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February 28, 2018
NRB Honors Billy Graham with Resolution, Adopts Other Resolutions on Israel, Internet Freedom, Religious Liberty, Free Speech Fairness Act, and Prayer for Peace in U.S.
NASHVILLE (NRB) – The National Religious Broadcasters’ Board of Directors adopted six resolutions February 27, honoring Billy Graham and highlighting important issues for Christian media professionals. A body of approximately 100 key leaders among Christian communicators, the NRB Board unanimously approved statements on:
- Honoring the Life & Legacy of Evangelist Billy Graham: Coming less than a week after the death of the renowned evangelist, the Board noted Graham’s long association with NRB, summarized his awards, including induction into the NRB Hall of Fame in 1981, and honored the “powerful life and legacy of Evangelist Billy Graham” praising “God for Mr. Graham’s century in this world as a truly good and faithful servant to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
- Celebrating and Supporting Israel: The resolution praises the Trump administration’s affirmation of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, notes Christians’ duty to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” celebrates the upcoming 70th anniversary of the modern State of Israel, and calls on the U.S. “to stand steadfastly by Israel, even as others malign, abandon, or attack her.”
- Advocating Internet Freedom: The resolution notes NRB’s documentation of the growing problem of incidents of censorship of religious viewpoints on Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and other “edge providers,” and urges such platforms “to honor First Amendment values as refined by centuries of American jurisprudence and to faithfully apply those principles in their policies and practices.”
- Urging Respect for the Freedom to Believe: In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage, the resolution contends that the federal government “must faithfully preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee that all citizens are free to speak and free to exercise the tenets of their faith in daily life.” The resolution also urges the adoption of federal and state laws “preventing government intolerance and discrimination against those who adhere to biblical understandings of gender, sexuality, and marriage,” and urges the U.S. “to return to the truth that marriage is the sacred union between one man and one woman.”
- Opposing the Chill of the Johnson Amendment: The Board called on both “government and ministry leaders to stand against the Johnson Amendment’s chill of the constitutional free speech rights of churches and ministries.” The resolution also supports adoption of the Free Speech Fairness Act to provide a statutory remedy for the Johnson Amendment “by clarifying that political statements made by 501(c)(3) organizations are permissible as long as they are made in the ordinary course of the organization’s activities.”
- Praying for Reconciliation and Peace in the United States: The resolution “denounces any form of racism, anti-Semitism, or ethic discrimination” and those who “inflame tension for their own gain;” “prays for deliverance for our church, our ministries, our communities, and our nation from the venom and traps from violent individuals;” and thanks and honors government agents “who dutifully and bravely work to uphold a just and orderly society.”
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.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and 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. The next Convention, Proclaim 18, will be the 75th annual Convention and will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, February 27-March 2, 2018. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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