For Immediate Release
February 14, 2012

Laura Wright





Mark Potok
Janet Parshall
Craig Parshall
Barry Lynn
Carol Swain

Manassas, VA – The NRB Convention will feature a Public Policy Debate on “Anatomy of Hate: Free Speech Implications” which will take place on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.

NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright commented, "Carefully defined restrictions on free speech have been a part of American jurisprudence since the founding era.  But the contemporary doctrine of hate speech not only burdens free speech but the free exercise of religion as well.  Our Public Policy Debate panelists will weigh in on this controversial topic, in what is sure to be a lively and robust discussion."

Free speech attacks against Christians under the guise of battling “hate” and promoting diversity are rampant. Join four policy and legal experts in this lively debate over the “Anatomy of Hate: Free Speech Implications,” with discussions about the potential collision with the First Amendment when universities and colleges ban faith groups that refuse to sign tolerance and diversity pledges, where the “hate” label can have politically explosive ramifications, and where “new media” platforms like Facebook and Apple’s iTunes App Store are censoring content because it is deemed “hateful” or politically incorrect.

The panel is both respected and ideologically diverse:  Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science and of Law at Vanderbilt University; Mark Potok, head of the Southern Poverty Law Center; and Craig Parshall, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for NRB. The debate will be moderated by Janet Parshall, the on-air host of the nationally syndicated daily program In the Market with Janet Parshall.

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

About The NRB Convention
The annual Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their ministries. NRB 2012 is being held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 18-21, 2012. For registration and other Convention information go to:




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