The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering whether to loosen restrictions for obscenity on broadcast television and radio. This rule change would allow brief “non-sexual-nudity” and isolated expletives in prime time, while children are still awake and watching TV.
The FCC claims that it will consider the public’s sentiment as its members make a decision and has given Americans the month of April to file their comments.
Outgoing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski previously had to order the Enforcement Bureau only to tackle “egregious cases” because of the “backlog” of reported obscenity cases. In the last six months, the FCC’s caseload has plummeted 70 percent, with more than one million complaints ignored.
Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, hopes the FCC does not loosen its standards any further:
American society is moving further and further away from the Biblical standards of morals and decency set by God, to the point that we have to worry about what our children view in the supermarket checkout, in their school textbooks, and now even in their own homes on television and radio. We’re urging the FCC to uphold high decency standards in entertainment in order to protect America’s children and families.
The FCC encourages citizens to send comments via its Electronic Filing System, referencing Proceeding No. 13-86, or by referencing GN Docket No. 13-86 through mail at Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554.