January 19, 2011


An Open Letter to President Obama
By Craig L. Parshall, Sr. Vice President & General Counsel

Dear President Obama:

I watched with great interest your eloquent comments delivered at the Tucson, Arizona, memorial ceremony. I appreciated not only the beautiful and ennobling sentiments about the lives both lost and saved in this tragic shooting (as well as the numerous references to Scripture), but also your call for all of us to take stock of the things that really matter – such things as family, and service to others. But of course your speech was not delivered in a vacuum. It followed several days of commentary  by many leaders in the Democrat Party who attempted to make a connection between this senseless act of violence and conservative media. Almost immediately, as the facts about the gunman started coming in, it was clear that this tragic act of violence was wrought by a man who was mentally unbalanced. No evidence indicated that he was motivated by the opinions of others delivered over the airwaves or the Internet. Despite that, Steve Israel, the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), recklessly announced that the killings showed how “political rhetoric turns violent.” Dick Durbin (D-IL), the number two Democrat leader in the Senate, linked the shootings to “toxic rhetoric.” In media interviews, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), a key House leader as the Minority Whip, echoed the same thought. What concerns me is that these misguided ideas may lead to a new throttling of First Amendment rights in our nation. In the wake of the shootings, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) said he will introduce a bill reinstating the “Fairness Doctrine,” an obsolete and nefarious former FCC doctrine that was wisely abandoned in the 1980’s because of the devastating damage it did to the free speech rights of broadcasters. Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) promised to introduce legislation making it a crime to use certain symbols in connection with comments about Members of Congress. A few days later, Governor Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island banned all state employees from giving interviews on talk radio programs.

The national press observed, as I did, that your speech attempted to address this issue of possible censorship of political rhetoric in general, and the conservative media in particular. The New York Times opined that your remarks contained “clear political ramifications,” and Politico noted that your speech was “undeniably political.” To your credit, you did appear to dispel the wild speculations that conservative commentary could be linked to the tragic events in Tucson. I also noted your call for what the press has called a return to “civility” in our public discourse. As the preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators, we at National Religious Broadcasters expect our members to emulate this kind of respectful tone in their media comments. But while your speech said much that was noteworthy, there was also much that was left unsaid.

You called on America to “challenge old assumptions in order to lessen the prospects of violence in the future,” but did not expand on that. As a former law professor, you know well, Mr. President, that the price of the First Amendment is that our citizens will often have to endure exposure to ideas that they vehemently oppose. I would like to believe that well-worn ideals of freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, and freedom of the press will not be part of those “old assumptions” that will be jettisoned. My concern is not unfounded. A new wave of anti-Christian censorship has arisen among “new media” platforms of communication, leading NRB to launch its John Milton Project for Religious Free Speech in an effort to reverse this trend. Commentators and even legal scholars are now openly suggesting the outlawing of so-called “hate speech” from not only talk radio, but also from the Internet – an idea that would inevitably translate to a gag rule against politically incorrect ideas including, we fear, statements of traditional Christian orthodoxy.

Against this troubling backdrop of calls for the suppression of opinion stands the White House, with all the prestige, instant media access, and “bully pulpit” power that comes with your high office. Mr. President, the time is now to state your position with clarity: to publicly voice your opposition to these unconstitutional legislative suggestions that have sprung, seemingly in full-bloom, from the blood-spotted soil of Tucson. After all, in what may be the ultimate irony, when shortly before the Arizona shooting the Members of the House of Representatives determined to read into the public record the words of the U.S. Constitution, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was tasked to read aloud those very concepts now assailed by the pronouncements of some of her colleagues. She recited those historic, and familiar words contained in the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for redress of grievances.

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Ravi Zacharias: World Renowned Apologist to Speak at NRB 2011
Dr. Ravi Zacharias, Founder & Chairman of the Board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, will speak at the Monday General Session at NRB 2011 on February 28th. “We are blessed to have internationally renowned speaker, scholar, and apologist Ravi Zacharias at NRB 2011. Ravi’s unique insights and thoroughly biblical perspective have consistently challenged and encouraged my walk with Christ,” commented NRB CEO & President Dr. Frank Wright. For 35 years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world. His weekly radio program, Let My People Think, is aired on more on than 1,700 outlets worldwide, and his weekday program…Read more.

Educational Session: Four Fundamentals of Online Fundraising Strategies
This session provides an overview of online fundraising fundamentals, from constituent targeting, to email strategy, to web landing pages, to basics of using social media applications like Facebook and Twitter. We examine the importance of online fundraising strategy, and the fundamentals of how to get started. Learn how to execute a multichannel fundraising strategy, develop a donor cultivation strategy, and optimize landing pages and emails.

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DonorDirect is the industry leading donor management software provider that builds and sells donor management solutions to ministries. DonorDirect has used the advances of technology to empower ministries to reach their full potential and fulfill their organization’s mission through their donor management software. The software allows ministries to take donations, process orders, track all communications, and manage media details and much more. Thanks to partners like Samaritan’s Purse, Gospel for Asia, Amazing Facts, Answers in Genesis and many others, DonorDirect has become the industry leader in providing effective donor software solutions that deliver value for all ministries.

NRB 2011 Media Awards
2011 Television Awards:
Television Station of the Year (Full Power): KTLN
KTLN is a full power television station in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to Christian family television. KTLN’s mission is to communicate the Gospel message through local and national programming. Through talk and teaching formats, family entertainment and inspiration, this station serves all nine bay area counties as it strives to creatively and effectively direct people to Christ.

Television Station of the Year (Low Power): Christian Family Network Television (CFNT)
Christian Family Network Television (CFNT) is a non-profit organization that broadcasts Christian and family friendly programming in the Wichita Falls, TX area. They have been on the air for more than 15 years, and on the basic tier of cable for more than 20 years.  

Best Television Talk Show: The 700 Club
The 700 Club is a live television program that airs weekdays before a studio audience from The Christian Broadcasting Network's (CBN) broadcast facilities in Virginia Beach, VA. On the air continuously since 1966, it is one of the longest-running programs in broadcast history. Hosted by Pat Robertson, Terry Meeuwsen, and Gordon Robertson, with news anchor Lee Webb, The 700 Club is a mix of news and commentary, interviews, feature stories, and Christian ministry.

Best Television Teaching Program: The Active Word with Pastor Bob Coy: 3-2-1 Hear It-Live It-Share It
The Active Word is the media outreach of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale and Pastor Bob Coy. Through daily radio programs, weekly television programs, and web-based media, the media ministry seeks to share the truth and relevance of the Gospel. The Active Word plays an important role in that mission, using the power of the medium to inspire viewers to hear, live, and share the life-changing truth of God’s word with the world around them.

Best Television Special Programming: Samaritan's Purse: Children's Heart
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Best Television Commercial: Focus on the Family: Tebow Tackle
Focus on the Family’s commercial featuring Heisman winner Tim Tebow and his mom, Pam, was the most buzzed-about spot of Super Bowl XLIV. It created a national dialogue about the true definition of “choice” as it pertains to the issue of abortion – and allowed Focus to share its mission of helping families thrive on every major U.S. television news network and in most major newspapers as well as media outlets in France, Germany and Spain. Most importantly, one woman told Focus on the Family that because of the Tebows’ story, she decided to keep her own unborn baby after considering abortion.
Best Television Public Service Announcement: Samaritan's Purse: Shoe Box Seeds
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Best Television Mixed Media Campaign: Answers in Genesis: I Am Not Ashamed
Answers in Genesis (AiG) is a biblical apologetics ministry dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. The ministry promotes and trains others to develop a biblical worldview through a variety of programs and outreaches, including the I Am Not Ashamed national media campaign focusing on the Word of God and its power to speak for itself on relevant topics. AiG conducts 250 teaching meetings each year, hosts an award-winning website and produces the radio program “Answers...with Ken Ham” heard on 800 stations throughout the United States.


FLC Shares Hope In Tucson
The events of January 8, 2011, thrust Family Life Communications (FLC) into  the spotlight in an unexpected way. The corporate office of FLC is just 500 yards from the scene of the tragic shooting in Tucson, AZ. “After visiting the area this morning,” said FLC President Dr. Randy Carlson recently, “I was reminded that carnage results whenever evil seems to prevail….This reminds me of the fragility of life and the importance of living every day with passion and intentionality….The Scripture commands us to love our enemies, and today we have the opportunity to fight back against the growing evil in the world with the love of God; by each of us recommitting to live an intentional life in Christ. Let’s be serious about finding out what pleases Christ and actually doing it!” Dr. Carlson is the host of Intentional Living, a nationally-syndicated, live, call-in program on Family Life Radio. Click here to learn more about Family Life Communications, here to learn more about Intentional Living, and here to watch “A Grief Observed,” a video about the Tucson tragedy posted by Dr. Carlson on vimeo.
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Mega Crusade in Estonia
In recent months, Dr. Jaerock Lee, Sr. Pastor of South Korea’s 100,000-member Manmin Central Church and Founder of Manmin TV, held an attendance-breaking crusade in Estonia. The two-day crusade was broadcast to 220 nations via 37 satellites on GCN TV, as well as airing on cable TV and on the Internet. “I wish for many churches in Europe that are far too distant from God to be awakened through this crusade,” said Dr. Lee, and his two messages at the crusade were: “God the Creator,” and “Why Is Jesus Our Only Savior?”  In addition to conferences in the United States, Dr. Lee has also led mega crusades around the world, including Germany, Russia, India, and Israel. “It is expected,” said the Korea Times reporting about the crusade, “that through the Estonian 2010 crusade, Christianity in Europe will be strengthened and set ablaze by the fire of the Holy Spirit.” Click here to learn more about Dr. Jaerock Lee and Manmin TV.
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