At the National Religious Broadcasters convention yesterday in Nashville, Tenn., NRB president Jerry Johnson claimed that the federal government will shut down Christian programming.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Johnson said that House Speaker John Boehner, a Federal Communications Commission officer, and Republican senators and congressmen agreed with his theory that “de facto Sharia law” and gay marriage will lead to the end of Christian shows (video below).
“I think there is a de facto Sharia law effect, where we’re not under Sharia law but broadcasters feel like they can’t talk about Jesus and the Quran, Jesus and Mohammad,” claimed Johnson. “The government has a new view of marriage, they are pushing it down and increasingly broadcasters and folks in industry, we’re seeing industry censorship.”
Johnson didn't mention any actual evidence of censorship occurring presently but predicted it would happen in the future.
"The federal government has this new view of marriage, the executive branch is pushing it down, the judicial branch is pushing it down, and it won't be long," said Johnson. "I can see the FCC saying, 'You're gonna talk about this, let's talk about your license.' It won't be long, I can see the IRS talking about this, 'We want to talk about your 501(c)(3) status.'"
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The NRB is no stranger to controversy.
Last year, Warren Throckmorton reported that a group of Cincinnati pastors called on the NRB to end its ties with Michael Peroutka, a board member of the League of the South, which is a neo-Confederate group calling for secession from the U.S. government.