HOME > NEWSROOM > PRESS CENTER > NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson Speaks Up for Middle East Christians

For Immediate Release
May 7, 2014

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

 

 

 

 

NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson Speaks Up for Middle East Christians


Dr. Jerry A. JohnsonWashington, DC– Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), joined other prominent Christian leaders today on Capitol Hill to stand in solidarity with imperiled Christian communities in the Middle East who are increasingly threatened in the lands they have inhabited for centuries.

"Persecution against Christians is real," expressed Dr. Johnson. "Leaders in the United States must be a voice against such violence and intimidation inflicted on our Christian brothers and sisters, and indeed any religious minority, in the Middle East and around the world."

Today's press conference, hosted by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), co-chairs of the bipartisan Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus, announced the release of a "Pledge of Solidarity & Call to Action" on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria. The Pledge, in part, states: "Now facing an existential threat to their presence in the lands where Christianity has its roots, the Churches in the Middle East fear they have been largely ignored by their coreligionists in the West… American religious leaders need to pray and speak with greater urgency about this human rights crisis."

Dr. Johnson is among more than 175 Christian leaders already signed on to this call to action. Other signatories include:

  • Gary Bauer, President, American Values
  • Jim Daly, President and CEO, Focus on the Family
  • James Dobson, Founder and President, Family Talk
  • Jonathan Falwell, Senior Pastor, Thomas Road Baptist Church
  • Franklin Graham, President and CEO, Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Russell D. Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
  • Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

This past February, the NRB Board of Directors unanimously adopted a Resolution urging the Obama Administration "to actively advocate to the international community the principles of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution." The Board also honored retiring Rep. Wolf 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.

"I thank God for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution," commented Dr. Johnson. "We often focus, as we should, on defending the integrity of its freedoms of religion and speech here at home. But we must also export them abroad."  


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 2015 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2015. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

###

 

logo.jpg

National Religious Broadcasters
9510 Technology Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
(703) 330-7000

Latest Releases

NRB Reacts to Attack on Indiana RFRA

NRB today responded to the battle in the media over the State of Indiana’s recently approved Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

Total Living Network's KTLN Receives 2015 NRB Award for TV Station of the Year (Full Power)

KTLN-TV received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Television Station of the Year (Full Power) on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

theDove TV Receives 2015 NRB Award for TV Station of the Year (Low Power)

theDove TV received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Television Station of the Year (Low Power) on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

The Christian Broadcasting Network Receives 2015 NRB Award for Best TV Talk Show for 'The 700 Club with Pat Robertson'

The Christian Broadcasting Network received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Best Television Talk Show for The 700 Club with Pat Robertson on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

The Christian Broadcasting Network Receives 2015 NRB Award for Best TV Teaching Program for '700 Club Interactive'

The Christian Broadcasting Network received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Best Television Teaching Program for 700 Club Interactive on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

CrossTalk International Receives 2015 NRB Award for Best TV Mixed Media Campaign for 'Today with God'

CrossTalk International received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Best Television Mixed Media Campaign for Today with God on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

Amazing Facts Ministries Receives 2015 NRB Award for Best Local Broadcast TV Commercial for 'Revelation: The Bride, The Beast, and Babylon'

Amazing Facts Ministries received the 2015 NRB Best Local Broadcast Television Commercial for Revelation: The Bride, The Beast, and Babylon on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

Amazing Facts Ministries Receives 2015 NRB Award for Best National TV Commercial for Bible History Timeline

Amazing Facts Ministries received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Best National Television Commercial for Bible History Timeline on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

CBN Creative Services (The Christian Broadcasting Network) Receives 2015 NRB Award for Best TV Public Service Announcement

CBN Creative Services (The Christian Broadcasting Network) received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Best Television Public Service Announcement on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN News Middle East Bureau) Receives 2015 NRB Award for Best Creative TV Programming for 'Jerusalem Dateline'

The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN News Middle East Bureau) received the 2015 NRB Media Award for Best Creative Television Programming for Jerusalem Dateline on Tuesday, February 24, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN.

More Press Releases