`600-pound gorillas' prevail in NRB dispute, critics apologize. (People & Events).The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB NRB National Religious Broadcasters
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The dispute began in January when Wayne Pederson, the recently appointed president of the NRB, gave an interview to the Minneapolis Star Tribune For the Wyoming newspaper, see .
The Star Tribune (also Star trib or Strib, as it is often referred to) is the largest newspaper in the U.S. during which he expressed regret over the organization's image of close ties to conservative politics. Pederson said the group's primary focus should be spreading the gospel, not politics.
Pederson immediately came under fire, with several Religious Right leaders demanding his resignation. Among them were Donald Wildmon Donald E. Wildmon, born 18 January 1938 in Dumas, Mississippi, is the founder and chairman of the American Family Association.
He graduated from Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, in 1960. In 1961 he married Lynda Lou Bennett with whom he has two sons and two daughters. of the American Family Association The American Family Association (AFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes conservative Christian values. It was founded in 1977 by Rev. and James Dobson of Focus on the Family (FOF FOF Fund of Funds (umbrella fund)
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Pederson resigned, but some NRB members were apparently not happy with the way he was treated. On Feb. 21, Robert Neff, vice president of Moody Broadcasting Network Moody Broadcasting Network (MBN) is a trademark of Moody Bible Institute, and is one of the largest Christian radio network in the United States. Located in downtown Chicago, MBN has 35 owned and operated stations and over 700 affiliates and outlets that carry all or part of its , wrote to the NRB's executive committee protesting its decision to dismiss Pederson.
The letter criticized certain "power boys" and "600-pound gorillas" in the NRB who had engineered Pederson's downfall. While it did not name names, the references were widely believed to mean Dobson and the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
An angry Dobson wrote a reply to the NRB committee March 1, calling Neff's charges "vicious and entirely uncalled for."
Neff quickly backed down. In another letter to the NRB executive committee, he apologized for the previous missive.
Neff later told WorldNetDaily, a conservative news service, that he had talked to Dobson and the two patched things up. Paul Hetrick, a top FOF staffer, confirmed the account, telling WorldNet, "Dr. Dobson accepted the apology and wants to put the whole matter behind them."
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* TV preacher D. James Kennedy Dennis James Kennedy, (November 3 1930 – September 5 2007) was an American televangelist and founder of the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was senior pastor from 1960 until his death in 2007. has cancelled this year's "Reclaiming America for Christ" Conference. The annual event in Fort Lauderdale, sponsored by Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries, has drawn thousands of attendees. This year, advance registration was off sharply. A notice in Kennedy's newsletter stated that the conference, which had been scheduled for March 22-24, was being cancelled due to "light registration combined with a severe budget shortfall."