Religious broadcasters wary of ban on prophet film

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) — A National Religious Broadcasters official says videos like the anti-Islam film that's blamed for riots in the Middle East shouldn't be banned from the Internet unless they openly call for violence.

NRB Senior Vice President Craig Parshall says threats of violence from those who are offended shouldn't squelch views that are "downright despicable and yet protected in our country under the First Amendment."

The National Religious Broadcasters have been urging Internet gatekeepers like Apple, Google and Facebook to be open to biblical views on marriage and homosexuality that some find offensive.

It isn't government censorship when a company takes down an app or video, but the NRB hopes the Internet will remain an open forum.

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270-w-30-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Craig Parshall, senior vice president, National Religious Broadcasters)--Videos like the anti-Islam film that's blamed for riots in the Middle East shouldn't be banned from the Internet unless they openly call for violence. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports that's the view of a top National Religious Broadcasters official. (17 Sep 2012)

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271-a-10-(Craig Parshall, senior vice president, National Religious Broadcasters, in AP interview)-"should be banned"-Craig Parshall, senior vice president of National Religious Broadcasters, says videos that express controversial religious views should be allowed online. (17 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *271 (09/17/12)>> 00:10 "should be banned"

273-a-17-(Craig Parshall, senior vice president, National Religious Broadcasters, in AP interview)-"on their platforms"-Craig Parshall, senior vice president of National Religious Broadcasters, says the White House should not have asked Google to consider if an anti-Islam video violated its standards. ((note length of cut)) (17 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *273 (09/17/12)>> 00:17 "on their platforms"

274-a-15-(Craig Parshall, senior vice president, National Religious Broadcasters, in AP interview)-"have been censored"-Craig Parshall, senior vice president of National Religious Broadcasters, says some Internet gatekeepers have censored biblical views on marriage and homosexuality. (17 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *274 (09/17/12)>> 00:15 "have been censored"

272-a-08-(Craig Parshall, senior vice president, National Religious Broadcasters, in AP interview)-"because of it"-Craig Parshall, senior vice president of National Religious Broadcasters, says most videos should be allowed online unless they're obscene or openly call for violent action. (17 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *272 (09/17/12)>> 00:08 "because of it"

275-a-11-(Craig Parshall, senior vice president, National Religious Broadcasters, in AP interview)-"some of us"-Craig Parshall, senior vice president of National Religious Broadcasters, says Internet gatekeepers can be sensitive to outside groups. (17 Sep 2012)

<<CUT *275 (09/17/12)>> 00:11 "some of us"

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