D. James Kennedy Ministries says it was "forced off" Lifetime over content disagreement

by Jenny Mount · Feb 25th, 2021 4:13 pm
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Last Updated Feb 27th, 2021 at 10:12 am

The Lifetime cable network has given D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM) an ultimatum to eliminate all content it deems controversial from its Christian television series "Truths That Transform" or else the program will be pulled from the network.

Lifetime said it would no longer air programming that addressed issues such as abortion or left-wing financier George Soros. The network also refused to carry any DJKM programming unless the media ministry agreed to its new demands.

"Because of Lifetime's newfound ban on so-called 'controversial' content, D. James Kennedy Ministries has been forced off the cable channel — to which we have paid enormous fees since 2017 to air our program," said DJKM President and CEO Frank Wright. "We will not cave to the cancel culture. D. James Kennedy Ministries is committed to proclaiming biblical truth and defending freedom in America. We simply cannot water down our message to please Lifetime and be faithful to our mission."

Wright also addressed the issue in a piece published in the Christian Post.

"They objected to our exposé on Planned Parenthood, in which we documented their sale of baby body parts derived from abortions. They objected to our exposé on billionaire radical George Soros and his systematic efforts to undermine American laws and institutions," Wright wrote. "They even objected to our program on the spiritual life of George Washington."

He also warned that corporate responsibility in America is now "outright censorship."

"At the same time the Lifetime Channel is giving us the back of their hand, we received reports from others in the community of Christian broadcasters that other major cable television channels and networks are canceling entire blocks of religious programming," Wright wrote. "This is the new face of corporate responsibility in America — viewpoint discrimination, prior restraint, and outright censorship."

The ministry's programs were taken off the network immediately. Wright said DJKM is currently looking for other possible distribution channels for its programming, which reaches 105 million television households.


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