HOME > NEWSROOM > PRESS CENTER > NRB Concerned by ENDA’s Advance

 

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2013

Contact:
Kenneth Chan
703-331-4520
press@nrb.org

 

 

 

NRB Concerned by ENDA’s Advance

Manassas, VA – NRB is concerned by the advancement of The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (S.815), commonly known as ENDA, out of a Senate committee without adequate religious freedom protections.

ENDA does not adequately heed the First Amendment freedoms of religious organizations,” stated NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright. “I’m dismayed by the apparent willingness of some to brush past a right inscribed into the U.S. Constitution by our nation’s Founders.”

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) after the vote in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Dr. Wright declared, “A right engraved in the Constitution, in the very First Amendment, must not be treated lightly. Ambiguity regarding the rights of religious organizations is likely to stir litigation and to put a chill on one of our nation’s keystone liberties. I urge you not to advance ENDA given this concern.”

While testifying before the Senate HELP Committee last year, Craig Parshall, NRB Senior Vice President & General Counsel, outlined NRB’s concerns that ENDA “generally illustrates the kind of unaccommodating approach to religious organizations that was recently rejected by a unanimous decision of the Supreme Court” and the “insufficient ‘religious exemption’ provisions of this bill would permit a substantial and unconstitutional burden to be placed on religious organizations.” He also noted that sexual orientation and gender identity claims already have an avenue for legal remedy without ENDA.

When ENDA was re-introduced in May, Mr. Parshall asserted, “The current version of ENDA contains the same convoluted, so-called religious exemption language, as in prior years, and that language is an open invitation for endless litigation and paltry protection for religious employers.”


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.

###

 

logo.jpgNational Religious Broadcasters
9510 Technology Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
(703) 330-7000

NRB Opposes New Attack on the Freedom to Believe and RFRA

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) opposes new legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a way that undermines the broad and balanced Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which was signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

Iran Deal Leaves Americans Behind

NRB is dismayed that the Obama Administration would strike a nuclear deal with Iran without first securing the release and safe return of Americans, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, who are unjustly incarcerated in Iran.

NRB Urges Congress to Defend Freedom to Believe in Marriage

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, sent a letter today to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calling on Congress to approve the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill sponsored by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) to protect and safeguard religious freedom in light of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage.

Supreme Sham

Thinking about the recent Supreme Court ruling that forced “gay marriage” on all 50 states produces several reactions. As noted earlier, biblically and morally, it’s a shame. But legally and politically, it’s also a sham. Here’s why.

Supreme Shame

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote to impose so-called “gay marriage” on all 50 states. The White House celebrated with a rainbow lightshow. What can I say? I say this: It’s a shame.

Chief Justice Gives Ominous Warning on Marriage & Faith

NRB is repulsed by the Supreme Court’s decision today to undermine the tried and true institution of marriage by imposing “gay marriage” nationwide.

Announcing the 2016 NRB International Christian Media Convention: Proclaim 16

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), the world’s preeminent association of Christian media and ministry organizations and professionals, announced the renaming of its annual event, which will now be called Proclaim.

NRB Statement on Attack in Charleston, SC

Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, condemned last night’s deadly attack on parishioners of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

NRB Supports First Amendment Defense Act

NRB today issued a statement of support for the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) to defend religious freedom.

NRB to Stand with Sen. Mike Lee for Religious Liberty in Advance of Marriage Ruling

On Wednesday, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, will join with Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and other leaders in standing for religious liberty in advance of the Supreme Court’s upcoming pivotal marriage ruling.