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Michael Harrington

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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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The governor of Florida draws a line

Fri, Jun 4, 2021 at 9:51 am

The governor of Florida draws a line

VERBATIM: Republican Ron DeSantis just signed a bill barring males from competing against females in sports and some predict the NCAA will retaliate by refusing to allow championship events in Florida. DeSantis tells Fox News that’s fine by him, saying “If the price of having a tournament is that I have to deny equal opportunity to hundreds of thousands of young girl and women athletes throughout Florida, I am much more willing to stand with the girls.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Florida bans males from competing against females in sports

Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 9:24 am

Florida bans males from competing against females in sports

VERBATIM: Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law on Tuesday, the first day of Homosexual Pride month. Supporters say it’s simple: Biological differences between males and females make it unfair for athletes born as boys to compete on teams for girls and women. Legislatures in 30 other states, most of them Republican-controlled, have considered similar bans. LGBT activist groups are vowing to challenge those statutes in court. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A popular children’s TV show sparks outrage

Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 9:23 am

A popular children’s TV show sparks outrage

VERBATIM: Kid’s have been watching “Blue’s Clues” on Nickelodeon since 1996 — it’s a big hit with youngsters between the ages of three and five. But parents across the country are reacting angrily to a recent episode that promoted the LGBT agenda. It featured a cartoon transvestite singing a song describing all the various kinds of “families” that exist, including same-sex, polyamorous and transgender. The episode was released in honor of Homosexual Pride month. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another major retailer embraces the LGBT agenda

Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 9:22 am

Another major retailer embraces the LGBT agenda

VERBATIM: June is Homosexual Pride Month and Kohl’s, the largest department store in the nation, has released a statement. It features what appears to be a polyamorous family and the statement “At Kohl’s we believe in not just accepting people for who they are, but celebrating them because of it. That’s why we’re excited to celebrate Pride Month not just this month but every day throughout the year.” The chain is also pushing a line of rainbow colored clothing. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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An Olympic weightlifter speaks out

Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 9:21 am

An Olympic weightlifter speaks out

VERBATIM: Anna Vanbellinghen of Belgium in planning to compete in the Tokyo Summer Games in the 87 kilogram class…where she would face New Zealand’s Laura Hubbard, who is actually a man. Hubbard, a man living as a woman, is to become the first openly transgender person to complete in the Olympics and Vanbellinghen says it’s not fair. She tells insidethegames.biz “Anyone that has trained weightlifting at a high level knows this situation is unfair to the sport and to the athletes.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A day of prayer is being planned

Sun, May 30, 2021 at 3:24 pm

A day of prayer is being planned

VERBATIM: The American Family Association is urging believers across the nation to participate in a Day of Prayer and Appreciation for Law Enforcement on Sunday, June 13th. The AFA has released a statement saying “With all the negativity and malice toward those who bravely serve and protect our families, it is important that citizens, and especially Christians, lift up those who wear the badge as local police department, sheriff’s department and state police officers.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A victory for religious freedom in the Sunshine State

Fri, May 28, 2021 at 9:24 am

A victory for religious freedom in the Sunshine State

VERBATIM: Florida State University has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a Catholic student who was kicked off the student senate for criticizing Black Lives Matter and the ACLU. Alliance Defending Freedom filed the action and Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer says “Student governments should be encouraging and respecting robust debate and ideas, not silencing and punishing students for expressing their beliefs. The university has finally reached the right conclusion.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A United Nations agency says pornography is fine for kids

Thu, May 27, 2021 at 9:31 am

A United Nations agency says pornography is fine for kids

VERBATIM: In a report that is sparking outrage around the globe, the UN Children’s Fund has stated that there is no evidence that porn does any harm to youngsters. UNICEF goes on to say that efforts to block children from accessing pornography online might infringe on their human rights. The Biden administration has just renewed its partnership with UNICEF and will provide 300 million dollars in direct funding to the agency. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Presbyterian Church USA continues to lose members

Thu, May 27, 2021 at 9:29 am

The Presbyterian Church USA continues to lose members

VERBATIM: Denominational officials say another 56,000 active members quit in 2020 and more than 100 congregations dissolved as a result. The PCUSA has been in free-fall for years, ever since it decided to formally embrace same-sex marriage and homosexual ordination. The PCUSA, which used to be one of the biggest Protestant denomnations in the country, now has approximately 1.2 million members — down from 1.3. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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How often do you read the Bible?

Wed, May 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

How often do you read the Bible?

VERBATIM: The annual report from the Barna Group and the American Bible Society finds that about one-in-six American adults read the scriptures almost every day. Just over one-third of us reads the Bible once a week or more, while half open it less than twice a year — or never. A grand total of just over 181 million Americans opened a Bible during the year 2020. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Democrats issue a warning

Wed, May 26, 2021 at 10:07 am

Democrats issue a warning

VERBATIM: Several lawmakers are sending a message to the Supreme Court — vote wrong on the Mississippi abortion ban and we’ll pack the court. The Hill quotes Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut as saying “It will inevitably drive an effort to expand the Supreme Court if this activist majority betrays fundamental constitutional principles.” The justices are expected to hear the Mississippi case in the fall and issue a ruling a year from now. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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More trouble for Christians in Nigeria

Tue, May 25, 2021 at 11:31 am

More trouble for Christians in Nigeria

VERBATIM: Eight believers were murdered last week and a church was burned down by suspected radical Muslims. Internationl Christian Concern says the attack took place in troubled Kaduna State where Muslim terrorists have been killing Chrisitans for more than a decade. The Nigerian government has condemned the killings but has so far been unsuccessful in steming the tide of violence that has cost the lives of thousands of Christians and driven more from their homes. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Southern Baptist Convention keeps losing members

Tue, May 25, 2021 at 11:30 am

The Southern Baptist Convention keeps losing members

VERBATIM: In 2019 the largest Protestant denomination in the country reported its biggest membership decline in over a century. Last year was bad too. The latest numbers from the SBC indicate it lost over 400,000 more members — a single-year record decline. A lot of experts are blaming the pandemic, which forced a lot of churches to all but shut down for months. It also heights concerns that people who drifted away from church in 2020 are not coming back. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

 

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Kellogg’s celebrates Homosexual Pride Month

Mon, May 24, 2021 at 11:11 am

Kellogg’s celebrates Homosexual Pride Month

VERBATIM: The giant food company is coming out with a cereal called “Together With Pride”, which is designed to demonstrate it’s support for the LGBT agenda during the month of June. The cereal, which is apparently a heart-shaped version of Fruit Loops featuring edible glitter, features a number of Kellogg’s kid-friendly cartoon characters carrying homosexual pride flags. On the side of the box, children are encouraged to choose their preferred pronouns. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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America needs the Bible

Mon, May 24, 2021 at 11:09 am

America needs the Bible

VERBATIM: That’s what a lot of people think. A new poll from the Barna Group and the American Bible Society finds that 54% of respondants believe the U.S. would be WORSE off were it not for the scriptures. 33% think the Bible doesn’t make any difference and only 14% of Americans say the country would be better off if it didn’t have the Bible. 54% of us also agree that the Bible contains the keys to living a meaningful life. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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President Biden’s faith-based office reaches out to people of no faith

Fri, May 21, 2021 at 9:24 am

President Biden’s faith-based office reaches out to people of no faith

VERBATIM: In 2001, President George W. Bush first established the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in an effort to find ways for the government to work with churches and ministries for the common good. Under President Biden, the office has held a meeting with atheist groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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