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Satanic imagery was featured at the Grammys again

Tue, Feb 7, 2023 at 10:00 am

Satanic imagery was featured at the Grammys again

VERBATIM: The big music awards show took place Sunday night and amongst the performers was Sam Smith, who wore devil’s horns and an all-red costume to sing the song “Unholy”. Last year, rapper Lil’ Nas performed his hit song “Montero”, the video for which includes Nas cavorting with Satan. Critics point out that there have been rock groups that dabbled in satanism for decades, but lately the imagery seems to be coming out in the open — often on network TV. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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U.S. airlines are embracing transgenderism

Mon, Feb 6, 2023 at 10:21 am

U.S. airlines are embracing transgenderism

VERBATIM: The Wall Street Journal reports that Delta, Jet Blue, Alaska Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are amongst the carriers that will now allow male and female flight attendants to dress in the uniforms of the opposite sex. Virgin Atlantic recently did an advertising tie-in with the TV show Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Meanwhile, British Airways says it won’t go that far, it WILL allow male pilots and flight attendants to wear makeup, women’s jewelry and carry purses. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The Satanic Temple is getting into the abortion business

Fri, Feb 3, 2023 at 9:42 am

The Satanic Temple is getting into the abortion business

VERBATIM: The organization says it is opening a telehealth abortion clinic in New Mexico. The Satanists call abortion one of their “rituals” and argue that it should be protected under the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom. The New Mexico facility will actually be called the “Satanic Abortion Clinic” and will provide abortion pills through the mail for women who seek them. The Satanic Temple says it will also provide funding for women to travel to abortion-friendly states. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Is there an anti-woke rebellion going on in the NHL?

Wed, Feb 1, 2023 at 11:09 am

Is there an anti-woke rebellion going on in the National Hockey League?

VERBATIM: Well, something’s up. Last week the New York Rangers were hosting LGBT pride night at their arena. Team officials announced that the players would be wearing LGBT pride jerseys and rainbow tape on their sticks during pre-game warm-ups. But when the players came skating out, NONE of them were wearing the pride gear. One week earlier, a similar event was planned for the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Ivan Provorov refused to participate. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The United Methodist Church continues to shrink

Tue, Jan 31, 2023 at 9:15 am

The United Methodist Church continues to shrink

VERBATIM: Incredibly, more than 1,800 more congregations quit the denomination in 2022 — this after years of churches leaving over the on-going dispute around issues of homosexuality. There was an acceleration last year, however, likely due to the fact that UMC leaders are apparently ready to approve a formal split. The exodus is powered primarily by conservative churches that oppose the UMC’s embrace of same-sex marriage and homosexual ordination. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Indictments handed up in attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers

Fri, Jan 27, 2023 at 9:38 am

Indictments have been handed up in attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers

VERBATIM: A federal grand jury has charged two Florida men with vandalizing pro-life facilities in Winter Haven, Hollywood and Hialeah. Marjorie Dannenfelser of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America says it’s about time, adding “Since the leak of the Dobbs decision eight months ago, there have been at least 79 attacks — including firebombings and threats of violence — on pregnancy centers and other nonprofits working to save lives.” She credits GOP lawmakers for pressuring the Department of Justice. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The international governing body of track and field ponders transgenderism

Thu, Jan 26, 2023 at 9:55 am

The international governing body of track and field ponders transgenderism

VERBATIM: Officials with World Athletics may place more restrictions on men who want to compete against women. While the new rules under consideration would not place an outright ban on males in female sports, it would establish further limits on who can compete and how. It’s being reported that a new, lower limit on testosterone numbers is in play, amongst other things. World Athletics will reported make a final decision sometime in March. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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America’s parents talk about faith and their children

Wed, Jan 25, 2023 at 10:48 am

America’s parents talk about faith and their children

VERBATIM: A new poll from the Pew Research Center finds that most moms and dads are NOT necessarily trying to pass their beliefs about God down to their kids. Just 35% of respondents say it is important to them that their children share their religious beliefs. In fact, White Evangelical Protestants are the only group in which a majority of parents — 70% — say it’s very important that their kids grow up to have the same religious faith as mom and dad. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new look at abortion and race in America

Tue, Jan 24, 2023 at 11:39 am

A new look at abortion and race in America

VERBATIM: In its annual analysis, the National Right To Life Committee reports that black women account for nearly 40% of all abortions in this country, despite the fact that they represent less than 10% of the population. In fact, minorities have more than two-thirds of all abortions performed in the United States. NRLC says this is due, in large part, to the fact that groups like Planned Parenthood specifically market abortion to women of color. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The vice president makes a change to a famous document

Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 11:12 am

The vice president makes a change to a famous document

VERBATIM: Kamala Harris was speaking in Florida on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the now-defunct Roe versus Wade decision. She decried the repeal of that law saying “America is a promise. A promise we made in the Declaration of Independence, that we are each endowed with the right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Many observers pointed out that she failed to mention the FIRST of those three famous rights enshrined by the Founders: The right to LIFE. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Party City is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Sun, Jan 22, 2023 at 2:21 pm

Party City is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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The filing comes as the company struggles with rising prices and a pullback in customer spending. The company, which operates more than 800 company-owned and franchise stores throughout North America, has faced increased competition from Walmart and Target. That pressure has intensified in an era of rising prices, including for helium used in party balloons, and slowing consumer demand.

 

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A troubling new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research

Fri, Jan 20, 2023 at 9:14 am

A troubling new report from the National Bureau of Economic Research

VERBATIM: It concludes that so-called “deaths of despair” — those caused by suicide, drugs and alcohol — went up sharply amongst middle-aged white Americans in the late 20th century, due to LOWER CHURCH ATTENDANCE. The paper says “We know of no other cultural phenomenon that matches the seemingly idiosyncratic patterns observed for mortality.” It also finds that in states where church attendance is higher, deaths of despair are lower. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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New York City is handing out free abortion pills

Thu, Jan 19, 2023 at 10:34 am

New York City is handing out free abortion pills

VERBATIM: Democratic Mayor Eric Adams says he’s making the drugs available at four city-run health clinics. Altogether, those four facilities could dispense as many as 10,000 of the deadly pills every year. New York would appear to be the first city in the country to offer the drugs publicly and for free. Earlier this month the Biden administration cleared the way for abortifacients to be sold over the counter in all drug stores and grocery store pharmacies. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A warning for drug stores in Florida

Wed, Jan 18, 2023 at 12:12 pm

A warning for drug stores in Florida

VERBATIM: The FDA has made it legal for pharmacies across the nation to dispense abortion pills over the counter — but not in the Sunshine State. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has sent a letter to drug stores and groceries reminding them that state law still bars women from getting abortifacients from anybody but a doctor. Florida law states that “willfully violating these provisions could result in criminal penalties.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A devastating new report on pornography and kids

Tue, Jan 17, 2023 at 9:43 am

A devastating new report on pornography and kids

VERBATIM: The poll was released by Common Sense Media and perhaps the headline is that 15% of America’s children admit that they first viewed on-line porn at the age of 10 or YOUNGER. 39% saw adult images on their phone or computer between the ages of 11 and 13. Overall, about 75% of young people say they were introduced to porn when they were teenagers. A significant percentage of those kids say they first saw it accidentally. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Another dubious field trip for some public school students

Fri, Jan 13, 2023 at 9:37 am

Another dubious field trip for some public school students

VERBATIM: There’s an uproar in Rochester Hills, Michigan now that photos have emerged of kids from Hart Middle School at Niki’s Pizza in Detroit. The problem is, Niki’s also runs a risque lounge and the pictures appear to show the students trying out the stripper poles there. A parent and trustee of the school blew the whistle. This incident echoes one in 2021 when an elementary school in Broward County sent children to an local homosexual bar for lunch. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Preparing for a religious freedom gathering in Washington D.C.

Thu, Jan 12, 2023 at 11:19 am

Preparing for a religious freedom gathering in Washington D.C.

VERBATIM: Senators Jacky Rosen and Roger Wicker will serve as honorary chairmen of the International Religious Freedom Summit running January 31st through February 1st. Organizers of the gathering include the Religious Freedom Institute, the Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation, among others. Summit officials say they want to develop “a grassroots movement to protect the fundamental right to freedom of religion.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A new poll reveals what Christians read

Wed, Jan 11, 2023 at 10:01 am

A new poll reveals what Christians read

VERBATIM: Specifically, what they study when they are “spending time alone with God”. According to a Life Way Research poll, people with Evangelical beliefs are most likely to read THE BIBLE during their spiritual study time. Those Christians WITHOUT Evangelical beliefs prefer to read devotional books. Some pastor and other experts warn that while a good devotional is of great value, too many believers are neglecting to spend enough time reading actual scripture. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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Are you scared?

Tue, Jan 10, 2023 at 10:55 am

Are you scared?

VERBATIM: If you’re not — you’re in the minority. A new CBS News-You Gov poll finds 71% of American say they are scared or angry about the direction the country is heading in. Meanwhile, a Morning Consult report reveals that only 36% of Millennials and 16% of Gen-Z say they’re proud to be Americans. Christian researcher George Barna recently predicted that the U.S. is approaching a “point of no return”. Franklin Graham says it’s time for Christians to emphasize evangelism. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A leading evangelist offer some advice to young people

Mon, Jan 9, 2023 at 8:52 am

A leading evangelist offer some advice to young people

VERBATIM: Get off social media. Louie Giglio told Millennials and Gen-Z Christians at the Passion 2023 Conference last week that social media is pointless. Giglio says Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok and the rest are eating up young people’s time, adding “When I give God my attention, He gets the glory and I get God. And when I get God, I get the very best thing that there is on the planet. And you and I need to heighten our desire to guard our attention.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A victory for women’s rights in West Virginia

Fri, Jan 6, 2023 at 10:30 am

A victory for women’s rights in West Virginia

VERBATIM: A federal judge has ruled that the state’s new law banning males from competing against females in school sports IS constitutional. The ACLU had filed suit on behalf of an 11-year-old boys who wanted to join the girls cross country team at a middle school in Harrison County. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says “this is not only about simple biology, but fairness for women’s sports, plain and simple.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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The CDC is pushing the LGBT agenda in the classroom

Thu, Jan 5, 2023 at 11:38 am

The CDC is pushing the LGBT agenda in the classroom

VERBATIM: A new document on the agency’s youth website it entitled “LGBTQ Inclusivity in Schools: A Self-Assessment Tool”. It includes resources for public school principals and teachers to help introduce LGBT concepts to their pupils. The CDC has sent out a tweet urging school officials to “Use our LGBTQ inclusivity self-assessment tool to help you quickly gauge inclusivity at your school.” President Biden has made the promotion of the homosexual agenda a key goal of his administration. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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A leading conservative offers an indictment

Wed, Jan 4, 2023 at 11:30 am

A leading conservative offers an indictment

VERBATIM: Dennis Prager says while it pains him to admit it, he now believes that America is the world’s major exporter of destructive ideas. Writing in PJ Media, the Salem Radio Network talk show host points to the Biden administration’s promotion of transgenderism, amongst other things, saying “America’s war on truth, science and children has rendered America increasingly an outlier in the Western world. I never imagined I would ever believe that.” Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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An atheist group is going after some churches

Tue, Jan 3, 2023 at 11:18 am

An atheist group is going after some churches

VERBATIM: The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants the IRS to look into what it calls illegal political activity by congregations in Alaska, California, New Mexico and Texas. The Foundation has spent years trying to get the government to revoke the tax-exempt status of America’s churches. Under current IRS rules, no pastor or congregation can officially endorse a politician by name. However, some Christian lawyers say even that restriction is unconstitutional. Michael Harrington, SRN News.

 

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