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I’m thinking we could settle this with an old-fashioned duel. Last man standing wins. Pat Robertson has been accused by evangelical Christian and creationism proponent Ken Ham of “destructive teaching,” after the televangelist stated that the existence of dinosaurs is evidence that Young Earth Creationists are wrong about the planet being 6,000 years old. Christian Broadcasting Network spokesman Chris Roslan told The Christian Post on Friday, however, that “Dr. Robertson stands by his comments.” The controversy arose earlier this week when Robertson, co-hosting his “The 700 Club” program on CBN, dismissed the theory that the earth is only 6,000 years old, which Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, took offense to. “Not only do we have to work hard to not let our kids be led astray by the anti-God teaching of the secularists, we have to work hard to not let them be led astray by compromising church leaders like Pat Robertson,” Ham said Wednesday in a post on Facebook. “Pat Robertson gives more fodder to the secularists. We don’t need enemies from without the church when we have such destructive teaching within the church,” Ham added in the statement shared with those following his non-profit Christian apologetics ministry on Facebook. Ham took offense to comments Robertson made earlier this week on his show, when responding to a viewer’s question about what to tell children about dinosaurs and the Bible. // Read more here: Ken Ham of Creation Museum Slams Robertson for Dismissing Young Earth Theory. Just what we need.  More Christians fighting. Over creationism. I wonder if God is chuckling or if he’s just not amused. What do you think? Todd
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This is from a post I wrote on January 4 of this year about Pat Robertson and his annual predictions he gets from his direct revelation from God. God told Pat who our next president should be… but told him not to talk about THAT. Here are some of the better/worse points of the 2012 revelation.  (And I do love how God speaks to Pat the first week of January each year… I think it’s kinda cool that God’s on our calendar.) Your country will be torn apart by internal stress. Expect chaos and paralysis. There must be an urgent call to prayer. A time of maximum stress and peril… this country will begin desinigrating.  God said it will be worse than it has ever been since CBN was started (around 1960). The good news is, the world will not end because of the Mayan calendar. Nor because of Iran or North Korea’s nuclear threat.  And not from earthquakes or volcanoes or massive power failures. The stress and peril will be caused by economic collapse. Ok… today I ask Pat for some clarification. Clarify for us, Pat:  Did the election result confirm what God told you?  (A simple yes or no would be great there). Also… as you read these predictions after the election, does it change YOUR view of them? (There are many that actually think that the election may very well bring on, or at least add to the probability that, there will be an economic collapse.) Of course, we should call people to pray. And the internal stress part sure feels right today. But why… oh why… Pat, did God not allow you to talk about this before the election?  And will he let you tell us more now? Inquiring minds want to know. Todd  
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More on the state of Christian/Religious television:

The multiplatform approach has caught on with shows like The Uprising on The Inspiration Network. The show follows a group of professional skateboarders as they preach the Gospel in unlikely settings like skate parks, prisons and schools. “That audience is very multitask-oriented,” says John Roos, the network’s senior VP of corporate communications and research. “We’re trying to find a way to provide programming that [the youth] market is interested in. We’ve taken a multimedia approach.”

Despite the embrace of 21st-century storytelling techniques and a desire even to push the envelope, programmers say the message to young people still comes first. “We are trying to affect and change people’s lives,” says TBN Chief of Staff Paul Crouch Jr. “MTV says, ‘If you have 32 girlfriends or boyfriends and an Escalade, you’re going to be happy,’ and we’re saying, ‘No.’ Our programming reflects a more internal focus.”

But younger people aren’t the only ones attracted to interactive programming. Robertson eschews the notion that older viewers aren’t multimedia-savvy. “I think you could have said our audience was less active [in interactive media] five years ago, but one of the fastest-growing audiences in terms of social media is women over 50.”

Religious programmers, many of whom rely on charitable giving, admit to being hit hard by the recession. “We definitely saw a dip in giving,” Crouch says. The network’s biannual telethons were down 20%, but Crouch is cautiously optimistic that giving will pick up. “We’ve already seen things start to head north,” he says. “Not dramatically, but revenue [losses] have definitely bottomed out and things are starting to head back up.”

“The commercial stations have been hit the hardest, although everyone’s had to adjust,” says Craig Parshall, senior VP and general counsel for National Religious Broadcasters, an organization that represents 1,700 broadcasters on TV and radio.

According to Parshall, the recent Supreme Court ruling that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose federal candidates could help boost ad revenues among religious broadcasters. The decision could reap a $300 million increase for commercial stations in the coming election year, he says. “Is it going to go to our folks?” Parshall asks. “Well, some of it will. There is a trickle-down effect. I think there’s going to be a lot of issue-advocacy ads” that Parshall believes could be targeted at Christian or so-called “values” voters.

In the face of tough financial circumstances, TBN, like other religious networks, is working on ambitious high-definition studio conversions. The network has already gone HD in its production hubs of Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Nashville, and Crouch says he still plans to get all 36 studios across the country HD-ready within the next five years.

You can read the whole article here. Do YOU really think that half of the 700 Club audience is under 35?  What’s your take?  Do you ever watch religious television (other than just for laughs)?  If so, what programs do you enjoy? Todd
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