Daystar is an aggressive US religious broadcaster out of Dallas Texas. In June Youngren made a deal with Lambs broadcasting company – 65% of Grace TV programming now comes straight from this Texas broadcaster.
The 24/7 begging telethon from DayStar started on Grace TV August 19th. Daystar Television has a Canadian website.
If I could beg Canadian Christians I would, but I’d be wasting my breath. I know there is a market for this quasi-evangelical sleaze and there are people who think this is what faith is all about.
I don’t believe for a nanosecond we need Daystar programs in Canada, if you think you have to watch Daystar, that is what streaming on your PC is for. Oh, and there is also an app for that, of course. I’d beg you not to send your hard earned money to Grace TV or Daystar, but if you believe you are evangelising, my voice is lost in the glitzy, faux-emotional, drama that US televangelists are famous for and rich because of.
We already have questionable ‘Christian’ content being broadcast in Canada, as taxpayers we don’t need more.
Not that long ago, Youngren set up a US office in California. In February of this year, Youngren’s Finnish operation was found guilty of soliciting funds without a permit. Tainia Youngren was given a 30 day suspended sentence, and AEM (World Impact Ministries Finland) was fined $65663.00 Cdn. I was told at the time that another case against the Youngrens had not been completed in the Finnish courts. I’m bumping up this comment from another thread:
Peter Youngren and his wife Mrs Youngren (3rd) will appear in a Court of Appeal in Lahti, Finland on 27.8. They are going direct from Indonesia to Finland. This information is publicly available. I found this through Google. I suppose they will be appealing against the conviction that was given earlier this year?
It appears this is an appeal against just the AEM conviction. While all this is going on Youngren has 5 puff pieces in Charisma Magazine. Quelle surprise. American citizens for the most part wouldn’t know him or about him if they tripped over him, and their wallets are ripe for plucking.
I’m also bumping up this comment.
By the way, in an interesting twist of events, concurrent with the ‘strategic partnership’ (so-called) with the U.S. based Daystar Television, there was a recent meeting of Peter Youngren and the board of directors of World Impact Ministries, where Grace TV was formally REMOVED from the books of World Impact Ministries, and made to continue operations by itself, as a separate entity.
As well, Grace Television, which has been forever heralded as ‘Canada’s Gospel Voice to the World’ … is now labelled “YOUR Gospel Voice to the World”. After all, we don’t want to offend the Americans who now control the network, do we?
Finally, I have noted that on the Grace Television website, it states that the ‘strategic partnership’ with Daystar Television allows both for U.S. producers to have access to a Canadian audience … and Grace Television will have ‘good quality programming’.
What that really means is that the U.S. producers will now have a Canadian audience from whom they will be able to harass over and over again for money. But what I am wondering about in terms of Grace Television is: Does this not imply that prior to the partnership with Daystar, programming offered was not of ‘good quality’?
Unless Grace TV has technicians editing the telethon, I’m willing to bet a dozen Timbits and a double double that some fundraising content will violate the CRTC Religious Policy, and the CBSC Code of Ethics.
Licensees who broadcast religious programs should ensure that the following practices are observed:
1. No programs shall have the effect of abusing or misrepresenting any individual or group.
2. No group shall be targeted for the purpose of conversion or proselytism.
3. While groups and ministries are free to express their views about activities that they deem to be “sinful”, they shall not call into question the human rights or dignity of any individual or group.
4. When programs are planned that deal with or comment on the beliefs, practices, liturgy or behaviour of another religious group, the licensee shall ensure the accuracy and appropriate context of such content.
The Commission may impose the above guidelines on ethics as a condition of licence, particularly if it receives complaints concerning a licensee’s religious programs.
As a Canadian viewer and taxpayer, if you seeing violations of the policy (particularly during the Daystar fundraiser) you have the right to file a complaint, which would be taken under consideration during Grace TV’s licence renewal. Grace TV is also member of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and as such, programming is also subject to the Code of Ethics.
Peter Youngren is an astute businessman, and if the information is true that Grace TV is now a separate entity from World Impact Ministries, I wonder what is next?
(Rev.Can Charities T3010 lists World Impact Ministries board of directors as: Peter Youngren, Glen Goertzen, Betty Norris and Nathan Thurber. Thurber is also Chief Operating Officer, Grace TV.)
65. World Impact Ministries
Application by World Impact Ministries to renew the broadcasting licence for the national English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking Grace TV, which expires 31 August 2013.
The licensee has confirmed that it will adhere to the standard conditions of licence for specialty Category B services set out in Standard conditions of licence, expectations and encouragements for Category B pay and specialty services – Corrected Appendices 1 and 2, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-786-1, 18 July 2011, but proposes changes with respect to the requirements concerning the minimum percentage of Canadian program exhibition and the provision of described video.
The licensee proposes to operate the undertaking under the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licence, with the exception of the changes resulting from the acceptance of the standard conditions of licence and the amendments mentioned above.