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NRB Hosts Capitol Hill Media Summit for President’s Council

Capitol Hill Media SummitMembers of the NRB President’s Council gathered in Washington, DC, last week for the 2012 Capitol Hill Media Summit.

During the exciting two-day event, the Council members were presented with an insider’s perspective of our nation’s capital and heard from NRB leaders and government officials. Among the activities was a meeting at the U.S. State Department with Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Also included was visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage, where the Emancipation Proclamation was written.

“The NRB President’s Council is a select group of strategic partners whose generous support and dedicated efforts enable the NRB to preserve and expand the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, both here and around the world,” notes Dr. Frank Wright, NRB’s President & CEO. “Members recognize the singular importance of NRB’s engagement in the legislative, legal, and regulatory arenas, and they serve as influential ambassadors for NRB as they interact with political leaders and others with positions of significant influence and authority in our nation’s capital.”

Throughout the September 12-13 event, Council members heard from speakers including Congressman Joe Pitts (R-PA), FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, and Lt. General (Retired) William G. "Jerry" Boykin, Executive Vice President at Family Research Council.

They were also able to join a press conference and panel discussion at the National Press Club regarding NRB’s Free Speech Charter for the Internet, a first-of-its-kind proposal to new media companies like Facebook, Google and Apple on how to balance their free enterprise rights with the free speech rights of Internet users.

“We had someone from the Colson Center talking about, from the inside perspective, how one minute their app for the Apple iPhone was approved … [and] suddenly Apple closes them down,” recalls Craig Parshall, NRB’s Senior Vice President & General Counsel and Director of the John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech.

Council members also participated in the presentation of NRB’s “Faith & Freedom Award” to Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-VA), who founded and chairs the Congressional Prayer Caucus. NRB annually presents the “Faith & Freedom Award” to a stalwart defender of religious liberty at its annual Capitol Hill Media Summit.  Past recipients include former-Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Alan Sears, President & CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom. 

The summit concluded Thursday night with a special dinner on the veranda of the Lincoln Cottage, the presentation of the “Faith & Freedom Award,” and a presentation by Stephen McDowell of the Providence Foundation on “Lincoln: the Man and His Faith.”

Among the roughly 40 members in attendance were John Ankerberg of The John Ankerberg Show, Richard Bott of Bott Radio Network, Vonette Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ International, Erwin Lutzer of The Moody Church, and Joshua Youssef of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef.

PHOTO ABOVE: Members of the NRB President's Council with Suzan Johnson Cook, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, during a visit to the U.S. State Department.

Published: September 20, 2012