Christians don’t have a thorough knowledge of the Fairness Doctrine, hate-crimes legislation or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), according to recent research by Wilson Research Strategies.
CEO Chris Wilson said the data examined suggest that Christians don’t fully understand the negative impact of these policy proposals on the ministries they support.
“The recent change in control of both the White House and Congress has reintroduced the possibility of the Fairness Doctrine being revived,” he said. “Ministries would avoid any commentary that could be interpreted as relating to political or policy issues or risk action by the FEC. Stations would feel pressure to pro-actively drop some radio ministries in favor of music or left-leaning content.”
Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberties Convention, finds it imperative for Christians to know the full impact of the current hate-crimes legislation, which can become law once both chambers reconcile differences between the two versions of the legislation they passed.
“It’s going to have a very chilling effect on speech, religious speech,” Land said. “There are people in other countries that have been arrested and sent to prison for explaining what Romans 1 says about homosexuality.”
Focus on the Family sent a letter to senators expressing concern that a pastor could be prosecuted for “inducing” a federal hate crime if someone said a sermon caused him or her to commit a violent crime against someone based on sexual orientation.
According to Wilson: “There is a clear need for a widespread and coordinated education campaign to ensure that Christians have the information they need to make an informed decision on all of these issues when action on them in Washington becomes imminent.”