Letter to Editor: RABBI LEITER URGES AMERICANS TO MAINTAIN DECENCY STANDARDS OVER PUBLIC AIRWAVES

To the Editor,

Help Rescue Our Children. (HROC) urges the public to take action to save millions of children from yet another threat to their innocence. Please comment on the FCC website, urging them NOT to neglect the needs of innocent children by dropping their current decency standards for the airwaves.

Here’s some background, from Morality In Media, America’s premier decency-in-media organization:

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it is considering dropping current broadcast decency standards that ban explicit profanity and “non-sexual” nudity. Specifically, if enacted, the new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening. It is accepting comments on the proposal from the viewing public until the end of April. Current broadcast decency law prohibits expletives and nudity, even if brief or “fleeting.” The Supreme Court has upheld the law as constitutionally enforceable by the FCC, despite lawsuit attempts by networks NBC and FOX to overturn it.

TAKE ACTION

Submit your comments to the FCC, urging it to reject any changes to the current policy. The FCC will not accept general email comments. To be valid, you are required to file a formal comment via the FCC’s website. Please follow these instruction carefully, to insure your comment is accepted by the FCC:

1. Go to http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/upload/begin?procName=&filedFrom=X.

2. Enter the code “13-86” in the “Proceeding Number” box and fill out the few remaining required fields.

3. Enter your comment in the text box provided and click “Continue.”

4. From there, review your comment and click “Confirm.”

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Here is a sample comment you may submit:

Please don’t lower the current FCC indecency standards. By allowing television or radio stations to broadcast expletives and nudity on the public airwaves, even if brief or “fleeting,” the FCC would enable the robbing of the innocence of millions of children. The Supreme Court has confirmed the FCC’s authority to enforce policies regarding expletives and nudity, especially during times when children are likely to be watching or listening. Relaxing the current policy would effectively force indecent exposure onto children against the wishes of their parents (and themselves, in many cases).

Sincerely,
Rabbi Noson S. Leiter
HROC, Founder
Monsey