|For Immediate Release
May 10, 2010
Washington, D.C. – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) congratulate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan on her nomination to be the 112th Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Simultaneously, we urge the United States Senate to carefully analyze Ms. Kagan’s position on a wide range of media issues.
“A valuable benefit flowing from Supreme Court appointments is the renewal of the critical dialogue about the foundation of our freedoms,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB’s President & CEO today. “The Declaration of Independence sets forth as ‘self-evident’ the truth that our most basic rights and freedoms come from God. And the Bill of Rights establishes our First Freedom as the right to worship according to the dictates of our consciences. So the relevant question is: Will the next Supreme Court justice work to support or erode those freedoms?”
Religious broadcasters remain cautious. "National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) has a unique interest in the appointment of Supreme Court nominees, particularly at this juncture in history,” noted Craig Parshall, NRB’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. “In representing members of the Christian media and Christian communicators in general, we advance a kind of 'Trifecta' of First Amendment rights: religious freedom, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In addition, issues of media freedom and the access of Christian communicators to new information platforms, as well as traditional free speech concerns are front and center on the legal landscape: FCC control of the Internet, ‘must carry rules’, national broadband, and the Fairness Doctrine, as well as a myriad of other rules like localism, which threaten to control media content. Media ownership, a possible federal broadcast spectrum take-over, and the newly enacted federal hate crimes law, are just a handful of those issues that could, and probably will, find their way on the doorstep of the U.S. Supreme Court, and which implicate the interests of our members."
If confirmed, Solicitor General Kagan is poised to influence the Supreme Court for decades to come. NRB will carefully examine her stated positions on all media-related issues, since it is imperative that any new Supreme Court nominee be committed to equal access for all broadcasters to all media platforms.
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 keep the doors of electronic media open for the spread of the Gospel. 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.
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