Iraq: US Launches Christian TV News
- U.S. HIRES CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS TO PRODUCE ARABIC NEWS
Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, AlterNet, 5/2/03
The U.S. government this week launched its Arabic language satellite
TV news station for mostly Muslim Iraq. It is being produced in a
studio Grace Digital Media controlled by fundamentalist Christians
who are rabidly pro-Israel...
Grace Digital Media is controlled by a fundamentalist Christian
millionaire, Cheryl Reagan, who last year wrested control of Federal
News Service, a transcription news service, from its former owner,
According to its web site, Grace News Network is "dedicated to
Transmitting the evidence of God's presence in the world today."
"Grace News Network will be reporting the current secular news, along
with aggressive proclamations that will 'change the news' to reflect
the Kingdom of God and its purposes," GNN proclaims.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. government agency
producing the television news broadcasts for Iraq, likes to say it is
the BBC of the USA. BBG runs Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, and
Radio Sawa Arabic language radio for the Middle East...
BBG's Joan Mower said that Grace Digital Media is a mainstream
production house used by all kinds of mainstream news
While it's unclear whether Grace News Network actually produces any
news, it has produced a documentary movie titled "Israel: Divine
Destiny" which it showed at the National Press Club in September
2002. The film is about "Israel's destiny and the United States' role
in that destiny," according to Grace News Network...
BBG says it sees no problem in having Grace produce the evening news
broadcast for Iraq. Given the brewing anti-American revolt through
all sectors of Iraqi society, maybe it should reconsider...
MISSIONARIES BRING AID, CONTROVERSY TO KASHMIR
Janaki Kremmer, Christian Science Monitor, 5/2/03
NEW DELHI - But some observers worry that the influx of Christian
evangelists may be exacerbating a volatile situation in India's
northernmost state, where up to 50,000 people have died in sectarian
violence. Sandwiched between India and Pakistan, this territory is
the cause of two wars between the two neighbors. Armed militants are
alleged to sneak across the border from Pakistan to foment trouble in
the valley. Just last month 24 Hindus were killed in Kashmir,
allegedly by Muslim militants.
"The time is not ripe for promoting and spreading a third religion in
the valley - it will have bad consequences," says Prashant Dikshit,
the deputy director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.
Local Christians like Pastor Leslie Richards are also increasingly
agitated by the presence of the new evangelists, who they believe are
more interested in conversions than social work. Mr. Richards says
local Muslims receive cash if they agree to convert. "The conversions
they are doing are Biblically wrong ... this is not good for the
local Christians, who for centuries have shared cordial relations
with the local Muslims here," Richards told the Indian Express
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