Religion

Christian Publisher Kicked Out of Christian Organization for Pro-Gay Book

| by Michael Allen

The Religious Right often accuses the so-called liberal media of censoring Christians such as the anti-gay Phil Robertson and the anti-gay Benham brothers.

However, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) recently kicked out the Christian publishing company WaterBrook Multnomah for exercising its free speech right by publishing the book God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines.

Ironically, NRB President Jerry Johnson (pictured) complained about how Christians were being censored at the group's convention in Nashville earlier this year. The Christian Post notes that Johnson was very concerned about Christians losing their "free speech" rights, which he has now decided to oppose.

According to Christianity Today, Johnson recently wrote his fellow NRB board members:

Unfortunately, while the Multnomah Publishing Group is separate from Convergent, as a legal and business entity, the staff of the Multnomah and Convergent operations are substantially the same. Most notably, Steven W. Cobb serves as the chief publishing executive for both groups… Other Christian workers do so as well… This issue comes down to NRB members producing unbiblical material, regardless of the label under which they do it.

I asked them to reconsider and end the practice of having Christian workers from their publishing house work on Convergent projects. They declined to do so at this time and asked how we would respond. I told them that if they wanted to remain NRB associate members, I would have to refer the matter to our Ethics Committee for review, or they could agree to resign their membership. They agreed to resign immediately.

Sources: Christianity Today and The Christian Post