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Michael Harrington

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A new report on global religious persecution

Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 10:19 am

A new report on global religious persecution

VERBATIM: Aid To The Church In Need reports that 51% of the people on earth — about four billion — live in countries where religious persecution is deemed to be extreme. 26 nations qualify for that designation ACN’s 2021 Religious Freedom in the World Report. Muslim terrorism is the biggest problem. The report says “A crescent of jihadist violence stretches from Mali to Mozambique in Sub-Saharan Africa, to the Comoros in the Indian Ocean, and to the Philippines in the South China Sea”. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Biden administration has given up on international religious freedom

Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 10:18 am

The Biden administration has given up on international religious freedom

VERBATIM: That’s the word from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He tells the Christian Post “For four years, the Trump administration and the State Department, when I was leading it, placed a real premium on working around the world to promote religious freedom. I have watched the Biden administration de-prioritize this issue.” Pompeo wonders if the U.S. doesn’t promote religious freedom around the globe — who will? Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another poll finds the next generation is quitting church

Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 11:52 am

Another poll finds the next generation is quitting church

VERBATIM: This one comes from Young America’s Foundation and it reveals that about 30% of today’s high school and college students NEVER attend religious services of any king. College kids are less likely that those in high school to be going to church on Sunday. And amongst the roughly 70% who DO attend services, large percentages of them do so only occassionally or on certain holidays. About 50% of respondents identify with NOT specific religion. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new study finds church attendance declining amongst African-Americans

Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 11:51 am

A new study finds church attendance declining amongst African-Americans

VERBATIM: The results of the Pew Research Center poll mirror what’s happening in virtually every other racial group and in the U.S. at large. While over 70% of black senior citizens say they attend worship services regularly, only about 50% black Millennials do so and the numbers fall off even further amongst Generation Z — the youngest African-Americans. Older people are more likely to attend majority-black congregations — younger people, less so. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A warning from World Vision

Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 9:20 am

A warning from World Vision

VERBATIM: The giant Christian relief agency says more than seven million people in six African countries are facing starvation. World Vision spokesman Debebe Dawitt tells the Christian Post “The situation is very severe in East Africa, and particularly Ethiopia. Conflict, COVID-19, flooding, locust infestation, all these are adding an additional burden to the community.” He says the international community needs to take action immediately, or face a catastrophe. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Mike Pompeo has a job at Liberty University

Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 12:04 pm

Mike Pompeo has a job at Liberty University. SRN’s Michael Harrington reports.

VERBATIM: President Trump’s Secretary of State is taking the post of senior advisor at the school’s Standing For Freedom Center. Liberty says Pompeo will use his expertise to advance religious freedom. Pompeo tells the Christian Post the Center has a “deep commitment for a set of issues I’ve cared about for a good part of my life — the capacity for every human being to exercise their God-given rights to practice their faith, or if they choose, not to practice their faith.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

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A leading Evangelical blasts the church in America

Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 6:54 am

A leading Evangelical blasts the church in America

VERBATIM: Samuel Rodriquez is a megachurch pastor and the head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and he says a lot of believers have become seduced by liberal thinking. He tells The Rubin Report “Somehow, race just became God. Race and sexuality became idols, and we are worshiping on the altar of the gods created by culture.” He also warns that the government is infringing on the religious freedom of all Americans. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new finding about African-American Christians

Fri, Apr 16, 2021 at 6:53 am

A new finding about African-American Christians

VERBATIM: The Barna Group has released a study that indicates black church-goers are MORE likely than the back population in general, to identify as Democrats. In all, 76% of African-Americans who attend worship regularly say they are Democrats, compared to 67% of ALL African-Americans. As with religious communities of ALL stripes, the ranks of black Christians in this country are declining as young people turn away from faith. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Three Christian schools fight for their beliefs

Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 8:52 am

Three Christian schools fight for their beliefs

VERBATIM: Corban University, William Jessup University, and Phoenix Seminary are being sued by LGBT activists, who want the school to be barred from accepting students who get federal financial aid, unless the schools abandon their Christian beliefs. Specifically, the plaintiffs want the schools to embrace same-sex marriage and transgenderism. David Cortman of Alliance Defending Freedom says “No court should grant a request to rewrite federal law and strong-arm religious colleges.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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An effort is being made to overturn New York’s prohibition on incest

Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 8:51 am

An effort is being made to overturn New York’s prohibition on incest

VERBATIM: An adult who is seeking to marry one of their own, adult children has filed suit to overturn the state law, argue that the ban on incest “diminishes the plaintiff’s humanity”. The plaintiff has filed the suit anonymously. It is unclear which way the court will rule, but analysts say the incest taboo is primarily rooted in America’s Judeo-Christian ethic — which has been overruled repeated on issues such as homosexuality and transgenderism. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The NCAA supports transgenderism

Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 9:32 am

The NCAA supports transgenderism

VERBATIM: The governing body for college sports has released a statement saying that it unequivocally endorses the right of males to complete against females in the spirit of “inclusion and fair competition.” There’s also a warning for the multiple states that are working on legislation that would keep men OUT of women’s sports: “We will continue to closely monitor these situations to determine whether NCAA championships can be conducted in ways that are welcoming and respectful.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Congress hears testimony against Pornhub

Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 9:32 am

Congress hears testimony against Pornhub

VERBATIM: The largest internet purveyor of pornography is on the hot seat as advocates for victims of sex trafficking accuse it of breaking the law. Lawmakers recently heard from experts organized by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, who explained how Pornhub victimizes women. Brook Bello of More Too Life told members of Congress that the company’s “empire of exploitation is built on the monetization of sexual abuse and exploitation of children.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws snare two more victims

Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 7:45 am

Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws snare two more victims

VERBATIM: This time it’s a pair of Christian nurses, arrested and charged with defaming the Koran. They allegedly removed a sticker bearing a verse from the Muslim book from a cupboard at the hospital where they work. The two are NOT up for capital punishment but COULD be sentenced to life in prison. Pakistan’s blasphemy statutes have been criticized by human rights activists and religious freedom proponents around the world for decades. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A warning from World Vision

Tue, Apr 13, 2021 at 7:44 am

A warning from World Vision

VERBATIM: The giant Christian relief agency says more than seven million people in six African countries are facing starvation. World Vision spokesman Debebe Dawitt tells the Christian Post “The situation is very severe in East Africa, and particularly Ethiopia. Conflict, COVID-19, flooding, locust infestation, all these are adding an additional burden to the community.” He says the international community needs to take action immediately, or face a catastrophe. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A profile of Americans who oppose the LGBT agenda

Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 9:46 am

A profile of Americans who oppose the LGBT agenda

VERBATIM: Same-sex marriage and other homosexual practices are increasingly being embraced by the general population, but there is a small group that consistently rejects the agenda. A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute finds those who are completely against LGBT are more likely to be Christians, Republicans, in the older age bracket and white. About one-in-three Americans who oppose the homosexual agenda identify as Evangelicals. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Should the president receive communion?

Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 9:45 am

Should the president receive communion?

VERBATIM: The situation is clear: The Catholic church forbids abortion. Joe Biden, who claims to be a Catholic, supports the practice. But members of the church can’t seem to agree on whether or not he should be barred from receiving communion. A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds 55% of Republican Catholics say NO, the president should NOT be allowed to participate in that sacrament. But 87% of DEMOCRATIC Catholics say he SHOULD be allowed. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Leading Christians will hold a two-day prayer event this week

Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 10:27 am

Leading Christians will hold a two-day prayer event this week

VERBATIM: It’s called America’s Prayer Meeting and will take place on Monday and Tuesday. Amongst the leaders of the national, virtual event are Dr. Dave Butts, chair of the National Prayer Committee; Judge Vance Day of Promise Keepers and Kathy Branzel of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. The Central Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina will host. Information on how to join the livestream of the event can be found at americapray.net. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another attempt to pass a pro-life bill in Washington

Sun, Apr 11, 2021 at 10:26 am

Another attempt to pass a pro-life bill in Washington

VERBATIM: Republican lawmakers are trying to revive the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require that babies born alive during failed abortions receive the same medical care as any other baby born prematurely at the same age. Democrats have managed to block the legislation in both the House and the Senate in recent years. The Susan B Anthony list says “The overwhelming majority of Americans want to protect these defenseless babies.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another pro-life bill advances in Tennessee

Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 7:56 am

Another pro-life bill advances in Tennessee

VERBATIM: Republican lawmakers are backing a measure that would require abortion clinics to cremate or bury the remains of unborn babies killed in surgical abortions. The proposal is gaining traction inside the GOP-controlled General Assembly, and while Governor Bill Lee hasn’t publicly weighed in on it, the Republican has repeatedly stressed his opposition to abortion. One lawmaker points out that Tennessee already requires the cremation or burial of pets. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Christian support for Donald Trump did not decline last November

Fri, Apr 9, 2021 at 7:55 am

Christian support for Donald Trump did not decline last November

VERBATIM: According to new analysis of the election by political scientist Ryan Burge of Eastern Illinois University, 80% of White Evangelicals backed President Trump in 2020 — up from the 78% who voted for him four years earlier. Mr. Trump also saw two-point increases in the vote of nonwhite evangelicals, white Catholics, Black Protestants and Jews compared with four years ago. President Biden apparently failed to pick-off any Evangelical votes, despite a costly effort to do so. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The pandemic has fueled anti-Semitism

Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 9:24 am

The pandemic has fueled anti-Semitism

VERBATIM: An annual report by Tel Aviv University researchers finds that corona virus lockdowns shifted more anti-Semitic hatred online, where conspiracy theories blaming Jews for the pandemic abounded. That’s raised concerns about a rise in anti-Semitism in the post-pandemic world. Moshe Kantor of the European Jewish Congress warns that “Anti-Jewish hatred online never stays online. We have to be prepared for physical attacks on Jews when lockdowns end.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new attack on churches in China

Thu, Apr 8, 2021 at 9:23 am

A new attack on churches in China

VERBATIM: Radio Free Asia reports the Communist government is now placing restrictions on five types of social organizations. Religious freedom experts say it’s a not-so-subtle way of striking at the country’s network of private house churches, which refused to register with the government. It remains illegal in China to worship anywhere but inside a state-controlled church. China is in the midst of a multi-year crackdown on Christianity. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Churchgoers talk about what they missed during the worst of the pandemic

Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 9:00 am

Churchgoers talk about what they missed during the worst of the pandemic

VERBATIM: For months, millions of Christians across this country were forced to stay home from church and it was tough. A new poll released by the Barna Group finds that 24% of churchgoers say taking communion was the thing they missed most about in-person church services. 23% most longed for time fellowshipping with fellow congregants and 21% say it was tough not to be able to enjoy a sermon in-person. Others missed Sunday school and Bible study. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

(BARNA.COM)

 

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Another victory for InterVarsity

Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 8:59 am

Another victory for InterVarsity

VERBATIM: Wayne State University in Detroit revoked the Christian group’s club status because it won’t allow non-believers to hold leadership positions. But a federal court says the school can’t do that saying the action “strikes at the heart of the First Amendment and is obviously odious to the Constitution.” A growing number of colleges and universities have been trying this maneuver on InterVarsity, and have been losing consistently in court. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

(CHRISTIANPOST.COM)

 

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