FCC Proposes “Loosening” Indecency RegulationsPosted by Chad Hills
The Parents Television Council (PTC), a media-watchdog group, opposes the Federal Communications Commission’s proposal to loosen its policy against radio and T.V. indecency (obscene speech and nudity). The PTC is making its opposition known to the FCC during a public comment period, which end June 19, 2013. They encourage parents to send comments to the FCC on this subject, as well.
According to PornHarms.com, Tim Winter, the president of PTC, commented:
“It unnecessarily weakens a decency law that withstood a ferocious, 10-year constitutional attack waged by the broadcast industry. It invites yet another wave of special interest pressure to obviate the intent of Congress and the will of the American people,” Winter said.
“… Either material is legally indecent or it is not,” Winter said. “It is unnecessary for indecent content to be repeated many times in order to be actionable, and it is unwise for the FCC to pursue a new course which will guarantee nothing but a new rash of new litigation.”
Read more about the FCC proposal from The Hill.
Lowering broadcasting decency standards to reduce the FCC workload seems to be an irresponsible policy proposal that ignores a growing and persistent problem. Giving license to more indecency invites further corrosion of our nation’s character with far-reaching, negative implications for many generations to come. This appears to be an unwise direction to move obscenity laws, when clarification and enforcement of existing laws could begin to reign in broadcast indecency.
If obscenity laws are softened, it will only allow obscene broadcasting – and the subsequent FCC workload – to expand; meanwhile, more families and individuals will be exposed to more profane language and sexually explicit material within the media.
How do you feel about the FCC proposal to allow more ‘legal’ obscenity?
Citizens care and parents are Upset about the FCC proposal
View the public notice for comment here …
- See actual comments to the FCC on GN Docket No. 13-86
- As of May 15, 2013, there were 94,428 total filings (comments submitted), with 27,014 filings or comments submitted in the past 30 days.
How can you submit or file a public comment to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)?
1) Briefly, write and save your comments on your own computer as a Word file or other common file.
(Sample FCC Comment Only, which you can modify with your own language.)
2) Go to the FCC public comment site: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/display?z=dyh3l
- In the Proceeding Box, enter: 13-86
- In the Details Box: Select “Comment” (in drop box)
- In the Documents Box, you can “Browse” your PC, and Select the file where you wrote your comment.
Deadline: June 19, 2013 (posted here …)
Dig Deeper …
- Plugged In – Focus on the Family website for Movies/Music/Videos/TV/Games – Reviews for “Family Friendliness”
- MyRockToday.org – Research on pornography and obscenity
- PureIntimacy.org – Focus on the Family resource for issues regarding sexuality and porn addiction
- PTC ndecency Timeline from 1934 to Present
- PTC Family Guide to Television
- PTC Facts and TV Statistics
Secular Crusader Advises Pentagon: Christians are ‘Monsters.’Posted by Bruce Hausknecht
Actually, Michael “Mikey” Weinstein, the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), uses some form of the word “monster” to describe Christians 12 times in this diatribe. Now to be fair, Weinstein is only talking about “fundamentalist Christian monsters,” whoever those are. But since he mentions Focus on the Family’s founder, Dr. James Dobson, then that pretty much brings all evangelicals within the “monstrous” realm of Mikey’s imagination.
Weinstein, a former military lawyer, has managed to find a Christian cabal behind much of what goes on at our nearby neighbor here in Colorado Springs, the United States Air Force Academy, from which he graduated, as well as at the Pentagon and other military installations. And he doesn’t take kindly to chaplains talking about Jesus Christ to the military personnel who seek spiritual advice from them. He has whipped up some special venom for organizations that support chaplains’ religious rights, such as the Family Research Council, the American Family Association, the Chaplains Alliance for Religious Liberty, and Todd Starnes, the religion reporter for Fox News:
“If these fundamentalist Christian monsters of human degradation, marginalization, humiliation and tyranny cannot broker or barter your acceptance of their putrid theology, then they crave for your universal silence in the face of their rapacious reign of theocratic terror. Indeed, they ceaselessly lust, ache, and pine for you to do absolutely nothing to thwart their oppression. Comply, my friends, and you, too, become as monstrously savage as are they. I beg you, do not feed these hideous monsters with your stoic lethargy, callousness and neutrality. Do not lubricate the path of their racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Doing so directly threatens the national security of our beautiful nation.”
He also says that sharing Christ with those in the armed forces amounts to “spiritual rape,” “sedition,” “treason,” and “a national security threat.” C’mon, Mikey, tell us what you really think.
Ordinarily, we would ignore Weinstein’s latest slander. Everyone’s entitled to their point of view, after all. But he recently met with Pentagon generals to offer his own unique perspective on the military’s policy regarding religious freedom. And if the generals are listening to this guy, then there’s cause to be gravely concerned for the future of religious freedom in the ranks.
The Pentagon says that a new pamphlet outlining its religious free exercise rules for the military is due out in a few weeks. Let’s hope it contains no back-tracking on its policies for our chaplains and troops.
Because that, my friends, would truly be “monstrous.”
Dannah Gresh – Getting Lost in God’s LovePosted by Chad Hills
Listen in on today’s Focus on the Family broadcast with Dannah Gresh. It’s always an honor and privilege to have Dannah as a guest on the broadcast, particularly as she shares her wisdom regarding romantic relationships among older teens and college students. Dannah encourages young women to be content in their pursuit of God’s love instead of seeking attention and emotional relationships from men.
Focus President, Jim Daly, and broadcast host, John Fuller, welcome Dannah Gresh in conversation about putting God first before trying to find someone to date or marry. Gresh, a nationally acclaimed author and speaker, discusses some of these issues addressed, and others, in her new book, Get Lost: Your Guide to Finding True Love (based on Matthew 10:39).
Dannah also mentions the troubling statistics on secular college campuses today:
- Only 19 percent of the students (or one in five) have retained their virginity
- Sexually active college men will have had 9.7 partners by the time they graduate college
- Sexually active college women will have had 7.1 partners by the time they leave college
In such a sexually pervasive college culture, how can we, as parents, help guide our sons and daughters toward the goal of a strong, committed and healthy marriage that will last a lifetime, without a troubled sexual history?
Dannah shares her wisdom on the proper perspective to take in relationships, God’s relational ‘laws,’ the proper context for relationships and how modern culture’s definition of “falling in love” differs greatly from what God intended for men and women.
She also discusses how certain points of the feminist movement have emasculated men and how men, during past and present times, have viewed women inappropriately.
Listen to Dannah Gresh – Getting Lost in God’s Love (Part 1 of 2) [Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast, 4-29-13]
Dig Deeper …
- Get Lost Bible Study – Dannah Gresh explains how her Get Lost book is a Bible study
- Attraction vs. Character – Dannah Gresh explains God’s design for attraction & bonding
- Get Lost: Your Guide to Finding True Love – by Dannah Gresh – Sneak Peek by Waterbrook Press
- Boundless – Relationships, Adulthood, Faith – Focus on the Family
- Sexual Health – Teens, Abstinence – Quick Guide – Citizenlink.com
- Quick Guide: God’s Design for Sexuality; Sexual Brokenness and Restoration