This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Thursday, January 19, 2017.
1. According to One News Now, African-American churches showing support for Planned Parenthood are being asked to become better educated on the subject. This past weekend, Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, played host to Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards who was featured with a cross in the background while she touted the organization she heads. Pastor Joseph Parker of St. James AME Church in Leland, Mississippi, said, “It’s disappointing to me as a pastor in an AME church to think that not just our denomination, but leadership in the black community in particular, doesn’t realize who Planned Parenthood is. Planned Parenthood is a very wicked and an evil organization in many ways – and they’ve clearly shown themselves to be extremely racist in the way they do business.”
2. According to Mail Online, CNN has been accused of inciting violence against Donald Trump after the network said an Obama appointee would take over if the president-elect was killed at his inauguration. Wednesday’s startling report, titled ‘Disaster could put Obama appointee in Oval Office,’ speculated on what might happen if Trump, Mike Pence and the Congressional leaders were all killed during the ceremony. During the segment they also used scenes from ABC show ‘Designated Survivor’, which depicts what would happen if the Capitol building – the venue for Trump’s swearing in – was bombed and the Commander-in-chief killed. The report concluded that a Democrat would take the vice-president’s place in the White House in the event of such an attack, worrying some that venomous anti-Trump protesters might attempt a treasonous attack on the event.
3. According to the Hill, Sen. Tom Cotton said President Obama is a quality family man, adding Wednesday that the outgoing leader inspires the same behavior in young American men. He told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room,” “I think President Obama has been a good role model for young men throughout our society. [It is] especially for people like him, who grew up without a father.” Cotton, who endorsed President-elect Donald Trump’s White House run last year, added, “[Obama’s] been an excellent father and an excellent husband. I think the kind of quiet dignity that he’s brought to the private side of his life sets a really good example for young men all around the country who maybe don’t have a father figure or don’t have a role model they can look up to. And I think it will have a lasting impact.” Obama first entered the White House in 2009, making history as the nation’s first African-American president.
4. According to Reuters, four Chicago police officers were suspended for not having properly functioning dashboard cameras during the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer that sparked protests and led to the ouster of the city’s police chief, officials said. The officers’ suspensions were disclosed Wednesday in a quarterly report issued by Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General, which noted that the city’s police superintendent “issued one week suspensions for each of the four individuals.” A police department spokesman confirmed the suspensions. The officers were not named in the report.
5. According to the Associated Press, the U.S. candidate in the Miss Universe pageant said Wednesday she did not vote for Donald Trump but she hopes the president-elect can unify Americans at a “nerve-wracking” point in U.S. history. Deshauna Barber, a 27-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia, expressed confidence America can hurdle its political difficulties after “one of the most controversial elections I’ve ever seen in my life.” Barber is among 86 candidates vying for the Miss Universe crown on Jan. 30 in Manila, where journalists asked her about Trump’s victory and inauguration on Friday. Barber told The Associated Press in an interview, “Although everyone may not agree, including myself, with the election, I still support the commander-in-chief and I plan to until the end of his reign in office. I just hope that we’re able to give him a chance.”
6 . According to Black America Web, Gospel music veteran and 10-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin recently unveiled his latest single, My World Needs You, from his latest album Losing My Religion. Kirk talked to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the role of the church in this society, declining Donald Trump’s invitation to the Inauguration and much more. He said, “It is not an attack on those that chose to. They followed their own conviction. I humbly had to find my own.”
7. According to EEW Magazine, 20th Century Fox and DeVon Franklin’s entertainment company, Franklin Entertainment, are teaming up to bring a new faith-based film to the big screen. The Impossible, a yet-to-be-released book providing the foundation for the forthcoming film script, is based on the true story of a man who was brought back to life by the power of prayer. According to a Deadline report, Franklin, Miracles From Heaven producer, preemptively acquired The Impossible book proposal by Joyce Smith that tells the uplifting true story of John Smith.