Religious Broadcasters Say Hate Crimes Laws Threaten Their Mission

February 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:16 p.m. CST

DALLAS (AP) _ Leaders of the National Religious Broadcasters say

they oppose legislation that could outlaw condemnation of

homosexual behavior.

NRB president Frank Wright says Christian broadcasters who

believe the Bible is God's word feel they must preach what it

actually says, not what they'd like it to say.

But Wright says Congress has considered measures that would make

it a hate crime ``if someone feels threatened'' by what's said.

NRB chairman Ron Harris says he believes Christian media can

be God's tool to mobilize evangelicals to change the nation's


Wright and Harris spoke at the beginning of this week's NRB

convention in Dallas.

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