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NRB to resume 1940s-era fight against censorshipNASHVILLE (BP) -- A new National Religious Broadcasters initiative represents a return to its mid-1940s roots to now protect freedom of religion and speech in a digital age, NRB President Jerry A. Johnson said in his report at Proclaim 18, the association's International Christian Media Convention.
Johnson, speaking at NRB's 75th annual meeting in Nashville, said Internet Freedom Watch seeks to curtail discrimination against Christian and conservative content on the internet. NRB unveiled the initiative at a December news conference in Washington, calling attention to censorship by tech companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple. Read More
Pence: Christian communicators needed 'more than ever'NASHVILLE (BP) -- In a time plagued by evil, Americans need the ministry and message provided by Christian communicators, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday (Feb. 27) at the National Religious Broadcasters' annual convention.
Speaking at the afternoon session of Proclaim 18, NRB's 75th gathering, Pence told the audience of communication professionals, "[Y]our ministry, your message, your values are needed now more than ever before.... Every day, every hour, you speak strength to the heart of the American people. You shape our country. You water the roots of this nation."
The vice president said, "[Y]ou have the power to strengthen the character of this nation." Read More
Reformation's 'Solas' highlighted at NRB in OrlandoORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The five "solas" of the Protestant Reformation were highlighted during the National Religious Broadcasters' "Proclaim 17" convention to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.
Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, preached on "Sola Gratia" (by grace alone) during the NRB International Christian Media Convention, Feb. 27-March 2 in Orlando, Fla., with Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago, addressing "Sola Fide" (by faith alone); Mac Brunson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., on "Solo Christo" (through Christ alone); R.C. Sproul, founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, on "Sola Scriptura" (by Scripture alone); and Barry Creamer, president of Criswell College in Dallas, on "Soli Deo Gloria" (glory to God alone). Read More
Attack on religious liberty focus of NRB panelORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Three clients of Alliance Defending Freedom described their battles for religious liberty March 2 at National Religious Broadcasters' convention, Proclaim 17, in Orlando. A wedding cinematographer, preschool director, and former fire chief shared about their legal efforts in a public policy session sponsored by ADF at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
Their cases and others likely will determine the future of religious freedom in America, ADF Senior Counsel Erik Stanley told the audience. Read More
Free speech mission 'indispensable,' says NRB leaderORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Protecting the freedom of speech is as vital to the National Religious Broadcasters' mission today as it was when the association was founded in 1944, the group's president and CEO, Jerry A. Johnson, said.
Johnson gave his State of the Association speech in Orlando, Fla., at the Orlando World Center Marriott in the opening session of Proclaim 17, NRB's International Christian Media Convention. During the session, he also read a statement regarding the terrorist killing of 49 people and injury to 53 others at the city's Pulse nightclub in June. The statement -- affirmed unanimously by both NRB's Executive Committee and Board of Directors -- expressed compassion for victims, as well as their family and friends, and led into a time of prayer. Read More
Evangelicals joust over Trump; Kelvin Cochran honoredWASHINGTON (BP) -- Evangelical leaders debated the appropriateness of a vote for Donald Trump during a Sept. 16 event at the National Press Club sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters.
Two supporters of the Republican nominee traded opinions with two of his opponents as a divisive campaign moves toward the Nov. 8 election.
Evangelicals have not escaped the discord in response to the major-party candidacies of Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Some have said they will vote for neither of the major candidates, while others have thrown their support to Trump, with many citing him as the "lesser of two evils" and/or arguing a refusal to vote for him is a vote for her. Read More
Religious liberty violations recounted at NRBNASHVILLE (BP) -- As followers of Christ in America experience increasing attacks against their religious liberty, Christian journalists have an opportunity to lay the groundwork for rights of conscience to prevail, an attorney and a Fox News commentator said at Proclaim 16, the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention in Nashville.
Kristen Waggoner, senior vice president of legal advocacy with Alliance Defending Freedom, said during an NRB panel discussion that ADF is contacted nearly every day by Christians whose religious liberty is being threatened because of their refusal to compromise spiritual convictions. ... Read More
Resist 'civilization jihad,' NRB speakers urge
NASHVILLE (BP) -- The U.S. government has been unwittingly complicit with a "pre-violent" form of Islamist attack on the West known as "civilization jihad."
That was the allegation of Center for Security Policy president Frank Gaffney and other speakers during a Feb. 25 lunch at Proclaim 16, the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention in Nashville. Part of civilization jihad, speakers argued, involves silencing critics of radical Islam and preventing law enforcement officials from investigating potential terrorists based exclusively on their ties with extremist Muslim groups. Read More
Israeli ambassador: Terrorists fueled by 'hope'NASHVILLE (BP) -- The poison spread by militant Islam is rooted in hope among Mideast terrorists, Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer said Tuesday (Feb. 23) during Proclaim 16, the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention.
Dermer, along with Fox News legal analyst Jeanine Pirro, voiced the warning during the convention's Media Leadership Dinner at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. Read More
Jerry Johnson's fight for Christian communicatorsNASHVILLE (BP) -- In radio, silence is not golden. Indeed, "dead air" -- a period of unintended silence during a live program -- is a broadcaster's nightmare.
Jerry Johnson's mission in leading the National Religious Broadcasters is to protect his fellow communicators' right to exist and prevent the worst kind of dead air -- the censorship of evangelical voices on radio, television, the Internet and social media. Read More