Defending Free Speech: Our First Amendment Freedoms

Free Speech Speakers CollageAt no time in American history have our First Amendment rights been at greater risk.

From Houston to Duck Dynasty, the last year brought a number of disturbing government and industry challenges to freedom of religion, speech, and press.

On Thursday, February 26, the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN, will feature a session titled "Defending Free Speech: Our First Amendment Freedoms." The session will feature panelists who will share firsthand accounts of disturbing government and private censorship.

“In America, freedom of religion and speech are foundational rights, not antiquated ideals,” stated NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “Even in the private sphere, free speech values ought to be highly regarded. If lost, these freedoms will not be easily regained.”

The panelists include David and Jason Benham, Co-Founders of Benham Companies, whose reality show was cancelled by HGTV after complaints about their biblical stance on homosexuality; Dr. Charles H. McVety, President, Canada Christian College, who has experienced government censorship in Canada because of Christian content; and Alan Robertson of Duck Dynasty, whose father was temporarily suspended from their hit TV show after publicly voicing his views about homosexuality.

Moderating the panel will be Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council. A special one-day registration is available to join this event as well as others offered throughout the day.

In addition to this session on free speech, the upcoming NRB Convention will include sessions on radio, international ministry/media, church media, Islam, protecting life, and protecting marriage. There is also a Film & Entertainment Summit (Monday, February 23) and a Digital Media Summit (Wednesday, February 25).

The convention schedule, speakers list, and registration information are available at In total, there will be more than 90 speakers at NRB15 and around 200 exhibitors participating in the Exposition (February 24-26). The convention begins Monday morning, February 23, and ends Thursday evening, February 26.

By NRB Staff

Published: February 5, 2015


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