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Fri., March 15, 2013, 2:02 p.m.

IFF Opposes Idaho Morality Police

Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation argues reasonably against a memorial pushed by six Canyon County legislators, asking the FCC to crack down on extramarital sex on TV. Writes Wayne:

Unlike Saudi Arabia’s bizarre and inexplicable pursuit of plaster dinosaurs, the target of Idaho lawmakers’ complaint regarding broadcast television is obvious. There’s no question there’s more sex and sexual innuendo on television. But there’s also more television. Channels and programs abound. Some lawmakers think, because the Idaho Constitution requires the Legislature to promote “virtue” and “the purity of the home”that they must act. They shouldn’t, and here’s why: Whenever the government assumes the role of morality police, it is legally charged with dictating what consumers see and hear, or don’t see and hear. That means a government bureaucrat, or a board of government bureaucrats, makes the decisions for us, instead of allowing people in the free market to make the choices. More here.

Question: Are you surprised your on the same side of this issue as Wayne Hoffman? Or are you?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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