocates have a complaint with Viacom

VERBATIM: Over the weekend the media giant aired the annual MTV Video Music Awards and it was — as it always is — full of adult content that no child should ever see. The problem? Viacom decided to air the show not ONLY on MTV, CMT and a bunch of other TV networks — but also on Nickelodeon, which is a network specifically for children. Monica Cole of One Million Moms says “It is appalling and irresponsible of Viacom and Nickelodeon to air this raunchy awards show. It must stop.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A Christian women’s shelter goes to court

Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 9:53 am

A Christian women’s shelter goes to court

VERBATIM: Downtown Hope Center in Anchorage, Alaska is fighting a city ordinance that would force it to allow men who are living as women to stay with the abused women who are seeking refuge in the shelter. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Downtown Hope and Senior Counsel Kate Anderson says “City officials have no business trying to force the center to violate its beliefs by demanding that the shelter allow men to sleep mere feet from these vulnerable women.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 9:52 am

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

VERBATIM: A majority of Americans call themselves Christian, but a new study from Arizona Christian University finds that not all of them hold orthodox beliefs. Only about half of self-described Christians say they believe the Holy Spirit exists. Lead researcher George Barna says “Christian’ has become somewhat of a generic term rather than a name that reflects a deep commitment to passionately pursuing and being like Jesus Christ.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Alabama expands religious freedom on death row

Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 10:13 am

Alabama expands religious freedom on death row

VERBATIM: The state says it will now let a condemned prisoner’s pastor hold his hand during a lethal injection next month, a decision that was made to end litigation over the issue. Inmate Willie Smith’s request to have his personal clergyman with him as he is put to death turned into a lawsuit prompting the change in Alabama’s execution procedures. Smith was convicted of the 1991 kidnapping and murder of 22-year-old Sharma Ruth Johnson in Birmingham. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new study on women and childbearing

Sun, Sep 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

A new study on women and childbearing

VERBATIM: The numbers come from Johns Hopkins University and they indicate that college educated women are now much more likely to have their first child out of wedlock than women who do not attend college. Johns Hopkins sociologist Andrew Cherlin, who did the research, says “The place of marriage in the sequence of life events for emerging adulthood may be shifting among college graduates.” There is also much less stigma surrounding out-of-wedlock births these days. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The battle over transgenderism in sports widens

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 8:54 am

The battle over transgenderism in sports, widens

VERBATIM: Alliance Defending Freedom, which is fighting to keep boys from competing against girls in Idaho and Connecticut schools, has now taken similar action in West Virginia. ADF attorneys for a West Virginia State University female athlete have filed a motion asking that a federal district court allow her to defend the state’s Save Women’s Sports Act. That measure, which bars boys from girls sports, is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A warning about TikTok

Fri, Sep 10, 2021 at 8:53 am

A warning about TikTok

VERBATIM: An investigation by the Wall Street Journal concludes that the super-popular social media platform is serving up content rife with sexual content and drug use to children as young as 13. The Journal set up several bot accounts posing as young kids, and found they were quickly routed by TikTok to videos featuring adult content and narcotics use. Decency groups have been urging the Biden administration to do something to protect America’s children on social media. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Church of Wales embraces same-sex marriage

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 9:58 am

The Church of Wales embraces same-sex marriage

VERBATIM: The bishops have decided to allow individual clergymen to hold services of blessing when two men or two women enter into a civil marriage. The Church of Wales will NOT allow actual homosexual wedding ceremonies inside its sanctuaries, but many critics say it’s only a matter of time before THAT happens. In a statement that has further irritated conservatives, Bishop Gregory Cameron says he believes the church has “done the right thing under God for the LGBT community.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new study on women and childbearing

Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 9:57 am

A new study on women and childbearing

VERBATIM: The numbers come from Johns Hopkins University and they indicate that college educated women are now much more likely to have their first child out of wedlock than women who do not attend college. Johns Hopkins sociologist Andrew Cherlin, who did the research, says “The place of marriage in the sequence of life events for emerging adulthood may be shifting among college graduates.” There is also much less stigma surrounding out-of-wedlock births these days. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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State Department is being urged to save Christians from Afghanistan

Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 11:11 am

The State Department is being urged to save Christians from Afghanistan

VERBATIM: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom says believers from that country should be prioritized under the department’s Refugee Admissions Program. A statement from the USCIRF adds “The outlook for Afghanistan’s religious minorities is particularly bleak, with threats of Taliban persecution mounting.” The Commission also wants the Taliban to be re-designated as an Entity of Particular Concern by the State Department. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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America’s corporations take a stand for abortion

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

America’s corporations take a stand for abortion

VERBATIM: You’ve heard the term — Woke Capital — a catch-all phrase for growing number of companies that are militantly leftist. Well now Woke Capital is organizing to fight the new law in Texas that would outlaw most abortions. Uber and Lyft say they will cover the legal fees of any driver who is sued for taking a woman to a clinic for an illegal abortion. Dating apps Tinder and Bumble say they’ll pay for women to get abortions outside the state and are donation to abortion providers. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A Christian teacher fights for religious freedom in Virginia

Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 8:59 am

A Christian teacher fights for religious freedom in Virginia

VERBATIM: Peter Vlaming, a French teacher at West Point High School, was fired for refusing to use the prefered pronouns of a transgender student. He says he would be violating his Christian faith to do so. Vlaming has been fighting in court for some time now and has finally appealed his case to the Virginia Supreme Court. Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the teacher and says “Peter has every right to fight this unlawful decision by the school board, and we will be defending him every step of the way.” Michael Haqrrington, SrNNews.

 

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An appeal from the American Family Association

Sun, Sep 5, 2021 at 7:14 am

An appeal from the American Family Association

VERBATIM: With every indicator showing that Christianity is in decline in this country, the AFA is urging churches to emphasize Biblical teaching. Ministry spokesman Ed Vitagliano says “Church leaders must return to unapologetically teaching the truth. Christians in the pews must be bold in their witness for Christ and prepare themselves to disciple those who turn to the faith. Who will be saved if no one preaches the truth to them?” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Google gets a thumbs up from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Fri, Sep 3, 2021 at 9:46 am

Google gets a thumbs up from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

VERBATIM: The organization says it has removed the Chromebook from its 2021 Dirty Dozen List because of security upgrades made by the company. The Center says “The improvements were long sought-after and ultimately will limit the amount of exposure to harmful content and potential predators through school-issued Chromebooks.” The Dirty Dozen is an annual list of mainstream companies that contribute to sexual exploitation. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Do you know your neighbors?

Thu, Sep 2, 2021 at 8:47 am

Do you know your neighbors?

VERBATIM: Life Way Research, a Christian polling organization, reports that despite the apparent fragmentation of American society, 59% of the general population says they know many of the people who live near to them by name. What’s more, 68% say trust the people who live in their local community. Christians are more likely than non-religious Americans to say they know their neighbors and trust them. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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New concerns about the draft

Thu, Sep 2, 2021 at 8:46 am

New concerns about the draft

VERBATIM: Tucked away in the current Pentagon funding legislation going before the House of Representatives this week is a provision that would require all women to register for the draft at age 18. Christians, conservatives and a growing number of defense groups oppose the move. Elainne Donnely of the Center for Military Readiness says “Misguided official decisions, designed to promote social agendas over military readiness, can do grievous harm.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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An appeal from the American Family Association

Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 9:34 am

An appeal from the American Family Association

VERBATIM: With every indicator showing that Christianity is in decline in this country, the AFA is urging churches to emphasize Biblical teaching. Ministry spokesman Ed Vitagliano says “Church leaders must return to unapologetically teaching the truth. Christians in the pews must be bold in their witness for Christ and prepare themselves to disciple those who turn to the faith. Who will be saved if no one preaches the truth to them?” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new analysis of the 2020 election

Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 9:33 am

A new analysis of the 2020 election

VERBATIM: According to the Pew Research Center, the vast majority of white Evangelical Protestants voted for President Trump, who also did well — in general — with anybody who attends church regularly. By contrast, Joe Biden was most popular with Black Protestants and the religiously UN-affiliated. Amongst Catholics — the largest single denominational group in the country — regular church attendees went for Trump — the more lacidasical voted for Biden. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Jewish High Holy Days are just around the corner

Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 8:51 am

The Jewish High Holy Days are just around the corner

VERBATIM: Rosh Hashanah — the new year celebration — begins at sundown on September 6th and Jews around the world are preparing. The pandemic is still a problem in a lot of places, but it’s expected many Jews will be somewhat more free to celebrate this this year as compared with 2020. A week later it’s Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanah is a festive occasion, marked by feating. Yom Kippur is more solemn and contemplative. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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