Freedom Writer - April 1994
National Religious Broadcasterssnub Clinton at annual shindig
Washington, DC -- With almost 4,000 in attendance, this year's National
Religious Broadcasters (NRB) January 30th through February 1st conference
in Washington DC set a near-record. The NRB conference is the single-most
representative organization of the imposing conservative Christian
radio and television broadcast industry. (There are 1,566 religious
radio stations, and 274 religious TV stations in the U.S.) Anyone
who is anyone in the Religious Right makes the annual pilgrimage.
Hundreds of broadcast ministries, and companies selling products to
the industry, operate booths at NRB.
The fast-growing Keystone Inspiration Network (TV), of Red Lion, Pennsylvania,
returned again this year. Picked up in about 120 cities, this "family"
network carries Pat Robertson's "700 Club," Jerry Falwell's "Old Time
Gospel Hour," Morris Cerullo, James Robison, Benny Hinn, and the controversial
Pete Peters. Peters, pastor of the LaPorte (Colorado) Church of Christ,
publishes and distributes the anti-Semitic book _The_Protocols_of_
the_Elders_of_Zion_. He is also the author of an anti-Semitic booklet,
_The_Real_Hate_Group_, and _Death_Penalty_for_Homosexuals_Is_Prescribed_
in_the_Bible_. Peters attended NRB, spending much of his time at the
Keystone Inspiration Network booth.
Some have questioned the presence of a rabid anti-Semite on a so-called
"Christian" station. The Rev. Clyde Campbell, Keystone's comptroller,
told _The_Freedom_Writer_, "Some people have questioned Peters' presence
on Keystone," but said that the station previews his programs for
"Peters is a minister of the gospel and he does a good job," Campbell
said. "Pete says he loves the Jews," Campbell continued. "The only
thing I have against Pete Peters," Campbell said, "is the continual
harping on the Old Testament. I think his attitude on killing homosexuals
or lesbians is unloving. Jesus provides a better way." Campbell also
said that he questioned Peters' viewpoint on prostitution. "I think
that stoning prostitutes and their customers is off-base." Knowledge
of this would please another ministry carried by Keystone, that of
In contrast to recent years, the 1994 conference's political overtones
were subdued. This may be attributed to the "Conference on Reclaiming
America," held just days before at the Rev. D. James Kennedy's Coral
Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Many of the
more than 2,000 in attendance at Kennedy's political conference flew
directly to Washington, DC for the NRB convention.
Usually, the president of the United States addresses the NRB gathering.
This year was an exception, as explained in a statement released by
the NRB Executive Committee. "In recent years, it has been the decision
of the NRB leadership to invite the President of the United States
to address the annual convention. This has always been a nonpartisan
choice, with both Republican and Democratic Presidents participating.
However, for the '94 convention it was the decision of the Executive
Committee that no invitation will be extended.
"As believers, we are admonished to pray for those in authority, and
commit ourselves fervently to that task. However, we cannot give a
platform to a leader who so aggressively supports and puts forth policies
and positions which are blatantly contrary to scriptural views."
About a dozen of the NRB's board of directors are also members of
the secretive Council for National Policy. They include James Dobson,
D. James Kennedy, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Tim LaHaye.
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