WASHINGTON – The National Religious Broadcasters picked the day of the iPhone 5's unveiling to introduce an Internet free speech charter urging the technology company and other new media websites to embrace the First Amendment as its standard for censorship.
The international association for Christian communicators commended the company during a Wednesday panel discussion for its "spectacular" innovation but chided Apple's refusal to address their censorship of religious material – namely the Manhattan Declaration App.
Apple has resisted Christian leaders' attempts to discuss freedoms for religious expression since the pro-traditional marriage, pro-biblical values online application was taken down from Apple's App Store over two years ago. more >>
As the world remembers the tragedy that struck the Twin Towers in New York City eleven years ago today, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Network has launched a special 9/11 program and a new series that seek to renew Christians' faith in Christ and educate them on the importance of love for their Muslim neighbors.
The first program, "A Wake Up Call for God's People," is a two-hour special airing Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. and midnight ET and hosted by evangelist Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of famed preacher Billy Graham.
According to a press release by the NRB Network, in this special program Lotz will speak on the importance of Christians "waking up" to God's word after the 9/11 tragedy, which took the lives of 3,000 innocent victims. more >>
Dr. Scott Ferguson, assistant professor in the Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies at the University of South Florida, recently joined other colleges around the nation in trying to ban Chick-fil-A from campus. Ferguson has launched an online petition to kick the chicken fast food service out of the school's Marshall Student Center.
By now most of us know that the unpardonable "offense" committed by Chick-fil-A's president, a Christian, was his unabashed support for traditional marriage and his opposition to efforts to redefine the institution. But equally significant is the fact that Dr. Ferguson is using an Internet-based site, change.org, to create his online petition – in effect, using the web as a handy tool to punish a national restaurant chain because its president exercised his First Amendment rights. The Internet, long heralded as the new bastion of openness and freedom of information, also can be used, it seems, as an effective way to shove disfavored or "politically incorrect" ideas outside the city gates.
Another back-story on this Chick-fil-A controversy is equally intriguing and also leads to the same point. When Gov. Mike Huckabee posted his support for Chick-fil-A on his Facebook page and called on people to participate in an "appreciation day" for the food company, Facebook took down his announcement for a full 12 hours. Only after a public outcry was it restored. Facebook has indicated for some time its support for LGBT issues, and for that reason, its "takedown" of Gov. Huckabee's exercise of free speech, while deeply troubling, was not surprising. But wait! Wasn't Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, the same person who said at last year's G-8 conference that open and free communications over the Internet should be credited with the so-called "Arab Spring" in the Middle East? Mr. Zuckerberg, as well as Google's former CEO Eric Schmidt, and Apple's innovative genius, the late Steve Jobs, have all praised, at various times, the concept of expressive "openness" on Internet platforms. more >>
Dr. Frank Wright, President & CEO of National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), has been awarded with the prestigious Champion of Religious Freedom Award by the Unity Coalition for Israel (UCI) at a recent press conference in Nashville.
The UCI, an alliance of Christian and Jewish organizations actively working together to generate support for the State of Israel, presented Dr. Wright with the award for "courageous leadership in protecting religious freedom world-wide – for such a time as this," NRB revealed.
One of the religious liberty efforts Dr. Wright has been involved in includes re-affirming NRB's commitment to international religious liberty by approving a resolution on the international persecution of Christians, which calls on the U.S. government to strengthen its position globally and to promote the spread of First Amendment freedoms around the world. more >>
NASHVILLE – The bad economy should not stop evangelical Christians from sharing the Gospel and also humanitarian aid in nations with high Christian persecution, Pastor Michael Youssef, founder and president of Leading The Way ministries, said in a speech earlier this week.
Despite having "problems at home," evangelical Christians should not ignore the need for missionary work and they should sacrifice resources even at a time of recession, which is not the case currently, Youssef said at the National Religious Broadcasters convention.
Besides being the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Ga., Youssef is also a media personality with his weekly television and daily radio programs broadcasted in 20 languages and reaching into more than 200 countries. more >>
Susan Molinari, a former rising star in the Republican-led House during the 1990s, has been hired to head Google's Washington operations.
Some pundits see the choice as a smart move in hiring a moderate Republican and someone who most Democrats will not object to. Molinari, the new vice president of public policy and government relations for the Americas, will oversee all aspects of government relations and policy throughout North and South America for Google.
"The Google office in Washington has not had someone with the visibility of a former member of Congress, and with her understanding of the complexities of the legislative process," said former Sen. John Sununu in an interview with Politico. "Google is receiving a higher level of scrutiny…when you're such a large and growing company, you have to have a strong, visible, capable leader in Washington. more >>