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For Immediate Release
February 23, 2014

Kenneth Chan





NRB Board Speaks on Freedom and Access

Nashville, TNThe National Religious Broadcasters' Board of Directors has adopted four Resolutions highlighting important issues of freedom and access for Christian media. The NRB Board, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved statements on:

  • Fairness Doctrine: Protecting broadcast freedoms and specifically calling on the FCC to suspend its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” study that has been referred to by Members of Congress as a “Fairness Doctrine 2.0”
  • Supreme Court: Urging the Supreme Court to uphold the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious free exercise in several cases before it this year, including Hobby Lobby’s battle against the Obamacare mandate that all employer health insurance plans cover certain abortion-inducing drugs and a case to protect public prayer. The Board also called on NRB members “to pray for the Justices of the United States Supreme Court that they may render just decisions which provide constitutionally sound and robust protections for the exercise of religious freedom in America.”
  • International Religious Freedom: Urging the Obama Administration “to actively advocate to the international community the principles of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” and specifically calling for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American imprisoned in Iran, and for help for other similarly persecuted Christians. The Board also honored retiring U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) for his longtime leadership in Congress on behalf of international religious freedom and called for his and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s (R-MO) bill, The Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act, to be passed by Congress.
  • Must Carry Law: Calling on Congress “to uphold its decades-old commitment to carriage of local TV channels on pay-TV platforms,” specifically by opposing efforts to eliminate or weaken current “Must Carry” law, “which is sound and unobtrusive.” The Board further urged the Government to recognize the important place of religious TV ministries for viewers.

Resolutions are often adopted by the Board of Directors during NRB’s annual 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 the latest Resolutions are available upon request and will soon be posted with previous years’ Resolutions here.

About NRB

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.

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. NRB 2014 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 22-25, 2014. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.




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