March 17, 2008

From the Desk of Phil Burress
President of Citizens for Community Values
Citizens’ E-Courier · March 17, 2008

I think we can all agree that some limitations on the First Amendment’s right to free speech and press are not only appropriate, but also warranted. There really is a compelling government interest in prohibiting some forms of communication.
Consider the fact that libel and slander are not protected free speech. Inciting panic in the public by yelling, “FIRE!” is not protected either. Nor is anyone free to distribute obscenity, falsely advertise a product, etc. You get the picture.

Most do, right? You’d think so. But the Hollywood elitists and television network attorneys think that the use of a “fleeting expletive” during primetime viewing hours should be allowed. It’s that very mindset that has contributed to the downward spiral we’ve seen our nation’s entertainment take over the last 30 years.

Thankfully, some members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by Chairman Kevin Martin, are fighting that descending, ever circling pull into the sewer.

RELIEF MAY BE IN SIGHT

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that they would hear an appeal by the FCC in a case that involves the use of the “F” and “S” words on broadcast television. The FCC is arguing that the potty-mouth movie stars violated broadcast indecency laws. The TV networks counter saying that the words were used as adjectives, not nouns or verbs, and the stations shouldn’t be fined because the FCC is taking the uses out of context. Seriously.

It will be the first case the SCOTUS has heard on the issue since 1978. No wonder TV is so bad! Let’s all hope and pray that common sense and the rule of law will prevail.

Read more about it at http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2008-03-17-broadcast-case_N.htm