NRB Hosts First Amendment Event on National Day of Prayer

1st Amendment LunchNRB hosted a special lunch last Thursday as millions of Americans across the nation took part in the National Day of Prayer (NDP), interceding on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.

The keynote speaker for the event was Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), a longtime defender of religious liberty and a passionate defender of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, attendees heard from NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson and NRB Senior Vice President & General Counsel Craig Parshall.

Attendees were also blessed by the presence of Vonette Bright and Anne Graham Lotz. Mrs. Bright served for nine years as chairwoman of the NDP Task Force, and, as chair in 1988, was successful in introducing legislation unanimously approved by both houses of Congress to make the first Thursday of every May the permanent date for the National Day of Prayer. Anne Graham Lotz, Founder and President of AnGeL Ministries, served as this year’s Honorary Chairman of the NDP Task Force.

“We were honored that Vonette Bright was able to attend, and we were delighted that National Day of Prayer 2014 Honorary Chairman Anne Graham Lotz was also present," shared Dr. Johnson.

Also in attendance were NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount, Executive Committee member Dr. Tony Hart, and Board members Phillip Bowen, Chuck Burge, and Robert McFarland.

Other Christian leaders who attended were Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) Executive Director Jordan Sekulow, and March For Life Education and Defense Fund President Jeanne Monahan.

During the lunch, NRB highlighted critical concerns related to America’s First Amendment freedoms.

“NRB must become for the First Amendment what the NRA is for the Second Amendment,” expressed Dr. Johnson, reiterating one of his hopes for the association. “We are facing more threats to our First Amendment freedoms than at any time in American history. This event was a step in the right direction to help focus attention on this issue.”

In total, there were nearly 60 attendees at the invitation-only lunch. Following the event, several attendees expressed interest in joining NRB as members.

PHOTO ABOVE: (from left to right) NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), NRB Chairman of the Board Bill Blount.

Published: May 8, 2014