Proclaim 18, NRB’s 75th annual convention, is coming very soon to Nashville, and anyone interested in communicating freely online should be sure to attend the Public Policy Session on Thursday, March 1.
The session will begin with a visit from Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a champion for life and liberty on Capitol Hill. Blackburn is chairman of the powerful House Communications & Technology Subcommittee, where one of her priorities is the defense of internet freedom. It is noteworthy that last fall she experienced online censorship directly when Twitter pulled one of her ads that referenced her pro-life work leading the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives. That panel was spurred by the horrific undercover videos of 2015 showing key Planned Parenthood officials describing the dismemberment of aborted babies and apparently negotiating the sale of their body parts. Twitter called her ad “inflammatory” and “likely to evoke a strong negative reaction.”
While Twitter reversed course under pressure and allowed Blackburn’s video to be promoted, others have not been so fortunate in their dealings with tech titans. In December, NRB launched its Internet Freedom Watch initiative (InternetFreedomWatch.org) to draw attention to the censorship of Christian and conservative speech online by companies such as Twitter, Google, Facebook, and Apple. NRB sent letters to the tech giants, urging constructive conversation and a resolution to this swelling problem, and also called on Congress to hold hearings on online viewpoint censorship.
During an event at the National Press Club announcing Internet Freedom Watch and its catalogue of censorship incidents, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president & CEO of NRB, said, “It is unacceptable for these titans to discriminate against users just because their viewpoints are not congruent with ideas popular in Silicon Valley.”
After Blackburn’s remarks at Proclaim 18, to further delve into the issue of online freedom for Christian ministries, the Public Policy Session will move to a panel conversation on the subject moderated by FOX News’ Todd Starnes, who has personal testimony to share about run-ins with Facebook. The panel will also feature Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List; Larry Elder, host of The Larry Elder Show; Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council; and Dennis Prager, host of The Dennis Prager Show. Prager, in particular, has had a prominent battle with Google’s YouTube over the tech giant’s discrimination against PragerU’s popular educational videos.
The Public Policy Session will be held on Thursday, March 1, at 9:00am in the Delta A Ballroom of Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Don’t miss it!
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: February 16, 2018