Why Google Matters

This might just be the stuff of political thrillers or conspiracy theories, if it didn’t have some credibility to back it up. Even further, it has powerful significance for NRB, its members, and their millions of listeners, viewers, and readers.

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Hard Questions about Hate Speech and Homicide

The terrible shooting rampages in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, ought to send us to our knees in prayer for the survivors and for the grieving families that were impacted. Even as the body count was still being tallied, a predictable trio of policy issues burst forth from a cadre of pundits who began to assess blame.

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Yes, Washington is Listening

When I sent a legal memo over to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on October 15, 2008, with a modest proposal for a rule change, I had no idea it would take 8 ½ years to bear fruit. But it did. The happy result is something every non-commercial broadcaster should take advantage of.

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Sheriff Needed for Silicon Valley’s Wild West Censorship?

A book written by NRB member Anne Paulk, who heads the Christian ministry Restored Hope Network, has been stripped off of Amazon’s popular book site. When questioned about the banning of Paulk’s book, Restoring Sexual Identity: Hope for Women Who Struggle with Same Sex Attraction, Amazon replied that the book violated its “content guidelines.” The tech giant’s rules openly state that even though books containing “objectionable” viewpoints will be permitted on its site, nevertheless works exhibiting “intolerance” toward “sexual orientation” issues will be stricken.

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State Department Releases New International Religious Freedom Report

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Religious Freedom released its 2018 Report on International Religious Freedom ahead of its second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, which it will host in mid-July.

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Doors Opened and Closed

On Tuesday, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee grilled media experts about potential antitrust damage that big technology platforms wielding monopoly power like Google are meting out to traditional news companies. It is just the latest chapter in the saga of Silicon Valley’s woes amidst a rising call for federal regulation of tech giants. At the same time, for conservatives who are usually resistant to government regulation, it raises this important question: what do we value most?

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Opportunities and Adversaries

I am sure that most Christian communicators regularly review, as I do, the treatment we receive across the media landscape.

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UN General Assembly Proclaims August 22 International Day for Victims of Violence Based on Religion, Other Beliefs

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution proclaiming August 22 as International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief in response to the unprecedented rise of violence against religious communities and people belonging to religious minorities.

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A Most Uncivil Law is Coming

A vote in the House of Representatives could come as early as this Thursday on H.R. 5, the contentious bill that would place nearly all Christian ministries, religious organizations, and faith-based companies in the cross-hairs of discrimination lawsuits. The bill looks almost certain to pass in the House. Although passage in the Senate may be doubtful, the sheer audacity of this legislation should be taken as a cautionary tale.

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John Milton Project: Back to the Future for NRB

This is the announcement I couldn’t wait to share with you: here at NRB we are reviving the John Milton Project for Free Speech, the pioneering effort I was previously privileged to launch, advocating true free speech values on internet platforms and standing against the long-established pattern of viewpoint censorship against conservative and Christian content by Silicon Valley giants. I believe the timing of NRB’s revival of this policy approach is nothing short of historic. Consider the events of just this month.

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House Passes Bill to Derail ‘Restoring Internet Freedom’

On a largely partisan lines, the House of Representatives this week passed the legislation titled the “Save the Internet Act.”

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Tech Titans Take Fire for Censorship

Major technology corporations took heavy fire this week for ongoing ideological bias evident in the operation of their platforms.

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Pai Thanks Broadcasters

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had kind words for broadcasters this week as he spoke at the NAB Show in Las Vegas this week.

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House Panel Holds Hearing on ‘Equality Act’

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that NRB’s Board of Directors, a body of nearly a hundred leaders in Christian communications, just last week warned against based on its “coercive nature.”

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NRB Comments on ‘Disconnect’ over TV Parental Guidelines

National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) filed comments this week in an FCC Media Bureau proceeding on the effectiveness of the current TV content ratings system.

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Big Tech Feeling Pressure on Censorship Concerns

Since NRB launched Internet Freedom Watch in 2017 to highlight and substantiate the problem of online censorship of Christian and conservative viewpoints, Silicon Valley has faced increasing government scrutiny.

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