LISTEN: Progressive Faith Leaders Bless New Planned Parenthood Facility In D.C.; Pastor Clenard Childress Calls Out Other Pastors for ‘Blessing’ Planned Parenthood’s New D.C. Facility (BCNN1, 1/17/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

1. According to Baptist News Global, while leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention and Republicans in Congress called for defunding Planned Parenthood, more than 20 local faith leaders came together Jan. 10 to pronounce blessings on the organization’s newest health clinic in Washington, D.C. The dedication service was organized by the Revs. Christine and Dennis Wiley, co-pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, a predominantly African-American congregation listed as a member of the Alliance of Baptists and District of Columbia Baptist Convention. People attending the event represented Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Christian traditions.

2. According to One News Now, a black pastor is calling out other pastors for aligning with abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Black pastors joined other religious leaders to attend a recent “blessing” ceremony for a Washington, D.C.-based Planned Parenthood clinic. Clenard Childress, a pro-life activist who pastors a Baptist Church in New Jersey, calls that behavior “despicable” and a “disgrace.” He says pastors have ignored their God-given calling to serve and to protect children. Black women disproportionately account for most of the clients at Planned Parenthood abortion clinics yet black clergy were among the 20 faith leaders who attended the Jan. 10 event organized by the pro-abortion Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Christian pastors, a rabbi, Hindu priests, and an imam were also among the religions represented.

3. According to Mail Online, President-elect Donald Trump prayed with the son of Martin Luther King Jr. at Trump Tower Monday, just days after the president-elect went after civil rights icon John Lewis on Twitter as someone who was ‘all talk.’ Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicier tweeted Monday afternoon that Trump ‘prayed with Martin Luther King III & discussed the legacy & work of his father #martinlutherkingday #MLKDAY’. A source who was at the meeting said it had opened with a prayer about ‘healing the nation’. The prayer and reflection came on a day when Trump hailed the ‘wonderful things’ that King stood for – following a nasty online spat with civil Lewis, who is skipping Trump’s inauguration after saying his election was ‘not legitimate’.

4. According to Miami Herald, a day of celebration was marred when eight people were shot and several others injured during a stampede to get out of Miami-Dade’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, on a day when the civil rights icon was honored across the country. Police had two people in custody and had recovered two weapons within an hour of Monday’s gunfire. But they said it was too early to offer a narrative into why a day that was supposed to be about nonviolence erupted into mayhem. The shooting at the park happened about two hours after the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, an event that typically attracts hundreds, even thousands, to celebrate the slain civil rights leader.

5. According to Mail Online, comedian and host Steve Harvey says he has gotten a ‘fierce’ backlash from fans following a meeting Friday with President-elect Donald Trump. Harvey revealed the furious reaction during his radio show Monday, acknowledging that the criticism hit home following his meeting with Trump, where the two men discussed working on the nation’s inner cities. The meeting occurred just a day before Trump’s clash with members of the congressional black caucus boiled over, with Rep. John Lewis saying his election wasn’t ‘legitimate’ and Trump blasting the civil rights icon on Twitter.

6 . According to EEW Magazine News, American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, the first documentary about the life of the singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, premieres nationwide Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS. PBS Distribution will release the film on DVD the same day, with additional bonus features, and on Digital HD February 22. Co-director and co-producer, Rita Coburn Whack, said, “”The film reflects on how the events of history, culture and the arts shaped Dr. Angelou’s life, and how she, in turn, helped shape our own worldview through her autobiographical literature and activism.”

7. According to CBN News, the Emmy nominated series ‘The Story of God’, hosted by Morgan Freeman has returned for season two. The first season shattered National Geographic’s viewership records, airing in 171 countries and 46 different languages. The series takes a neutral position, presenting different major themes of various belief systems existing today. The first episode is titled ‘The Chosen One’. Freeman meets different people who believe they are called or “chosen” to live a life dedicated to sharing their faith.