NRB Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision to Guarantee Freedom of Speech for All

NRB | June 30, 2023 | Press Releases

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June 30, 2023

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NRB Applauds Supreme Court’s Decision to Guarantee Freedom of Speech for All

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NRB) — The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) association—a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent hundreds of millions of listeners, viewers, and readers—applauds the decision of the Supreme Court in 303 Creative v. Elenis.

“The Supreme Court of the United States has today delivered a strong and compelling defense of the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of speech for all,” stated Troy A. Miller, NRB President & CEO. “The assurance that no government can force anyone, including religious broadcasters, to deliver messages with which they disagree, is a critical victory for NRB members and all Christian communicators.”

By a 6 to 3 vote, the Court held that Colorado could not use its public accommodation laws to force Lorie Smith, owner of 303 Creative (a web design firm) to create websites for same-sex weddings if she began designing websites for other weddings.

Importantly, the parties stipulated that Smith would do design work for any person regardless of their own race, religion, or sexual orientation, but that she would not create speech with which she disagreed for any person. Smith and Colorado agreed that she opposed same-sex marriage as a result of her sincere religious beliefs.

In 2021, NRB and fellow concerned organizations urged the Supreme Court to take up 303 Creative v. Elenis. In June of 2022, NRB and a coalition of multimedia production professionals submitted a second amicus brief to the Supreme Court, expressing their support for the petitioner.

“Freedom of speech is put to its greatest test when speech involves positions that have fallen out of favor with popular trends,” said Michael Farris, General Counsel of NRB. “But the Court stood firm as it did when popular majorities tried to coerce Jehovah’s Witness children to recite the pledge of allegiance in violation of their religious beliefs during World War II. Speech needs the greatest protection, not the least, when it differs from the values of today’s elites,” Farris added.

“We particularly congratulate NRB member Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented 303 Creative before the Supreme Court,” Miller said. Kristen Waggoner, President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, argued the case before the high court in December 2022.

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About NRB 

NRB is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. NRB’s mission is twofold: To protect the free speech rights of our members to speak Biblical truth, by advocating those rights in governmental, corporate, and media sectors; and to foster excellence, integrity, and accountability in our membership by providing networking, educational, ministry, and relational opportunities. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About the NRB Convention

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assisting those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic and award-winning Exposition consists of dozens of organizations and is an active marketplace for those seeking products and services to enhance their organization. The next Convention will be held February 20-23, 2024, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, Tenn. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

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