Religious group claims censoring

New Internet media giants such as Facebook, Apple and Google are not giving Christian and other faith-based groups a fair shake on the Web, according to a new report released Thursday by a religious broadcasters group.

The report, released Thursday by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), stated that many of the biggest new Internet sites blocked Christian content and refused to accept faith-based advertisements.........

In particular, religious content taking a stand against homosexuality was blocked for fear of offending other users.

“Our conclusion is that Christian ideas and other religious content face a clear and present danger of censorship on Web-based communication platforms,” the 43-page report concluded.

Out of several major Internet-interactive “new media” platforms and service providers, only one - Twitter - did not exhibit a strong anti-Christian bias, according to the study.

Apple and its iTunes App Store, Facebook, MySpace (prior to its recent change in ownership), Google, Twitter, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon were reviewed for the NRB’s John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech, spearheaded by Craig Parshall, senior vice president and general counsel of the NRB.

“Our concern is not just anti-Christian censorship, although we will give examples that seem to indicate that that’s a particular concern,” Mr. Parshall said at a National Press Club briefing. “The current paradigm that we’re seeing with censorship seems to be oriented towards people of faith and ideas that are religious based.”