William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, DC. For more than three decades Murray has been at the forefront of social conservatism. During the early 1980’s he served as director of Freedom’s Friends, an organization which reached out to the victims of communism worldwide. In the 1990’s he founded the first commercial Bible publishing company in the Soviet Union. For many years his organizations operated evangelistic tours to the Soviet Union for Christians.
From his office in Washington, DC, William J. Murray continues to work for the rights of Christians in America and persecuted Christians around the world. Under his guidance the Religious Freedom Coalition assists Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria as well as Palestinian Christian families and Christian schools in the West Bank. He has traveled to the Middle East and Africa numerous times. Murray has been a part of fact finding mission in such areas as Kosovo, Sudan, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and China.
William J. Murray has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC Nightly News as well as various Fox News programs. He is a regular guest on numerous radio talk shows. Murray also speaks at numerous conferences and church events each year. He is the author of seven books including his best selling autobiography, My Life Without God, detailed his childhood in the dysfunctional home of atheist/Marxist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
This morning we cover a fascinating story from World Net Daily about Hollywood actually planning to release a movie about how a homosexual walked away from the gay lifestyle and became a Christian pastor. And it is not some low grade production with “B List” actors. It stars a couple of prominent actors–one of whom is an open homosexual and activist for the movement.
In our first segment we check in with William Murray of The Religious Freedom Coalition, looking at the plight of Christians in Egypt and Nigeria, along with how Christians are being left behind in the wave of immigration hitting Europe and America.
“Every day, Christians in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, face persecution because of their faith. Not only are they targeted by their Muslim neighbors, but also by a government that continuously chooses to look the other way while such persecution occurs.
Operation World estimates that Nigeria, while officially a secular state with a Muslim president, is 51% Christian and 45% Muslim.
CNS News reports that since 1999, “the West African nation of about 158 million people has been convulsed by ongoing attempts at imposing Islamic law in eight northern, mostly Muslim states, as well as in four other state where Christians predominate or where the numbers are fairly even.”
…Nigeria is number 12 on Open Door’s World Watch List for Christian persecution globally, but is in the top ten in terms of overall violence.
However, according to Operation World, Nigeria now boasts a strong prayer movement, wide church growth and an expanding missionary movement, with more than 5,000 cross-cultural workers.
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The Egyptian Coptic Christian community is the largest Christian community in the Middle East, representing more than half of the Christians in the area.
As PJ Media reports, “The problem has been acute since the New Year’s Day bombing of the Two Saints Church in Alexandria in 2011 and was further inflamed by the fires of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ and Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt.”
According to research done by Patrick Poole from PJ Media, more Coptic Christians have been murdered in the past two months than the Obama administration admitted as refugees during the entire eight years of his presidency.
According to data collected by PJ Media from the State Department’s Refugee Processing Center, only 22 Coptic Christians were admitted to the United States as refugees during Obama’s eight years of presidency. In 2011, 2013 and 2014, no Coptic Christians were admitted at all.
*97% of refugees coming to the U.S. from Muslim countries were Sunni Muslims.
(William Murray also notes that Egypt was once a 100% Christian nation by evangelism.)
The remarkable story of a prominent gay-rights activist who “found God,” rejected his homosexual lifestyle, married and became a Christian minister is the subject of a newly released, feature-length Hollywood film. A-list actors depict Michael Glatze’s remarkable transformation.
Glatze, in 2007, first told his story through a column published by WND that highlighted the impact WND Vice President David Kupelian’s book, “The Marketing of Evil,” had on him as he went through a period of spiritual searching.
The movie depicts that episode and details the winding road Glatze takes from his old life. After brief relationships with a Mormon church and a Buddhist retreat center, he ends up at a small Bible college in rural Wyoming, where he meets the woman who would become his wife, Rebekah. They settle in the state, where he becomes the pastor of a small church.
Kupelian suggested Glatze write a first-person column for WND, accompanied by a news story about his personal transformation.
“We remained friendly over the years,” Kupelian said. “Then in 2015, I got an email from the ‘I Am Michael’ producers asking permission to depict James Franco reading ‘The Marketing of Evil,’ and that’s how I learned of the movie project.”
…Ultimately, the story is told through the lens of a homosexual director who apparently is trying to sort out how a man attracted to men, and who was such a fierce defender of “gay rights,” could become the very thing he expressly once despised: a “fundamentalist” minister.
Clearly, Franco, a talented actor, portrays a vibrant, high-spirited Michael in the first half of the film in contrast to a largely subdued, sober and often angst-ridden man in the second.
The Christian viewer of “I Am Michael” can relate to the moments in which Glatze appears to be touched emotionally and spiritually by God.
Most will want to fast-forward through some of the scenes in the “before” part of Glatze’s life, which, while avoiding nudity, depict passionate kissing and, in one instance, three-way sex.
See the “I Am Michael” trailer:
Many reviewers of “I Am Michael” have praised its “determinedly balanced approach to its complex subject.” The screenplay is based on a first-person New York magazine article by a former friend who visited Glatze while he was in Bible school.
Glatze did some interviews at the time of the Sundance screening of “I am Michael” in 2015 in which he described the process of making and finally viewing the completed film as a “healing experience.”
In the interviews, he appeared secure in his life as a married minister of the gospel, but he was open about an ongoing struggle to sort out what his past life meant, the nature of sexuality and how he should relate now to people in the homosexual community. He’s been largely silent since then, seeking a break from the rancor of identity politics to focus on being Michael, the pastor married to Rebekah.
WND reported in December 2013, one month after his wedding, that homosexual activists were ridiculing him and his bride via the Web. In a letter to his critics, Glatze called the month since his Oct. 26, 2013, wedding to Rebekah the “greatest” of his life.
‘Gay’ forever? ‘Straight’ forever? by Joseph Farah