February 8, 2017

James A. Smith Sr.





Public Policy Sessions at Proclaim 17 to Highlight Attacks on Freedoms, Challenges for Christians

WASHINGTON (NRB) – Four public policy sessions will be held on Thursday, March 2, during Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The sessions will cover attacks on religious freedom and other First Amendment freedoms, as well as how to work in the often hostile and unfriendly environments of entertainment and politics as a Christian. In addition, there will be a one-on-one discussion between Dr. James Dobson and Fox News Host and Columnist Todd Starnes.

“It’s a challenging time to be Christian in America,” said NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “The public policy sessions at Proclaim 17 will help attendees know more about the battles they’ve read about in the news while getting an intimate look at fellow believers who have had to deal with these attacks as a result of their faith. Session attendees will come away from the convention with a clearer picture of the challenges, how to move forward, and what to expect in the future.”

Assembled for the first session will be former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, whose employment was terminated because of his Christian faith and beliefs; Annette Kiehne, Director of Trinity Lutheran Child Learning Center, whose case is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court after her preschool was denied a state playground re-surfacing grant solely because it is run by a church; and Carl and Angel Larsen, Owners and Founders of Telescope Media Group, who are being threatened by their state with severe penalties and jail time if they decline to make wedding films that are inconsistent with their faith. Moderated by David A. Cortman, Senior Counsel and Vice President of U.S. Litigation at Alliance Defending Freedom, the hour-long panel session will highlight the human cost in the struggle for constitutional freedoms in courtrooms across the country.

In the second panel session, moderator Todd Starnes will interview acting and filmmaking couple Kevin and Sam Sorbo, who will talk about politics in entertainment. While Kevin Sorbo is best known for his role as Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, he has also starred in a number of faith-based movies, including the acclaimed Pure Flix film God’s Not Dead, which was dollar-for-dollar the most successful film of 2014. His most recent project is Let There Be Light, which he directed and co-produced with executive producer Sean Hannity, who will also be speaking at Proclaim 17. The upcoming film also stars Sam Sorbo, who co-wrote the film's script together with Dan Gordon, known for his work on Passenger 57, The Hurricane, and Wyatt Earp.   

A third panel, also to be moderated by Starnes, will highlight cultural assaults on the freedom to believe and speak in accordance with faith, and what may lie ahead. During this 45-minute session, Starnes will interview lawyer, nationally syndicated columnist, political commentator, and author David Limbaugh and twin brothers and entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham, whose reality show with HGTV was abruptly cancelled before it was to air because of their commitment to biblical values.

Members of the press who desire to cover Proclaim 17 must register in advance. For more information about press registration, please contact

Convention details can be found at

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