For Immediate Release
February 25, 2015

Contact:
Kenneth Chan
703-331-4520
press@nrb.org

 

 

 

 

NRB Board Weighs in on Racial Reconciliation, Internet Freedom

Nashville, TN – The National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors adopted five Resolutions this week highlighting important issues for Christian media professionals. The NRB Board, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved statements on:

  • Racial and Ethnic Reconciliation: Urging NRB members “to embrace equality and reconciliation, specifically being mindful in neighbor love and ministry partnerships to reach across racial and ethnic lines that have divided too many for too long.” Also, denouncing discrimination and hatred, and honoring government agents who defend “a just and orderly society in which the constitutional freedoms of every citizen, regardless of race or ethnicity, are enjoyed through the structure of the law.” 
     
  • Religious Liberty: Commending the U.S. Supreme Court for its upholding of religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga challenges to the HHS abortion mandate, as well as the Town of Greece public prayer case. The Board also urged Congress not to undermine the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • Peace of Jerusalem: Calling on NRB members “to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for God’s protection over all of Israel, and for all people of good will who seek true peace in the Holy Land.” Also, noting ongoing violence in the Middle East, the Board urged, “[W]hile other nations and international bodies may alienate or abandon Israel, NRB calls on the United States to continue to stand steadfast by Israel in its time of need.”
     
  • Internet Freedom: Opposing a power grab over the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission. The NRB Board was particularly concerned that free speech values be upheld online in the United States and abroad. Specifically, NRB urged against the use of Title II of the Communications Act, or any other heavy-handed regulatory approach, to be applied to the Internet.
     
  • Spectrum Auction: Calling on the FCC to take care not to auction religious broadcasters off the air, but instead to uphold the interests of viewers in having access to the religious and family programming provided free of charge by NRB members.

Resolutions are often adopted by the Board of Directors during NRB’s International Christian Media Convention and serve as statements by NRB as an association expressing its support or opposition to domestic legislation, cultural movements, judicial decisions, geopolitical or international issues, or events of particular importance to NRB members. The full text of this week’s Resolutions are available here.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About the NRB Convention

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB16 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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