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Senator Josh Hawley Honored with NRB’s 2021 First Freedoms Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NRB) – NRB presented its 2021 First Freedoms Award to U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) on Wednesday, October 27, during the NRB President’s Council Summit on Capitol Hill.
“Senator Hawley we are honored to present you with NRB’s First Freedoms Award,” NRB CEO Troy Miller said in presenting the award. “You have steadfastly defended religious liberty each day in your service to the people of this great nation, in particular to keeping all media platforms open for the spread of the Gospel.”
NRB annually presents its First Freedoms Award to a stalwart defender of religious liberty at its annual gathering of the NRB President’s Council in Washington, D.C. In response, Hawley thanked NRB for the award.
“I don’t think there has been a more important time in my lifetime for the message of faith and hope and courage,” Hawley said. “We need a baptism of courage right now. We also need a baptism of hope. You have to have hope that things can be different in order to have courage right now.”
Hawley said that he believes there is reason for hope.
“I think that we are standing in a moment of generational peril,” Hawley said. “But also, I think we are on the verge of generational opportunity.”
Past award recipients include former Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), former Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Alliance Defending Freedom Founder Alan Sears, Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), former Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
NRB is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. NRB’s mission is two-fold: 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.