Local Christian Group Outraged Over Proposal to Relax FCC Decency Standards
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – “Call your elected official,” that suggestion from Joe Ortwerth, head of the Christian organization, Missouri Family Policy Council.
He fears if decency standards are changed viewers would see a major ramping up of very crude dialogue and explicit sex on television.
In April, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said its considering relaxing decency standards for broadcast television to allow “fleeting” or “isolated” instances of nudity and cursing.
“I don’t think many citizens want to see what’s on television become even more violent, vulgar than it is.” Ortwerth told KMOX television content is already crude and promiscuous.
The regulatory agency said it wants to ensure that its enforcement of indecency rules is fully consistent with First Amendment principles following last year’s Supreme Court ruling that its enforcement of indecency rules was too vague.
The public comment period ended this week but Ortwerth believes politicians still need to hear from the public.