For Immediate Release
January 13, 2011

Linda Smith
Craig Parshall





Manassas, VA – National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) extends its deepest sympathy to the shooting victims in Tucson, AZ, and calls on the religious broadcasting community to pray for each victim and for their families today and in the difficult weeks that lie ahead.

“The events in Tucson were indeed tragic, and these families – even the family of this terribly disturbed man who has done such unspeakable things – remain in our prayers,” says Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO. “At the same time, we recognize that here in Washington, D.C. – where stony-hearted political types are ever unwilling to ‘let a good crisis go to waste’ – the personal tragedy in Arizona is fast becoming a tragedy for freedom. As many political commentators on the proverbial Left assert that the ‘real problem’ is unrestricted free speech, we are seeing revealed afresh the troubling predisposition on the part of some liberals to circumscribe any speech but their own. We cannot let the personal tragedy in Arizona be manipulated by cold-hearted politicians to foster a national tragedy on all Americans.”

“Here at NRB we have been warning for some time of the increasing thirst among some political liberals to censor ideas they don't like,” added Craig Parshall, NRB Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. “Using a tragedy like the shooting rampage in Arizona, by all appearances the act of an unbalanced and mentally disturbed man, to start closing-down America's open marketplace of opinion is not only illogical, is it constitutionally outrageous."    

Click here to read Dr. Frank Wright’s article, “Tragedy Compounded,” in the January 12, 2011, issue of NRB Today.

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