I got the following email today from the American Family Association…

“Dear Jama,

“Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas will soon introduce legislation to curb the excessive use of violence and the use of profanity on TV. He needs your support now!

“By a 2-1 vote, a liberal federal court recently struck down the TV decency law. In essence, the court said your children (and you) don’t deserve protection from the filth on TV. Like the ACLU, the court felt that broadcast TV should be allowed to show anything anytime!

“Author and culture critic Chuck Colson has written a column concerning this situation. Click here to read Colson’s column.

“The Brownback legislation (amendments to a current bill) addresses two seperate issues regarding the enforcement of federal FCC rules.

“The first amendment establishes the clear intention from Congress that the use of the “f-word” and “s-word” on broadcast television are in violation of decency laws. It is designed to allow the FCC to enforce the law without allowing liberal judges to misinterpret the law and side with the television executives.

“The second amendment directs the FCC to establish rules regarding excessive violence. Currently, broadcast decency laws to no address violence, and therefore the FCC has no authority to fine network stations for violence. “

Look, I fully support decency on TV and everywhere else, but I’m simply not comfortable with the government taking control of my TV set. Television, by the way, isn’t the same as porn material or profanity in public; if I don’t like what’s on TV, I don’t have to turn it on. If, on the other hand, I don’t want to see porn – without decency laws – I would have to not leave my house. I’m thankful that the local Wal-Mart can’t put porn on the shelves for all the world to see, but I don’t think the government should get involved in what’s on television…communism anyone?

No one is forcing anyone to watch television, so if you don’t care for the f-word, various violent acts, and soft-core porn, then do as I do and pick up a book instead. Just please don’t let the government get any more involved in broadcast television.

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