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

Racial and Ethnic Reconciliation an NRB Priority

The National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, this week unanimously approved a Resolution urging its members “to embrace equality and reconciliation, specifically being mindful in neighbor love and ministry partnerships to reach across racial and ethnic lines that have divided too many for too long.”

NRB Opposes FCC Internet Decision

Reacting to the vote today by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose new heavy-handed regulations on the Internet, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, stated

NRB Urges Solidarity with Israel

The National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, this week unanimously approved a Resolution praying for peace in Israel and calling on the United States to stand resolutely by this important ally.

NRB Board Unanimous Against Internet Power Grab

The National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, yesterday unanimously approved a Resolution opposed to a power grab of the Internet by the Federal Communications Commission. The NRB Board was particularly concerned that free speech values be upheld online.

NRB Board Weighs in on Racial Reconciliation, Internet Freedom

The National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors adopted five Resolutions this week highlighting important issues for Christian media professionals.

FRC, NRB to Release New Polling on Religious Liberty, Upcoming SCOTUS Marriage Decision

The Family Research Council (FRC) and the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) will hold a press conference on Tuesday, February 24, at 2 p.m. CT at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

Governor Scott Walker to Speak at NRB15 Int’l Christian Media Convention

Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to speak the evening of Monday, February 23, at the opening session of the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

Ryan T. Anderson to Speak at NRB15 on Marriage, Trends in America

Ryan T. Anderson is scheduled to speak on Thursday, February 26, during a session titled “Protecting Marriage: How to Get the Media Message Right for This Generation” at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

Jim DeMint to Speak at NRB15 Int’l Christian Media Convention

Senator Jim DeMint, President Heritage Foundation, is scheduled to speak on Monday, February 23, during the Reel Dreams Dinner at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

Dr. William Lane Craig to Speak on Islam at NRB15 Int’l Christian Media Convention

Dr. William Lane Craig is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, February 24, at a session titled “Islam: Theological & Great Commission Challenges” during the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.