After first denying it, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has admitted that it pre-empted Hal Lindsey’s show for fear of offending Muslims.
And soon there will be no outlets left, at all, in which one can speak the truth about the roots of Islamic terror in the Islamic texts. From WND, with thanks to all who sent this in:
After insisting the pre-emption of Hal Lindsey’s television show had nothing to do with content, a Trinity Broadcasting Network spokesman retracted his statement, admitting officials were concerned, at least secondarily, about offending Arabs and Muslims.
As WorldNetDaily reported, John Casoria, general counsel for the network, responded yesterday to Lindsey’s contention that the weekly program “International Intelligence Briefing” had been canceled for December, and possibly permanently, because its message was deemed “too pro-Israel and too anti-Muslim.”
Casoria initially replied, “That is absolutely, 100 percent false.”
But now, after talking with network programming officials, he says a secondary reason for pre-empting the show was that it “placed Arabs in a negative light.”…
Casoria said he could not recall specific examples from Lindsey’s programs that were anti-Arab or anti-Muslim, but he expressed the network’s concern about how Muslims are portrayed.
“TBN is a worldwide ministry; we have an entire channel that airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Arabic,” he said. “We are trying to reach the Islamic world and open a dialogue with them regarding Christ and Christianity.”
Casoria explained, “We do not feel that the best witness of Christ is to bash them but rather to show them the nature of Christ — the way Christ said to present himself — and that is through love, understanding and the presentation of the gospel to them.”
Lindsey argued, however, his program is not shown in the Middle East.
“My show is produced for the Western world and for Christians who are at the most risk from radical Islam,” he said.
Lindsey said that in the show that was canceled this week, he made a clear distinction between Muslims seeking jihad and those who want only a job and normal life for their families.
“I cast radical Muslims in a bad light,” he said, “showing how they are intimidating and persecuting moderate Muslims in the Middle East.”
Casoria said he believes the extremists are not Muslims at all but have “hijacked the religion.”
As a Christian, he sees Islam as a false religion — believing there is only one way to God, through Jesus Christ — but he says Islam basically is peaceful.
“That’s where we violently disagree,” Lindsey said. “Islam is not a peaceful religion; although there may be moderate Muslims, it’s because they have not become followers of the Quran.”