March 22nd, 2011 by M. French

The book tour for Dr. Michael Brown’s new book, ‘A Queer Thing Happened to America,’ begins tomorrow, March 23rd at the National Press Club in Washington DC. More info on the tour is given below via a recent press release:

Brown has named the speaking tour for his book “The Campaign for Religious Tolerance and Intellectual Diversity” since he feels there is an extreme intolerance – to the point of censorship – on the part of those who claim to be advocates of tolerance and diversity. Brown, who has been labeled a Nazi, a jihadist, a venom-spewing hater, and an intolerant bigot for graciously differing with the goals of gay activism, noted, “I find it ironic that people have refused to work with me because they were, in their words, ‘inclusive,’ while other groups have boycotted conservative religious speakers because they were ‘pro-diversity.’” For Brown, the goal is simple: “I want to put the information on the table and have a mutually respectful discussion with those who disagree with me.” He asks, “How can it hurt if we talk? Whatever happened to gracious, public discourse and dialogue? Is the only side to the story today the gay activist side?”

Below are the stops in Washington DC for the book tour:

March 23
12:00 PM
News Conference
The National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

March 24
WAVA Pastor’s Appreciation Luncheon
Westfield’s Marriott
14750 Conference Center Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151

March 25
7:00 PM
Fredericksburg Prayer Furnace
New Season Methodist Church
5099 Jefferson Davis Highway Suite E
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

March 27
10:30 AM
King of the Nations
10400 Darnestown Road
Rockville, MD 20850
301-251-3719

The book, ‘A Queer Thing Happened to America,’ is available on Amazon.com:

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March 22nd, 2011 by M. French

Press Release Published 3/22/2011

Dr. Michael Brown, author of A Queer Thing Happened to America, will discuss the release of the book and announce the launch of a nationwide campaign for religious tolerance and intellectual diversity at a Washington, DC news conference

Contact: Domenick Nati, 530-346-3342; naticelebs@gmail.com

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — Within days of its release on March 15th, Dr. Michael Brown’s 700-page hardcover volume, A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been, was among the top 300 books on Amazon.com, even reaching #1 on Amazon’s “Gay and Lesbian Nonfiction” list and climbing to #3 among all “Gay and Lesbian” titles. Yet this book was considered so controversial that no major publisher was willing to touch it, even though Brown, who holds a Ph.D. from New York University, was the successful author of twenty books, and despite the fact that the book was the result of six years of meticulous research along with extensive interaction with the GLBT community.

    Press Conference Details —

    When: Wednesday, March 23, at 12:00 P.M.

    Where: Lisagor room of the National Press Club,
    529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045

As Brown wrote in the Preface, “Those looking for a right-wing diatribe based on unreliable, second-hand sources will have to look elsewhere, as will those looking for an angry, mean-spirited screed. In fact, in the pages that follow, the reason there is no anger or hatred in my words is because there is no anger or hatred in my heart.” He explained that, “It is the purpose of this book to see how we got to this point in history, to examine some of the main lines of pro-gay thought, to consider the impact of gay activism on our society, and to ask the question: Where is the current trajectory taking us?”

Brown discovered, however, that even to ask that question was to ask for trouble. One conservative pundit noted that, “Book publishing is a difficult business now, and no media is willing to promote a book that opposes homosexuality. . . . Economic self-interest is going to make it very tough for a publisher to say yes.”

A conservative publisher informed Brown that, “Practically speaking [publishing the book] could actually destroy the firm,” while a top literary agent explained to Brown that he could find no secular or Christian publisher willing to touch the book: “Most thought the material was too controversial . . . all felt that the title would need to be changed.”

The representative of the head of a New York City publicity firm wrote to Brown, saying, “Unfortunately [he] spoke with his team and he doesn’t have anyone willing to take on Dr. Brown’s book,” while a publishing insider remarked: “I’d be better off burning the money in my fireplace. . . . . The economics of publishing a book like this are bleak.” Because of this, Brown’s ministry organization formed EqualTime Books, which is the publisher of A Queer Thing Happened to America.

Brown has named the speaking tour for his book “The Campaign for Religious Tolerance and Intellectual Diversity” since he feels there is an extreme intolerance — to the point of censorship — on the part of those who claim to be advocates of tolerance and diversity. Brown, who has been labeled a Nazi, a jihadist, a venom-spewing hater, and an intolerant bigot for graciously differing with the goals of gay activism, noted, “I find it ironic that people have refused to work with me because they were, in their words, ‘inclusive,’ while other groups have boycotted conservative religious speakers because they were ‘pro-diversity.'” For Brown, the goal is simple: “I want to put the information on the table and have a mutually respectful discussion with those who disagree with me.” He asks, “How can it hurt if we talk? Whatever happened to gracious, public discourse and dialogue? Is the only side to the story today the gay activist side?”

For more information about A Queer Thing Happened to America, to request a review copy, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Michael Brown, please contact: Domenick Nati, naticelebs@gmail.com; 530-346-3342. Brown is the host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program “The Line of Fire.” His website is: www.askdrbrown.org.

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April 8th, 2010 by M. French

Editor’s Note: Press release concerning the upcoming debate on suffering between Dr. Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman, from the Southern Evangelical Seminary

***NEWS RELEASE***

April 8, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies – 215-815-7716 / 610-584-1096 or DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman Debate the

Age-Old Problem of Suffering

“The Great Debate” at Ohio State University co-sponsored by Ratio Christi, a ministry of Southern Evangelical Seminary

Free, live webcast of the debate at www.TheGreatDebate.me

CHARLOTTE, NC – Authors and scholars Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Bart Ehrman will debate the question “Does The Bible Provide An Adequate Answer to the Problem of Suffering?” on April 15, 2010, in the Great Meeting Room in the Ohio Union on the campus of The Ohio State University from 7-9:30 p.m.

The debate is being hosted by Ratio Christi, a ministry of Southern Evangelical Seminary, as well as CJF Ministries, Beth Messiah Congregation, Into the Field, Jewish Voice Ministries International, Messianic Literature Outreach, Messianic Studies Institute, Sha’arei Shalom, Shoresh OSU, The Gathering.

Dr. Alex McFarland, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, states, “As we look around the world today, we see such evidence of suffering:  earthquakes in Haiti, famine in Africa, wars and ethnic cleansing, parents who lose a child to cancer.  In Christian apologetics, we look for rational, Biblical explanations, and we highly recommend this upcoming debate as these scholars examine this infinite topic.”

Ratio Christi (Latin for ‘The Reason of Christ’) is a non-profit ministry of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina , which seeks to place apologetics clubs at secular and liberal universities across the nation. These chapters have weekly meetings where students can wrestle with ideas relating to the intellectual credibility of Christianity.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.TheGreatDebate.me or call 614 855-9501.  You can register for the free, live webcast of the debate at the website.

Michael L. Brown is an Old Testament scholar and Messianic Jewish Apologist who holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages from New York University . He is the author of twenty books, including a commentary on the book of Jeremiah and the highly-acclaimed five-volume series Answering Jewish Objections to Jesus. Brown serves as a visiting or adjunct professor at four leading seminaries, and his work has been featured in the Charlotte Observer , the Washington Post, and the Baltimore Sun. For more information , please visit his website.

Bart D. Ehrman is the author of more than twenty books, including two New York Times bestsellers: Misquoting Jesus and God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question – Why we Suffer. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , and is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity. His work has been featured in Time, the New Yorker, the Washington Post , and other print and electronic media. For more, please visit his website.

Alex McFarland has been in full-time ministry since 1989 and is currently the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina . As a Christian apologist (one who explains and rationally defends faith), he has spent over two decades training teens and adults in biblical worldview reasoning.  A good portion of that time was spent working with Focus on the Family ministering to teens.  Through his Stand Weekends and National Conference on Apologetics , Dr. McFarland has assembled the world’s premiere Christian apologists with a goal of introducing new audiences to the truths of Christianity.  He is also the author of a brand new book series for teens:  Stand: Seeking the Way of God, Unleashing the Wisdom of God and Diving Into the Word of God, in addition to many other books and publications. His one-hour daily radio program, Sound Rēzn , is heard on over 130 radio stations on the American Family Radio network.  Visit www.soundrezn.com for show information, guests, archives and more.

For more information about SES, student enrollment, or for the calendar of events and the schedule for next year’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics, go to www.ses.edu

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To book Dr. Alex McFarland for an interview or speaking engagement, contact Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies – 215-815-7716 / 610-584-1096 or DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

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August 26th, 2009 by M. French

Press Release from the Alliance Defense Fund:

LACONIA, N.H. — An Alliance Defense Fund allied attorney filed motions with a New Hampshire court Monday asking it to reconsider and stay its decision to order a 10-year-old home-schooled girl into a government-run school in Meredith.

Although the marital master making recommendations to the court agreed the child is “well liked, social and interactive with her peers, academically promising, and intellectually at or superior to grade level” and that “it is clear that the home schooling…has more than kept up with the academic requirements of the…public school system,” he nonetheless proposed that the Christian girl be ordered into a government-run school after considering “the impact of [her religious] beliefs on her interaction with others.”  The court approved the order.

“Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children.  In this case specifically, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working,” said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons of Hampton.  “The court is essentially saying that the evidence shows that, socially and academically, this girl is doing great, but her religious beliefs are a bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews.  This is a step too far for any court to take.”

The parents of the child divorced in 1999.  The mother has home-schooled their daughter since first grade with curriculum that meets all state review standards.  In addition to home schooling, the girl attends supplemental public school classes and has also been involved in a variety of extra-curricular sports activities.

In the process of renegotiating the terms of a parenting plan for the girl, the guardian ad litem involved in the case concluded, according to the court order, that the girl “appeared to reflect her mother’s rigidity on questions of faith” and that the girl’s interests “would be best served by exposure to a public school setting” and “different points of view at a time when she must begin to critically evaluate multiple systems of belief…in order to select, as a young adult, which of those systems will best suit her own needs.”

Marital Master Michael Garner reasoned that the girl’s “vigorous defense of her religious beliefs to [her] counselor suggests strongly that she has not had the opportunity to seriously consider any other point of view” and then recommended that the girl be ordered to enroll in a government school instead of being home-schooled.  Judge Lucinda V. Sadler approved the recommendation and issued the order on July 14.

“The New Hampshire Supreme Court itself has specifically declared, ‘Home education is an enduring American tradition and right…,’” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Mike Johnson.  “There is clearly and without question no legitimate legal basis for the court’s decision, and we trust it will reconsider its conclusions.”

Simmons filed his motions and supporting brief in the case In the Matter of Kurowski and Kurowski (Voydatch) with the Family Division of the Judicial Court for Belknap County in Laconia.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith.  Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

www.adfmedia.org

Note: Facts in ADF news releases are verified prior to publication but may change over time. Members of the media are encouraged to contact ADF for the latest information on this matter.

Thank God for the ADF. Who else would be able to fight cases like this which infringe on our religious and parental freedoms?

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July 23rd, 2009 by M. French

Announcement of Massive Christian Rally Draws Angry Responses from the Gay Community

1,000+ Christians to Gather at Charlotte Gay Pride Event and Declare that “God Has a Better Way”

Contact: For Dr. Michael Brown, Eric McCoy: 704-701-2886; eric@icnministries.org; for Lou Engle, Thomas Hall: 615-260-0917 Thomashall@thecall.com.

July 23, 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina

On Saturday, July 25th, at least 1,000 Christians will join together next to Pride Charlotte, the city’s annual gay pride event, to conduct their own “God Has a Better Way” rally. Participants are expected from numerous churches in the greater Charlotte area as well as from other states.

According to Dr. Michael Brown, director of the Charlotte-based Coalition of Conscience and the organizer of the event, “Nothing like this has ever been done in conjunction with a gay pride event in any city before, and those who join together on this day will be part of history in the making.”

Brown’s event is being actively supported by Lou Engle, national director of TheCall to Action. Engle, who advocates bringing about cultural change through prayer and fasting, believes that the “God Has a Better Way” rally could be a national flash point, with the goal that homosexual activism “stops here.”

Other national family ministries are looking to Charlotte as well. In January, 2009, Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine carried a story called, “Something New in Charlotte,” highlighting the work that has been in done in Charlotte by Brown and his coalition and pointing to it as a model for other cities.

The scope of this event has drawn sharp criticism from GLBT leaders, with a spate of concerned articles appearing on major gay websites, despite the assurances of the rally organizers that their event will be entirely peaceful and non-harassing.

Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend wrote, “I don’t know what kind of radical right magnet is located in Charlotte, NC, but some of the worst homobigots . . . and religious extremists embed themselves there,” noting that “Brown will put his brand of anti-gay activism on display in Charlotte on July 25.”

According to the JoeMyGod website, “Anti-gay preachers Lou Engle . . . and Michael Brown plan to bring a thousand protesters to Charlotte Pride this weekend to scream . . . at attendees about Jeebus. Engle and Brown plan for the Charlotte event to launch a new national movement to oppress gay people.”

Brown points out that everyone participating in the “God Has a Better Way” rally must comply with the Terms of Involvement, which include: I will not engage in hate speech, name-calling, or angry rhetoric; I will seek to befriend those who oppose me; I will seek to overcome bad attitudes with good attitudes; I will seek to be a living example of Jesus; I will not violate the law.

“We have great love for the gay and lesbian community” Brown states, “and have always treated them with dignity and respect; at the same time, we take strong exception to the gay activist agenda and will be sending a message to the city and the nation that God Has a Better Way.”

Rally participants will meet at First Baptist Church, at 301 S. Davidson St., at 12:00, noon, and then will walk together to the Pride Charlotte rally, held at Gateway Village, located at Fifth and Trade Streets, where they will worship and pray until 3:00 PM.

For more information, see www.godhasabetterway.com, where Dr. Brown’s 7 ½ minute video invitation is also posted, highlighting what he refers to the as “the urgency of the hour.”

The Coalition of Conscience is a network of church and ministry leaders, business and education leaders, and Christians from every walk of life, based in the greater Charlotte area, working together for moral and cultural change through the gospel. www.coalitionofconscience.org

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