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Pentecostal church forces leased-time station off the air

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]blueboy2000)

You expect the programming to change when a radio station gets a new owner. But what happened to a leased-time radio station in Providence, Rhode Island is pretty dirty even by today's standards.

WRIB-AM 1220, Rhode Island's first ethnic-oriented station, was bought in October by Faith Christian Center, a pentecostal church in Seekonk, Massachusetts (just across the state line from Providence). Ironically, WRIB had aired quite a few religious programs, mostly Catholic in nature. Most of the programmers--secular and religious--knew their programs would probably be deep-sixed by the new owners, who already had plans to change the calls (to WSTL) and format (to a typical fundie Christian station), airing from a brand-new studio in the Providence area. However, WRIB's broadcasters were promised that they'd get a 30-day notice to allow them to find new homes.

But on Friday, the new ownership team waltzed in and yanked the station off the air at 12:30 pm with no advance warning. It did so on the advice of church attorneys, who gave several broadcasters leasing office space in WRIB's building only three hours to remove their equipment, music and personal effects before being charged with trespassing.

According to the station's former Web site, massive protests are already in the works.

I've seen next to nothing on this story online ... but you better believe that I'll be tooting the horn a lot on this one.

Oh, and by the way, here's the church's Web site.

Current Mood: enraged
Current Music: Celine Dion - If You Asked Me To
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Karl Rove is an Evil Genius

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]1400scale)

Not completely dominionist-related, but it does touch on American puritanism, and how difficult it seems to be to outgrow it.

EDIT: Sorry for any confusion, all. Posted the wrong link. Here's the correct one:

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"Center-left" church organizes

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]exotic_princess)

Not *necessarily* dominionism, but perhaps a ground rumble of an opposition to it. I don't know if I'd agree with all of their tenets, but it's safe to say I'd agree with them more than the 'far right.'

Story here, cbsnews.com

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Morris Cerullo

LJ-SEC: (ORIGINALLY POSTED BY [info]multiclassgeek)

On the Underground the other day, I saw a poster advertising Mission To London, a healing/evangelism rally led by a man named Morris Cerullo.

I recall attending one of these events, about 15 years ago; Based on what I remembered, my Dominionist-Sense began tingling.

Hard info on Mr Cerullo seems slightly scarce, certainly, my initial investigations have failed to turn up any credible resources (even his Main-Wiki entry is a stub): However, he may have links to the Assemblies of God, and he certainly seems to embody the very essense of Televangelism (right down to the usual sucession of fraud cases). Perusal of his website confirms that, yes, his doctrinal statement is one of those Bible > God > Jesus.

However, although his ministry finds itself subject to the usual skepticism about healings, I don't recall his position being necessarily Dominionist - 'just' (term used with sarcasm) an American Evangelical. Additionally, some of the affiliated churches are ones I know quite well, and are not the sort of churches that would get involved with anyone who was pushing Hardcore Dominionism.

Additionally, further browsing reveals some odd clashes on the "Guest Speakers" front: Benny Hinn (known Dominionist) is being billed alongside RT Kendall (well-regarded theologian, of the Evangelical/Pentcostal school, but not Dominionist)

Anybody have anything to add?

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