|For Immediate Release
October 7, 2015
Washington, DC – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) presented its 2015 Faith & Freedom Award to Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) on Wednesday, October 7.
Senator Blunt, Vice Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, has been a champion for religious freedom in the U.S. and abroad. He has played a lead role in combating the Obamacare regulation requiring insurance coverage of abortion-inducing drugs, and he has been a vocal advocate of Pastor Saeed Abedini and others who are imprisoned for their Christian faith in Iran and around the world. In fact, Senator Blunt was successful in working with former Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) in navigating a bill to the President’s desk in the last session of Congress authorizing a special envoy at the State Department dedicated to religious freedom in the Middle East and South Asia. Senator Blunt has also been vocal for freedom on-air and online, particularly remaining vigilant against a resurgence of the Fairness Doctrine.
Before coming to Congress, Senator Blunt was a history teacher, county official, and later the President of Southwest Baptist University. He is Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and has seats on the Senate Appropriations and Commerce Committees. He is also the Chairman of the Senate Values Action Team.
“Senator Blunt is a man of faith and conviction, and America is well-served to have him in key leadership posts in the U.S. Senate,” remarked NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “He is an ally to those who seek to uphold life and liberty here in America and throughout the world, and we are privileged to honor him with this year’s Faith & Freedom Award.”
NRB annually presents the Faith & Freedom Award to a stalwart defender of religious liberty at its Capitol Hill Media Summit, the annual gathering of the NRB President’s Council in Washington, DC. Past recipients include former Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS); former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA); Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL); Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR); Alan Sears, President & CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom; Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA); and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ).
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.
Proclaim, 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. Also on the Expo floor will be a 20,000-square-foot museum presented by Museum of the Bible. Proclaim 16 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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